Coloring with Copic Markers

Coloring with Markers Challenge – Diversity of Copic

Ok, this post is going to be a long one…because I decided to participate in the Stamping with Markers Challenge in the Moxie Fab World. I don’t have just one card…I have a gift pack of cards! The rules are really, really simple. You can use any kind of markers you want – at least that’s what it looks like to me! Crayola, Copic, Marvy…pull out your markers and play along. You’ll be glad you did…cause the prizes are amazing!

This challenge inspired me to consider a variety of techniques one can use when coloring with copic markers. Hold on to your seat…cause you’re going to get an education!

Coloring with Copic  Markers – Gift Card Set

I decided to create a gift card set. People LOVE to receive homemade cards that they can give away. I’ve had several people tell me that someone has to be extra special to receive one of the cards from my gift card sets. People are actually hording homemade cards. How sweet!

homemade gift card set

Above you can see the four cards I created and the folder in the back that holds them all. Besides using copic markers, all the cards are created with brown card base. Brown has been around a long time…but I’m still in love with it!

The cards measure 3.5″ x 4.25″. This allowed me to get three cards out of a single sheet of 8.5″ x 11″.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Shading (The Folder / Pocket Card)

The folder has two pockets and each pocket holds two mini cards and mini envelopes.

pocket card with flowers colored with copic markers

This pocket card illustrates the most basic use of copic markers…to blend colors. I stamped everything in black. The flowers are colored with various shades of orange and red. The leaves are colored with greens. I also added a bit of blue to outline the stamped images. Very subtle.

The pocket card started out as a 7″ x 9″ piece of cardstock. All folded up, it measures 4 3/8″ x 5 5/8″. This gives me a 1/4″ spine. Each pocket is 3/16″ deep. The inside pocket is 1 5/16″ tall. I know…crazy measurements. I just eyeballed it as I created it…otherwise the measurements would be more friendly.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Background Paper (Happy Birthday)

Copic markers make beautiful background papers. I will illustrate with this happy birthday card.

copoic background paper

As you can see, I colored the flower using the technique above. Meaning, I stamped the flower with black ink, then colored it by blended several shades of red (and yellow and orange for the center). I cut the flower out and adhered with puffy tape.

To create the background, I simply took a wide copic marker and colored a piece of white paper green. Then I dropped several drops of Various Ink (blender solution) on the green paper. It created nice texture. I also sprayed it with a mini mister filled with Various Ink.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Bleach Technique (Happy Father’s Day)

The next card utilizes a “bleach technique”…though no bleach was used.

bleach technique with copic

The first step is to create “bleachable” paper. I colored a piece of white paper with a brown copic marker (using the chisel tip). Then, I put a tissue on a plate and drenched it with Various Ink. Then took my stamp and got it wet…much like you would ink a stamp with a stamp pad. Then I stamped directly onto the brown paper. The various ink turned the brown area white like a “bleach technique”.

With my stamped image “bleached” into the paper, I used various colors of copic markers and colored it in making sure to leave some of the “bleached” area visible. I used one green, red, blue and grey (to create a shadow) marker. Then simply stamped the greeting in black on top and added a couple of gems.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Coloring Directly on Stamps (Happy Mother’s Day)

Yes, you can color your stamps with copic markers. These last two cards will illustrate that.

coloring stamps with copic markers

I created a background paper by stamping a music score using Distress Ink. Then I colored this winter flower stamp with a pink, light green, dark green, and blue copic marker. Because copic markers are alcohol based, the ink dries quickly preventing you from being able to stamp it right away. You must get the image wet by misting the stamp with Various Ink. 

Beware, mist the stamp too much and your image will be very blurry. Don’t mist it enough and it won’t stamp the entire image. Definitely a technique that takes a bit of practice. I thought this stamp lended itself to a more blurry look. (I cleaned the red rubber stamp by misting it well with Various Ink and drying it on a rag).

