117 posts categorized "Sara Cook"


Wed 24

Pink and Grey Happy Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a quick and simple birthday card featuring the new Happy Birthday Tender Script layered die.  The Tender Script dies are the right size to add over background panel.  Add some Fairy Jewels and you have a pretty card. With the Mirror paper pads and Fairy Jewels makes it easy got change up the color then to match the recipient of the card.  


Background panel:

White heat emboss the geometric stamp from the Birth Press Design Crystal Lingo stamp set on A2 sized heavy white card panel.  Stamp heat emboss in the center of the card panel first then to each side.  Ink blend from opposite corners meeting in the middle using Distress Oxide Ink Ketch Flamingo to Spun Sugar and Lost Shadow to Black Shoot. Trim down to 4" x 5 1/4".



Die cut the Happy Birthday Tender Script top die from the pink mirror paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.  Die cut the bottom die from a matching grey card stock.  Adhere the pink die cut to the bottom.



Adhere an A2 panel from the same grey card stock used for the sentiment to a white top folding A2 size card.  Adhere the background panel to the center using foam tape.  Adhere the sentiment to the center of the card. Add pink gems from the Pastel Jewel pack.  







Wed 17

Father's Day Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a Father's Day card featuring the Freshwater Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting dies.  Does anyone else have a collection of alcohol ink backgrounds that need using?  I did so I turned them into fish.  If not perfect project to practice some background. Check out the instructions below.



Look into your stash for 2 alcohol ink backgrounds that are at least A2 size.  The exact color doesn't matter.  Die cut a lighter one from the largest fish die from Freshwater Fish 3D Embossing Folder and Cutting dies and then emboss using matching folder.   I added color using Distress Crayons Pocus Pocus, Bubbling Cauldron, and brushed Pewter.  Rub with your finger. Use a black gel pen on the eye.



Die cut the Jumbled Line Collage die from another, darker, alcohol background.  Save all the die cut pieces and adhere to a black panel 4"x5 1/4". 


Die cut DAD using the Wooden Alpha die set from White Woodgrain Paper.  Rub on Distress Brushed Pewter all over the letters.


Cut White Woodgrain Paper to A2 size.  Adhere the background and then the DAD to the bottom of the fish.  Adhere to a white A2 card base.








Mon 08

Magnolia Branch w/ Birdhouse Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a card that can be used as a Mother's Day card or any occasion.  It features the Magnolia Spring release with the House Frame Background die set to create a birdhouse.   The card changed as I went and kept adding things.  I will give instructions on how to get the look as close as I can but the way I did it was twice as long.



Die cut the Magnolia Bud and Blossom Die from a mid-tone reddish purple from the Vibrant Violet pad.  Transfer all the paper to a stencil stick mat. Ink blend from the middle of the flowers to the center using VersaFine Clair Purple Delight.  Then use a white pigment ink from the tips of the flower to the center. The small die cuts that are supposed to be dark ink blend just with the Clair Purple delight.  The stems of the flowers ink blend with Elements Truffle. Glue all the followers using the front of the envelope as a guide.  



Die cut the Magnolia leaf Branch from white card stock.  Us the same technique to setup for ink blending.  The branch was colored with Elements Truffle and the leaves with Clair Verdant and Green Oasis.  Adhere the leaves together using the envelope.


Die cut the Backyard Wren from white card stock.  Ink blend the body with Elements Truffle, heavy on the top and very light towards the bottom.  The feathers are ink blended with Clair Verdant to Elements Truffle.  The beak is colored with Elements Sundance.


Die cut the House Frame Background from Kraft Woodgrain Paper and black card stock.  Ink blend the house and a strip of the woodgrain paper with Distress Scattered Straw then Vintage Photo.  Next use Ground Espresso ink cub and lightly drag across the top of the paper, just hitting the top of the paper.  Die cut the circle die in the house and out of black card stock.  Adhere the bird house on top of the black die cut.  Then adhere the circle frame die cuts together then in the hole.  Cut the strip of paper to 1/3" x 3".  Adhere a black strip of the same said and add it to the bottom of the birdhouse.  


