Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Let's Crow -- a Birthday Card!

It's Tuesday, my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week is an "Anything Goes" theme on the TFS blog so I've made a birthday card with Pink Ink Designs' Rook and Roll Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set and Lavinia Stamps' Vine Branch Clear Polymer Stamp. I also used the Frayed Frames Die Set #26 by AALL and Create and patterned paper from the Ink Drops - Midnight 6x6 Paper Pad by Craft Consortium.

Here's the card!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Raven Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Copic Markers: 
Crow: BV23, BV25, BV34, N3, N4, N5, N6, N7, FV2
Leaves: YG07, YG09
Branch: E70, E71, E74, E77
Green and Purple Glitter Posca Paint Markers by Uniball
Tumbled Glass Distress Ink by Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink
Mini Cloud Edger and Cloud Edger Stencils by My Favorite Things
Repositionable Sticker Paper
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platforms

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of black 12" x 12" cardstock in half, score at 6", and fold to form a 6" square card. Set aside.
  2. Use magnets to secure a 4.5" x 6" panel of white cardstock to the base of a stamping platfom.
  3. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the left-facing crow from the Rook and Roll Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set twice — once onto white cardstock and once onto repositionable sticker paper.
  4. Fussy-cut the sticker paper version and place it over its counterpart on the image panel as a mask.
  5. Position the Vine Branch stamp facedown on the image panel under the crow's foot.
  6. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  7. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to ink the Vine Branch . Stamp twice — once onto the image panel and once onto repositionable sticker paper.
  8. Fussy-cut the sticker paper version and place it over its counterpart on the image panel as a mask.
  9. Secure the image panel to the STAY-tion with magnets.
  10. Place a cloud edger stencil onto the top of the image panel.
  11. Brush Tumbled Glass Distress ink over the top of the stencil onto the image panel to start to create a cloudy sky.
  12. Rotate the cloud stencil and move downwards.
  13. Brush Tumbled Glass Distress ink over the top of the stencil onto the image panel.
  14. Repeat Steps #12 and 13 until the cloudy sky background is completed.
  15. Lift the masks.
  16. Color the images with Copic markers.
  17. Use the Green Glitter Posca Paint marker to add sparkly green paint to the leaves.
  18. Use the Purple Glitter Posca Paint marker to add sparkly purple paint to the ornamental dots around the crow.
  19. Use the larger die from the Frayed Frames Die Set #26 to cut the image panel.
  20. Trim a piece of black cardstock so it's slightly larger than the die-cut. Use to mat the image panel. 
  21. Use magnets to secure a small piece of white cardstock to the base of a stamping platfom. 
  22. Place the leaf ornament stamp from the Rook and Roll Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set facedown on the white cardstock.
  23. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  24. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the leaf flourish.
  25. Remove the leaf flourish stamp from the stamping platform.
  26. Position the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from the Rook and Roll Clear Photopolymer Stamp Set facedown slightly above the leaf flourish.
  27. Press the lid of the stamping platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  28. Ink the sentiment stamp with Green Oasis VersaFine Clair Ink and stamp.
  29. Use Copic markers and the Purple Glitter Paint marker to color the leaf flourish.
  30. DIECUT THE SENTIMENT?????
  31. Trim a piece of patterned paper from the Ink Drops - Midnight 6x6 Paper Pad to 5.875" square and edge with black marker.
  32. Adhere the patterned paper to the reserved 6" square black card.
  33. Adhere the image panel as shown.
  34. Adhere the sentiment strip as shown.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Meow!

Greetings! It's Tuesday, my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week my teammates and I are focusing on Studio Light's wonderful products. When I saw the Cat Gentleman Clear Stamp, my inner vintage-Steampunk-grunge loving crazy cat lady heart knew I had to have it. 