I framed the white cardstock with pink. Stamped the greeting in brown. Added a ribbon. Oh, and distressed around the flower with Distress Ink using a blender tool. And I couldn’t resist adding a few gems!

Supply list on bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Inking Your Outline Stamps with Copic Markers (Thanks Card)

This technique is similar yet different than the one above. I colored the stamp with a copic marker. But this image was also colored in using copic markers.

coloring outline stamps with copic markers

I once heard Marianne Walker (copic rep) say that flowers (and other items in nature) do not have a black oultine…except in the stamping world. Well, stamped images no longer need to have black outlines! I colored this flower stamp with a red copic marker, misted it, then stamped it. Both the pink and red flower were stamped with a red copic marker. The yellow flower was stamped with an orange copic marker. (Caution: the red marker stained my acrylic stamp. It stained it, but did not ruin it).

So, once the images were stamped, I used traditional coloring techniques to color the flowers with copic markers. As you see, I created a background paper by stamping large flowers with white ink. Then die cut the letters for “thanks”.  Again, gems finish this guy off.

Supply list at bottom.

Coloring with Copic Markers – Give It a Try

I hope this post was helpful and inspires you to use your copic markers in a variety of ways. I will try to put a video up on some of these techniques. It’s way more fun to see it in action.  No promises as to when those videos will show up, though.

Supply Lists

Folder / Pocket Card

  • Layered Flowers stamp by Hero Arts
  • Create Definition stamp by Stampin’ Up
  • Memento Tuxedo Black ink for stamped flowers
  • Versafine Onyx Black ink for definition
  • Copic markers: Orange flowers: R02, YR04, R05, R35
  • Copic markers: Flower center: Y15, E71, E25
  • Copic markers: Green leaves: BG93, G94, G99
  • Copic markers: Blue shading: B000
  • Paper for coloring: Georgia Pacific
  • Other paper: Xpedx

Happy Birthday

  • Layered Flowers stamp by Hero Arts
  • Happy Birthday stamp by My Sentiments Exactly
  • Copic markers: flower: RV29, R37, R59
  • Copic markers: flower center: YG35, YR04, YR68
  • Copic markers: leaves: YG67, BG93, G94
  • Copic marker for background: G21 wide tip
  • Copic marker: Various Ink Refill
  • Paper for Copics: Georgia Pacific
  • Ribbon: Joann

Happy Father’s Day

  • Big Winter flowers stamp by Fred Mullett
  • Happy Father’s Day stamp by Hero Arts
  • Copic marker background: E57
  • Copic ink “bleach”: Various Ink
  • Copic markers flower: YG03, B23, R05, C5
  • Paper for copics: Georgia Pacific

Happy Mother’s Day

  • Big Winter flowre stamp by Fred Mullett
  • Composers Dream stamp by Stampabilities
  • Happy Mother’s Day stamp by Hero Arts
  • Copic markers: B05, RV34, YG03, YG63
  • Distress Ink Scattered Straw, Walnut Stain
  • Paper for copic markers: Georgia Pacific
  • Other paper: Xpedx

Thanks

  • Layered Flowers stamps by Hero Arts
  • Thanks letters by QuicKutz
  • Copic markers: red flower: Stamped with R59. Colored with R59, R37, R35
  • Copic markers: pink flower: stamped with R59. Colored with R81, RV34, V05, V06
  • Copic markers: yellow flower: stamped with R05. Colored with Y02, Y35, Y38.
  • White StazOn ink pad
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Dog Valentine Card

I Ruv Roo Dog Valentine Card

i ruv roo dog valentine

For all the dog lovers out there….here is a fun I Love You Valentine Card.

Dog and ball are an old Hero Arts stamp set. The “I ruv roo” sentiment is an old My Sentiments Exactly stamp. Picked up both at a garage sale. The brown background was created by dragging a brown distress inkpad across my white (Georgia Pacific) paper then spritzing with water. The grass was created with a blending tool over a grass template. The sky is a blue distress ink. Stamped with Memento black ink so I could color the dog with Copic markers (colored the dog tan to simulate my dog – though she doesn’t have spots).

