Are you prepared for a change of season? I definitely feel that autumn is beginning to show its influence in my craft studio. But I’m not quite ready to give myself over to all things pumpkin and leaves. Still as I worked on today’s birthday card project using the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set and coordinating dies, I couldn’t help but notice I was gravitating towards more muted colours. Mind you when it came to the background I still wanted a brighter sky. Hopefully I’ll see that out the window too.
I began this card with an idea to use the largest of the Cheerful Daisies Dies as the focal point for my project. So I simply cut it out from some Basic White Card. Then as I thought about how to colour it I decided not to go for the obvious Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. Instead I opened up the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set and pulled out the solid stamp images that are designed to coordinate with the die-cut piece.
I started by stamping the petals on the three flowers using Lemon Lolly ink. Then using a Blending Brush I added some Crushed Curry ink in the centre of each daisy. Next I found the flower centre stamps and used them with Pecan Pie ink. This was when the autumn vibe started to come in.
Finally using Parakeet Party ink I stamped on the leaves but I wasn’t entirely happy with the amount of white still visible. So I grabbed a Blending Brush and added a little Parakeet Party ink to them as well.
Before finishing with the dies I took a piece of Parakeet Party Card and very roughly covered the surface with Parakeet Party ink. Then after adding Adhesive Sheet to the back I die-cut two delicate ‘branches’.
Finally from the stamp set I chose “wishing you the brightest birthday”. After stamping it onto some Basic White Card with Pecan Pie ink, I cut out the sentiment using a label style die included in the Cheerful Daisies set.
Now that the main pieces were done I started to think about the rest of the card. I wanted a darker base so for that I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Pebbled Path Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
It was at this point I reached for the Fresh As A Daisy 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) pack. I cut a 6″ x 6″ piece of the Boho Blue watercolour wash background and then from that I cut a 2-1/4″ strip. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) I fixed the DSP to the flap of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Finally with my Paper Snips I trimmed off the excess paper, using the edge of the flap as my guide.
Next I cut a 3/4″ x 6″ strip from the DSP and trimmed that to 5-1/4″ long. Using liquid glue I fixed this piece along the edge of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ layer of Basic White Card. Then with the DSP strip towards the bottom I added the assembled layer to the inside of the card base.
At last I was ready to complete the card front. So I cut a 3-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Basic White Card, and trimmed my reamaining 3″ high piece of DSP to 5-1/2″ wide. Using liquid glue I mounted the DSP onto the card layer leaving an even border at the top and bottom. Then I attached the layers to the card base with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
With that done I attached the delicate ‘branches’ to the back of the die-cut daisy piece. Then glued it onto the background layer. Finally using more Stampin’ Dimensionals I added my die-cut sentiment and my birthday card was complete.
For more Cheerful Daisies projects see these earlier blog posts:
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set and coordinating dies as the ‘Cheerful Daisies Bundle’. Using this single item number meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the two products separately. I’ve included links for both options below so you can explore them further if you wish.