Here it is!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers
Bristol Paper by Strathmore
Raven Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Slimline Layers Die by Waffle Flower Crafts
Black Soot Distress Ink by Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink
Lightning Black and Starlite Silver Brilliance Inks by Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
Flag Die: Source Unknown
Copic Markers:
Cat's Fur: C00, C0, C2, Cr, C6
Cat's Ears and Nose: RV91, R00, R01
Cat's Eyes and Numbers: G20, G21, G24, G28, G40
Hats: BV23, BV25, N4, N6
Tie and Hatbands: R24, R27, R39
Watch: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, BG0000, BG000, E40
Shirt: W0, W1, E40
Small Postmarks: B41
Background: Y0000, Y000, Y00, BG0000, BG000, <B91, B91, R00, R11, R56
Steampunk Heart Clear Stamp Set by Studio Light
Clear Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous
Pouncing Tool
Removable Sticker Paper by Avery
Acetate: from packaging
Stamping Platforms
Clear Stamping Blocks

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of black cardstock to 8.5" x. 8.5", score at 4.25", and fold to form a slimline card.* Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the Cat Gentleman twice –– once onto white cardstock and once onto repositionable sticker paper.
  3. Use Copic markers to color the Cat Gentleman and the background on the image panel.
  4. Fussy-cut the sticker paper version of the Cat Gentleman and place it over its counterpart as a mask.
  5. Use one of the dies from the Slimline Layers Die to cut the image panel.
  6. Pounce Black Soot Distress Ink, Lightning Black Brilliance ink*, and Starlite Silver Brilliance Inks onto the image panel to add grunginess.
  7. Edge with Lightning Black Brilliance ink.
  8. To create the background, cut a piece of Bristol Paper to 4.25" wide.
  9. Smoosh Della Blue Elements Ink onto the piece of acetate, use a Fine Spray Mister to mist with water, then press the inky acetate onto the Bristol Paper to apply the ink.
  10. Heat set the background.
  11. Clean the acetate.
  12. Repeat Steps #8 - 10 with Mermaid, then Sundance, and then Confetti Elements Inks until you're happy with the background.
  13. Thoroughly heat set the background panel.
  14. Use magnets to secure the background panel to the base of a stamping platform.
  15. Position the Vintage Clocks Clear Stamp facedown along the left side of the image panel. 
  16. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  17. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and stamp onto the background panel. 
  18. Heat set the background panel. *
  19. Remove the stamp from the platform's lid. Thoroughly clean and dry the stamp.
  20. Re-position the Vintage Clocks Clear Stamp facedown on the right side of the image panel.
  21. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  22. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and stamp onto the background panel. 
  23. Heat set. the panel.
  24. Remove the image panel from the platform.
  25. Using Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink, stamp the paw print stamps from the Meow Small Clear Stamp Set onto the empty areas of the background panel.
  26. Heat set the background panel.
  27. Adhere the background panel to the front of the reserved black card.
  28. Trim the background panel to 4.25" x 8.5" and edge with Lightning Black Brilliance Ink.*
  29. Take a piece of scrap Bristol Paper and repeat Steps #9-13. Heat set.
  30. Use magnets to secure the colored scrap of Bristol Paper to a stamping platform.
  31. Place the "Meow" stamp from the Meow Small Clear Stamp Set facedown on the colored Bristol Paper.
  32. Press the platform's lid onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  33. Ink the stamp with Lightning Black Brilliance ink.
  34. Remove the sentiment scrap from the stamping platform.*
  35. Dump clear detail embossing powder onto the wet ink, dump off the excess, and heat set.
  36. Return the embossed sentiment scrap to the platform and secure with magnets.
  37. Re-ink the stamp with Lightning Black Brilliance ink.
  38. Repeat Steps #34 and 35.
  39. Let the embossing powder cool.
  40. Use a flag die to cut the sentiment.
  41. Edge the sentiment with Lightning Black Brilliance ink.
  42. Adhere the sentiment to the card as shown.
Notes:
  • Lightning Black Brilliance ink is a gold/black metallic ink.
  • Slimline cards can be many sizes, the most common being 3.5" x 8.5". 
  • Mine was meant to fit in a #10 envelope (4" x 9"ish), but I forgot to trim .25" from the card once the background panel was adhered. Oops.
  • Keep packaging acetate. It's useful as an ink applicator or as a shaker card window. Some acetate can be heat or dry embossed.
  • Be mindful of which stamping platform you're using. You CAN NOT heat emboss on the base of the Misti Platform. You can on the Tonic platforms. Don't ask how I know.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Coffee Themed Tag Album

