Watercolor Happy Birthday Card


 

Watercolor Birthday Card
Created by Sophia Vida

I made this card using a cute stamp I bought at a craft show a few years ago. I stamped the image on 140 lb, cold press, watercolor paper using gray, Staz-On ink. Once that dried I added color to the image with watercolor markers and used a Niji water brush to spread the paint.

I then wet the edges around the image with water and let it sit for a minute before carefully tearing them.  The blue/green background was made from a hand wipe I previously used to clean up some paints from my work area. It looked really cool so I flattened it, let it dry and figured I could use it one day and I did!

I used Aleene’s tacky glue to adhere the background and image onto the premade card.  I also added a little Stardust Stickles to the edges of the background for a little bling. Last, I printed a birthday tag from my computer,  distressed the edges and adhered it to the card. And Voila! I had a unique and cute birthday card!

Hope you enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Alcohol Ink Coffee Filter Cards


 

 

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Alcohol Ink Coffee Filter Cards
Created by Sophia Vida

I found this wonderful little book at the craft store “Creative Colors for Paper Arts with Markers & Alcohol Inks” by Barbara Buechley, Jen Del Muro, Donna Goss, Paula Phillips. It’s a 27 page book filled with beautiful inspirational ideas.

One of my favorites was the coffee filter cards by Barbara Beuchley. Since I love working with watercolors, Barbara’s technique gave me the same look. I had fun experimenting with color combinations and using Ranger liquid alcohol inks as well as alcohol ink markers. The results were bold, vibrant colors that really popped!

The blending solution for alcohol ink can get pricey, especially when you use a lot. So to blend the colors, I used rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle and it worked beautifully. To accent the inks I used puff paints and Angel Glimmer Mist. I printed different birthday fonts on my computer which I punched with a tag punch. Last, I distressed the edges of the 4″ x 8″ card and tag with Ranger Tea Dye Ink and that was it!

Below are a few images of other designs I created. These cards are great for birthdays or pretty much any occasion. Hope you enjoy!!

 

Pink Aquafleur Rose


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Created by Sophia Vida

I wanted to share with you a wonderful blog I’ve been following called “A little lime” by a very talented artist, Helen Williams. In her August 12th post she e-mailed detailed instructions to all her followers on how to draw this beautiful Aquafleur Rose. I pinned it to my Pinterest – Drawing How To’s Board. Her instructions were very easy to follow and so much fun.

I started drawing the rose in pencil and then switched to the Copic Multiliner Pen. After my drawing was done, I colored the image with the Spectrum Noir Markers which blend beautifully.

The only problem was since I wasn’t sure how I was going to color this rose at first, if at all, I used the Strathmore Mixed Media paper. This paper sometimes causes the alcohol ink markers to run a little as you see. It doesn’t look too bad but I definitely recommend using the Crafters Companion paper with the Alcohol Ink Markers. It works much better with the alcohol inks.

To finish it off with a little bling, I highlighted the rose with Stardust Stickles and Voila! I had a one of a kind rose to use on a card or other mixed media project.

Enjoy!

 

Supplies Used:
– Crafter’s Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
– Copic Multiliner – Black .03
– Spectrum Noir Pink Markers: PP1, PP3, PP4, PP5

Simply Groovy


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Created by Sophia Vida

I saw a design on Pinterest and pinned it on my Art Journaling Board. I remembered making one of these designs when I was a kid in school. I also remembered how unhappy I was when it didn’t work the way it was supposed to.

The idea is to draw free form lines starting from one side to another. Then color in your spaces with different colors but you can’t have two of the same color touching. When I was a kid I used 1 color and randomly hopped around the page and then moved on to the next color and so on. This was okay for the most part but when it came down to the last few spaces I ended up with the same color touching in two of the spaces.

To avoid that same mishap again I started with one space and continued moving along. This worked beautifully and I had a lot of fun and one big smile since I overcame my childhood blunder 🙂

Looking at the design it reminded me of something out of the 70’s. I thought I it would make a fun background for a card or some other art project. But I haven’t made up my mind as of yet. For now I’m just going to enjoy the bright fun colors.

