greeting cards · Mother's Day · Thematic Cards · Uncategorized

Mother’s Day Greeting Card

Hi, everyone! Today, I have a card to share with you. I had been very busy for the past few weeks but I want to share with you this card that I made just in time for Mother’s Day.  I used to create cards for my mom when I was a kid.  I can still remember how she loved it so much. She is now 74 years old and she kept all those cards I made for her.  I truly am a certified mama’s girl!

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

In this project I used the Mom’s Life Clear Stamps. These are small stamps perfect for journals and planners. I decided to take it to the next level and use it to create a stamp background.

The supplies that I used for this card are quite basic. I used a lot of dye inks for the stamp background:

White cardstock for the card base measuring 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″
Red cardstock cut in four 2 1/8″ x 2 5/8″ pieces
2 white rectangle cardstock in 2″ x 2 1/2″ for the stamp background
2 pieces of stripe pattern paper in 2″ x 2 1/2″ from American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray Paper Pad.
A small piece of black cardstock for the sentiment.
Small piece of Red glitter board for the MOM sentiment
Mom’s Life Clear Stamps
Alphabet die cut for the MOM sentiment.
Love you Forever stamp sentiment
Ranger Archival Ink in Garden Patina
Ranger Dye Ink Pad in Electric Lime
Ranger Dye Ink Pad in Pink Gumball
Lawn Fawn Dye Ink in Lobster
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
WRMK Score and Trim Board
Big Shot Die Cut Machine
Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Tsukineko Embossing Pad
Ranger White Embossing Powder
Nuvo Crystal Drops in Simply White
Heat Gun
Tape runner and scissor

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After I scored and cut the cardstocks, I made the stamp background. I used my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform for accuracy. You can use an acrylic block but I had to repeat the stamping as I wanted to intensify the colors. In a piece of scrap paper, I made a guide where I could place the white cardstock so I could stamped two cardstock simultaneously by switching one from the other without removing the stamp in the platform.

I glued the red cardstocks with the stamp background and the stripe pattern paper together and adhere them on the white cardstock base card. I used my T-square ruler to align them.

For the sentiment, I die cut the letter M and O Alpha die cut on the Red glitter board using my Big Shot Machine. For the black background, I traced the dies on a small piece of black cardstock and fuzzy cut them.

 

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

Lastly, I heat emboss the Love You Forever sentiment in a black cardstock  and placed them below the MOM glitter sentiment. For added dimension, I used Nuvo Crystal Drop in Simply White on both sides of the sentiment.

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Mother’s Day Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork

This is a quick and easy card project. I wanted something simple yet colorful. The only process that took me several minutes to create was the stamp background but other than  that, it took me less than 30 minutes to finish this card.

I hope this inspired you to create your own cards. See you on my next post and thank for stopping by! Happy Mother’s Day!

Birthday Card · Fancy Fold Cards · Watercolors

FANCY FOLD DESIGN: PRINCESS BIRTHDAY CARD

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Fancy Fold Design: Princess Birthday Card @creativemuseatwork

Hi there, crafty friends! I am back to share another card I created using the Little Darling Rapunzel Stamp Set. This stamp set is just perfect for all bookworms out there just like me as you could create your own handmade bookmarks. You can also use this stamp set in creating cards, dioramas and scrapbook pages just like my daughter who made one for her diary.

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Materials used & Little Darling Rapunzel Stamp Set @creativemuseatwork

For this card, I decided to be more fancy with the card fold that I used to add more dimension. I used several papers for this project: kraft paper, plain pumpkin orange and polkadot designer paper, Fabriano hot-pressed water color paper, Kuratake Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, Wink of Stella Clear and Gold Brush Pens, Versafine Onyx Ink Pad, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, WRMK Score and Trim Board, Kurtake Zig Watercolor Brush Pen, trees clear stamps from my other stamp sets and other basic crafting materials.

I used the following measurements: Kraft paper – 10″ x 6 1/2″, designer papers (plain orange and polka dot) – 2 3/8 X 6 3/8″, 2 Fabriano watercolor paper – 2 1/4″ x 6 1/4″ and strip of Kraft paper – 10″ x 1 1/4″.

