Pretty Pink Posh

Floral bouquets and stenciled backgrounds (with Pretty Pink Posh)

Hi there! Do you make multiple cards using the same supplies? Since I don’t have all the time in the world to craft, I tend to get a little carried away using the same supplies as I love coloring on the go! I originally planned to make 5 cards with this Mother’s Day Stamp Set from Pretty Pink Posh, but got a little carried away and ended up with 7 cards!

I stamped the same image multiple times on heavy weight card stock as I wanted to try out all the water color mediums I have been hoarding (unfortunately I forgot which one is which!) I will list/link them all at the end of the post in case you are interested.

Told y’all I got a bit carried away, so this is going to be a LONG post, scroll through if you must, I myself have a very short concentration span these days!

For the first card, I created a background using the leaves stencil, along with distress oxide ink in shabby shutters and Fresh Ink in paper white. I started with ink blending the green on to a heavy weight card stock, then adhered the stencil using some washi tape and blending white pigment ink on to the green. After drying it with a heat gun, I finished off the card with a heat embossed sentiment, one of my vase images and some nuvo drops.

On the second card I created the background using distress oxide ink in shabby shatter, and then without removing the stencil I added a layer of Glitz Glitter Gel (in White). Remember to remove the stencil and clean it immediately! I’m not really sure what’s the minimum time for the gel to dry as I left it overnight, and assembled my card the next day. For this card I embossed the sentiment on vellum, and added a border using the scallop oval dies. I die cut multiples to add some dimension and finally added a colored vase image with foam tape to finish off the card.

For this card I dry embossed using the stencil. This is similar to embossing with an embossing folder on your die cutting machine, you just need to add a silicon embossing pad to your sandwich. I heat embossed the sentiment on to vellum for this card too and hiding the adhesive behind the colored image, which I added using some foam adhesive. For a final touch I added some ribbon, also from Pretty Pink Posh, from way back when! Who remembers when they carried ribbon?

Using the same stencil I created a basic background for this card using one color of distress oxide ink. I also ink blending the same color on some scrap card stock to die cut the sentiment from. I also die cut a few sentiments out of white to add some dimension. When putting the card together the background and sentiment looked too busy, so I added a little vellum to ‘dull’ the background. Finally added my colored image along with some nuvo drops.

For the last card using the vase image, I ink blended over the stencil using regular distress ink in shabby shutter this time. Before removing the stencil is used a wet paint brush to soften the color and add a little ‘watercolor’ look to the background. To finish the card I heat embossed the sentiment on to a banner tag die cut, added a strip of ribbon along with the colored image.

Anyone else love the ‘extra’ that come along with a stamp set? I tend to use them more for creating my own backgrounds, but this time I decided to put in the effort to color and cut them! For the first card I wanted to use the leftover ‘hugs’ sentiment that I created using the hugs shaker die along with some vellum that didn’t work with the vase image. I used the same stencil for a quick ink blended background, and created a partial wreath around the sentiment.

For the second card I ink blending the center of the card in a circular motion using distress oxide in worn lipstick and stamped the sentiment on to the card base directly. I added a border around the sentiment using the circle die cut from the beach scene die, cut multiple times for added dimension. Same as the previous card I added the floral images to create a half wreath and finished off with some jewels.

That’s it for today! If you follow along and made it all this way, thank you! I really appreciate it! And before I forget here is a list of supplies that I used :


Hammermill Premium Color Copy Cover 100lb
Mother’s Day Stamp Set
Mother’s Day Coordinating Dies
Scallop Ovals Dies
Window Frames Dies
Beach Scene Die
Stitched Hexagons Dies
Thinking of You Script Die
Stitched Labels 1 Dies
Hugs Shaker Die
Tropical Birds Stamp Set
Peacock Friends Stamp Set
Simple Sayings: Life Stamp Set
Glitz Glitter Gel (White)
Leaves Stencil
Derwent Inktense Pencils
ZIG/KURETAKE: Gansai Tambi
Nuvo Watercolour Pencils – Brilliantly Vibrant
Ranger Distress Inks
Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Watercolour Brush Pens

Till the next time, stay safe, sane and crafty!
Farhana

Pretty Pink Posh

Making Bulk Cards

It’s high time I stop neglecting this pretty much non existent blog and share something! I thought in honor of Mandala Day I will share some tips about making bulk Thank You cards, that I have learnt over the year as I have made multiple sets of them.

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  1. The more the cards, the simpler the design: when making any where between 25 to 200 cards, you don’t want to spend an hour per card!
  2. Use more diecuts and basic stamping: again this will just make it quicker to finish the card. I do most of my diecutting at the same time and also use my MISTI for stamping.
  3. Avoid intricate dies and stamps: this will also help with saving time as intricate dies have to be run through a few times, same with the stamps, they many need to be inked up more than once. If you want to cut out the stamped images, simple images can be fussy cut on the go.
  4. Color on the go: this let you use those few free minutes during the day to make progress on your cards.
  5.  Same design, different colors: use background and turn-about stamps to create a variation in your cards by changing out ink colors.
  6. Create an assembly line: instead of completing one card at a time, complete each step at a time. Die cutting, stamping, coloring, embossing and assembling separately will not only save you time, but will break the task down into smaller more manageable pieces allowing you to clean up in between and not have everything out at the same time!
  7. Lastly, assemble on the go (or on your couch): I personally like to do this step on the go during lunch break or waiting for an appointment. All you need are your components and some adhesive!

IMG-3169Now that I have shared my tips, time to share my most recent set of thank you cards! I used products from Pretty Pink Posh and Right at Home, and created these cards inspired by Crystal from Crystal Thompson Designs.

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Here are the steps that I followed to make these cards :

  1. Created card bases and cut paper for layers.
  2. Diecut layers and vellum circles.
  3. Stamped back of card with my personal stamp and the inside of the card with longer sentiment.
  4. Stamped the background using my MISTI.
  5. Added flickers using my gamsai tambi water colors and a round brush.
  6. While the flickers dried I stamped the “thank you” sentiment in versamark ink and added embossing powder. I heat set them all at once.
  7. With all the stamping and die cutting done, I took all the components with me to my car repair appointment and stuck them together while waiting for there.

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Products used :

Pretty Pink Posh // Geraniums

Pretty Pink Posh // Thank You Script Die

Impress Cards and Crafts // Kuretake Gansai Tambi

Impress Cards and Crafts // Versamark

Simon Says Stamp // Intense Black Die Ink

Right at Home // Find the Beauty Die Set

Micheals // Gold Embossing Powder

Amazon // Tonic Studios Layering Basic Circle Dies

Here are some order cards that I made multiples of, unfortunately I didn’t take a picture so some of them till there weren’t many left!

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(Products used : Simon Says Stamp Thankful Heart, Rhine stones, Random papers, VersamarkSilver Embossing Powder)

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(Products used : Lawn Fawn Lawn Large Stitched Square Stackables, Dahlia Turnabout stamp set, Intense Black Die InkMany Mandalas) These are square, 5 x 5 cards.

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(Products used : Thank You Script Die, Wild Rose Stamp Set, Intense Black Die InkArteza Real Brush Pens) These are smaller, 3 x 5 cards.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope this post helps you if you need to make a bulk set of cards!

Happy Crafting!

Farhana