So get out your markers, colored pencils or crayons and have a little fun!!

 

Supplies Used:
– Crafter’s Companion Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
– Copic Multiliner – Black .03
– Spectrum Noir Markers: GB4 (yellow), DR4 (red), BP2 (pink), BT8 (blue), LV3 (purple), CG4 (green), CR7 (orange)

Simply Elegant Birthday Card


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Simply Elegant Birthday Card
(Created by Sophia Vida)

Sometimes I get so caught up in the creative process that I burn a fuse trying  to decide where to start. So I referred to one of my favorite books “Card Sketches for Paper Crafters” by Leisure Arts. This is such a fantastic book filled with over 145 card sketches and over 500 projects to fuel your creativity.

I found a sketch designed by Stephanie Halinski on page 46 and just loved it. There are several variations shown in the book using this design. I used one of the alternate layouts for this card because of the writing on the birthday cardstock. The possibilities for a single sketch are endless. This is one of the many reasons I refer to this book again and again. Plus this is a great card you can make with minimal supplies. Enjoy!!

For this card you will need:

– Cardstock: Blue Bell by Core’dinations, Happy Birthday Cream Green by DCWV
– Light Lavender Ribbon by Berwick Offray
– 1 Silver buckle by Favorite Findings (a pendant or button will also work)
– Glue Dots
– Aleene’s Tacky Glue

  1. Cut a 5″ x 10″ rectangle from Blue Bell cardstock. Fold in half. This will be your card base.
  2. Cut a 5″ circle from the Happy Birthday cardstock. Then cut the circle in half.
  3. Adhere half of the circle to the top and bottom edges of the card base.
  4. Cut 5″ of ribbon. Adhere to center of card in between the two semi-circles.
  5. Cut 4″ of ribbon and attach the buckle through the center. Trim edges as desired. Adhere to center of ribbon in step 4. Voila! You have a beautiful, elegant card that was a cinch to make.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Simply Elegant Birthday Card!!

For those interested, this is the book “Card Sketches for Paper Crafters” by Leisure Arts that was the inspiration for this card:

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Martha Stewart Stamp Around Page Butterfly Card


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Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Butterfly Card
(Created by Sophia Vida)

I purchased a Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Starter Kit at my craft store. The kit includes a stamp base, clear mounting block, butterflies, fern and floral branch design templates, 6 stamps consisting of 3 corner and 3 border stamps for each design.

I wasn’t sure how this would work and I wanted to make a quick card so I copied Martha’s example on the cover of the box.  Once the card was done, I added a few embellishments and that was it! It was super easy and quick.

What makes this so fantastic is there are so many things you can create using the 3 designs included in this kit (additional designs are sold separately). Plus not only can you make gorgeous cards but you can create fabulous scrapbook pages too!

For this card you will need:

– Cardstock: White and Pink
– Color Box Pigment Ink: Pink and Lime Green
– Stardust Stickles
– 10 Small Pearls
– Scissors
– Foam Squares
– Glue Stick
– Martha Stewart Stamp Around the Page Starter Kit

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  1. Cut a 8″ x 6″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Fold in half (This will be the base of your card). Note: you can use different sized cards but you must keep the dimensions in 2″ increments. For example 6″ x 6″, 4″ x 8″ or 10″ x 12.”
  2. Follow package instructions and stamp corners with flowers using the lime ink on the base of your card from step 1. Continue to by stamping the borders.
  3. Following package instructions stamp corners with butterflies using the pink ink on the base of your card from step 1. Continue to stamp borders. Your butterflies should line up perfectly in the empty spaces left by the flower stamps.
  4. On a scrap piece of white cardstock stamp the butterfly border with the pink ink. Cut out 2 of the butterflies.
  5. Cut a 1.25″ x 2.5″ rectangle from the pink cardstock.
  6. Cut a 1″ x 2.25″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Glue the white rectangle onto pink rectangle from step 5. Use foam squares to adhere the 2 butterflies in the center of layered rectangle. Next, glue this to the center of the card.
  7. Adhere 5 small pearls to the top left and bottom right corners of the rectangle. Accent the butterflies on the border with Stardust Stickles. Let dry. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade card.