 

I scored the Kraft paper at, 2 1/2″ and 5″. I made a very light line at the 7 1/2″ mark as a guide where I will glue the pattern paper and the strip of kraft paper where I placed the trees. The strip of kraft paper was also scored at 5″ and 7 1/2″ to create the folds.

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Little Darling Rapunzel Stamp Set @creativemuseatwork

With my stamp platform, I stamped the birthday wishes sentiment in one of the Fabriano watercolor paper, and the Rapunzel stamp on the other then I colored them with my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers. I stamped the trees on a separate watercolor paper from my scrap stash. There are several ways on how to use these brush markers. The colors can be pretty intense if you just use it without diluting the brush on water. My favorite way to use these brush markers is to color the part where you want the intense color to show and then come back with a wet and clean watercolor brush to spread the color on the other areas where you want the color the lightest. Just like in color pencils, some also use the lightest shade of the same color family and spread the darkest color then blend them together for a seamless transition. However, I still tend to dilute the lightest shade in water to soften the color intensity when I use the latter technique. I also used Wink of Stella to color the crown of the princess, and the heart to give it a shimmer. As I have mentioned before in my previous blog about watercolors, I tend to struggle with this type of color medium so it took me a while to finish coloring the stamps.

Once I finished my watercoloring, I fuzzy cut the trees and I started assembling the card. First, I fold the base card into a Z fold following the score guides that I made. Then, I glue the polkadot and white paper with the sentient inside the card. Before I adhere the front design of the card, I stamp the “Once There Was a Princess…” sentiment on the right side on the first panel of the strip of kraft paper.

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Fancy Fold Design: Princess Birthday Card @creativemuseatwork

To set up the strip of kraft paper at the bottom of the card, I glue at the bottom of the first fold of the card, the 5″ side of the strip where the “Once There Was a Princess” sentiment was stamped and I adhere the last panel of the strip on the other end of the card on top of the polka dot pattern paper. To cover the strip, I glued the pumpkin orange paper on the first fold of the card and the Rapunzel Stamp design. I glued the tree stamps on top of the strip of kraft paper at the bottom of the card. I also placed a few orange sequins to add more glitter and highlights on the hair with my Sakura White Gel Pen.

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Fancy Fold Design: Princess Birthday Card @creativemuseatwork

I hope you enjoyed today’s post and thank you for stopping by! Have a great week ahead!

 

 

 

 

Easter Greeting Cards · greeting cards

Easter Holiday Greeting Card

Hello! This week’s card is for the Easter Holiday. This card is similar to the birthday card I featured on my previous blog. I made several patterns from Adobe Illustrator and I wanted to use them in my card projects. The colors of the cardstock I used for this card are all pastel shade except for the meadow green polka dot. I just find them so pleasing to the eyes and is perfect for spring.

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Easter Holiday Greeting Card @creativemuseatwork 

 

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Pretty Pink Posh Easter Friends Stamp Set @creativemuseatwork

In this project I used the Pretty Pink Posh Easter Friends Stamp Set and a few dies as well. This stamp set is just so adorable and very easy to color.

The supplies that I used are the following: cardstocks (pale turquoise, light yellow, and white), green and white polka dot and stripes pattern paper. I also used scraps of light pink, pumpkin orange paper for the easter bunny and egg. I also used a few dies for the easter bunny egg, stitched circle and scalloped and lace trimming dies. For my tools, I used Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink, Shin Han Touch Twin Markers, Nuvo Drops in Carnation Pink, Distress Ink Pad in Squeezed Marmalade, WRMK Score and Trim Board, Sissix Big Shot Machine and a few basic crafting tools.

I scored and trimmed the pale turquoise base card to 4.5″x 5.5″ and I fold it in half. I trim 1.5″ of the front of the card. Next, I die cut the Easter bunny egg, the scalloped and circle die, as well as the lace trimming. I had to die cut the Easter bunny egg twice in light pink for the ears and on pumpkin orange paper for the dots in the egg.

To assemble the die cuts, I glued the lace trimming at the bottom of the front card. I made an allowance of 1/8 of an inch where I could put the glue. I cut a strip of the green and white polka dot and adhere it on top of the lace trimming and the front card to cover the line where the die cut and the paper are connected. I put the circle and scalloped dies together. I smudge the squeeze lemonade distress stamp on the edge of the smallest circle die cut to give it a color fade effect. I kinda mess it up a bit but it will be covered by the bunny and egg die cuts. I placed the latter on top of the circle and glued them halfway on the left side bottom of the front of the card.

