Colorful Seasons – Happy Birthday Card

Recently while I have been driving around town, I have caught myself smiling at the beautiful autumn colors.  This year, the colors seem more intense and vivid than in past years.  Perhaps, I’m just appreciating the beauty more.  Either way, the foliage is just gorgeous!

Last week, I shared a card that I made for an NC Demos Blog Hop.  You can see that card here.  Using a similar layout, I also created a birthday card for our older daughter, Corie.  The birthday card captures the beauty of the season and shows the simple elegance of the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack.  It features the wonderful fall color, Cherry Cobbler.

Below are steps and hints for you to follow to make this card.

  • The card base is made from Thick Whisper White card stock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.  I like to use Thick Whisper White card stock as the base for cards when there are multiple layers to add to the card front.
  • The card front is a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock, cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  To give the card front a beautiful dimension, the piece was embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
  • The sentiment is stamped with the Stylized Birthday Stamp onto a piece of the Wood Textures DSP which is cut to 3″ x 3″.  I used my Stamp-a-Ma-Jig to stamp Happy Birthday and stamped the sentiment twice.  The first time, I used Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.  The second time, I shifted the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig just a tad to the left and stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  The result is a shadow effect on the lettering.
  • The DSP is then cut into three strips.  Each is 1″ x 3″, as pictured.  To add a little depth to the wood “planks”, I sponged the edges of each piece with Early Espresso ink.  Two scrap pieces of the DSP are used as the base to glue on the “planks”.  You can see those scrap pieces on either side of the “planks” in the picture.
  • At this point, I recommend that you start putting your card together.  Adhere the card front to your card base.  Then, use dimensionals to adhere the sentiment piece to the card front.
  • Now, it’s time to make the leaves.  Grab a few scrap pieces of your Wood Textures DSP and the Colorful Seasons stamp set.  Use Tuxedo Black Memento Ink to stamp the large, veined leaf stamp onto the DSP.  Watercolor the leaves with your choice of color from your Watercolor Pencils.  Blend the colors with your Aqua Painter, using the absolute least amount possible of water on the Aqua Painter brush.  You can add more color to the leaves when they are still wet.  You’re going to love this technique!  Use the corresponding leaf die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut out your colored leaves.
  • You can also use the smaller leaf die in Seasonal Layers Thinlits Die set to cut leaves from the scrap Wood Textures DSP.
  • The final leaves are made from the detailed leaf die and gold paper.  [You can also cheat if you have leftover gold leaf stickers from the October Paper Pumpkin kit!]
  • Assemble the leaves as you would like and adhere them to your card.
  • And, there you have it!  A really pretty autumn birthday card that helps capture the beauty of the season.

Below are the main products that I used to make this card.  Click on any picture and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Here the two recent posts with a similar design side-by-side.  Which one do you prefer?

Happy stamping!
Laurie



 

NC Demos Blog Hop – Thankful for Autumn Colors

Welcome to the NC Demos October Blog Hop!!!  If you were just visiting Tracie Evans Langley’s site, I’m sure you were as impressed with her project as I was.  She is a very talented stamper.  Thanks for taking time to stop by to see my card for this month.

Our theme for October is to be Thank-Fall!  You’re going to see many amazing projects that have seasonal themes.  I am very Thank-Fall for autumn colors!  They are so vibrant and inviting.  Fall is definitely my favorite season.  Sweatshirts, jeans, football, light sweaters, and beautiful leaves just make me smile.  I am also thankful for friends and family who have Fall birthdays!!  If you get a card that looks like the one pictured below, just pretend to be surprised!

This card has a lot of layers, textures, autumn colors, and leaves.  It was a lot of fun to make.  Here are the main steps and directions.

  • The base is Cherry Cobbler cardstock, cut to 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the 8 1/2″ side.
  • There is a card front piece from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack cut to 4″ x 5 1/4″.  I LOVE this DSP stack.  The wood patterns are absolutely amazing.  If you act by tomorrow, you can get four packs for the price of three.  Check here for more details.
  • Adhere the card front piece to the card base.
  • The main sentiment is the Stylized Birthday stamp.  It is stamped in Cajun Craze onto another piece from the Wood Textures DSP Stack.  This piece is cut to 3″ x 3 3/4″.  You can also stamp a shadow image of “Happy Birthday” in Memento Black Ink.  After you stamp “Happy Birthday”, cut the piece into 1″ x 3 3/4″ pieces, as shown.  The result should look like planks of wood.  Adhere the “planks” to scrap pieces of Wood Texture DSP.  If you look closely in the picture, you’ll see vertical DSP pieces behind the planks.
  • Use the Colorful Seasons stamp set and Memento Black Ink to stamp the large veined leaf onto different pieces of Wood Textures DSP.  Color the leaves with your Watercolor Pencils.  If you want, you can use your Aqua Painter to spread the watercolors.  Be sure to use the absolute least amount of water possible in the Aqua Painter.  Die cut the leaves with the corresponding thinlit from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Use some of the scrap Wood Textures DSP to die cut smaller leaves.  The die for the smaller leaf is also from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.
  • Adhere the leaves to the card front.  Glue dots work very well for this.   Occasionally, put your “plank” piece on top of the leaves that you have adhered to make sure you like the design.
  • When you’re happy with the design, use dimensionals to add the “plank” piece to the front of the card.
  • You can add a few leaves on top of the “plank” piece if you want.
  • Confession – I used leftover gold leaf stickers from a recent Paper Pumpkin kit to add a little bling.  You could just as easily die cut the same filigree leaf shape with a die from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits.  The card would be gorgeous with multiple metal colored leaves!
  • There you have it!  A great birthday card that highlights the season.  I hope you enjoy making the card.