Cut a light blue card stock to 5" x 7".  Stamp Hugs from the All the Happiness stamp set around the back using the 3rd and 4th generation of Elements Truffle.  Ink blend the sides w/a blending brush and Elements Truffle.  To lighted up the background ink blend with a white pigment ink.



Adhere the background to a Kraft 5"x7" card base.  Stamp sending some very special hugs your way from the All the Happiness stamp set on the inside using black ink. Rub the curved Magnolia Rub On next to the sentiment.  Tie hem twine to the bird house and then tie to the branch.  Adhere the bird house to the bottom center of the card then adhere the branch.  Adhere the flowers to the branch and bird to the ledge of the birdhouse.  Stamp sending hugs from the All the Happiness stamp set on a cream card stock.  You can either cut your stamp apart or mask the other words when applying ink and then removing the mask before stamping.  Trim down and add to the left center of the card.








Wed 03

Magnolia Pocket Thank You Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I am really enjoying creating cards with the Magnolia release.  I have a front pocket card using the Curved Cap Pinpoint Layers dies decorated with the Magnolia Blossom Trio. You can add a greeting to a square piece of paper or put in a gift card.  They are simple to make and add to any card front or inside.



Die cut the Magnolia Blossom Trio from heavy weight white card stock.  I found that using a stencil sticky mate and putting the paper and die cuts on it makes for easy blending.  I use sticky notes to cover areas I don't want the ink on.  It makes it easy and quick to ink blend. I used 2 different shads of inks for the flowers, Clair Charming Pink and Purple Delight to get a lighter color for these magnolias.  
For the leaves I used ClairGreen Oasis and Shady Lane.  I did some light bending of the petals using my fingers or a pencil.  I also used foam dots to pop up some of the petals.  I glued the pieces together referencing the front of the envelope.  It is also easier with the sticky stencil mat to keep all the pieces together. 



Die cut the 3rd largest die from the Curved Cap Pinpoint Layers set twice from a light purple paper from the Magnolia Plaid paper pad.  Take 1 of the die cuts and use the 3rd from smallest die from the Circle Basic set and die cut from the center of the curved cap to create a notch.  This creates a spot to pull the item out of the pocket.  Add 1/8" double sided tape around the 3 straight sides of the dark side of the paper.  Do NOT add tape to the curved top. Add the the die cut with the notch on top, making sure the lighter paper is on the outside you can see the dark paper from the notch.



3D emboss A2 side white card base using the Magnolia Blooms folder. Lightly rub some Distress Oxide in Spun Sugar and Mill Lavender on just the tops of the flowers and leaves.



 Adhere the background to a white A2 sized card.  Adhere the pocket to the center, tilting it slightly.  Adhere the flowers and leaves to the front of the pocket.  Die cut The tilted Thanks from the mirror gold paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror Pad.  adhere over the flowers.  Splatter with some gold metal watercolor paint and add some Clear Fairy Drops randomly on the flower petals and leaves.





Wed 26

Mini Slimline Magnolia Birthday Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have another mini slimline card featuring the April Magnolia Release.  This time it features the Magnolia Blooms 3D embossing folder.



Embossing black card stock using the Magnolia Blooms 3D embossing folder.  Use Slippery When Wet Lunar Paste with your finger to rub on the paste over all the embossed flowers to give them a golden look.  Fussy each flower out.  This is really easy and didn't take much time.  Then use the Kitsch Flamingo Distress Crayon from the center of the flower outward and then blend with your finger.  



Die but the top birthday die from the Happy Birthday Tender Scrip die 2 times from heavy weight black card stock.  Glue them together. Gold heat emboss happy from the Big and Little Valentines Clear Stamp set onto black card stock. Trim around the sentiment.


Trim a black card stock to 3 1/2" x 6" to make a card base.  Trim a dark purple with gold fold paper from the Magnolia Grove paper pad to 3 1/4" x 5 3/4".  Adhere to the pattern paper to the black card.  Adhere both to a mini slimline white card.  Arrange the Magnolias flowers in the middle of the card starting with the largest flower and then arrange the other flowers that are complete.  The flowers there are partial tuck them behind the other flowers.  Adhere the birthday die cut to center of the flower arrangement and the Happy to the top left of the birthday die cut.