It's Tuesday, my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. This week's theme is Anything Goes and I've made a coffee-themed accordion tag album with Zig Zag Journal Die Set by Studio Light, the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad, and the Coffee and Chocolate Backgrounds 8x8 Paper Pad by Stamperia. The stamps used are AM Dee Clear Stamp Set #737,  Barista Dee Clear Stamp Set #760Coffee Time Clear Stamp Set #417Coffee First Clear Stamp Set #252Morning Clear Stamp Set #253, and Safety First Clear Stamp Set #254 –– all by AALL and Create. Some sentiments on the album are from the Sharp Tongues White Ephemera Die Cuts by Autour de Mwa for AALL and Create.

Here's a photo of the album folded up with a belly band.


Here's the folded album without the belly band.


Front of the album


Back of the album


Close-up of two of the pages 


Close-up of two of the pages 


Close-up of the first page of the back of the album


Close-up of two of the pages 


Close-up of two of the pages 


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers
London Fog Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Copic Markers: 
Miss Dee's Skin: BV0000, BV000, E50, E21, De11, E00, E000, R20 (cheeks)
Miss Dee's Hair: B60, C00, C0
Miss Dee's Eyes: E70, E71, BG10, BG11
Miss Dee's Earrings: B60, C00, C0; BG21, BG23, BG45
Barista Dee's Tie, Cup, Eye Shadow: BG32, BG34, BG45, E77
Barista Dee's Pants: N4, N7
Barista Dee's Boots: R35, R46
Barista Dee's Apron: E71, E74, E77
Barista Dee's Coffee Pot: C00, C0, C1, C4
AM Dee's Robe: BG11, BG13, R20, R32
AM Dee's Slippers and Cap: R20, R30, R32, R35
AM Dee's Coffee Cup: R20, R30, R32, BG32, BG45, E77
Dogs' Fur: E71, E74, E77
Dogs' Eyes: Y23, Y26, FY2
Dogs' Noses: N4, N7, N8
Dogs' Pajamas: BG11, BG13, BG34, BG45, BG90, BG93
Bunny Slipper: R11, R20, E32, RV91, RV92
Dogs' Coffee Mug/Cup: R20, R32, RV93
Tongue: E04, RV42, RV91
Mouth: E04, RV95, RV99
Cat's Fur: E70, E71, T0, T1
Cat's Robe/Pajamas: E30, E42, R30, R32, RV91
Cat's Coffee Cup: BG11, BG13
Black Multi-Liner by Copic
Brown Pitt Artist Pen by Faber Castell
Circles Nestabilities Die Set by Spellbinders
Pinked Circles Nestabilities Die Set by Spellbinders
Alphabet Dies by All Occasions
Scalloped Border Die-Namics Die by My Favorite Things (retired)
Tiny Heart Die: Source Unknown
White and Pink Tattered Cotton Strips by Maisy Mo Designs, a defunct company
White Gelly Roll Gel Pen by Sakura of America
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Use the base die from the Zig Zag Journal Die Set to cut London Fog (brown) cardstock. 
  2. Fold along the score lines to create an accordion tag album. Set aside.
  3. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp AM Dee ,  Barista Dee , the dogs from the Coffee First  and Morning clear stamp sets, and the cat from the Safety First Clear Stamp Set #254 onto white cardstock.
  4. Fussy-cut all images. 
  5. Use Copic markers to color all of the images, edge them with a black multi-liner, and use a white gel pen to add highlights. Set them aside.
  6. Cut five 2" x 3" pieces of floral paper from the inside back cover of the Coffee and Chocolate Backgrounds 8x8 Paper Pad.
  7. Cut five 2" x 3" pieces of tile patterned paper from the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad.
  8. Use Henna Elements Ink to edge all ten rectangles.
  9. Adhere a patterned paper rectangle to each page of the accordion tag album die-cut, alternating between the floral pattern and the tile pattern.
  10. Use the stitched rectangle die from the Zig Zag Journal Die Se to cut coffee-bean patterned paper from the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad
  11. Repeat until you have ten stitched rectangle die-cuts.
  12. Edge all the stitched rectangle die-cuts with Henna Elements Ink then adhere them to the bottom of each page of the accordion tag album die-cut.
  13. Use a circle Nestabilities die to cut the the clock from the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad
  14. Cut the die-cut clock vertically. Mess up and cut off the final "e" of coffee. 
  15. Use Henna Elements Ink to edge the clock.
  16. Adhere the clock to the front page of the album as shown.
  17. Choose two coffee cups/mugs from the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad, trim them to 1.69" square, and edge with Henna Elements Ink.
  18. Choose two coffee quotes from the inside from cover of the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad trim them, and edge with Henna Elements Ink.
  19. Adhere the trimmed coffee cups and quotes to pages 3 and 5 of the front of the album.
  20. Use the banner die from the Zig Zag Journal Die Set to cut burlap patterned paper from the Coffee and Chocolate Backgrounds 8x8 Paper Pad twice.
  21. Color the flags with Copic markers.
