Archive for the ‘Greeting Cards’ Category

Eiffel Tower Vintage

September 26, 2008

I had a thank-you card to make, and wanted to make it in pink and brown, my favourite colour combination.  However, I knew my husband would want to keep it, so I made him his own card, in green and blue.

“Pour toi” means “for you” and “un grand merci” means “a big thank you”.   These cards are both sized to fit (a little smaller than) 3 5/8″ x 6 1/2″ envelopes. 

Supplies used:

Stamps:  Rubber Stamp Concepts Curious By Design series:  Paris Voyage (Eiffel tower) and Gypsy Legend (woman).  Beeswax Rubber Stamps (mail carrier birds 1163K).  Stampin’ Up! French version of All Year Cheer (sentiments), Linen (background).

Paper:  kraft, brown, Neenah Paper’s Classic Linen (Baronial Ivory).

Inks:  Memories Black.  Tim Holtz:  Worn Lipstick (for the pink card), Shabby Shutters (for the blue/green card), Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen.

Miscellaneous:  Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours, dimensionals (behind the bird and the woman), sponges.

Vintage Girl

September 7, 2008

I went to a rubber stamp convention yesterday and won a door prize!!!  I got a brand new rubber stamp, not even available to the general public yet, from Stampin’ D’Amour!! Pamela, the owner, told me that I was the very first to own this stamp!!! Of course I had to use it first thing upon arriving home. I brought out some other rubber stamps to greet it, and here she is in all her beauty:

I stamped her in waterproof black ink on watercolour paper.  I watercoloured her face, and then used a coloured pencil and odorless mineral spirits for her hat – a marriage of my two favourite ways to colour!

I cased this card from Denise’s (aka Card Crazy) FS56 Petal Pusher card for today’s (Sunday) SCS challenge

Card Supplies:

Stamps:  Stampin’ D’Amour (girl’s head), Stampin’ Up! (background swirls from Carte Postale, heart from Gentler Times, script from French Script), Technique Tuesday (faux ribbon, little flower), Stampington & Company (corner flourish), Custom stamp (“Mon Amour”) commissioned from Imagine Stamps.

Paper:  PaperTrey Vintage Cream, Strathmore’s 140 lb cold-pressed watercolour paper (girl’s head), Neenah’s Paper Classic Linen Baronial Ivory (fake ribbon), burgundy.

Ink:  Memories Black, Tim Holtz (Antique Linen, Scattered Straw, Aged Mahogany).

Miscellaneous:  Winsor & Newton watercolours (girl’s face), Prismacolor Pencils and odorless mineral spirits (girl’s hat and collar), dimensionals, sponge.

Edited note:  This stamp is now available for sale!  It is here:

Birthday cat in blue/green

September 5, 2008

I love this Penny Black cat. I’m still exploring Prismacolor Pencils with odorless mineral spirits, so I had fun colouring him.

I had so much fun colouring him, that I coloured the background too.  The bottom half of the background is inspired by the gift, and the top is inspired by the hat and the balloons.  The white dots in the cheeks are inspired by #1artistforhighhopes’ seal (it has white highlights on its cheeks too).  The “ribbon” is paper, coloured with Prismacolour pencils and odorless mineral spirits (like the rest of the card) and then overstamped with a grosgrain stamp from Technique Tuesday’s Frayed Ends set.  The paper I used is PaperTrey’s Select White. I really drenched it with odorless mineral spirits (oms) and it didn’t warp at all!! I used a paintbrush for the oms instead of a stub. I had the fan on, but still wonder how much I inhaled. Maybe I’ll switch to baby oil instead.

Card Supplies:

Stamps:  Penny Black, Technique Tuesday
Ink: Memories Black, Marvy Light Blue (for faux ribbon and for sponging)
Paper: PaperTrey Select White, blue (mat behind central image)
Miscellaneous: Prismacolor Pencils, odorless mineral spirits, paintbrush, sponge, straight edges (for bottom of background), circle guide (for top of background), 005 Micron pen

Girl in pink

August 24, 2008

This was a fun little card for me to do.  It’s a mere 3.5″ x 3.5″.  I have not used this stamp in a looooong time.  The last time I used it was for a 4th of July card several years ago.  Of course for that occasion I painted her dress red, white, and blue.  I like her better in pink and white.

I also thought it would be fun to make my own decorative paper.  Well, it was fun, but also somewhat time-consuming.  But it’s a great way to use up scraps.  I cut some scrap paper into stripes and glued them onto the bottom triangle. 

Then I put tape on more scrap paper and then used an office-supply hole puncher to punch out the dots on the top triangle.  Putting tape on first might not work for all punches.  It just worked with this particular punch because it was made more for the office and not really for card-makers.  Putting the tape on first really helped because it would’ve been a pain for me to get those little dots on there.  If I’d had a Xyron (sticker maker), I would’ve used that for both the strips and the dots. 

