Monday, September 3, 2012

Embossing Card Ideas

This is a collection of cards that I made for Operation Write Home in
August. Most of the stamps are from Hero Arts, Cuttlebug embossing folders, prismacolor pencils, Versa Mark ink, Distress Inks, Sizzix &
Nestabilities dies, Martha Stewart border punch, white 125 lb cardstock & kraft paper for cards bases.

2012 - 39th Anniversary Card

39th Anniversary Card for my husband who is an avid bird watcher (2 trips to Africa & 1 to Columbia, S.Am. in the past 10 months) and my music interests as a pianist/organist/vocalist.

Stamps: Hero Arts cling hearts
Embossing Folder: Spellbinders M-Bossabilities "Simplicity" double-sided
3 Washi tape strips
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks 

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

friends are special treasures


Surprise! I actually have this Inkadinkadoo stamp set in my collection!
Dawn McVey's card is my inspiration source today. 
The sentiment is from a Hero Arts Greetings set.
Green label: Spellbinders Labels 8 die cut, clear embossed with an Anna Griffin floral background stamp & popped up with dimensional tape.

Monday, July 16, 2012

love you Forever


Finally unwrapped this Stampendous cling rubber stamp, Jumbo Peony, & black embossed it on white cardstock. Used Copic Markers to colorthe peony & Glossy Accents along lines & flower stamens. I would have used Stickles but this card is going to Operation Write Home & no glitter is allowed. Peony was attached to a ivory card stamped with Inkadinkadoo's Italian Writing in Versafine Vintage Sepia. The sentiment banner is from Papertrey Ink, Trendy Tree Tops, using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink and popped up on mounting tape .

hello sunshine


Today we were inspired with various techniques using floral stamps.  
Not having the featured stamp my cards look somewhat different. 

Stamps: Hero Arts Flower Text, Papertrey Ink Think Big Favorites #15
Inks: T. Holtz Distress Bundled Sage, Broken China & Wild Honey Inks, VersaMark
White embossing powder, White & pale yellow cardstock, watercolor paper

White embossed VersaMark inked Flower Text stamp on watercolor paper. Sponged three Distress inks to color background & flowers. Used 1/8th corner rounder, directly adhered design to an A2 white card & colored the edges with DI Bundled Sage. Added the yellow banner with sentiment on dimensional tape & shaded edge with Prismacolor Prussian Sage pencil.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Hugs & Kisses


Stamp: Hero Arts Cl XO
Ink: VersaMark, Ranger Distress Inks Festive Berries (winter seasonal ink)
Martha Stewart Bakers Twine, Making Memories "heart" brad
White & navy cardstock

I laid out the stamps from the set on top of my white paper square and picked them up
with my Fiskars Stamp Press.  Inked with VersaMark, clear embossed and used the red
Distress Ink to color my white cardstock. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

best wishes


Stamps: Hero Arts greetings, A Muse Dot, misc. clear set 
Ink: Hero Arts Soft Pool & Soft Gray Shadow, Momento Black
Paper: Columns Lt. Blue, & Aqua Bazill
Silver Cord
Fiskars Scallop Edge Punch

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

happy birthday - Sending You Love


Hero Arts Circle Upper Case Alphabet Stamps 
Hero Arts Greetings stamps 
Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley Embossing folder 
and punched circles to create the bottom border.  
Rounded most of the corners to keep the circle theme going too.
White embossing powder for "happy birthday" with ink sponged
background - Hero Arts Soft Pool Shadow Ink attached via dimensional tape.

My take on Cristina Kowalczyk's card: 

Stamps: Hero Arts XO clear set, Impress Sending you love
Inks: Marvy Violet, Memories Soft Shadow Gray, Momento Black
Black washi tape

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Thinking of You


Jennifer's card inspired me to use the Hero Arts collage stamp, a couple misc. dragonfly stamps from my stash & Spellbinders Labels 8 to die cut the frame. I really should have watched the video more than once before beginning the process as I didn't quite do her technique - but it's close!  :-0

Monday, July 9, 2012

a big congrats 2 you


I'm so excited to be back in class again this summer! Yeah for new ideas!  I chose to work with the Hero Arts zig-zag background stamp.  Inking the stamp with VersaMark ink on colored paper, I clear embossed & used 3 circle punches to make various sized circles. The sentiment & frame are from Paper Trey Ink.

Next white card stock was stamped with the zig-zag stamp using Soft Gray Shadow Ink. Ranger Distress inks were used to stamp the flower stamps (Impress) on white card stock & then I fussy cut them to layer on top of stamped stems.  The zig-zag background with flowers was adhered to a golden yellow A2 card; a thin dark gray strip on right side of card had a postage stamp punch edge. The "Thank You" square from a Hero Arts "T" clear stamp set was inked with Fresh Ink slate pigment ink.

The final card for today is more masculine, using Versa Mark ink to stamp the zig-zag stamp on a kraft A2 card.  Ranger Distress inks were used to stamp the rainbow colored banner on white card stock & a thinner orange banner from BasicGrey's "life of the party" 6x6 pad was layered over this.  Two oval Nestabilities dies were used for the frame set & a sentiment from Hero Arts OWH clear Year Round Sentiments.  The tiny orange heart was punched out of BG's orange paper, attached with a pop dot & covered with Glossy Accents to add some shine.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Colored a strip of white cardstock with several Copic markers blending into each line. Next stamped the thistle blossoms with Versa Mark and embossed with white embossing powder.  Used a Cuttlebug embossing folder for the edge border and then a butterfly punch for more dimension.

Papertrey Ink Trendy Tree Tops stamps & dies created a birthday card for a friend with a matching envelope. The sky was created with the Hero Arts envelope pattern background stamp & enhanced with chalk; I cut the grass from patterned paper.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Instead of a 2011 Christmas card we 
    sent a New Year's card in January 2012.

Hero Arts zig-zag background stamp,
Impress flourish stamp on punched heart
Impress stamp inside frame stamp

Two of a set of four note cards. The birds & butterflies are punches
and the Penny Black stamp was inked with the Ranger Seasonal inks.

As soon as I saw the new Hero Arts 2012 catalog
this Newsprint Owl was mine! Just love those big eyes! 

Used a Hero Arts music clef background stamp with the
Christmas bird stamp & HA's Pool Shadow ink.
I'll probably add a banner when sending it out depending
on the occasion for use.


Here are 4 cards made for my four friends who treated me to an early birthday lunch.