Card Making Fun Raising Event

Card Making Fun Raising Event for A Scarlet Cord

All you need is love…so sing the Beatles. And so says the Bible (Matthew 22:37-39):

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind…Love your neighbor as yourself.

We all long to be loved. And life is enriched when we love others. I’m blessed to be part of a great family of Christians at Joyland Church who have accepted God’s love for themselves and who want to express that love to others. So it was a great honor to work along side my friend Vickie McKnight to create a special fun raising event for A Scarlet Cord – a ministry dedicated to letting prostitutes in Colorado Springs know that they are loved.

card making fun raiserHere’s the room all setup for the fun raiser. Yes, I realise it should be spelled “fund raiser” but we had so much fun…so it was a fun raiser. Let me point out a few things we did fo setup…

  1. Each table has an handmade tool caddy. The caddy has all the community supplies such as tape, scissors, gems, etc. I also have the card that will be made at this station clipped to the caddy.
  2. There is a handmade trash box that matches the tool caddy. I love a clean work station. Everyone cleans up after themselves before they move to the next station.
  3. There is a folder that contains all the material everyone needs for every station. All the materials are pre-cut. This includes, paper, ribbon, envelopes, etc. They will carry this with them to every table.
  4. Under each folder is scratch paper. The scratch paper stays at the station. So everyone has something to work on.

place card and decorated water bottleVickie and I created place cards for everyone. The name plates are double-sided. The reason for this was so that everyone could find their seat and learn the names of everyone around them.

To make these, I got my craft mat wet with water and pink ink refill. Then I laid white paper on that. When that was dry, we used a blending tool to fill in the white areas with pink distress ink. We stamped some hearts in red. Then hand wrote the names with a black sharpie.

I say we…but Vickie did most of this! They measure 1.5″ tall x 4″ wide.

I created water bottles with three different words. The one in the picture says “loved”. But we also had bottles that said “cherished” and “precious”.

I used the same technique to create the paper to cover the label on the water bottle. Then I cut out a QuicKutz heart on my Cuttlebug and tied it to the bottle. So each bottle had a dangling heart.

The labels for the water measured 1.5″ tall x 8.5″ wide.

Card Making Fun Raising Event – What We Made

four stamped cards and folderSo what did everyone make at the event? We made four stamped cards and a folder to put them in. The tall card on the right with the orange flowers is the folder. It has pockets inside to hold the four cards and envelopes.

Most of the stamps I purchased from the “value” section of the store. So they were a $1 each! All four cards were made with these. This included stamps from Studio G and Inkadinkado. The one exception is the big flower stamp and the definition which are Stampin’ Up sets.

I used distress ink for most of the cards. The black was VersaFine Onyx Black. Love both of these inks!

Each card has ribbon and gems. I just can’t help myself. That does bring the cost of each project up a bit…but everyone seemed to love those elements. So definitely a keeper.

Card Making Fun Raising Event – Card Close Ups

Ok, want you to see some of the details on the cards. Here goes.

homemade folderThis folder is 4.5″ wide by 5.5″ tall when all folded closed. The cards inside all measured 3.5″ x 4.25. That allowed me to use slightly smaller envelopes – 4 bar (3 5/8 x 5 1/8.

This card is super simple…but it can be easy to miss a step or two on it. This turned out to be one of the longer stations.

First, stamp the definition in black. Then you’ll know where to stamp the flowers. Leave enough space so you can tie a ribbon below the definition.

Second, ink up your background flower in orange. Then stamp it on a piece of scratch paper before stamping it on the white cardstock. Then stamp the flower outline on top of the background. Repeat this process for two more flowers (or more if you have a bigger space or want more flowers).

Repeat the process with green ink and leaves. Stamp as many leaves as you want.

Then frame with kraft colored cardstock. Add gems and ribbon. Tape to the brown folder.

