Hummingbirds are such amazing creatures! A few fascinating facts about hummingbirds: only found in the Americas, hummingbirds cannot walk, the smallest hummingbird species weighs less than a dime, and most beat their wings 60 to 80 times per second. And I thought they were only pretty. Hopefully, my “A Touch of Ink” Happy Birthday card showcases their beauty!
I am constantly amazed by their beautiful colors. I love to color; always have, always will. It is gratifying to color with Stampin’ Up! Blends Alcohol markers. They blend so seamlessly, and with minimal effort, you can achieve beautiful, vibrant images.
In my video below, I will show you just how easy it is to color with alcohol markers. I trust that you can recreate this “A Touch of Ink” Happy Birthday card and give it to someone special in your life.
THICK Basic White cardstock (card base) — 4-1/4 x 11; score and fold at 5-1/2
Just Jade cardstock (1st layer) — 3-3/4 x 5
Basic White cardstock (2nd layer) — 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
Basic Black cardstock (3rd layer) — 2-7/8 x 4-1/8
Purple Posy cardstock (4th layer) — 2-3/4 x 4
Basic White (scrap) — (stamp and fussy cut hummingbird, stamp and punch out sentiment)
If you do not see my video below, please click here to watch it on YouTube.
There is nothing better than going to your mailbox and finding a handmade card. Wouldn’t you love to receive this A Touch of Ink Thinking of You card? Which, by the way, you can choose as your Sale-a-bration gift with a $100 purchase. Who doesn’t love a gift with purchase—I know I certainly do.
As you can see from looking around my blog, I love butterflies. So, I was especially pleased when this set contained a beautiful side view butterfly. I truly wish, Stampin’ Up! would include more side view butterflies in their stamp sets. Sometimes, you want to place them on a flower, and the full-on butterfly doesn’t seem to work quite as well.
Have you tried the Stampin’ Up! Blends alcohol markers? Wow, they are so easy to use, and you get amazing results with minimal effort. Be sure to check out my video below for some hints to great coloring.
Hopefully, you are now inspired to create your own A Touch of Ink Thinking of You card.
Thick Basic White cardstock (card base) — 4-1/4 x 11; score and fold at 5-1/2
Bumble Bee cardstock (1st layer) — 3-3/4 x 5
Basic White cardstock (2nd layer) — 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
So Saffron cardstock (3rd layer) — 2-3/4 x 4
Basic White cardstock (scrap) — stamp and fussy-cut Butterfly, color with Blends
If you do not see my video, please click here to watch it on YouTube.
I love Poinsettias; it’s just that simple. It doesn’t matter what color the bracts (modified leaves) are; white, pink, red to purple, yellow, orange, or salmon. I love them all! Every year I look forward to finding them in the store, purchasing them, and bringing them home with me. They just make me smile.
Isn’t it amazing how the use of the Ornate Layer dies, Scripty 3D embossing folder, and Poinsettia dies really add to the overall look of the card? Such small little touches, however, they really change what could be an average card into something beautiful. Are you adding die cuts and embossing folders to your cards?
It seems as though I always need thank you cards; I especially love this Forever Blossoms thank you card. The Forever Blossoms stamp set is so versatile, especially with the matching CherryBlossom dies.
I colored the Forever Blossoms images with the SU! Blends Alcohol Markers. Yes, coloring can seem intimidating. However, it isn’t. Just a few simple tricks, and you, too, can create beautifully colored images.
Take a moment to watch my video below and learn just how simple coloring with SU! Blends can be!
Hopefully, you will take time to create this lovely Forever Blossoms Thank You card.
Don’t you love the bright cheerful colors on my Painted Poppies Birthday Wishes card? As you know, I absolutely love to color, and I especially enjoy coloring with the SU Stampin’Blends Alcohol Markers. The blending technique with alcohol markers is so easy and the results can be fabulous.
The new Coastal Weave 3D embossing folder adds such great detail to the front of my card. You might also note that I’ve cut around the poppy on the inside edge of the card. It is such a small touch, providing beautiful results.
In particular, I love the soft Old Olive color blending at the base of the poppies. I used the Craft Ink Blending Brushes, set of 5, from Amazon. I have always had difficulty with sponges and sponge daubers. The sponging was always blotchy and not as clean and smooth as I would have liked. However, with the Craft Ink Brushes, the results are just what I’ve always wanted. All and all, I am so pleased with the look of my Painted Poppies Birthday Wishes card. I do hope you will give it a try!!
It’s the time of year when we deck the halls with holly. This time of year is by far my very favorite. I love celebrating the birth of Christ, cold nights, fireplaces blazing, Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel, the mantle decorated with holly, lights on the homes in my neighborhood, and the kindness of strangers.
Check out the shimmer and shine of the holly berries, aren’t they beautiful. I achieved it with the new Shimmery Crystal Effects from Stampin’ Up!
Whenever I can, I love stamping in the lower right corner on the inside of my cards. Doing this is such a simple touch; however, it adds additional interest. You might try it on your next card. I hope my Christmas card will inspire you to deck the halls with holly!
Card Cutting Details
Basic Black cardstock (card base) – 4-1/4 x 11: score and fold at 5-1/2
Cherry Cobbler cardstock – 3-3/8 x 4-5/8
Whisper White cardstock (stamp and emboss circle and sentiment) – 3-1/4 x 4-1/2
THICK Whisper White cardstock (stamp and color three sets of holly) – 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
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