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Pretty Pink Post Easter Friends Stamp Set @creativemuseatwork

For the insert card, I adhere the pattern paper with the green and yellow stripes inside. I cut a small stripe of the green and yellow stripe pattern and glued it on the upper part of the card. I stamped the girl with the bunny ears as well the small basket of easter eggs on a white cardstock and colored then with my Shin Han Touch Twin Markers. I stamped the Happy Easter sentiment on a pale turquoise paper with my Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink and fuzzy cut all the stamps.

I glued the stamps in the middle of the insert card.  I put a few small dots of Nuvo Drops in Carnation Pink to add more dimension.

I will be sharing another Easter card project before the holiday so thanks for dropping by and hope to see you on my next blog!

 

 

Graduation Cards · greeting cards · Uncategorized

Handmade Graduation Card

Hi! I am back with a graduation card to share with you this week. As I have said in my previous blog, the month of March is an exciting month for card markers as we can draw a lot of inspiration to several events and celebrations happening this month. I, for one, got my hands full as my daughter’s birthday is this month, but I was still able to squeeze in a card for graduation. Whether you call it Graduation Day, Moving Up, Step-Up Day, or Recognition Day, it is important that we acknowledge the hard work and celebrate the success of our dear students whether they be family, relatives or friends.

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Handmade Graduation Card @creativemuseatwork

In this card, I used the cute ConGraduations Stamp Set. I don’t think these stamps are still in the market but I got this a few years ago. I  just love how cute the stamps are drawn. The supplies that I used for this card are: cardstock (Cream, black, gold, red, and brown (woven textured)), ConGraduation Stamp, dotted rectangle and circle Framelits dies from Sizzix, scalloped circle die for the badge, Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, WRMK Score and Trim Board, Big Shot Die Cut Machine, Tsukineko Embossing Pad, Memento Tuxedo Dye Ink, Ranger White Embossing Powder, heat gun, Shin Han Touch Twin Markers, Winsor & Newton Promarkers, Zig Graphic Twin Markers and other basic crafting supplies.

First, I scored and cut the cardstock with the following measurements: Cream base – 6 and 1/8″x 4 and 3/4″ (portrait fold), black – 5 and 3/4″ x 4 and 1/2″, gold – 4 and 7/8″ x 3 and 5/8″, red – 4 and 5/8″ x 3 and 1/2″, brown – 3 and 5/8 x 2 and 3/8″, small cream paper for the stamp in the center – 3 and 1/2″ x 2 and 1/4″. For the ribbon badge, gold strip – 4 and 1/2″ x 5/8″, red strip – 4 and 1/4″ x 1/2″ and for the red sentiment tag – 1/2″ x 2 and 1/2″.

Next I die cut the badge for the card using the Sizzix framelit dies on my Big Shot Machine and I stamped the little girl in graduation robe and the oxford cap and color them red. I know it is unusual to see a red graduation robe, but when I graduated in law school, the academic regalia hood color my university used is red so I thought it would look nice in this card. I also heat emboss the Happy Graduation sentiment in a red cardstock using my Ranger White Embossing Powder. Make sure to brush the paper first with an anti-static powder to keep the powder from sticking on places you don’t want them to be. For the ribbon, I glued the red strip on top and center of the gold banner. I made a fish tale cut on the other end to resemble a badge ribbon.

I assembled the card by adhering the cardstocks together. First, I glued the gold, red, brown and cream paper with the stamp on the black cardstock then on top of the cream card base. I just eyeballed the center of the card. Next, I assembled the badge together. I fuzzy cut the oxford cap and glued it on top of the badge. I glued the red and gold ribbon at the back of the badge and adhere it at the upper left side of the card with a foam tape to to add some dimension. Lastly, I placed sentiment below the cream and brown frame with a foam tape as well.

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Complete project Handmade Graduation Card @creativemuseatwork

This card is bigger than the standard card size. However, you can also create a smaller version of this. I have a lot of scrap paper in my stash and most of them are already cut so I decided to just use them. I hope you like this card. Thank you for stopping by and I’ll see you on my next blog!