  22. Use the brown Pitt Artist pen to color the tops of both banner.
  23. Adhere the banners to the front of the album as shown.
  24. Use a BG34 Copic marker to color white cardstock.
  25. Cut the colored white cardstock with the alphabet die to spell "I" and "Coffee". Reserve the excess colored cardstock.
  26. Adhere the sentiment to the bottom of the front cover of the tag album.
  27. Use R32 and R20 Copic markers to color white cardstock, cut with a small heart, and adhere between the "I" and the "Coffee" words on the front cover of the tag album.
  28. Use the tag ring die from the  Zig Zag Journal Die Set the cut the excess colored cardstock from Steps #25 and #27.
  29. Use the tag ring die from the  Zig Zag Journal Die Set to cut floral and tile patterned papers.
  30. Adhere all the rings to the tag holes at the top of each page.
  31. Cut London Fog cardstock with both the loopy circles dies from the Zig Zag Journal Die Set until you have four of one pattern and three of the other. 
  32. Adhere the loopy circle die-cuts to the bottom portion of pages 3 and 5 of the front of the tag album, and all five pages of the back of the tag album.
  33. Use the pocket die from the Zig Zag Journal Die Set to cut coffee rings/coffee splatter patterned paper from either the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad or the Coffee and Chocolate Backgrounds 8x8 Paper Pad.* 
  34. To create a mirror-image pocket, place the die on the reverse of the patterned paper, and run it through the machine.
  35. Fold both die-cuts on the score lines to create the pocket.
  36. Edge both pockets with Henna Elements Ink.
  37. Place either .125" red-liner tape or strong glue on the outside of the fold lines, taking care to keep adhesive away from the inside of the pockets, then adhere the pockets to pages 2 and 4 of the back of the tag album.
  38. Trim six advertisements from Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad or the Coffee and Chocolate Backgrounds 8x8 Paper Pad to 1.125" x 2" 
  39. Edge the advertisements with Henna Elements Ink.
  40. Place the advertisements into the pockets.
  41. Adhere the reserved fussy-cut colored Miss Dees to pages 2 and 4 on the front of the tag album.
  42. Adhere the dogs to pages 1 and 5 on the back of the tag album.
  43. The cat from the Safety First Clear Stamp Set will not fit on page 3, so you will have to cut off his tail. Don't worry, it won't hurt him. He's paper. BUT, do not try this with YOUR cat.
  44. Adhere the cat with his tail behind him on page 3 of the tag album.
  45. Use Acorn VersaFine Clair Ink to stamp the sentiment from Coffee First Clear Stamp Set #252 onto a piece of coffee-ringed patterned paper from either the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad or the Coffee and Chocolate Backgrounds 8x8 Paper Pad.* 
  46. Cut the sentiment apart, edge with Henna Elements Ink, and adhere to the right edge of page 2 (AM Dee's page) on the front of the tag album.
  47. Use Acorn VersaFine Clair Ink to stamp the "More Espresso" sentiment from Barista Dee Clear Stamp Set  and the "Life Happens" sentiment from the Coffee Time Clear Stamp Set onto a piece of coffee-ringed patterned paper from either the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad or the Coffee and Chocolate Backgrounds 8x8 Paper Pad.* 
  48. Trim both sentiments, edge with Henna Elements Ink, and adhere to the right edge of page 4 (Barista Dee's page) of the tag album.
  49. Select three sentiments from the Sharp Tongues White Ephemera Die Cuts and adhere to the tops of pages 1, 3, and 5 on the back of the tag album.
  50. Use BG 11, BG34, and E71 markers to color white Tattered Cotton Strips. Heat set.
  51. Thread the cotton strips through the tags holes to finish the album.
  52. Use the scalloped border die to cut London Fog cardstock. 
  53. Cut a 6" x .375" strip of coffee-bean patterned paper from the Coffee and Chocolate Patterned 8x8 Paper Pad, edge with Henna Elements Ink, and adhere to the center of the border die-cut to create the belly band. 
  54. Place the combined strip around the tag accordion album so that the ends of the strip overlap. Mark where that occurs.
  55. Slide the strip off of the album.
  56. Adhere the ends of the strip together to form the belly band. Secure the overlap with a staple.
  57. Use a small Nestabilities Circle De to cut the "Good Days" circle from patterned paper and edge with Henna Elements Ink.
  58. Use a Pinked Circles Die to cut London Fog cardstock.
  59. Adhere the patterned paper circle to the pinked circle die-cut.
  60. Adhere the matted circle die-cut over the staple on the belly band.
Note:
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Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Yikes! Another Calendar Card