Please continue on to Sue Stapp’s project.  A full list of this month’s NC Demos Blog Hoppers is listed at the end of this post.

The main products I used to make this card are shown below.  If you click on any picture, you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

NC Demos October Blog Hoppers:

Tamra Davis

Jo Anne Hewins

Tracie Evans Langley

Laurie Meier <— YOU ARE HERE

Sue Stapp

Frances Wagner



 

Happy Birthday to My Brother!

Earlier this week, my brother celebrated a significant birthday.  Happy Birthday, Dave!  You’ll easily be able to tell which birthday by the card I made him!  Here is the front of the card:

And, here is a picture of the inside of the card:

The Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack is the perfect background for the card.  I’ve had a great time using this paper and hope you do as well.  The Large Numbers Framelits allowed me to customize the number for my brother’s birthday.  I die cut the numbers after I stamped the birthday sentiment with the Stylized Birthday stamp.  Then, I die cut three more of each number and made my own cardstock chipboard for each number by gluing the pieces together.

The leaves at the bottom of the card are made from the stamps and dies from the Color Theory Suite.  The leaves were stamped on scraps of Wood Textures DSP.  Their coloring is from Watercolor Pencils and then blending with an Aqua Painter.  Tip:  Use as little water as possible when you blend.

The gold leaf sticker is from the September Paper Pumpkin kit!!! Love that kit.  I also used the large leaf stamp from the same Paper Pumpkin kit to decorate the inside of the card.  Again, I colored the leaves with Watercolor Pencils.

The sentiment and numbers for the inside of the card are from the Number of Years stamp set.  The base for the inside of the card is a piece of Wood Textures DSP.  The final touch is rounded corners.

This style card could easily be changed to fit any occasion!  I hope you use this idea and make it your own.

Below are the main supplies I used to make the card.  Click on any picture, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping,
Laurie



 

Use DSP as a Canvas – NC Demos Blog Hop

Welcome to the September NC Demos blog hop!  Thanks for stopping by to see my project for this month.  If you’ve just come from Tracie Evans Langley’s blog, didn’t you love her project?  She is in incredibly talented stamper.

This month, we are featuring techniques that we really like.  Lately, I have been using Designer Series Paper (DSP) as canvas for my cards.  Warning:  This can get quite addictive!  I’ve also been focused on a great stamp set called Floral Statements.  So far this week, I have posted three projects using this stamp set.  The card below is my fourth!  Yup – I’m addicted!

There have been so many stampers who have posted their cards with wood plank backgrounds.  The pictures are really eye catching.  I decided to use the Wood Textures DSP to add an additional element to the card.  This collection of DSP is especially gorgeous and incredibly versatile.

Tips on making the card:

  • Use Archival Basic Black ink to stamp onto the DSP.
  • Enjoy coloring the design with Watercolor Pencils.  Your stress level will literally go down to zero as you color!
  • Use an Aqua Painter to blend the colors from the Watercolor Pencils.  Be sure to use the smallest amount of water possible.  The results will amaze you!
  • Select a few leaves (or maybe specific petals from the flower) to stamp onto a piece of scrap DSP.  Color the leaves (or petals) with the Watercolor Pencils.  Fussy cut the images.  If you choose the leaves for the fussy cutting, you’ll need a tad more patience!
  • To create the 3D effect pictured below, adhere the fussy cut pieces directly onto of the DSP aligning them with the stamped design.
  • Be forewarned – You will likely start the process all over again when you see your creation!

To see the other cards that I have posted featuring the Floral Statements stamp set and different techniques, please click on the links below:

To continue the NC Demos Blog Hop, head over to Sue Root’s blog.  I know she has an amazing project to share with you.  You can also check out all participants listed below.

The main products that I used to make this month’s card are pictured below.  Click on any product, and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie

NC Demos Blog Hoppers:

 
 
 
Laurie Meier <– YOU ARE HERE
 
 
 
 
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Floral Statements Hello with a Pop!

The Floral Statements stamp set may only have two stamps, but there are many ways to use the stamp designs for stunning cards.  Below is my third design for this week.  It is a fun Hello card with a pop!  If you missed the first two designs, you can check out the first one here.  And, you can see the second one here.

The cards pictured above use Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (DSP) as the background for the card front.  The colors in this collection of DSP are gorgeous and provide a wonderful canvas for cards.  The Hello stamp from the Floral Statements set is stamped with Archival Basic Black Ink directly onto the DSP.

Now – the fun begins.  If you like to color, you will love making this card.  Experiment with different combinations of colors from the Watercolor Pencils collection.  And, for extra fun, use an Aqua Painter to blend the colors.  I wasn’t sure if an Aqua Painter would work well on DSP but was very pleasantly surprised to find out it works brilliantly.  Just be sure to use as little water as possible to blend the colors.

Did you notice the flowers are 3D?  That’s the pop!  Stamp the flowers from the Hello stamp onto a scrap piece of DSP.  Color them using the same colors you used for the flowers on the main DSP.  [Okay – You really don’t have to color the flowers on the main DSP since much of the flowers will be covered.  But, I colored them anyway!]  Cut out the flowers, including parts of the letters.  Curl the petals to give a 3D feel.  Adhere the cut flowers directly on top of the flowers on the DSP.  Below are two pictures that give you a better view of the flowers.

You can finish the card by rounding the bottom corners of all layers – the DSP card front, the frame piece of Very Vanilla cardstock, and the Crumb Cake cardstock base.  Also, you can add a sentiment like “Happy Birthday” or leave the card as is.

I cannot be held responsible when you go a little nutty making these cards.  Trust me – you’ll thank me later!

The main products I used to make these cards are pictured below.  Click on any product and you’ll go to my on-line store.

Happy stamping!
Laurie