Mon 17

Mini Slimline Think of You Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is loving this new release as much as I am.  I have another card using the new Spring Magnolia release's Magnolia Bud trio and Magnolia Grove pattern papers.


Flower Buds:

Diet the Magnolia Bud Trio from heavy weight white card stock.  Ink blend the buds using VersaFine Clair Purple Delight using a small makeup sponge.  Ink blend from the bottom up toward the center of the flower to get a gradient of color.  For the leaf portion I used VersaFine Clair Pinecone. Tip:  I used a stencil adhesive pad to hold my die cuts.  I put the negative paper on first then inserted the die cuts.  this holds them in place to make it easier to ink blend.  If I need I used a post it note to cover up other pieces so I didn't get ink in the wrong areas.  Adhere the pieces together following the first picture of the flowers.  It is pretty easy to follow.



Die cut 2 different size squares to stack on top of each other using the Magnolia Grove paper pad and the Square Basics Set.  For the smaller, top layer choose a cream with gold fold paper (less distracting from the buds).  Die cut with the 4th smallest square die. Adhere foam tape to back.  For the larger, bottom layer choose a darker color that will help ground the card.  die cut with the 5th smallest square die.  Adhere the 2 sized squares on top of each other.  Cut a strip of gold mirror paper from the Vintage Pastel Mirror pad to 1 3/4" x 5 1/2".  Center the 3 squares to the strip of gold mirror paper.  Adhere the strip to a mini-slim line card panel from the Magnolia Grove.  I chose a dark purple with gold foiling.  



Add the background panel to a 3 1/2" x 6" mini-slim line white card base.  Adhere 1 of the Magnolia Buds to 1 of the squares.  For the sentiment stamp cream card stock in the matching Pinecone ink using the thinking of you from the Big and Little Valentines stamp set.  Trim around each word and adhere to the bottom of each bud.  






Wed 12

Magnolias and Wren Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  There is a NEW RELEASE and it is AMAZING!  Can't say it's my favorite but all the product is so beautiful that it's a rememberable one.  I have a card featuring the Backyard Wren die and Magnolia Rub On Transfer sheets that have matching dies and a 3D embossing folder.  Easy way to add beautiful flowers with all the depth but not the work.  



Cut out the flowers from the sheet (leave the backing on) that have the matching dies from the Marvelous Magnolia 3D Embossing Folder and Dies.  Make sure to leave a boarder. Remove the backing and place the transfer with the image side up.  Use the provided popsicle stick (or a large shaping tool or bone folder) and rub all over the transfer. Slowly peal from one corner, making sure the image transferred to the paper.  If the image is still stuck to then put back the transfer and rub some more.  Die cut using the matching dies from the Marvelous Magnolia.  Adhere the die cuts into the 3D embossing folder and run through your die cut machine.  I didn't line up the dies exactly but used a watercolor marker to color over any white paper that was miss aligned.  



Die Cut the Backyard Wren from white card stock.  I ink blended all pieces using Distress Ink; Spiced Marmalade, Aged Mahogany, and Ground Espresso.  The body base doesn't have any of the Spiced Marmalade.  For the eye I used a black jell roll pen to give a little shine/life into the eye.Adhere the die cuts per the picture on the front.  



Trim the beige paper from Magnolia Grove to 4 x 5 1/4".  Ink blend around the outside edge using Distress Aged Mahogany ink.  Adhere to a white , side folding, A2 sized card using form adhesive.  For the sentiment I used my premade sentiments using the Big and Little Valentines.  This is from a post a few years ago. I stamped the full set using a stamp plate form and taped it to the top.  I sampled on cream color card that was backed w/ double sided adhesive with dark brown ink.  I just put the sheet in the package and cut out sentiments as I need them.  I selected "special delivery" tried it to side and removed the backing of the adhesive and added to the bottom, left corner.









Wed 05

Trifold Sky Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a trifold card featuring the new layered collage dies, Cloudy Sun Collage, Cloudy Moon Collage and Distant Sun Collage dies. 