It’s not pictured here, but the back also has a single orange flower. We stamped some text on top of the flower in the back that says “Hand Stamped By:” or “That’s All She Stamped”.

The stamps are all Stampin’ Up. Ink is Distress Ink and VersaFine. Paper was all purchased at Xpedx.

wish big boy birthday cardBelieve it or not, this “Wish Big” stamp gave me the most grief. I struggled because I didn’t know how many people were going to come….so I didn’t want to use any decorative paper. The stamps I had on hand had to pull double duty and create the background and foreground.

I decided to create a simple boy birthday card. So I selected the teal/blue ribbon and cardstock.

The teal is cut into the shape of a tag to give it some interest. I also stamped the greeting in black on the brown cardstock. Note that the image is stamped near the edges and the image runs off the page. A very common technique in stamping.

Of course, I added gems. I really couldn’t help myself. And everyone else used them, too. So they must have agreed that the gems give flare.

The teal ribbon is tied in a bow. Since this is a boy card…maybe I should have tied it in a knot instead???

so sweet butterfly cardHere we come to the most challenging card of the event. This is also one of my personal favorites.

First,we stamped the flower in black ink on the brown cardstock. Again to create a look of background paper.

Next, punched out a large circle in the center right. The stamp that shows through is a bit larger than the circle. So we had to stamp the image on white cardstock then center it in the circle. We couldn’t stamp through the circle.

The butter fly and verse “so sweet of you” is one stamp. On this card I stamped it all in brown. Then on a scratch paper stamped the butterfly in pink. Cut it out and glued it to the white paper.

Then, the final touch is to put pink gems over the body of the butterfly.

We attached a petite pink bow to the front using a Zot. Perhaps one of the greatest glue inventions ever. Ok, I exaggerate but I’m a big fan of glue dots.

This card could have been a lot easier had the stamp fit inside the circle. But alas, I did not have a bigger punch or a smaller stamp.

The other element that gave people grief was the bow. People struggle to make bows in the first place. Having to use a tiny ribbon on top of that was even more challenging. So, I tied several bows and was happy to do so.

love ya cardThe event was one day before Valentine’s day. So we created a “love ya” card. This was another stamp that gave me grief. I’ve seen lots of cute cards that use note type stamps. But…what background do you give this image since you can’t use decorative paper?

I opted to go with “white space”. Meaning not to add much to the background. That means the stamp must carry most of the interest. Ok, I confess, my sister actually designed this card. I simply added the little green heart.

She stamped the image in green. Framed it with a kraft paper (set at an angle). Then tied a piece of green ribbon around it. Here it’s a knot instead of a bow.

The green heart is simply punched out with a heart punch. Three gems in a row leading up to the heart give the card some “movement”.

My sister originally had a button adhered to the center of the flower. I removed it because I thought it would slow down the station. And because I didn’t have 30 of the same button. I didn’t want to people to get hung up on the idea that all the buttons were different. (That’s something I would get hung up on).

happy birthday flowerThe last card was a geometric card. Again, one of my favorites…probably because it’s got some tone on tone elements!

The squares are cut to 1.5×1.5. The flower stamp is a bit too large for the square. I love that!

The happy birthday greeting is actually part of a stamp that has a little cupcake above it. So people had to learn to ink just the words. Everyone accomplished this very well.

Gems add sparkle. The bow adds interest.

Aain, it proved challenging for some people to tie a bow. These were attached with Zots.

The ink was red distress ink.

The inside has a stamped flower as well. Some people added a gem to that one as well. For hand delivered cards…I think gems inside are great. For mailed cards…I would limit 3D elements to just the outside.

For a card with square elements like this, I encourage people to lay the parts and pieces out before taping. Do a “dry run”. That way you can move the pieces around to see what grouping you like best.

Card Making Fun Raising Event – The People!

No fun raising event would be complete without people! Here are some photos of people that came. Notice…the event was open to men and childen 12+.