It's Tuesday, my day to share a project created for Topflight Stamps. I've made another calendar card since a New Year's resolution was to actually use all the mini calendars that I purchased AND mail them. This card features the cranky, yet adorable Dragon Unmounted Red Rubber Stamp by Katzelkraft posing in front of a castle wall made with the Stones Stencil by Lavinia Stamps.

Here it is!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:
Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink by Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko

Other Products Used:
Bristol Paper by Strathmore
Raven Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Copper Metallic Cardstock by Recollections
London Fog and Desert Sand Memento Ink by Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
Lost Shadow and Black Soot Distress Inks by Tim Holtz for Ranger Ink
Castle Stencil by Pebbles
Copic Markers: Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, BG11, BG13, BG90, E08, E19, E95, E97
Pouncy Tool
Pale Grey, Light Grey, Cool Grey 1, Cool Grey 3, Cool Grey 6,  Shadow Pink, and Aquamarine Tint Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers by Kuretake
Van Dyke Brown and Burnt Sienna Chalk Pencils by General's
Pearlescent Chalk by Pebbles
Shiny Series Dot and Mica Dot Watercolors by Iuile
Thin Strip Die by Spellbinders
Flag Dies: Source Unknown
White Gelly Roll Gel Pen by Sakura of America
Low-tack Tape
Mini Calendar
Removeable Sticker Paper by Avery
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Instructions:
  1. Cut a piece of Raven cardstock to 10" x 7". Score at 5" and fold to form a 5" x 7" card. Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the Dragon Unmounted Red Rubber Stamp twice — once onto Bristol Paper and once onto masking paper. 
  3. Color the Dragon on the Bristol Paper with Copic markers. 
  4. Fussy-cut the masking paper Dragon and placed him his counterpart on the image panel as a mask.
  5. Place a piece of low-tack tape horizontally over the bottom of the Dragon.
  6. Use magnets to secure the image panel onto the STAY-tion.
  7. Place the castle stencil onto the image panel towards the top and secure it with magnets. 
  8. Brush Della Blue then Confetti Elements Inks over the ramparts of the castle to create a sky.
  9. Invert the stencil so that the sky is covered and the rampart/crenellations are visible.
  10. Brush Lost Shadow Distress Ink onto the image panel between the castle stencil and the tape to start a stone castle wall. 
  11. Secure the Stones Stencil by Lavinia Stamps onto the image panel.
  12. Brush London Fog Memento Ink over the stencil onto the image panel.
  13. Use steel wool or a "pouncy tool" (looks like copper wool attached to a stamp block) to  randomly pounce/apply  Russet OrangePaprikaSaharaBermuda, and Graphite Elements Inks onto the stones to make them more look stonier.
  14. Use watercolor markers to outline the stones on the wall and add dimension and cracky details to the castle's crenellation/ramparts. 
