Gift! For me or for them?

Two of my aunts have birthdays this month, so in honor of the occasions I thought I’d take the opportunity to flex my cardmaking skills.  For these cards I tried out using peekaboo windows, masking, and my new watercolor colored pencils — so fun!  I love the many benefits that come with making homemade cards for family and friends — they receive something personal, I’m able to spend some quality time just thinking about that person, I improve and learn more about something I enjoy, and I experience total relaxation and contentment.  What better gift? For me and for them!

Peekaboo Cupcake Card

Peekaboo Cupcake Message

For the first card I used a square punch to create the three windows in a piece of small, pink cardstock.  I then took my cupcake rubber stamp (which is actually one stamp with an image of two cupcakes side by side) and covered up one cupcake with a post-it, pressed it in the ink, removed the mask (read post-it), and pressed the image on the white cardstock where the center of the peekaboo window would be.  I cleaned the stamp, then repeated the steps by covering the second cupcake, pressing the stamp into the ink, removing the mask, and pressing the image on the white cardstock where another peekaboo window would be.  Lastly, I stamped the slice of cake and pressed into the space of the third peekaboo hole.  I colored in the images, punched the corners of the pink cardstock, and using double sided tape, stuck the two pieces of cardstock together.  I used stickles to add a little extra touch of color to the flames of the candles and the cherry on the cupcake.  I used double sided tape to put the decorative paper on the front of the card, and then mini pop dots to stick the cardstock ensemble to the top the card.

Ingredients:

  • Cream 5.5″ x 6″ stationary card stock from Michaels
  • K & Company (Classic K) patterned cardstock paper
  • Colored card stock pieces from bulk card stock package from Michaels
  • Fiskars square punch
  • Stampendous “Birthday calories” stamp
  • “cupcake stamps” from a clear stamp set from Michaels
  • Color Box Inkpads (Black) from Michaels
  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils (set of 12) from Michaels
  • Marvy Embossing Markers (pastel set) from Michaels
  • Stickles (silver, fruit punch) from Paper-Source
  • Fiskars “Romantique” corner punch (3-in-1) from Michaels
  • Mini Pop dots from Michaels
  • Double-sided tape from Michaels

Peekaboo Petals Card

Peekaboo Petals Message

For the next card, I continued working with the peekaboo window technique, and this time I also played a little more with my watercolor colored pencils.  Until now, I have been using the pencils exclusively as colored pencils, but in the construction of this card, I decided to go a little WILD and actually try out the watercolor style.

I again chose a patterned paper as the background, then chose a mustard yellow cardstock for the peekaboo window.  I used a border punch for the edges and my exacto knife to cut out the large window.  For the flowers I used a simple stamp and pressed four images on a piece of plain white paper.  I used my swivel knife to cut around the edges of each flower.  I then colored in the flowers with my colored pencils, just like I normally would, but this time I used a small watercolor brush and a tiny bit of water to give the color that watercolor look and blend the colors together.  I felt like I was discovering a secret message, just watching the medium change from colored pencil to watercolor – coolest colored pencils ever!  My husband remarked that the process had transformed me into a little girl – I have to admit – it was probably the same level of excitement that I had when I was a girl hearing the ice cream truck make its rounds.

After coloring in the flowers and working the watercolor magic, I punched out two smaller flowers for the center, held all three layers (2 flower layers, 1 small center petal layer) together, and punched in the very center with the 1/16″ punch.  I then placed the brad in the center, and opened the fasteners to secure the pieces together.  I stuck the patterned paper to the card front, and the peekaboo window on top.  I then used the mini pop dots on the back of the brads to stick them to the card.  As an added bonus, I discovered that the petals will actually rotate around if you lightly touch them – kinda fun.

Ingredients:

  • Cream 5.5″ x 6″ stationary card stock from Michaels
  • DCWV (Holiday Stock) patterned cardstock paper
  • Colored card stock pieces from bulk card stock package from Michaels
  • Fiskars Border Punch (leaf) from Target
  • “Simple flower” stamp from Michaels ($1 bin)
  • Color Box Inkpads (Black, Ochre) from Michaels & Paper-Source
  • Fiskars fingertip control swivel knife from Joann’s
  • Kimberly Watercolor Pencils (set of 12) from Michaels
  • McGill (Petite Petals) punch from Joann’s
  • 1/16″ circle punch from Paper-Source
  • Recollections Brads (Bright Mini Circles) from Joann’s
  • Mini Pop dots from Michaels
  • Double-sided tape from Michaels

Wishing both my aunts a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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