Hello everyone! I’m excited to share a fun trio of cards that I made for my daughter when she was away at dance camp last week. I absolutely love the Trinity Stamps Love Dani line of 3×4 stamps and think they are so fun to watercolor. When the most recent additions release, I just had to have them and couldn’t wait to play!
To create these cards, I die cut the mini card that is part of the Slimline Frame & Fold die set from Trinity Stamps. It gives you this really fun 3×4 miniature card. I cut mine from Bristol Smooth cardstock because I knew I was going to heat emboss and watercolor my images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.
These were so much fun to color and experiment with. I also love that the Zigs don’t bleed through so I didn’t need an extra layer of cardstock to hide anything.
As I said earlier, these cards were for my daughter. She went away to a 4-day dance camp and I thought it would be fun to stash some happy thoughts in her suitcase. After I watercolored each card and let it dry, my husband and I each wrote different messages inside each card so she could open them each day.
Then, I used my WeRMemory Keepers envelope punch board to create coordinating envelopes that went with the colors on each card. I used some fun washi tape to seal each one and tied them together with baker’s twine.
This was silly and so much fun to create! These cards are also perfect for holding a gift card if you wanted to do that too!
Happy Independence Day to all of my USA friends! Today I’m guest designing on the Trinity Stamps blog and couldn’t resist using the new Cupcake Card die set to create a really fun 4th of July themed card to share! Creating this card just reminded me how fun it is to take things typically meant for something specific and twisting things like color schemes and sentiments to broaden their use.
To start today’s project, I pulled out the dies from the set I intended to use and cut everything from white heavy weight cardstock. I folded the card base on the score line and set it aside to add color to my pieces.
Here’s a quick and easy photo to show you the colors I used for all the pieces. It’s really simple when you break it down. I inked up the cupcake liner with distress oxide in blueprint sketch and salty ocean. Then I added it and the frosting piece to my splatter box and flicked watered down ink in both blues to both pieces. I removed the liner paper and flicked some candied apple on the frosting to bring that classic red into the mix. I set those aside to dry while I colored the remaining pieces with copic markers.
Next, I pulled out the Simply Sentimental – Happy stamps and dies out to work on my sentiment. I cut the shadow from vellum and the word “happy” from white cardstock 4 times and adhered them all together with liquid glue. Then I stamped “Independence Day” from the stamp set in black ink and used the smallest Embossed Edge Rectangle die to create a sentiment strip.
To assemble all my pieces, I used liquid glue starting with the cupcake liner piece first, then the cupcake and finally the frosting and cherry. I added “happy” with liquid glue and popped the sentiment strip up with foam tape.
For finishing touches, I added glossy accents to the cherry and one Jelly Drop Heart embellishment below the sentiment.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project and find some inspiration to create something fun to share with someone.
Welcome everyone! I’m super excited to be celebrating, once again, with Trinity Stamps for their birthday release that went live a couple weeks ago. It’s packed full of so many amazing products and today I have a slimline card featuring one of the new stamp sets – Puppy Party.
The main image in the set is perfectly sized for a slimline card, which is what I created but I found another fun way to string those pups along. Let’s get started.
I started my card by stamping and heat embossing images from the set on Bristol Smooth cardstock. Then I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a water brush pen to watercolor them. Once they were dry, I used the coordinating dies to cut them out. Then the real fun started.
I cut a slimline panel measuring 8.5×3.5 inches and pulled out some distress oxide inks – abandoned coral and dried marigold. I love them together so much! I think they might be one of my favorite combos. I inked up the panel with some stripes because I wanted shading below my pups on the card.
I spritzed the panel with water and blotted it dry. Then I splattered pearl watercolor all over it and black acrylic paint too. A fun way to save a step and add more shimmer – I don’t rinse my watercolor brush between the pearl and black paint so the black gets a little metallic shimmer in it too. If you don’t like that look, just rinse your brush and start fresh.
Next, I cut my puppy line into thirds and arranged everything on my card front so I could adhered things where I want them. Everything is adhered with foam squares and then the whole panel is popped onto a card base with liquid glue. Once that was dry, I used my scissors to trim anything hanging over the edge.
I think this card is so fun and love how the line of dogs just keeps going and going and going. It kind of cracks me up a little. Not to mention the fantastic punny sentiments in the set too! They’re all great!
I truly hope you enjoyed today’s project and found some inspiration to create something wonderful to share with someone.
Hey friends! I’m so happy to be celebrating with Trinity Stamps for their Sweet Summer Celebration release! Today we have a blog hop for inspiration and chances to win. I have two cards to share with you today and will be back in the coming weeks with more!