  15. Remove the low tack tape.
  16. With the mask still covering the Dragon, brush Desert Sand Memento Ink along the bottom of the image panel. 
  17. Use chalk pencils to add shadows and detail to the ground.
  18. Use pearlescent yellow palette chalk to add a glow around the dragon.
  19. Remove the Dragon's mask.
  20. Use glittery watercolors to add details to the Dragon's scales, eyes, and the ornaments on his head and tail.
  21. Use a white gelly roll gel pen to add highlights to the dragon's eyes.
  22. Color a scrap of white cardstock with BG11 and BG13.
  23. Position the "Happy New Year" sentiment from the Classic Sentiments Clear Stamp Set facedown onto the Copic colored white cardstock. 
  24. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp and lift.
  25. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink  and stamp.
  26. Re-ink and stamp again if necessary to attain a good impression.
  27. Use a flag die was used to cut the sentiment. 
  28. Edge the die-cut with the BG13 marker.
  29. Use the thin strip die to cut metallic copper cardstock. 
  30. Adhere the thin piece of copper cardstock over the Dragon on the image panel as shown.
  31. Adhere the flag to the copper cardstock "flagpole" as shown.
  32. Use Copic markers and grey watercolor markers to add shadows and shading to the image panel.
  33. Trim the image panel to 4.625" x 6.625" and edge with Black Soot Distress Ink.
  34. Cut a piece of metallic copper cardstock to 4.75" x 6.75" and use to mat the image panel.
  35. Adhere the matted image panel to the reserved black card.
  36. Cut a piece of metallic cardstock .25" larger than the mini calendar.
  37. Cut a piece of black cardstock .5" larger than the calendar.
  38. Adhere the copper cardstock to the black cardstock. 
  39. Use double-sided tape to adhere the calendar to the matted cardstock.
  40. Use double-sided tape to adhere the matted calendar to finish the calendar card.
Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Lovebirds - A Red & Pink Valentine's Day Card

This week my Topflight Stamps teammates and I are focusing on a red and pink color scheme, so I've created a Valentine's Day card with PaperArtsy paints, stamps, and a stencil. 

Here's my card!


Topflight Stamps Products Used:

Other Products Used:
Solar White Classic Crest Cardstock by Neenah Papers
140 Lb. Mixed Media Paper by Strathmore
Red Cardstock by Bazzill Basics
Lightning Black Brilliance Ink by Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko
Copic Markers: B95, R56, R59, R81, R83, R89, N7, N8, Y21, Y23, Y26
Black MultiLiner by Copic
White Gelly Roll Gel Pen by Sakura of America
White Prismacolor Colored Pencil by Sanford
Pouncy Tool (looks like steel wool)
Clear Detail Embossing Powder by Stampendous
Rectangle Nestabilities Die Set by Spellbinders Paper Arts.
Fancy Sentiment Ribbon Dies: Source Unknown
Inkssentials Foam by Ranger Ink
Craft Mat
Low-tack Tape
STAY-tion by Wendy Vecchi for Ranger Ink
Stamping Platform