I used Stampin’ Up!’s mat pack grid for the placement of the dots.  I put the grid on the pink paper, traced circles, and then put the punched out dots on top of the traced circles. 

Card supplies:

Stamp:  “Miss February” by D.O.T.S. (now Close To My Heart)
Paper:  Strathmore’s 140 lb cold-pressed watercolour paper, PaperTrey’s Vintage Cream, generic pink, light pink
Ink:  Memories Black, Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick (for sponging around the girl’s outline)
Miscellaneous:  Winsor & Newton’s Cotman watercolours, Marvy scallop punch, circle guide (used it to cut out the circle by hand;  I don’t have a circle punch), sponge, small hole punch, dimensionals

Christmas branch

August 22, 2008

I was rummaging through tags and cards I had made for my husband and found a Christmas gift tag from last Christmas. It inspired this card:

I tore a lot of edges for SCS’s Thursday challenge.  The torn edges on the kraft panel are straighter because I scored first and then tore.  On all the other panels, I tore without scoring.  I left the red panels un-torn because I was tired of tearing by then.

I also did a ton of sponging!  I think that is my favourite thing to do.  I sponged red ink on the red paper, green ink on the green paper, brown ink on the cream and kraft papers.  I even sponged the ribbon!  It was originally red and white.  I found the white to be too bright, so I sponged it with brown ink. 

The French here means “Merry Christmas my love” (it’s for my husband).  For the star, I taped three scrap pieces of kraft together, drew a star in pencil, cut it out, erased the pencil, and then sponged the sides of it.  Then I put it on a dimensional.    

Stamps used:  Stampin’ Up!  Peaceful Wishes, Canvas, French version of Everyday Flexible Phrases.  Technique Tuesday (Frayed Ends, Whirlygigs, Whispygigs).

Paper:  kraft, Neenah’s Paper Classic Linen (Baronial Ivory, red), olive green

Ink:  Memories Black, Stampin’ Up! Always Artichoke, Tim Holtz (Fired Brick, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen)

Misc:  sponges, ribbon, red brads, red eyelet, twine, dimensional, crimper, decorative scissors.

Beary Christmas

August 20, 2008

Sorry for the lame title.  Anyway.  I bought a (non-SU!) Christmas tree stamp that my demo was selling for 50 cents (according to the price sticker that was still attached, it was originally $11.50!  Wow, I lucked out!) !  I wanted to use it, so I did, here…

I wanted to put ornaments on it, and had the perfect bear for the task (from Angi B & Co., see edited note below).  For the ornaments, at first I experimented with balls, but didn’t like that, even though it would’ve been very easy to punch out a bunch of circles.  So I used candy canes and gingerbread men instead.  This was a super way for me to use up thin strips of ultra-expensive (to me) watercolour paper that I just can’t make myself throw away. 

I stamped the background snowflakes before sponging, so the sponging smeared the snowflakes a little.  If I were to re-do it, I would sponge first this time.  I was just too lazy to re-do it here. 

The gingerbread man that the bear is holding is on a dimensional.

I actually meant for this card to be for my demo (because I got the tree stamp from her), but um, my husband is keeping it instead.  I will try to make a second one for my demo. 

Card supplies:


Darcie’s Country Folk (tree;  I think this is discontinued;  it’s from 1993, and I couldn’t find it on their website),
– Angi B & Co. (bear [see edited note below] and gingerbread men),
– Stampin’ Up! (candy canes from Candy Cane Christmas, background snowflakes from Snowflake Spot, the words “joyeux noël” from the French version of Everyday Flexible Phrases),
– Rusty Pickle (damask stamp from their Princess Bride set),
– Technique Tuesday (stitches from their Frayed Ends set).

Strathmore’s 140 lb cold-pressed watercolour paper (for bear and ornaments), Neenah’s Paper Classic Linen (dark green, red), kraft, olive green (for the tree).

Ink: Memories Black. Tim Holtz:  Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo (for sponging on the kraft paper), Pine Needle (for sponging on the tree).

Accessories:  Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours, Stampin’ Up! Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware, sponge, dimensional (behind the gingerbread man that the bear is holding), Chocolate Chip Stampin’ Write marker (for stitches on the kraft pane).

Edited to add:  That bear is now available through SmARTworks and might be called Sweater Teddy.  Hey!  I found it!!  Here it is:  on Page 97 of the SmARTworks catalog.  Thank you Dini, for the information! (see first comment).

Boo To You

August 10, 2008

I made this card for my nephew and niece (and a duplicate for my husband). 

I think you can click on it for a larger view.  I finally figured out how to do this (I think).

All the stamps in the foreground are by Angi B & Co., who are no longer in business.  But SmARTworks might have them (oops, actually, they don’t;  see note at the bottom), because they are the new home for some Angi B & Co. stamps.  Wood Cellar Graphics also has some Angi B & Co. stamps that are similar, but I did not see the ones I used.