First up, I have a super fun birthday slimline featuring the new Birthday Shark stamps and dies along with a couple of previously release stencil sets for fun!
I started my card by stamping and coloring that adorable shark with my copic markers. Then I used the coordinating die to cut it out, along with stamping and cutting a sentiment too. I love that these dies cut the coordinating sentiments from the set! It’s my favorite!
For the background panel, I took a piece of white cardstock and used dye inks with the Waving Hello stencil in teal and blue inks. Then I layered the Layered Balloons stencils over that using distress oxide inks because they are pigment and will sit on top of the other ink, rather than blending together. I thought it helped set the scene a bit more.
Next, I took the fish in the set and used a gray dye ink to stamp them in the background before popping my shark and sentiment up with foam squares. Before adhering this to a card panel, I trimmed it down to about 8×3.5 inches and added some washi tape to the right edge of the card base. I used liquid glue to adhere the panel and moved on to finishing touches.
There’s a lot going on in this fun scene, so I just added glossy accents to the shark’s balloon and unicorn Stickles to his party hat and gift.
Isn’t this just adorable and so much fun! I can hardly wait to give this one away! It’s going to be such a hit.
Now, for my second card, I have a fun interactive, light-up card featuring the Little Light stamps and dies and a soft watercolor background.
I stamped and colored the main image with my copic markers and cut it out. Then I stamped and heat embossed my sentiment on black and used a coordinating die to cut that out too. Then I started playing with some watercolors to create a simple background.
Once those were dry, I used an Embossed Edge Rectangle die to cut the watercolor panel down and started deciding where to position my light behind it.
I traced the inside of the die I used onto a piece of orange cardstock the size of my card front and set my EZ Light on it about where I thought it would go. I laid the watercolor panel on top and the fish image on that. Nothing is glued down! I pressed where the button was to make sure the light was shining in the correct area and carefully removed the panel so I could trace the light location. This might sound complicated but it’s super easy.
I used tear tape to adhere the light in place and then covered the panel with double thick foam inside the pencil line. Remember, I traced the inside of the die so this line won’t show at all and you don’t have to worry about erasing it. Next, I removed the release paper and adhered the watercolor panel on top.
I stamped “press here” in a blue ink close to the watercolor background, cut it out and glued it in place with liquid glue. Then I added the fish and sentiment with foam squares for some dimension and interest.
Ready to see this fun card all lit up?!? Drum roll please….
Isn’t it so much fun?!? I love it and had so much fun creating it.
Remember, this is a blog hop for the release. There are two $50 gift cards to the Trinity Stamps shop up for grabs. Comment here, hop along and comment on all of the other posts to up your chances of winning. The hop ends June 15 at 11:59 PDT. Winners will be announced on the Trinity Stamps blog.
Next in line for the hop is the incredible and amazing Katie Brooks!
Hey friends! Thermoweb is a super sponsor of the Coffee Lovers Spring | Summer Hop and on the blog today they are giving away an extra prize to a lucky commenter! Since they were so generous to offer this prize, I wanted to highlight their fabulous products with a project to share with you.
For my card, I pulled out a gorgeous toner card front and the mystic rainbow Deco Foil transfer sheets. I heated up my laminator and ran it through. It was totally gorgeous but there is a lot of white space on the design I chose, so I took the negative foil that was left over and ran that through with a toner sheet giving me this deep, gorgeous design to work with! Bonus! I still have the foiled toner card front to make another card with later on!
The left is what I started with and the right is the negative on a toner sheet. Isn’t that the coolest! And that left zero waste for my beautiful foil too!
Then to keep my card moving along, I cut the panel down with a Trinity Stamps embossed edge rectangle and then cut the Cafe Cup Cutout from the upper center of that. I decided to add white steam bits instead of the foiled pieces so I used a scrap to cut those pieces and set them aside.
I took an A2 panel and used the window as a guide where to ink up a light teal shadow in the opening. Once that was set I glued down the steam bits with Ultra Bond liquid glue pen and added Thermoweb foam tape to the back of the foiled panel. I removed the release paper and adhered the two together. For my sentiment I used the Trinity Stamps Cut and Foil Coffee die set to cut the word coffee from tuscan gold Deco Foil Flock transfer sheet. I stamped and heat embossed “you make me smile” and cut it out with a stitched banner. The flock coffee sentiment is added with liquid glue and the banner is popped up with foam squares.
I added the panel to a white card base with liquid glue and my card is all finished for today. Here’s a look at it tilted in the light so you can really see how that gorgeous foil stands out. It’s so striking!
