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.

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.

Thank You: Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp Set

Using Your Stash

Yes, ….more stash. 🙂 I think I could make cards all summer just using backgrounds and elements of previous projects. This card I have for you today is elegant and cheerful and features antique gold embossing around the edges of the flowers and leaves.

The background was made using Altenew’s Wavy Grid Stencil, Vanilla Cream ink, and a Life Changing Blender Brush.

Supplies: Altenew Wavy Grid Stencil, Altenew Garden Treasure Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Thank You Builder Stamp, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder and Antique Gold Embossing Powder, Altenew Permanent Black Ink; Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Vanilla Cream, Blush, Rouge, Velvet, Soft Lilac, Lavender Fields, Frayed Leaf, Forest Glades, Versamark Ink, Neat & Tangled Sequins, Picket Fence Studio Life Changing Blender Brushes.

How I Made It: I used a Life Changing Blender Brush to apply vanilla cream ink over the wavy grid stencil. I used lighter pressure toward the edges and heavier pressure toward the center of the cardstock. I had the flowers and leaves already made from my stash. They were heat embossed with antique gold embossing powder then layered following the Altenew guides. After choosing the placement of the flowers, I stamped the sentiment with black ink and Versamark ink and heat embossed with crystal clear embossing powder. On the card base I smudged Versamark ink all around the edges and heat embossed using antique gold embossing powder. I then placed the card front onto the card base with a slight tilt. Although I trimmed the small edges that were hanging off the card base, I would not do that again. I would leave the corners hanging over the edges; I felt it looked better. I then embellished it with sequins.

Mom’s Day: Cosmos with a hidden message

Sending Hugs 2019

Here’s a Mother’s Day card with “Mom” hidden within it. Can you see it? I was going to save this post for Saturday but decided, why wait?!

This card features Simon Says Stamps Cosmos Background Stamp colored in with copic markers.

The following picture makes it easier to see the word “mom” within the background. I love using this technique.

Supplies: Altenew Bold Alpha Dies, Simon Says Stamps Cosmos Background Stamp, Gina K Amalgum Ink, Simon Says Stamps Sentiment Labels Dies, Concord & 9th Retro Petals Turnabout Stamp, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella Glitter Pen, Altenew Artist Markers Set D (which includes: Cosmic Berry, Rose Quartz, Purple Wine, Puffy Heart, Mocha, Rocky Shore, Sand Dune, Volcano Lake, Lagoon).

How I Made It: I stamped the Cosmos background onto Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest, #80 card stock using Gink K Amalgum ink. I then colored in the flowers using the alcohol Artist Markers. Once that was complete, I cut from NSW #80 card stock 3 sets of the word “mom” using the Altenew Bold Alpha Dies. I glued 3 layers of each letter together. I then centered and placed the letters m and o on the card front and die cut. I then die cut the last m. I glued the floral letters on top of the white card stock letters. I then glued the card front onto a card base made of Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest, #110 card stock. Once that was in place I added the letters M-O-M back into the card front making sure all the lines of the flowers matched. While that dried I heat embossed the sentiment onto NSW #80 card stock using Versafine Onyx black ink and Altenew Crystal Clear embossing powder. I adhered the sentiment down using foam tape.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Thanks: Altenew Peruvian Lily

Using Your Stash

Isn’t this card beautiful and colorful?! I think so and I made it using some flowers that I had in my “stash”. This year I am really trying hard to use what I already own and to use some of the backgrounds and detail pieces that I have put aside for one reason or another. The process has really helped me stop needing perfection…as some of the pieces in my stash had a mistake or imperfection in them. And it has helped me to use and enjoy the stamps and dies I already have.

Altenew inks are so bright and cheerful! This layered stamp is gorgeous.

In order to make the sentiment stand out more, I cut it out 3 times, glued them together and then added a coat of black Enamel Accents on top of the die cut.

Supplies: Altenew Peruvian Lily Stamp & Die Set, Altenew Wavy Grid Stencil, Black Card Stock, Ranger Black Enamel Accents, Lawn Fawn Scripty Die Set, Sakura Black Gelly Roll Pen, Altenew Crisp Dye Inks: Vanilla Cream, Wisteria Hydrangea, Ultra Violet, Citrus Burst, Fresh Lemon, Maple Yellow, Honey Drizzle, Rouge, Espresso, Jet Black, Sunkissed, Orange Cream, Autumn Blaze, Neat & Tangled clear sequins.

How I Made It: I stamped and layered three lilies and made a batch of leaves (these were the pieces that were in my “stash”). To make the background, I used Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80 card stock, vanilla cream ink and a Life Changing Blender Brush to apply ink over the stencil. I applied the ink lighter around the edges and darker toward the center. I die cut the “thanks” sentiment 3 times out of black cardstock. After glueing down the lilies, leaves, and sentiment, I applied black enamel accents over the sentiment and let dry. I used a Black glaze Sakura Gelly Roll pen to deepen the pollen buds of the lily centers and scattered some sequins. I glued the card front to a black piece of cardstock and then adhered it to a card base made out of Neenah Solar White, Classic Crest #110 cardstock.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate it!!

Stay Beautiful My Friend

Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp & Die Set

Welcome to Treasures In Letter today. I hope you are well. Today’s card was a gift for a co-worker on her last day at work. She was so nice to work with and I will miss her.

The butterflies are painted with Ranger alcohol inks on vellum.
Honey Bee Stamps has a beautiful Sunburst A2 cover die making a perfect backdrop for the vellum butterflies.

Supplies: Altenew Painted Butterflies Stamp & Die Set, Neat & Tangled sequins, silver mirror card stock, vellum, Versafine Onyx Black ink, Altenew Crystal Clear Embossing Powder, Altenew Ink Spray – Dusk, Altenew Beautiful Peony Stamp Set, Honey Bee Stamps Sunburst A2 Cover Die, Ranger Alcohol Inks: Mermaid, Sailboat Blue, Villainous Pearl Ink, We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circle Dies, Craft Foam, Neenah Solar White #80, #110, a clear double-sided adhesive (used on the vellum, that I am not mentioning the name of it because I don’t find it easy to work with).

How I Made It: I stamped the vellum with the Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with Altenew’s Crystal Clear embossing powder. Once it was cool, I turned it over and from the back of the vellum, using a paint brush, painted with the alcohol ink colors. Once the butterflies were dry, I die cut them using Altenew’s matching dies and cut a second set of butterflies out of plain vellum . With the Honey Bee Sunburst Cover Die, I cut one background out of Neenah Solar White #80 card stock and sprayed it with Altenew ink spray. Using the We R Memory Keepers Circle Dies, I cut one circle the same size as the Sunburst center – out of silver mirror card stock and one circle, one size smaller, out of Neenah Solar White #80 card stock. I centered the Stay Beautiful sentiment on the white card stock circle, stamped it with Onyx Black ink and heat embossed it with Altenew’s Crystal Clear embossing powder. I mounted the painted butterflies onto the plain butterfly die cuts with a double-sided adhesive by cutting a tiny piece and hiding it behind the body of the butterfly. By folding up the painted butterfly it makes them float above the paper. I then mounted the face of the card onto craft foam and adhered it to the card base.

In the following photo you can see how the butterflies floated on the card. I hope you liked my card. 🙂