      

I really want to thank everyone that came. It was fun to share my love of stamping with so many of you.

Here’s what one of the guys said, “I was reluctant to attend this event because I thought it was kind of a girlie thing, but thank God I went because I discovered a creative side of myself that I did not yet know existed.”

A special thank you to Vickie for driving to my house twice to stamp name plates and prepare for the event. And for her help with setup and tear down. A big thank you to my sweet husband who stayed up late to help me cut paper and prep for the event! I love you! SWAK. Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Homemade Christmas Card 2010

Homemade Christmas Card for 2010

Today I’ll show you the card I finally settled on for my 2010 Christmas Card. Again, I went for something simple. Well, more simple than is my habit! =)

christmas scene card

This card really is embossing and sponging on ink. And a little glitter and some gems. Really, that’s it.

First I stamped the tree and sentiment then embossed with white powder. I created a mask in order to just color the tree with green distress ink. I then used a mask to create mounded snow and sponged on blue distress ink.

I used a glue pen to add glitter to the tree and ground. Then added a few gems to look like big chunks of shiney snow. I created 80 of these this year.

80 homemade cards

My card was directly inspired by Julie Ebersole. I adore her work! She used a sparkly red bird. I did not have one, so opted to add color in my tree instead.

The tree stamp is from Stampin’ Up – most likely retired.
The sentiment is from My Sentiments Exactly.
Ink is Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Dear Santa – Define Good

Christmas Card – Dear Santa, Define Good

This fall I was browsing the “value stamps” and ran across several cute Christmas Stamps. I wanted something that had a Christian message, but I couldn’t resist the humor in the stamp “Dear Santa, Define Good”. Seriously, that has been cracking me up for months. My husband and I have lots of arguments. Most times we are in total agreement but argue none the less! 

My sister came over one afternoon to help me design something simple and quick so that I could crank out 80 cards. We never came up with “the one”, but we had fun playing with this set none the less.

Cards using the stamp set "Dear Santa, Define Good."

The goal was to create simple cards that could be cranked out quickly. Compared to work I’ve put into cards in the past, these would all qualify as simple.

All stamps are from Studio G.

Sweetness and Joy for Christmas

Sweetness and Joy for Christmas with Denami

Don’t you just adore this sentiment on the card? It says, “Wishing you sweetness and joy”. I love it.

Homemade christmas sweetness and joy wishesDenami stamps are always adorable, and now it’s sweet, too! =) For this card I colored the image with copic markers. I also added glitter to several elements, though the picture may not show it very well.

I used a scallop punch on the blue tag that has the year on it. The date is made from Quickutz dies. I added glitter to that as well.

The card is 5.5 x 5.5. I think it looks like a little gift…full of sweetness. This stamp would also make an adorable tag on some homemade goodies.

Here’s another photo of the card. Maybe you can see the glitter better on this closeup.

Stick Figure Love

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary Card

I’d love to hear which card you like the best. I’m torn. So far my sister and husband favor the same card. I’m wondering if one really is more appealing than another. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think!

Today I have one card done two ways. I’m using my new Stick Love stamp (well, new to me). I received a bridal shower invitation that had this image on it way back it March. I have been on the hunt for it ever since. I found it at a garage sale! Woo Hoo!

This is one of those stamps that I just want to hold to my chest and squeal with delight. I simply adore it. So, without further delay, here are my cards.

Stick Figure Love - Happy Anniversary Cards

The elements on the card are the same. Blue sparkle paper from The Paper Company. The stick figures are stamped in Memento ink and colored with copic markers. Stick Love is from Wordsworth. Happy Anniversary is from Hero Arts.

If you look closely, you can see that I used a bit of grey marker to put shadows under the feet of the stick figures. I think it’s subtle, but helps ground the figures.