YIPPEE!!! It’s time for another fantastic release from Trinity Stamps! I was fortunate enough to be gifted this sweet rainbow snail stamp and die set early and be able to share some cute projects with you today! I have two cards and a pillow box – all birthday themed – with this adorable rainbow snail.
I had so much fun creating with this stamp set that I made all three of these snails straight away and then decided what to do with them later on! I created a jig to help mass stamping this guy, which is so helpful and really simple too.
I took a scrap of cardstock and die cut the main image from the center of it. I used white so I actually used this cut out but you wouldn’t have to, you mainly want the negative space left over. I placed the negative in my MISTI and held it down with magnets. I started with the body stamp first, lining it up in the space so it was even all around, used the lid of the MISTI to pick it up and placed my die cut in the space. I inked up the stamp and stamped it down. With this jig in place, you can add your same image and double-stamp if you need to and it will be in the same place, or you can place another blank cutout in the opening and keep creating bunches of snails at a time. I just wiped the stamp off between each color and did the same part of the image on all the die cuts before moving on to the next one.
With my snails created, I glued the hats on each one and started playing with designs. Originally I thought I would put all 3 on a slimline card but didn’t love it so I scrapped that idea and went to my stash for inspiration.
For this card, I cut 3 balloons from the Bunch of Balloons die set and tied thread to each one leaving it extra long because I wanted to make sure it was long enough to extend the whole card length. I inked blended blue and teal on a white panel for my background but thought it was a little plain.
To make things more fun, I created a shaker instead of just an ink blended background. For that I die cut a white panel with the largest slimline stitched panel and then cut the middle out with a slimline dainty scallop die to create a wide frame. I lined it with acetate and then foam tape around the edge.
I poured some shaker bits in the center and sealed it up. I added the shake mechanism to a white card base and then added my snail and balloons with foam squares. I hid the end of the thread behind the snail and secured them in place with the foam squares. The sentiment in the set has a coordinating die so I added it to a balloon with foam squares as well.
With my second snail, I really wanted to create a little scene so I pulled out the Rainbow Funshine dies to cut the rainbow, clouds and sun. For the grass I used a slimline great outdoors border die.
I adhered the elements of my rainbow with liquid glue, blended some blue ink for my sky and green ink for my grass panel. I splattered the sky and grass for some fun texture and started adhering everything together.
The rainbow and grass are adhered the the sky panel with liquid glue. Then The snail and sun are popped up with foam squares. I was playing around with placement for the sentiment and absolutely love how it looks on the sun. Then I found the little heart die in the Rainbow Funshine set and cut one from the same cardstock as the rainbow and added it for a sweet touch too!
For finishing touches on this card, I did pull out the glossy accents and unicorn Stickles. I added glossy accents to the tops of the snails little antennae and his party hat, then I went ahead and put some on the heart too. For just a dab of sparkle I added the Stickles to the top of the party hat.
For my final project I pulled out my favorite pillow box dies and created a pink box base. I used the candle half of the cake and candles slimline stencil to decorate it. With the stencil in place, I took the dotted layer from the rainbow snail and stamped some texture in each candle for fun too.
I removed the stencil and adhered my box together. I adhered the sentiment to the edge of my snail with liquid glue and added foam squares to the bottom half of him. I tied some twine around the box and added the snail over the top. The snail keeps the twine in place so the bow can be untied and retied easily.
For finishing touches I added Wink of Stella glitter brush pen to the candle flames, the cheeks on my snail and also his hat.
I know this was a super long post and I truly appreciate you sticking with me to the end. Click HERE to check out the Trinity Stamps new release.
Happy Tuesday everyone! Grab a cuppa and head over to the Coffee Loving Cardmakers for Tuesday Tea with Twiddler’s Nook and a how-to on this adorable spring-themed coffee mug card I created!
The stamps and dies are from Pretty Pink Posh with the coffee mug die being an oldie but goodie from Trinity Stamps!
This spring die is just adorable and I’m so happy it fits so well on this coffee mug because I have a summer and winter version, that you can bet your bottom dollar I’m going to be recreating this card with!
Click HERE to head to the Coffee Lovers blog for all the deets and links to products used.
I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!
Welcome everyone! Today I have an atypical style card to share with you featuring more from the newest Miss Ink Stamps release. These critters and all the fun supporting images just don’t get old and I haven’t been able to create with everything yet so I’m not even close to done!
Last weekend I was out of town for my daughter’s State Championship competition for dance. Thinking ahead and knowing I would have lots of down time while the team prepared I stamped some images and packed my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers with me. Typically I reach for copics but they don’t travel as well as my Zig collection. I had some wonderfully relaxing time watercoloring and created my card once I was home.
