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This stamp set isn't a new one for me, but is certainly one I enjoy creating cards and tags with. Today's card is a mini slimline card, not sure why I don't use this size more often!



I started with a scrap piece of watercolor paper that I taped to a watercolor hardbord so that it will remain flat when I start applying copious amounts of water to it. Since I planned to use the Whimsy Stamps "Black Hole" stamp set, I decided to create a nebula or galaxy background and this can be created easily with watercolor paints. For my paints, I chose to use the Mijello Mission Gold paints and chose the colors Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Hue No. 1, Indigo, Black, and Yellow Green. After the paints were applied, I used Winsor & Newton white gouache and a toothbrush to make my white starry layer.


I stamped the images I wanted to use for the card front from the Whimsy Stamps "Black Hole" stamp set using Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink so that the ink wouldn't smear when I started coloring them with Copic markers. The Copic markers I used are: for the alien, YG17, YG03, and YG01 - for the balloon, BG07, BG15, and BG32. After coloring the images, I fussy cut them out and applied Simon Says Stamp black, high loft (.08") 3D Foam Squares to the backs so they would really pop from the watercolored background panel.


For the sentiment, I used the Pinkfresh "Perfect Sentiments" stamp/die/hot foil set to stamp out the Happy Birthday sentiment and then die cut the words and made three additional die cuts for layering out of My Favorite Things' Limelight cardstock. I glued those layers together for a dimensional sentiment.


I die cut the watercolor panel using Honey Bee Stamps' "Sweet Stacks Mini Slimline" dies using the second to largest die in the set. Next, I cut a 6"x6" piece of the My Favorite Things' Limelight cardstock and scored it down the middle at 3" with my Scor-Buddy, folded it in half and used the bone folder to reinforce the fold... this created my mini slimline card base.


I put strips of Simon Says Stamps' Big Momma Foam tape to the back of the watercolor panel and adhered it to the card base and adhered the sentiment and images to the card front panel. My last task was to apply Ranger Glossy Accents to the alien's eyes and the balloon.


That completes this fun outer space themed birthday card, I hope you enjoyed it!


Until next time... happy making!

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I absolutely LOVE the "Fresh Picked.." series of dies that Spellbinders released this year. Each set is just as beautiful as the next and I find myself struggling with which set to pick for a card. For my final Valentine's Day card for this year I selected "Fresh Picked Anemones" and I couldn't be happier with the way it turned out.



I started by cutting two of each of the greenery dies from Spellbinders' "Fern" cardstock. I decided to go with two layers for the stems since they are a bit fragile and I didn't want to bend them when I started applying them to the card front. For the flower petals, I cut the highlight die from Spellbinders' "Pink Sand" and the shadow layer die from Spellbinders' "Fruit Punch" cardstocks. Then for the flower centers, I cut them from Spellbinders' "Dune" and "Sunkissed" cardstocks.


For the card front, I used the Reverse Confetti "Folklore Cover Panel" and cut it out of Spellbinders' "Indigo" cardstock. I attached the cover panel to a top folding A2 card base.


Now that all the pieces are die cut I can start the assembly line process of assembling the flowers. I glued all the flowers together and attached them to their stems and began positioning them onto the Indigo cover panel. Once the final locations for the flowers were established I glued them to the card front.



I decided to add a foiled sentiment for this card. I used silver Spellbinders' Glimmer Foil and a Simon Says Stamp hot foil die called "Love" for the sentiment. I foiled the sentiment using a scrap piece of Spellbinders' Indigo cardstock for the silver foiled sentiment and it always surprises me when it foils perfectly the first time. I fussy cut around the foiled sentiment a put thin foam squares on the back to adhere it to the card front panel. For that final touch, I added a sprinkling of Dress My Craft "Heart Droplets" around the sentiment and that wraps another card up for the 2024 Valentine card making season.


I appreciate you checking out my blog post, until next time... Happy Making!

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For the background, I used a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock and taped it to a watercolor hardbord and liberally sprayed it with water using my Distress Sprayer. I lightly sprinkled two different colors of Lindy's Magical Shakers - "Have a Scone Heather" and "Pemberley Pride Purple" - all over the panel and aided the water moved just a smidge with a small watercolor brush until the entire panel was covered in color. I set this aside to dry naturally.



Once the watercolor panel was completely dry, I used light tack tape to tape the Waffle Flower Bokeh Heart Stencil on top of the watercolor panel. I put a small scoop of Gina K. Designs Red Velvet Glitz Glitter Gel onto a piece of acetate on my work surface. Since I wanted the gel's base to be less red, but yet keep the red glitter, I added about four or five drops of Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink Reinker to the Glitter Gel and mixed it until I ended up with a more purplish base to the gel. Next, I used a palette knife and craft scraper to spread the Glitter Gel mixture across the stencil and onto the watercolor panel and set it aside to dry while I moved on to the sentiment.


For the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp's "Fancy Love You" dies and cut three dimensional layers from random dark purple cardstock I had in my stash; however, I cut the top/fourth layer from beautiful cardstock I received in subscription Box 4 from Your Paper Insider called Fashion Purple Silk. The shadow layer was cut from a piece of White Iridescent Vellum, also from Your Paper Insider, that came in their subscription Box 6... beautiful! I love picking and choosing the perfect papers from their subscription boxes - so much fun. I glued the sentiment layers together and then adhered the sentiment to the vellum shadow layer.


I cut an A2 size matting layer of the Your Paper Insider Fashion Purple Silk cardstock and adhered the watercolor panel to the matting piece. Then used strong adhesive tape to adhere the card front to an A2 top folding card base. Once I glued the sentiment to the card front this card was completed.


I hope you enjoyed today's card! Until next time... Happy Making!





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