Notes:
Instructions:
  1. Trim a piece of red cardstock to 10" x 7", score at 5", and fold to form a 5" x 7" card. Set aside.
  2. Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the birds from the JOFY Lovebirds JM20 Cling Rubber Stamp onto white cardstock. 
  3. Use a black Multi-liner pen to add some linework to the birds heads to facilitate fussy-cutting.
  4. Color both birds with Copic markers and edge with a black marker. 
  5. Add a dot of white gel pen to add accents to the birds' pupils.
  6. Use a white pencil to add highlights to their beaks.
  7. Add small drops of Blah MangeTaro Milk Tea, and Bubble Gum Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints to a piece of Inkssentials foam.
  8. Smoosh the foam onto a craft mat to drive the paint into the foam. 
  9. Pounce the foam onto a piece of mixed media paper until the panel is mostly covered. 
  10. Add small drops of ClaretBlood Orange, and London Bus Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints to a second piece of foam. 
  11. Smoosh the foam onto a craft mat to drive the paint into the foam. 
  12. Randomly pounce the foam over the pink background to add translucent reds to the background.*
  13. Add small drops of Blah MangeTaro Milk Tea, and Bubble Gum Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints onto the craft mat one color at a time, spread each color with the 2" Speedball Breyer, then randomly roll the brayer over the background to knock back the bolder red colors. 
  14. Add small drops of Claret Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint onto the craft mat and spread with the 2" Speedball Breyer
  15. Press the pouncy tool into the paint, then randomly pounce the tool onto the background to add flecks of paint to the background to create visual interest. 
  16. Repeat Steps #14 and #15 with Blood Orange and London Bus Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints.
  17. Trim the pink/red background to 4.5" x 6.5" and set aside. Retain the rest of the panel
  18. Add small drops of Claret Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint onto the craft mat and spread with the 2" Speedball Breyer
  19. Roll the brayer over either another piece of mixed media paper or rejected painted paper.
  20. Repeat Steps #18 and #19 with Blood Orange and London Bus Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paints to create a variegated red on red piece of mixed media paper which will be used as the background layer of the card.
  21. Use a rectangle die to cut a piece out of the center of the red painted background.
  22. Use Lightning Black Brilliance ink and a stamping platform to stamp the clock heart from the Darcy 02 Cling Rubber Stamp Set onto the red painted background.
  23. Add clear detail embossing powder, dump off the excess, and heat set. 
  24. Fussy-cut the heart and edge with Lightning Black Brilliance ink.
  25. Trim the red-painted background panel to 4.75" x 6.75" and edge with the Lightning Black Brilliance ink. 
  26. Heat set the edges, then adhere the background to the reserved red 5" x 7" card.
  27. Use low-tack tape to secure the section you want to use from the Scrapcosy PS374 Stencil by PaperArtsy over the remaining piece of red painted background. 
  28. Use magnets to secure the stencil and the paper to the STAY-tion.
  29. Sponge Lightning Black Brilliance Ink over the stencil onto the red painted background. 
  30.  Cut the stenciled paper into a .25" strip and a wider one.
  31. Edge both stenciled red-painted strips with Lightning Black Brilliance Ink.
  32. Cut another remaining piece of red painted cardstock withhe two decorative ribbon slider sentiment dies.
  33. Edge both die-cuts with the Lightning Black Brilliance ink. 
  34. Use magnets to secure the leftover pink-painted paper (from Step #17) to the base of a stamping platform. 
  35. Position the "Lovebirds" sentiment from the JOFY Lovebirds JM20 Cling Rubber Stamp facedown onto the leftover pink-painted piece of paper.
  36. Press the lid of the platform onto the back of the stamp and lift. 
  37. Ink the stamp with Nocturne VersaFine Clair Ink and stamp.
  38. Re-ink the stamp with Lightning Black Brilliance ink and stamp again.
  39. Add clear detail embossing powder to the sentiment panel and dump off the excess.
  40. Heat emboss the sentiment.
  41. Use the small rectangle die to cut the sentiment.
  42. Use Lightning Black Brilliance ink to edge the pink/red panel.
  43. Adhere the edged pink panel to the card front.
  44. Adhere the bottom strip to the pink panel as shown. 
  45. Center the heart and adhere to the pink panel as shown.
  46. Position and adhere both birds so that they're perching upon the heart. 
  47. Thread the small red painted strip through the large ribbon slide die and adhere to the top of the card as shown. 
  48. Adhere the smaller ribbon slide die atop the larger one.
  49. Adhere the sentiment die-cut onto the layered ribbon slide.
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