Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Versatile Image

When I saw someone else's version of this card, I thought it was a wonderful idea to incorporate a doily image into a Christmas card. After all, they are somewhat similar in design to snowflakes. I think the three different images work well together. I first chose my ink colour and then found matching cardstock.


Card Recipe
Stamps: doily (Magenta), small snowflakes?
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), silver cardstock (stash), blue cardstock (Bazzill)
Inks: PSX Wedgewood, Encore Metallic Silver, Versafine Black
Accessories: button (Jolee's Boutique), rhinestones (Kaiser), ribbon (Fabricland)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Enhance What You've Got

Just to add a little more glamour to this stamped image, I added rhinestones in the same place in the doily pattern. Offsetting the stamped image to the left required stamping the sentiment to the bottom right. Rounding the bottom right corner of the card also added balance. The ink colour was based on the colour of the ribbon I had on hand.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (Magenta), sentiment (PTI)
Paper: Georgia Pacific white cardstock
Ink: Colorbox Eggplant
Accessories: ribbon (Fabricland), rhinestones (Kaiser), corner rounding scissors?

Monday, August 29, 2011


Here I've used a doily on a card to create a fancy corner. I merely folded the paper doily around the corner of the stamped image.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (Magenta), sentiment (Gina K)
Papers: green & blue cardstocks (Bazzill), white cardstock (Georgia Pacific)
Inks: Versafine Black, Distress Peeled Paint & Broken China
Accessories: Martha Border Punch, velvet ribbon (stash), paper doily (stash), fabric brad (Kaiser)

Sunday, August 28, 2011


A collage background stamp is a great start to create this type of card front, especially if you find this style of card design challenging, as I do. As done previously, all of the images were stamped on the card front and left to dry before the doily image was stamped and heat embossed. Colouring with Distress Inks followed. I framed the Happy Birthday sentiment to make sure that it did not get lost in the card layout.


Card Recipe
Stamps: background (Prima), doily (Hero Arts), butterfly (CTMH), fern (Rubber Stampede), sentiment & frame (Gina K)
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), green cardstock (Bazzill)
Inks: Distress Shabby Shutters, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo
Accessories: punch (Nankong), white embossing powder (stash)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Heat Embossed Doilies

I stamped the doily image and heat embossed it with white embossing powder to create a resist. This was done on the patterned paper after the Post Card, fern and butterfly images were stamped, but before the Distress Ink was applied. This technique allowed the doily to look like it was layered on top of the stamped images and the Vintage Photo Distress Ink made it stand out more.


Card Recipe
Stamps: post card (Alpha Stamps), fern (Rubber Stampede), butterfly (CTMH), doily (Hero Arts), sentiment (PTI)
Papers: green cardstock (Bazzill), patterned (7Gypsies), off white cardstock (scrap)
Inks: Colorbox Frost White, Distress (Vintage Photo & Peeled Paint)
Accessories: ribbon (Fabricland), Spellbinder Nested Frame Dies, gold eyelet (stash), white embossing powder (stash)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Shelve It

Here I've used a real paper doily to "anchor" my tag. Because it was too stark a white, I coloured the doily with Glimmer Mist, choosing a shade complimentary to the patterned paper. The butterflies were stamped in Versafine Black, coloured by blending Distress Inks and cut out before being adhered to the tag. The tag was cut from a Spellbinder Labels 11 die.


Card Recipe
Stamps: butterflies (Inkadinkado & CTMH), sentiment (PTI)
Papers: Making Memories paper pad
Inks: Versafine Black, Distress Broken China & Peeled Paint
Accessories: paper doily (stash), Spellbinder Labels 11, fibres (stash), gold eyelet (stash), Apple Glimmer Mist

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Layering Stamped Images

Though a more solid doily image would have worked better, I was satisfied with the results of stamping this one on a finer detailed, script background.


Card Recipe
Stamps: doily (Stampin' Up), script background (Stampin' Up), sentiment (Gina K)
Papers: kraft cardstock (Bazzill), white carstock (Georgia Pacific)
Inks: Colorbox Creamy Brown, PSX Wood Rose
Accessories: Spellbinders Fancy Tags, Kaiser Pearl brad, MS floral punch

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Die Cuts from Patterned Paper

Sometimes I wonder why I don't think of some of the simplest ideas sooner. Die cutting a shape out of a patterned paper that coordinates with another patterned paper already used in the card design just helps pull everything together. I've also used the doily image another way by stamping it in a tone on tone. The green paper is actually one of the "solids" from the Basic Grey Mellow patterned paper pad.


Card Recipe
Stamp: Magenta
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), patterned (Basic Grey Mellow)
Ink: Distress Walnut Stain, Colorbox Citrus
Accessories: Quickutz Butterfly Die, May Arts Ribbon

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Wide Ribbons

Wide ribbon bows are truly a "statement" piece. Take care when using them as an embellishment on your card as they could compete with the focal image of your card for attention. To bring more focus to my floral image, I added a "swish" of rhinestones.