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Martha Steward Stamp Around the Page Butterfly Card!

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Clean & Simple Tulip Card


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Clean and Simple Tulip Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

I made this for the Clean and Simple Card challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More but unfortunately I missed the deadline. In any case, this was a really quick and easy card to do with minimal supplies.

For this card you will need:

– Premade 4.5″ x 6.25″ Olive Green Card & Envelope
– Cardstock: Red and White
– Hero Arts Watercolor Tulip Stamp H3834
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– Fiskars Home Sweet Home Stamp Set 136840-1001
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– Stardust Stickles
– Colored Markers: Red, Grass Green
– Color Box Black Pigment Ink
– Ranger Clear Embossing Powder
– Glue Stick
– Scissors
– Heat Gun
  

  1. Cut a 3-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ rectangle from the red cardstock and glue to the center of the premade olive green card.
  2. Cut a 3-1/8″ x 5-3/8″ rectangle from the white cardstock.
  3. Color the stem on the tulip stamp with the green marker. Color the flower part of the stamp with the red marker. Blow moist breath over the stamp to activate the markers and stamp your image on the center of the white card stock.
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  4. Ink your “Best Wishes” stamp with the pigment ink. Stamp the sentiment on the bottom left corner of the white cardstock. Sprinkle with embossing powder. Tap off any excess and use the heat gun to set.
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  5. Glue the white cardstock to the center of the red cardstock. Highlight the stem and flower with the Stardust Stickles. Let dry.  Voila! You have a beautiful handmade card.
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this Clean and Simple Tulip Card!

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Cupcake Birthday Card


 

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Cupcake Birthday Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this Quick & Easy Card you will need:

– Cardstock: White, Fuchsia, Purple, Yellow and Patchwork Quilt by Urban Prairie
– Hero Arts Large Cupcake Stamp CG157
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– Rubber Soul Vertical Happy Birthday Stamp S120-K
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– Sizzix Sizzlits Die – Candles #2 (#654853)
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– Stardust Stickles and Lavender Stickles
– 2 Silver Brads
– 2 Small Purple Paper Flowers
– Colored Markers: Fuchsia, Yellow, Purple
– Jelly Roll Pen: Purple Star
– Orange Colored Pencil
– Staz On Black Ink
– Clear Pigment Ink
– Glitterex DD Multi Ultra Fine  Glitter  GX-123 (White Iridescent Glitter)
– Small Heart Stickers
– Glue Stick
– Foam Squares
– Deckle Scissors
– Scissors
– Heat Gun
  

  1. Cut a 6″ x 12″ rectangle from the Fuchsia cardstock. Fold in half. This will be the base of your card.
  2. Cut a 5.5″ x 5.5 square from the yellow patchwork quilt cardstock. Adhere to the front of your base card.
  3. Using the Sizzix Sizzlits, cut the base of the candles from the Purple Cardstock. Color in the diagonal stripes with the Purple Jelly Roll Pen.
  4. Using the Sizzix Sizzlits, cut the candles again but from the Yellow Cardstock. Color in the center of the flame with the orange pencil. Cut the flame off. Glue the flame to the base of the candle from step 3. Set aside.
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  5. Cut two 4″ x 4″ squares from the white cardstock. Ink your cupcake stamp with the black Staz On ink and stamp your image on to each 4″ square.
  6. Using the fuchsia colored marker, color in the thick stripes on the bottom of the cupcake. Using the yellow colored marker, color in the thin stripes on the bottom of the cupcake. Carefully cut out your image with scissors. Glue the candles from step 4 to the top of the cupcake. Let dry.
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  7. Using the fuchsia colored marker color in the small pink hearts on the top of the second stamped cupcake. Also color in the outline of the large heart. Color in the sprinkles on the top of the cupcake with the purple and yellow colored markers.
  8. Ink the top of the cupcake with the clear pigment ink. Sprinkle with the ultra fine glitter. Tap off any excess. Use your heat gun to set. Once cool, carefully cut out the top part of the cupcake and adhere to the base cupcake in step 6 with foam squares. Highlight the round swirls on the top of the cupcake with the purple stickles let dry.
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  9. Cut a 2″ x 5″ rectangle from the white cardstock. Ink your Happy Birthday stamp with the fuchsia marker. Breathe moist air onto it and stamp your image. Trim the edges with deckle scissors. Leave enough of a border to add your embellishments.
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  10. Insert the silver brad through the center of the flowers and fasten to the top left and bottom right of your stamped image. Adhere the small heart stickers randomly to your sentiment. Use the stardust stickles to highlight the small hearts. Let dry.
  11. Outline the Happy Birthday letters with the lavender stickles. Let dry.
  12. Adhere the Birthday sentiment to the left side of the front of your card. Adhere the cupcake to the right side of your card. Voila! You have a beautiful handmade Cupcake Birthday Card.
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Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this quick and easy Cupcake Birthday Card!