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary – Rectangle

I’ll show you a close-up of the first card I created. The rectangle card.

stick figure happy anniversary card in rectangular shape

Let me point out a couple of elements that make this anniversary card different then the other. I used white embossing for the happy anniversary sentiment. I really wanted it to pop off the dark blue. After I colored the card with copics, I went back with some glitter pens to highlight the shaded areas.

I chose to leave the card very simple. I wanted the focal point of the stamp to really stand out.

Stick Figure Love – Happy Anniversary – Blocks

Next I wanted to see what the image would look cut into blocks.

stick figure love happy anniversary blocked

For my second use of the stick love stamp, I opted to cut each couple into their own square. I matted each of them in the same dark blue as the first card. I’m not sure why I didn’t simply line them up evenly…but I decided to off set each couple.

The differences: the happy annivesary is stamped in black ink. I did not use glitter pens on this but instead used a few pink gems. I also added a little pink bow made from scrappers floss.

I really can’t wait to send these anniversary cards out to the next few couples on my list. I think homemade anniversary cards are the best!

But curious…which card do you think is cuter. Do let me know!

Stampin Up Under the Stars Birthday

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars Birthday Series

The Stampin’ Up “Under the Stars” stamp set has been out a long time…but I recently bought the set and am just now getting around to making some homemade masculine birthay cards with them! I’m not sure how masculine they are since the stamps are soooo cute. But here’s my interpretation of guy cards!

Birthday Cards using Stampin Up Under the Stars Stamp Set

When I sat down to stamp these birthday greeting cards, my goal was to create simple cards that have a rectangular scene. I didn’t want busy background paper. I wanted simple yet well thought out designs. Something where every element added value.

As I stamped, I found that I was using colors that popped off the brown base card. This really surprised me since I tend to gravitate to tone on tone designs. I’m thrilled that these turned out so colorful.

All the cards are stamped with Black Memento ink so that I could color them with Copics. I also used Tim Holtz Distress Ink to distress the edges. I primarily used Stampin’ Up stamps but did add a few others that I had on hand.

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars – Bear Birthday

The first card I created was a birthday card with the bear. I love this guy. The layout reminds me of a poloraid picture – do you remember those?

Birthday Card with Bear Inside the Bear Birthday Card

The grass on this card is actually a pine branch. I didn’t have a grass stamp…so I improvised! With the addition of distressing, this looks like an outdoor scene. The red sleeping bag really pops due to the color and the 3D dimensional tape.

Inside I added the mesquito and skeeter spray stamps. It definitely adds a bit of whimsy to the inside.

Stampin’ Up Under the Stars Racoon Birthday

The next masculine birthday card I created was the racoon. He’s also dang cute. Racoon Birthday Card

Inside the Racoon CardThough I love the bear, I decided to try to use the other stamps in the set. What do the racoon and mesquito have in common? They are both pests? That’s true, but I combined them because I could…no other real reason! =)

I pulled the same stamps inside the card. The flowers are some old Stampin’ Up stamps.

Don’t you think distressing the card makes it look more fun? And more like nature? That appeals to some men, my husband especially.

Stampin Up Under the Stars – Racoon and Beans Birthday

Ok, so beans aren’t the most appropriate Birthday food, but they would be for a racoon, I suspect. For my third card I couldn’t resist having the racoon heating up some beans.

Racoon toasting beans birthday card Inside the Racoon Bean Card

To give the illusion of a fire, I simply distressed the bottom left corner with yellow and orange ink. I don’t have a fire stamp and was too lazy to pull out my die cut fire.

A special thank you to my husband for suggesting that I add a moon and a couple more stars. I forgot that I had the moon stamp. I agree with him that they help create an evening setting.

Stampin Up Under the Stars – Mesquito Birthday

The last card I created with the mesquito and skeeter spray. They are definitely appropriate for a summer birthday card. Though Colorado doesn’t have too many bugs…the mesquitos are always attracted to my husband. He must be especially sweet.

Birthday Card with Mesquito and Bug Spray

Racoon InsideFor a touch of whimsy I decided to color the mesquito like a lady bug! I was tired of coloring him with grey’s and opted for something bright!

