Day by Day, Inhale Exhale

Spotlight on Magenta and Technique Junkies Stamps

Well hello and welcome back to Treasures in Letters. Although I have been quiet on my blog, I have been very busy making cards. I’m someone who enjoys making cards so much more than writing about them ;). Now that I have a bunch of cards I will begin the process of sharing them all with you and in Virginia Lu’s Show and Share.

So today’s card was made for a friend who is going thru a tough time. I wanted to encourage her and let her know that I care about her. It features a stamp from the company Magenta (I believe they are located in Canada), Technique Junkies (the sentiment), and a Scripture sentiment on the inside, from the formerly, Our Daily Bread Stamps.

The watercolor effect on the card was made using Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Markers: Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye, Pine Needles, Forest Moss, Twisted Citron; Magenta Stamp C-0747-M, Technique Junkies Day by Day, Altenew Obsidian Pigment Ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Canson Watercolor card stock, black card stock, craft cardstock, Our Daily Bread Scripture Collection 3, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110 card stock.

Thinking of You

Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout Stamp Set 2019

Hi there and welcome back to Treasures in Letters! Today’s card is another that I am entering in Virginia Lu’s Show & Share (May 2019). She was my mentor in the Altenew Educator Certificate Program and she continues to be a wonderful encourager and inspiration to me. 🙂

As you will notice, I have used the same stamp set as my earlier blog post only this time, I used various different colors rather than different shades of the same color. I hope you like it.

This card features outlined edges in both black multiliner and white gel pen for a more artistic free-hand look.
A vertical sentiment breaks with the traditional horizontal look and the pinstripe background adds a nice touch.

Supplies: Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout Stamp Set, Altenew Pinstripe Stamp, Altenew inks: Warm Sunshine, Pink Pearl, Just Green, Rocky Shore, Permanent Black, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Black card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110 card stock, Simon Says Stamp Tiny Words Stamp, Copic Multilier .3, Gina K Designs Theresa Momber Vertical Greetings and Things, Recollections Adhesive Pearls, Sakura White Gelly Roll Pen, Versamark ink.

How I made it: I followed Concord & 9th procedures for turnabout stamps and chose a different color for each turn of the stamp (see colors above). I then outlined all the larger images with a black copic multiliner pen. I then went around and highlighted the leaf images with a white gel pen. I white heat embossed my sentiment with Altenew’s Pure White embossing powder and mounted it on a piece of card stock that I had previously stamped with Altenew’s pinstripe stamp. I stamped a small coordinating sentiment on the bottom of my card and embellished the card with adhesive pearls and thin strips of (scrap) black card stock.

LOVE – Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout Stamp

Good morning and Happy Memorial Day Weekend to you all!!

Today’s card features Concord & 9th’s Wreath Turnabout Stamp and Altenew’s Garden Treasure Stamp Set. I’ve entered this card in Virginia Lu’s Show & Share May 2019; I hope you like it.

It is so easy to create using a turnabout stamp. Take a look.

The center flowers are made of vellum, heat embossed with Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder and their new pigment ink: Obsidian. It is wonderful!!
This side view shows the dimension that the vellum flowers add along with the adhesive rhinestones and pearls.

Supplies: Concord & 9th Wreath Turnabout Stamp, Altenew inks: Minty Mint, Sweet Leaf, Just Green, Hunter Green, and their new Obsidian Pigment Ink (just gorgeous), Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Pure White Embossing Powder, Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp & Die Set, Copic Multiliner .3, Black card stock, craft foam, Fiskar’s scoring tool and pad, Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones, Versamark ink, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110 card stock.

How I made it: Following Concord & 9th’s turnabout stamp instructions, I stamped my wreath image using the 4 different Altenew inks (shades of green). Though it is imperceptible from the photos, on the large inner leaves and some of the outer leaves, I used a Fiskar’s scoring tool and traced around the leaves in order to add some depth to the stamped image. This is visible when you see the card in person. I also used a Copic black Multiliner to trace around the larger leaves (see photos). Using Altenew’s Obsidian pigment ink and the small flower from their Garden Treasure Stamp set, I stamped the flowers on vellum and heat embossed using Altenew’s Crystal Clear embossing powder. I popped the flowers up using some clear double-sided tape. My sentiment was stamped on black card stock using Versamark ink and Altenew’s Pure White embossing powder. My card front was framed with black card stock and then mounted on my card base 4.25 x 4.25 Neenah Solar White #110 card stock. I embellished the card using Recollections Adhesive Rhinestones.

Miss You

Birch Press Wishing Mandala Stamp & Stencils

Hi there and welcome back to Treasures in Letters! Today’s card features Ranger Distress Oxide inks and Birch Press’ Wishing Mandala Stamp & Stencils. I’ve entered this card in Virginia Lu’s Show & Share May 2019.

When I finished adding the Distress Oxide inks thru the stencils (using Life Changing Blender brushes), the black outlines had faded and I had already removed the stamp from the Misti stamping tool, so I was stuck in my ability to re-stamp the outlines. I had to find another way to brighten the background and the colors.

What I decided to do was spray the background with Thermoweb‘s Irridescent Glitter Dust. It deepened all the colors and gave the background a beautiful shimmer. You can see the shimmer if you look closely at the photo above. To add more shine and some depth, I added Glossy Accents to the black outlines in the “miss you” sentiment.