I chose images from Jungle Ruins, Go Bananas and Pretty Bird. Not everything made it on today’s card but now I have a little tray full of images ready to create with this weekend when I hit the craft room again!
To create this card, I cut the background image down with a Pink & Main Layered Rectangle die and cut a black panel one size larger. I adhered the black panel to a white card base and popped the image panel up with foam tape. Then I used the same rectangle die to cut the edge of the ruins image off so they matched and popped it up with foam squares. I also added one extra monkey with foam squares too.
I stamped and heat embossed a sentiment on black cardstock and used the same rectangle dies to cut it out. I adhered it with foam squares to help it stand out. Then, for finishing touches I glued down a scattering of confetti embellishments from Trinity Stamps across the design.
Once that was all finished I thought it was lacking so I went back to my pre-colored images and found the flowers from Pretty Bird and thought that bright red/orange pop of color was perfect! So I used liquid glue and adhered those in various places around the scene too.
I hope you’re enjoying inspiration from this fantastic release!
Hello everyone. Today I have a quick and easy way to create cards that you need in a flash. I was asked to create a sympathy card and didn’t have a lot of time last night. I pulled out this fabulous Trinity Stamps set called With Sympathy. It’s got a great floral image and wonderful supporting sentiments for a variety of situations.
For this card, I started with an oversized piece of watercolor paper. I scribbled some Tombow markers on a clear block, spritzed it with water and smooshed my paper into the block. After every time I smooshed the paper into the water, I used my heat gun to dry it. That’s how you get all of the different splotches and layers. If you leave it wet and keep smooshing, it all mixes together and you get one color.
Once the panel was dry and my laminator was heated up, I ran the panel through there to help flatten it back out. Then I used the largest Embossed Edge Rectangle Stack die to cut the panel down to A2 size. Next, I chose 2 smaller rectangles and used them to cut a dark gray frame. Then, using the frame as a guide, I stamped and heat embossed the floral image with black embossing powder. I used liquid glue to adhere my frame and placed acrylic blocks on top while I stamped my sentiment to help it all dry flat.
The dies for this set also cut the large sentiment out perfectly. I love this! I used liquid glue to adhere that down and also added a scattering of confetti sequins across the design.
Hi there! I hope your weekend is off to a great start! Today I have a pair of cards to share with you that were inspired by one of the MFT Stamps designers last week. I couldn’t get the design out of my head and when I started creating I immediately had 2 ideas that I wanted to try.
The card on the left is the one that was inspired by Carly. Click HERE to see her card. Mine is a tad different but I’m not much for directly copying designs. Things just morph on their own as I start creating.
As soon as I die cut the word from the white panel for the first card, I had the idea to use it on another card so I had no waste. I love how they both turned out.
On this first card, I cut a white panel down to 4×5.25 inches and die cut the word using the Big Smile die. This has since sold out but you could do the same thing with any alphabet dies you may have, or even change it up completely for a different word.
Using the die cut panel as a guide I taped off the edge of my card base and used blending brushes to ink up a light rainbow where it will show through. Then I added foam tape to the back of the panel and popped it in place.
I stamped and heat embossed a small sentiment on black cardstock and cut it out with a banner die from the Trinity Stamps 4-Bar Card die set. I stamped and colored the koala from Weather With You and cut it out with the coordinating dies too. The banner and koala are adhered with liquid glue directly to the card front.
I finished things off with black glaze pen the the eyes, glossy accents to the nose and a scattering of pink clay hearts from the Twiddler’s Nook Sweethearts embellishment mix.
I think this is such a sweet card! It would be great to add a birthday message to the inside or maybe a congratulations too. It’s so versatile.
After making that first card, I had the letters from cutting the window and I thought it would be fun to do the idea in reverse by stacking the letters for dimension here instead of creating a window. So, I pulled out white scraps and cut the word 4 more times and adhered the layers together with liquid glue.
I cut another panel down to 4×5.25 inches and stamped it in a light gray ink with the All Lined Up Diagonally background stamp. I changed out the critter for the bunny in the same Weather With You stamp set. Popping it up with foam squares before adding another heat embossed sentiment across “smile.” I forgot to mention earlier, the small heat embossed sentiments are from a Pretty Pink Posh set called Let’s Party. I thought they fit perfectly.
This panel is popped up on a white card base with foam tape and the finishing touches are the same. This time I chose red hearts from the same embellishment mix for a little pop of bright on a neutral colored card and I think that is so fun and eye catching.
I love these critters so much and any excuse to ink them up is a good one to me!