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Cricut Owl Birthday Card


Cricut Owl Birthday Card (measures 6″ x 6″)
Created by Sophia Vida

 
– Cricut Cartridge Used: Sentimentals
– Cardstock: Patchwork Quilt and Bluebird by Urban Prairie; Feather Boa, Celebrity and White by Bazzill
– 4 Clear Rhinestones
– 2 Fuchsia Rhinestones
– 2 Small Wiggly Eyes
– Pink Glitter Pen
– Sandylion Essential Stickers: Pretty Pinks
 
– Happy Birthday Sentiment (printed on white cardstock)
– Fiskars Scissors  – Victorian
– Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Tea Dye
– Foam Squares
– Glue Stick

This is a great summer Birthday Card.  Who could resist a cute owl with wiggling eyes bringing a special parcel! You can easily change the theme on this card from Birthday to Thank  You, Missing You or anything else you can think of.

  1. Cut a 6″ x 12″ base card from the Bazzill White cardstock. Then fold in half.
  2. On your computer print a vertical “Happy Birthday” sentiment in a font of your choice. The final image should measure 4-1/4″ in length. Next cut your sentiment using the Victorian scissors.
  3. Cut a 5-3/4″ x 5-3/4″ square from the Bazzill Celebrity cardstock (golden-yellow). Glue this to the front of your base card from step 1.
  4. Cut a 5-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ square from the Bazzill Feather Boa cardstock (pink). Glue this on top of the Celebrity cardstock from step 3.
  5. Cut a 5-1/4″ x 5-1/4″ square from the Urban Prairie Bluebird cardstock (blue/green). Distress the edges with the Tea Dye ink. Glue this to the top of the Feather Boa cardstock from step 4. Now you’ve created your card layers and you’re ready to make the cuts with the Cricut.
  6. Cut a 3″ <Owl> from the Urban Prairie Patchwork Quilt cardstock. This is the body of the owl and will be your bottom layer.
  7. Cut a 4-1/2″ <Layer><Frame3> from the Urban Prairie Patchwork Quilt cardstock. This will be the top layer of the frame. Distress the edges with the Tea Dye ink.
  8. Cut a 3″ <Layer><Owl> from the Urban Prairie Bluebird cardstock. This will be the bottom layer of the eyes and the branch.
  9. Cut a 3″ <Shift><Owl> from the Bazzill Feather Boa cardstock. This will be the envelope and the 2nd layer on the eyes. Using the glitter pen, darken the envelope flap.
  10. Cut a 4-1/2″ <Frame3> from the Bazzill Feather Boa cardstock. This will be the bottom layer of the frame.
  11. Cut a 3″ <Layer><Shift><Owl> from the Bazzill Celebrity cardstock. This will be the feet, beak and the 3rd and last layer on the eyes.
  12. Now that you’ve made all of your cuts, you can assemble your owl. But make sure you have the layers in the correct order before gluing the pieces in place.  Glue the bottom layer of the eyes and the branch to the base of your owl that you cut from the Bluebird cardstock in step 8.
  13. Glue the envelope and 2nd layer for the eyes that you cut from the Feather Boa cardstock to the body of your owl in step 9.
  14. Glue the feet, beak and the 3rd layer for the eyes that you cut from the Celebrity cardstock to the body of your owl.
  15. Distress the outside edges of the owl and branch with the Tea Dye ink. Glue your wiggly eyes on the owl.
  16. Glue the top of the frame from step 7 to the bottom of the frame from step 10. Glue your finished frame to the front of your card. Remember to move it slightly to the left so you have room for your birthday sentiment on the right. Add a clear rhinestone to each corner of the frame. Glue 1 Sandylion flower to the center top of the card just above the frame. Glue a pink rhinestone on each side of the flower at the top.
  17. Adhere the owl to the center of the frame using foam squares.  
  18. Highlight your birthday sentiment with the glitter pen. Glue to the right side of your card.  Voila! You have a fun one of a kind Cricut Birthday card!!!