I really wanted some sort of crazy saying to go with it…but I guess Iwasn’t feeling too zany. So I opted to just stamp the birthday greeting.

I accidently created a white card that was vertical instead of horizontal for the inside. So I had to trim that down and then it seemed ackward to have a small squarish interior. So I opted to throw in a splash of red cardstock to make up for my mistake.

There you are. A set of 4 masculine birthday cards using primarily one set – the Stampin’ Up “Under the Stars” set. The only thing that would make this better would be to create a box to hold them. Then it could be a gift set. Hmmm…maybe I should create a box in the shape of a tent!

Homemade Fathers Day Card Bear Box

Homemade Father’s Day Card – Bear Box

I handmake a goodie box for my Father for Father’s Day. The entire package is an outdoorsy theme. As usual, I used products from number of different lines.

Father's Day Gift Box

The picture didn’t turn out so well, but it’s my own fault since I waited until the last minute to create this gift box! On the left is the card. On the right I wrapped some dark chocolate squares and decorated with a tree die from a cuttlebug plate.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – The Card

Father's Day Bear and Nature

For the Father’s Day card, I used the bear stamp from Stampin’ Up which I colored with Copics (used Memento Ink to stamp the image). I incorporated a few trees from Cuttlebug. I hand cut the shape of the sun. Oh, and I added a little tag from Stampin’ Up. The greeting is from Hero Arts. The ink for the stamp and the distressed edges is Tim Holtz distress ink.

You’ll notice the card has a Susan B. Anthony coin attached to it. That will become more clear when you see the contents of the inside of the card.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – Inside the Card

Inside the Bear Card - Lottery Tickets

Inside the card I have tucked some scratch lottery tickets inside a pocket with the top edge cut to look like grass. I cut the grass by hand. Since I was in a hurry, my husband cut out the QuicKutz letters for me. I also added some cuttlebug tree die shapes and a Stampin’ Up star from the set that has the bear. Again, I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink.

Homemade Father’s Day Card – The Box

Box Bottom

As they say, presentation is everything. So I wrapped it all up in a homemade gift box. As you can see by looking at the bottom, I stamped Martha Stuart leaves on the package. I used Tim Holtz distress ink to give the paper texture and to add green color to the leaves. If you scroll to the top, you can see that I have leaves on the inside of the box as well.

I finished the box off with a clear lid – cut to the same size as the base. This makes the lid nice and snug. The box is one of the more simple boxes, no reinforced areas because I anticipate this being tossed in the trash. I wrapped the box closed with grossgrain ribbon from Creative Impressions.

Spring Thank You Card

Spring Thank You Card – Tree in Bloom

More and more cards are popping up theses days of landscape scenes. I didn’t set out to create one, but that’s what I ended up with! I think it turned out really cute. My husband…not so into the cute factor. To his defense, he didn’t see the card with the gems on it….maybe he’ll think it’s cute, now.

I used a myriad of stamp sets and product to create this card. The tree, flower and bird are from Stampin’ Up. Not sure how old they are because I borrowed these from my sister. The background is stamped with some words near the top right. That is a Stampin’ Up stamp as well. The scallop circle in the background on the bottom left is new from Hero Arts. The thank you on the bottom is Stampendous.

The brown and pink inks are Stampin’ Up. All others such as yellow, green, blue and red are Tim Holtz Distress Ink. These I used to distress edges and to stamp the background images.

The cloud shapes were created from Papertrey Ink dies. Well, the dies aren’t available right now, so these clouds are inspired from that. The grass is from a Creative Memories cutting plate.

Paper, ribbon and gems are from my stash.

I adore the contrast of the blue gems with the pink flowers. That is something I would not normally do. I’m a big fan of tone on tone…but love the contrast this brings. To be honest, my husband struggled with the blue of the clouds. Now I wonder if he would like them better seeing the blue gems.

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