Supplies: Birch Press Wishing Mandala Stamp and Stencils, Gina K Amalgum Ink, Ranger Distress Oxides: Mustard Seed, Broken China, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Altenew Invisible Alpha, Ranger Glossy Accents, Black card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Get Well

Using My Stash Series: Altenew Bamboo Rose

Today’s entry is from the “stash” that I accumulated while working on my Altenew Educator Certificate. Many times I’d work on something and then get caught up in seeing the imperfections rather than the overall beauty in the project. As I use my “stash,” I am trying to be less critical and more appreciative…enjoying the challenge of bringing out the best rather than dwelling on imperfection.

The secret of this technique is that you use Versamark ink and clear embossing powder on the colored card stock, then, on the white card stock, you use an ink color to match the colored card stock, then clear heat emboss over the colored ink.

Supplies: Altenew Bamboo Rose Stamp Set, Altenew Inks: Dew Drops, Aqualicious, Teal Cave, Galactic Stream, Ranger “Greetings” Stamp Set, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Prismacolor Pencils: Aquamarine (PC905), Light Green (PC920), Cobalt Turquoise (PC105), Versamark Ink, Teal Cardstock, Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #80, #110 cardstock, Craft Foam, Neat & Tangled Sequins, a rectangle frame die of your choice.

How to make it: Using a stamping tool such as a Misti (My Sweet Petunia), place your white card stock (4.25″x5.5″) into the Misti and arrange your floral stamps around the top and one side so that when you turn your card stock the pattern will repeat and connect edge to edge. (I hope that made sense.) Stamp using the Galactic Stream ink. Repeat if necessary. Clean stamp and let the white card stock dry. Take turquoise card stock and place in Misti. Use an anti-static powder tool on the card stock to prepare it for heat embossing. Using Versamark Ink stamp the floral arrangement onto the colored card stock. Emboss with clear embossing powder. Turn card stock and repeat so that the floral pattern goes all the way around the card stock.

Put the white card stock back into the Misti, prep it with an anti-static powder tool. Using Versamark Ink re-stamp the white card stock and clear heat emboss (you are doing this over your first stamping with the colored ink).

Using a rectangle frame die, cut a frame out of both the floral card stock pieces. Placing the white card stock back into the Misti, center your sentiment. As you ink up the sentiment, start with the lightest color ink and move from lightest to darkest on your stamp. Repeat this process, if necessary, to deepen the color. This should give you an ombre affect for your sentiment. Adhere the card front to a card base of #110 Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest card stock. Embellish with sequins.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have a great day…and remember, don’t focus on the imperfections…look for the beauty. 🙂

Love & Hugs

Concord & 9th and Altenew

Hi there! Today’s card is a bright and cheerful card sending love and hugs to your favorite person.

Supplies: Altenew Billowing Blossoms Stamp, Altenew Pinstripe Stamp, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Pinkalicious, Razzleberry, Starlight, Sea Breeze, Pink Diamond, Snap Dragon, Marigold, Chamomile, Jet Black; Concord & 9th Love & Hugs Stamp Set, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle Dies, masking paper.

How to make it: Take a piece of Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #80 cardstock and stamp, in black ink, the Altenew Pinstripe Stamp. On another piece of #80 white cardstock trace a circle in the center of the card. Use the outline to stamp flowers around. Use masking paper in places where you want to stamp close to/over a flower next to it. Stamp some leaf branches, using making paper as needed. Using the nesting circle dies, cut out the circle (you traced) leaving the flowers to look as though they are a wreath. Trim card down to 4″x5.25″. Using the card front, position Love & Hugs stamp in center of a 4.25″x5.5″ (Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #110) card base; stamp in Versafine Onyx black ink and heat emboss with Altenew crystal clear embossing powder. Cut 2 half-inch strips off the pinstripe card you stamped. (Save the remainder of the card for another project.) Place 1 strip of the pinstripe on each side of the card base (made of #110 Neenah Solar White cardstock) then adhere the card front onto card base.

Mother’s Day : Neat & Tangled Floral Heart

MOM 2019

My card today was inspired by Kelly Latevola, a designer at Neat & Tangled (April 29, 2019 post at Neat & Tangled). She added to the original floral heart with other small floral stamps. The idea was great so I tried it for myself…and I just love how it came out. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mom’s out there….and to the future mom’s of this world!!

This stamp was enhanced with Honey Bee Stamps Country Wreath stamp set.

Supplies: Neat & Tangled Floral Heart, Honey Bee Stamps Country Wreath, Ultimate Crafts Ooh La La Collection, Purple card stock, green card stock, Pretty Pink Posh flat, clear sequins, Brutus Monroe Alcohol Markers: 672, 652, Copic Markers: G02, G09, G19, YG09, YG17, Y19, Y38, R35, E23, E33, E15, B02, RV13, RV02, RV04, BG15, BG1, V09, V06, V04; Gina K Amalgum ink, Altenew Simple Alpha Dies, and Ranger Glossy Accents.

How I Made It: I started by stamping the floral heart onto Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest, #80 card stock and then making a mask of the floral wreath and putting it in place. I added extra flowers, pine cones and leaf branches to the floral wreath. I then colored the wreath with copic and other alcohol markers. I cut out the word, mom, from black card stock using Altenew Bold Alphabet Dies. After gluing the sentiment in place, I embellished the letters with Ranger glossy accents. I then layered the card front with a layer of purple card stock followed by a piece of green card stock. I then mounted the card front to a card base made with Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest, #110 card stock and embellished it with some clear, flat sequins.

I really love how this card came out. I hope you enjoyed it too.