Card base:

Cut 2 A2 size, side folding, cards from 2 shades of blue paper.  Trim off a 1/16th if a inch of paper on the lighter of the 2 back side.  Cut a A2 size panel out of lighter blue card stock. Trim off 1/8" off 1 end.  


Die cut BestWishes Tender Scrip die from vellum and the same light yellow paper.  Adhere the top yellow paper of the vellum. Adhere to the front panel of the card.  


Die Cutting:

Take the darkest shade of blue, with the card opening on the right side, and center the Cloudy Sun Collage die in the upper center of the card.  Take the other card, with the card opening on the left side, and center the Cloudy Moon Collage in the upper center of the card.  Adhere the back of the left side opening card to the inside of the right side opened card.  This should have the card first open up on the right then from the left with the die cut outs.  Then place the A2 card panel in the inside of the card and position the Distant Sun Collage die and run through your die cutting machine.  Adhere the panel to the inside of the card. Die cut the Distant Sun Collage die out of a light yellow card stock.  Adhere to the center of the inside panel.








Wed 22

Spring Daisy and Butterfly Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone.  I have a spring card featuring the new Plumed Gypsy Butterfly and Scribble Daisy dies.


Flower and butterfly:

Die cut the Scribbled Daisy and Plumed Gypsy Butterfly from heavy weight card stock, twice, and then once from gold mirror paper from Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  For the daisy, keep one of the die cuts together by adding washing tape to the back and placing the pieces back in.  Color the Daisy petals with alcohol markers.  I used Copics in a light yellow, medium yellow to a orange/yellow.  Don't worry about coloring the outline die cut.  repeat on the leaves.  I used Copic light green, medium green, and dark green.  For the Butterfly color in the solid die cut with the same colors randomly adding and blending.  Glue the white outline die cut on top and then add a 3rd layer with the gold.  I changed my mind on my design and why I have 3 layers of outlines stack on top.  You can select to only use 2 layers.


Frame and Sentiment: 

Gold hot foil emboss the 2nd largest Rectangle Double Boarder plate on white card stock.  Die cut out with the 2nd and 3rd largest die from the the A2 Rectangle Frame Die Set.  Die cut the purple and yellow pad paper from the Spring Plaid pad using the 2nd largest die from the the A2 Rectangle Frame Die Set.  Add foam tape to the back of the  frame.  Die cut the Hello Rush Script die from gold mirror paper from Vintage Pastel Mirror pad.  


Adhere the daisy to the plaid background panel, to the left side having some of the leaves under the boarder.  Adhere the frame on the background.  Adhere to a top folding A2 heavy weight card.  Adhere the butterfly to the upper right hand corner using foam tape.  Adhere the sentiment in the lower right hand corner.








Wed 15

Hello Seashell Card
by Sara Cook

Hi everyone!  I have a greeting card featuring the new Dazzling Seashell 3D embossing folder and dies.



Ink Spray Open Studio's Watercolor paper with shimmer sprays.  I used Lindy's Starburst Sprays in a peach, gold, sand, and hot pink colors.  I also added 2 light sprints of Distress Mica Stain Hocus Pocus for some depth.  Let dry.  Die cut the Dazzling Seashells out of the paper.  Secure the die cuts in the matching 3D embossing folder with small pieces of Washi tape.  Embossing the die cuts.  Remove from the folder and lightly add some Lunar Paste Slippery When Wet and Bee Sting with your finger.  Let dry.



Trim a piece of Black Glossy paper to A2 size.  Take the 2nd and 3rd largest dies from the Rectangle Frame Die Set to create 2 separate frames.  



Die cut the Hello Rush Scrip from a light orange paper from the Sunny Orange pad.  Cover in Lunar Paste Slippery When Wet paste.  Let dry.


Adhere an A2 panel from the same paper used for the sentiment to a cream A2 card.  Glue the larger of the 2 frames to the card.  Arrange the Dazzling Seashells around the card front, making sure some of them are right up to the frame.  Adhere the smaller frame to the card base, hiding small portions of the shells.  Adhere the sentiment and add from Fairy Drops, small and medium size, around the shells.