The ghost is the first layer on dimensionals, and then the sign is on a second layer of dimensionals, and finally the cat and pumpkins are on a third layer of dimensionals (this card could be a doorstop).  I hand-wrote “Luke & Melody”  (but on my husband’s card, I wrote out “Patricio”).  “Boo to you” and the candy corn are also on dimensionals.  I stamped all of this onto watercolour paper, watercoloured them, and cut them out (before sticking them onto dimensionals). 

On the background squares, I stamped the tiny border squares by hand, using the little square from Stampendous’ Geo Shapes set.  The background decorative stamp is from Rusty Pickle’s Princess Bride set.  I stamped it first in orange, but it was too overpowering, so I stamped over it again with Stampin’ Up!’s Whisper White craft ink. 

I originally made this card a loooong time ago, for some SCS sketch challenge.  I just barely finished it yesterday.  This card is actually 5 x 7 inches. 

Then my demo got her catalogues!  I raced over to her house and got one.  On page 26 (of the fall-winter 2008 Stampin’ Up! catalogue) was the cutest jumbo wheel (Haunting).  I got inspired by the little witch there and drew this… 

I cut it out and stuck it inside my husband’s Boo to You card.  (’cause that’s myself that I drew, with the glasses and uncombed hair.  AND, I really am that short!)

Card supplies:

Stamps:  Angi B & Co., Stampendous (Geo Shapes set), Rusty Pickle (Princess Bride set)
Paper:  Neenah’s Paper Classic Linen (Baronial Ivory, Black), Strathmore’s 140 lb watercolour paper (for main images)
Ink:  Memories Black, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White
Miscellaneous:  Winsor & Newton watercolours, dimensionals, sponges, 005 Micron pen (for the drawing)

Edited to add:  SmARTworks does not have the Halloween Angi B images after all.  Thank you Susan Trask, for the information.

Flower cakes

August 10, 2008

I also made these for my co-worker (for her to give away), but my husband is keeping them. 

Once again, I made the pink one first, for my own pleasure.  Then I made it again in purple because that’s my co-worker’s favourite colour.  For the little flowers, I used a little punch to punch them out, and then I watercoloured them.  I watercoloured the flames, and then sponged a glow around them. 

I don’t have any oval punches, so I used an oval guide to draw and cut out the white ovals.  The next larger oval size was too large so I drew the same oval size on black and then cut around it carefully.  That’s why the black ovals are a bit crooked. 

Card supplies:

Stamps:  Stampin’ Up!  Blooming With Happiness and Simply Said.
Paper:  Neenah’s Paper Classic Linen (Solar White and Black)
Ink:  Memories Black, Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade (for candle glow)
Miscellaneous:  Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours, flower punch, oval guide, sponge (for candle glow), silver brads

Birthday Tulips

August 10, 2008

I made these two cards for my co-worker.  She likes bigger cards, so these are 5 x 7 inches. 

I made a pink one because that is my favourite colour to work with, and then I forced myself to make a purple one, because that is my co-worker’s favourite colour (yuuuuuuck!).  I actually bought a pack of Stampin’ Up!’s Lavender Lace paper (and the ink pad) so I could make cards for her!  *grin* 

The tulips and the sentiment are by Angi B & Co., but they are no longer in business.  SmARTworks might have them, because they are the new home for Angi B & Co.

I made the polka dots by using a clear stamp dot (from Stampendous’ Geo Shapes set) and Stampin’ Up!’s mat-pack grid.  I really love making my own polka-dotted back ground paper like this!! 

I drew the circles (within the scallops) using a circle guide and then cut them out by hand because none of my circle punches were the right size.  Argh.

Card supplies:

Paper:  Neenah’s Paper Classic Linen (Baronial Ivory), pink, SU! Lavender Lace
Ink:  Memories Black, Tim Holtz Worn Lipstick and Old Paper (for the odd-coloured polka dots), SU! Lavender Lace
Miscellaneous:  Marvy Scallop punch, Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours, ribbons, circle guide, SU! mat-pack grid

Pink Birthday Cake

August 10, 2008

I made this card for fun. My co-worker liked it and bought it for $3!!

I used Stampin’ Up!’s mat pack grid to draw the polka dots with a white Signo gel pen.  The birthday cake is by Angi B & Co., who are no longer in business.  But SmARTworks might have it, because they are one new home for Angi B & Co. stamps.  I stamped the cake on white paper, watercoloured it, cut it out and adhered it. 

Card supplies:

Paper:  Pink, Neenah Classic Linen Solar White
Stamp:  Angi B & Co.
Ink:  Memories Black
Miscellaneous:  Stampin’ Up! mat pack grid, corner rounder, white gel pen, Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours