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. 🙂

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. 🙂

Sparkle With All Your Heart-Alcohol Inks

Okay, today is my last post, this week, using alcohol inks. I will have more later 😉 .

This card features silver foil and Altenew’s Moroccan Mosaic Cover Die.

Altenew makes the BEST embossing powders! Check out the silver embossing powder used on this sentiment as well as the background.

Supplies: Altenew Kind Confetti Stamp Set, Altenew Antique Silver Embossing Powder, Altenew Moroccan Mosaic Cover Die, Ranger Alcohol Inks: Stream, Mermaid, Sailboat Blue, Pool, Indigo, Purple Twilight, Silver Foil, Alcohol Blending Solution, Isopropyl Alcohol, Versamark Ink, Vellum, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, Legion Yupo medium weight card stock, craft foam, foam tape.

Alcohol Ink-Thank You

Good morning! I am continuing to have fun with alcohol inks and learning to use an airbrush. Today’s card features Honey Bee Stamps Deckle Edge Die.

Supplies: Ranger Alcohol Inks: Mermaid, Pool, Stream, Alcohol Blending Solution, Isopropyl Alcohol, Airbrush, Altenew Sweetest Peas Stamp Set, WOW Metallic Copper Embossing Powder, Ranger Gloss Paper, Honey Bee Stamps Deckle Edge Die, Versamark Ink, Altenew Alcohol Markers: Lagoon, Emerald and Mountain Mist; Brutus Monroe Alcohol Markers #632, 670; craft foam.

Alcohol Inks – You’re Amazing!

This card is so beautiful in person. The upper right hand corner looks like a delicate flower in bloom.

Hello!! Today’s blog post is featuring cards made with alcohol inks. Both cards were made with the same background piece. I used an airbrush to move around the alcohol inks. Alcohol inks are so much fun because you just never know what you are going to end up with…but you know it’s going to be great!

The supplies I used on these cards are: Ranger Alcohol Inks: Poppyfield, Pink Sherbert, Salmon, and Watermelon, Ranger Black Enamel Accents, Alcohol Blending Solution, Isopropyl Alcohol, Medium-weight Legion Yupo paper, My Favorite Things Stamps Happy Birthday Script Die, My Favorite Things Stamps YAY For You Stamp Set, Black Card Stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #110 Card Stock.

The contrast of colors on this birthday card is striking and bright. The Happy Birthday sentiment is four layers of cardstock, giving it dimension.

February Birthdays

This beautiful card was for my daughter Courtney and the card below it was for my son-in-law, Chris. Her birthday was on the 16th and his on the 19th. Needless to say, we had fun last Saturday night with our family going out for Chinese food and then having cake at home!

Happy Birthday Courtney!

Supplies: Birch Press Wishing Mandala Stamp and Stencil Set, Distress Oxides: Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Salty Ocean, Worn Lipstick, Seedless Preserves, Gina K Amalgum ink, My Favorite Things Stamps Happy Birthday Script Die.

Happy Birthday Chris!
This card features silver foil and shiny silver card stock.

Supplies: Alcohol Ink paper, Ranger Alcohol Inks: Stream, Mermaid, Sailboat Blue, Pool, Indigo, My Favorite Things Stamps Block Happy Birthday Die, Ranger Alcohol Blending Solution, Silver Foil, Shiny Silver card stock, Neenah Solar White Classic Crest #80, #110 card stock, craft foam.

The Happy Birthday sentiment was layered with 4 layers of Neenah card stock and the top layer of shiny silver card stock.