Card Recipe
Stamp: Stampin' Up?
Papers: white cardstock (Georgia Pacific), patterned (Basic Grey Perhaps)
Ink: Versafine Black
Accessories: rhinestones (Kaiser), ribbon (May Arts)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dimensional Parts

I first layered my white cardstock on my gold cardstock before stamping the doily image. Then I lifted off the off white cardstock in order to adhere foam squares to the back of it, creating dimension. The paper piercing to the right of the doily off sets the stamping on the gold cardstock to the left and bottom of the off white piece of cardstock.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (Magenta), sentiment (PTI)
Papers: gold cardstock (Bazzill), off white cardstock (Staples)
Inks: Distress Wild Honey, Staz On Timber
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Kaiser Pearl, circle punch?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Combining Details with Solids

When choosing a wild flower image to stamp over the doily, I looked for something somewhat solid so that the floral image would not get lost in the fine detail of the doily. This allows each aspect of the card to stand on its own. Without matching ribbon, I chose to dye some with the same ink that I used to stamp the flowers. Note that a ribbon dyed with pigment ink will take some time to dry--especially if the weather is quite warm!


Card Recipe
Stamps: doily (Magenta), floral (Hero Arts), sentiment (PTI)
Paper: off white cardstock (Staples)
Inks: Colorbox Creamy Brown, Wisteria and Olive Pastel
Accessories: circle punch?, ribbon (stash), corner rounder (Marvy)

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Dark Doilies

Black just seems to "pop" on kraft cardstock. Using the Black Soot Distress ink on to distress the edges of the card front also adds to the drama. Adhering the bow to the left of the centre of the card balanced the card design.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (Magenta), sentiment (Stampin' Up)
Paper: kraft cardstock (Bazzill), black cardstock (stash), patterned paper (7Gypsies)
Ink: Distress Black Soot
Accessories: patterned scissors (Fiskars), flower punch?, ribbon (Fabricland), button (stash)

Friday, August 19, 2011

F is for Focus

Though individual letters are often used for monograms, here I have used an "F" to bring attention to the sentiment on the card. It was necessary to make sure that the frame of the letter was larger than the flower to the right so that these two elements worked together, rather than against each other.


Card Recipe
Stamps: large doily (Magenta), small doily (Stampin' Up), sentiment (Stampin' Up)
Papers: patterned (K & Co.), kraft cardstock (Bazzill)
Inks: Staz On Timber, Distress Vintage Photo
Accessories: Spellbinder (Circles, Scalloped Circles, Blossom), Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Tattered Leather Glimmer Mist, Kaiser pearl brad, ribbon (stash)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Dressing Doilies

I found that layering on a stamped doily image was a fast and easy way to make a simply elegant card. Keep in mind the colours that will work well with kraft cardstock, particularly when choosing a colour to stamp your sentiment, so it is easily read.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (Magenta), sentiment (Stampin' Up)
Paper: kraft cardstock (Bazzill)
Inks: white (Colorbox Frost), black (Versafine Black Onyx)
Accessories: flowers (Petaloo), button (Doodlebug), embroidery thread (stash)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


A very popular icon at this time is the cameo. Though this is an older stamp from PSX, CTMH has a new stamp set out, while you will find this image in patterned paper of other companies. Here the Spellbinder Classic Scalloped Ovals Large and the Classic Ovals Small perfectly frame the image. To make the seam binding and paper flower match, I tinted them with Frost Glimmer Mist. I found that as the paper flower and "ribbon" dried, the colour faded--less is more.


Card Recipe
Stamps: image (PSX), sentiment (PTI)
Papers: brown cardstock (CTMH), blue cardstock (Bazzill), patterned (Linda G.)
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Chocolate
Accessories: Spellbinder Ovals & Nested Frames, paper flower (Kaiser), Glimmer Mist

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Extreme Coordinating Patterned Papers

What I mean by "extreme" is that this line of paper had one which was relatively light and one which was relatively dark. This allowed me to cut a border out of the darker paper which would stand apart from the card front base. Keep this in mind when choosing coordinating papers.


Card Recipe
Stamp: PTI?
Papers: cardstocks (Bazzill), patterned (from Linda G.)
Ink: Distress Walnut
Accessories: Spellbinder Circles & Lacey Circles, Fiskars Scalloped Scissors, velvet ribbon (stash), blue gros grain ribbon (SU), buttons (stash)

Monday, August 15, 2011

Back on Track

I've finally been able to get back in production! This card is my first using pleated paper. I found that trying to create my own pleated ribbon was just too frustrating. By scoring a strip of paper, I had control over the width of the pleats. Note that the CTMH border was already adhesive, making it a treat to incorporate into the design.

I apologize for the blurriness of the scan and realize that a photograph of the card would be much better, but due to the volume of cards I post, I'm afraid that isn't feasible.


Card Recipe
Stamp: Gina K.
Papers: cardstock (Bazzill Berrilicious), patterned (Basic Grey Stella Ruby)
Inks: Versafine Black, Distress Antique Linen
Accessories: paper flower (Kaiser), paper border (CTMH), ribbon (Fabricland), paper doily (stash)