Back last December when I first saw the Dainty Delight Dies I knew that I needed them in my collection. What originally attracted my attention were the small daisy-shaped dies, but then I saw the gorgeous curved stem and I was smitten. Fast forward six months and I definitely don’t regret that purchase. The leafy stem is useful in so many ways, but today it was different daisy images that inspired me. These came courtesy of the new Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set and coordinating dies (another must-have in my opinion).
I began my project with some scraps of Basic White Card and the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set. All I needed were the side-view daisy image and the “wishing you the brightest birthday” sentiment. Using Tuxedo Black ink I stamped the flower three times along with the sentiment. Then I cut out the flowers using the coordinating die from the Cheerful Daisies Dies, and used the label-style die from the set for the sentiment.
While I still had the stamp set and ink pad on my desk I decided to use the daisy as my coordinating feature. So I stamped it in the bottom right-hand corner on the front of a Basic White Medium Envelope. Then I stamped it one last time in the bottom right-hand corner of a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic White Card.
To colour the images I chose Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. First I used the dark Calypso Coral to add simple lines from the base of each petal. Then I went over all the petals with the light Calypso Coral.
For the flower centres on the die cut pieces I simply coloured near to the base of the petals with dark Daffodil Delight. Next I went over the whole of the flower centre area with light Daffodil Delight. However, on the envelope and Basic White layer I had no flower centre shape, so for these I went back to the Cheerful Daisies Stamp Set and found the small flower centre image. Then using Daffodil Delight ink I stamped the flower centre onto these two flowers. With that done I added tiny dots of dark Pecan Pie close to the base of the petals followed by some light Pecan Pie. Then to blend everything together I went over each flower centre with the light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends again..
BACK TO BLACK
Now my daisies were ready I could turn my attention to the rest of the birthday card. From the Dainty Delight Dies I now took the curved stem and cut it from Basic White Card. Then I went over the whole stem with the light Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends. Next I added random strokes of dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends along the stem and leaves. Finally I blended everything together using the light Old Olive marker. Totally by accident I’d created a kind of watercoloured look which I loved.
But it was only at this point that I began thinking about the card base, and I must admit I tried five or six different colours before I settled on Basic Black Card.
After cutting and scoring the card I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create an A2 card base. Then I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to fix the stamped Basic White layer on the inside.
Next I cut a 4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Basic Black Card and embossed it using the Cane Weave 3D Embossing Folder, before using liquid glue to attach it to the front of the card base. Then I glued on the leafy stem, followed by the large daisies and sentiment. Finally I added a scattering of Iridescent Pearls and my card was complete.
Ooh I love the tone-on-tone look of that Cane Weave layer against the card base, and how it makes those colourful daisies stand out. I will definitely have to try that again! But what do you think? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.
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 both options below so you can explore them further if you wish.
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