Have lots of fun making this Cricut Owl Birthday Card!

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Happy Birthday Twirl Card


Happy Birthday Twirl Card
(created by Sophia Vida)

For this Card you will need:

– 1 Blank piece of white paper
– Cardstock: Orange, Yellow and Blue
– Coordinating Happy Birthday Stickers
– Color Box True Blue Ink
– Fiskars Put on Your Birthday Hat Clear Stamps 12-8951
– Stickles: Stardust
– Glue Stick
– Exacto knife
– Cutting Mat
– Ruler, Pencil, Eraser

This is a fairly easy moving card to make. I recommend making a working template of this card on a piece of regular white copy paper to give you a better idea of how it will work.

This is a fun card to give to that special someone. When the recipient receives this card, they will see one panel on the front and when open the card, the panel will twirl and they will see the backside of the panel. It has a big “cool” factor which makes it a lot of fun and very unique!

  1. For your working template cut a rectangle from the white copy paper 8-1/4″ x 5-1/2.”
  2. Draw 4 vertical lines from the left at: 2-1/2″, 3-1/2″, 4-3/4″ and 6-1/4.”
  3. Next you are going to draw a box in the middle. To do this you need to draw 2 horizontal lines 1-1/4″ from the top and 1-1/4″ from the bottom. Your horizontal and vertical lines will look like this:
  4. Erase the two middle vertical lines inside your box. Next erase the far left and far right vertical lines outside of your box. Last erase the far left and far right lines outside of the box at the bottom.
  5. Cut the outside edges of your box where indicated with the yellow marker below with the Exacto knife on your cutting mat.
  6. Make a mountain fold along the second vertical line. But do not fold the inside box as shown below.
  7. Make a valley fold along the third verticl line. Again, do not fold the inside box as shown below.
  8. Now that you have a working template follow steps 1 through 7 on your orange base cardstock. Use light pencil lines that you can easily erase. Note: Before decorating your card, flip it over so the larger panel is on the right.
  9. Cut a 1-3/4″ x 5-3-16″ rectangle from the yellow cardstock. Check your fit and adjust if needed. Glue this piece to the front outside left panel.
  10. Cut a 2-1/4″ x 5-3/16″ rectangle from the yellow cardstock. This will be your inside right panel. Check your fit and adjust if needed. Glue this piece to the left inside panel.
  11. Cut two blue rectangles 2-13/16″ x 3-1/2″. Cut two yellow rectangles 2-7/16″ x 3-4/16″. Check the cuts against the twirling panel and make sure it doesn’t overlap and allows free movement of the panel.
  12. Glue the yellow rectangles on top of the blue rectangles from step 11. Next glue both pieces to the front and back of the twirling panel.
  13. Pick the stamps you will be using for the card and stamp the images on your card using the blue Color Box ink. Let dry.
  14. Add Star Dust Stickles where desired. Let dry.
  15. Adhere your stickers to the front and back panel of your card. Voila! You have a fantastic twirling Birthday Card!

Thanks for looking and have lots of fun making this twirling Birthday Day!

Additional Pictures:

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