After yesterday’s very dramatic black gift tag I thought I should bring you a complete contrast for today’s project. So from my collection of cards created during my personal “24 cards in 24 hours” challenge I chose this birthday card. The design is really easy to do and uses no special techniques or tools. The fun part here was creating my own background design using the Framed Florets Stamp Set and three Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. The colours are a favourite combination of Old Olive, Calypso Coral and So Saffron.
FUN WITH FLORETS
Having chosen my colour palette I began by cutting two pieces of Basic White Card; one at 4″ x 5-1/4″ and one at 1-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. I also pulled out a Basic White Medium Envelope so I could decorate the flap of that too.
To get the effect I wanted I had to work with four individual stamps from the Framed Florets Stamp Set. The large and small flower heads were all stamped with Calypo Coral ink. Then for the large pairs of leaves I used Old Olive ink. I also used Old Olive ink for the ‘bud’ stems but here after inking up the stamp I ‘stamped off’ onto a scrap of paper to remove a little of the ink. Then when I stamped onto my card the outline was revealed in a lighter shade. The process was a simple one as I started at one end and stamped each image so that it fitted close to the previous ones without overlapping. I also rotated the stamps each time to avoid a predictable pattern.
In the end my stamping covered the strip of card and envelope flap completely. However on the larger Basic White layer I limited my stamping to an area in the top right corner. Then all I had to do was colour the images using Stampin’ Blends. For the flowers I used light Calypso Coral. The leaves came next with light Old Olive. Finally I finished off the ‘buds’ and centres of the larger flowers using light So Saffron.
For the card base I used my Paper Trimmer to cut and score some Basic White Card. Then I folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder.
Going back to the Framed Florets Stamp Set I chose “Wishes for a beautiful birthday”. Using Old Olive ink I stamped this in the bottom right-hand corner on the front of the card base.
Next I used Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow) to add the large Basic White layer to the inside. This left the decorated strip for the front of the card.
Although the layout of the card design was simple I did want to add some dimension. So next I cut a 1-3/4″ x 5-1/2″ piece of Calypso Coral Card. Then using liquid glue I mounted the stamped and coloured strip on top. Finally, using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I added the layered strip to the card front about 1/2″ from the crease. With that my simple birthday card was complete.
I have to say that I love the look of this card. It’s really simple but there’s something about the fancy floral piece that just keep catching my eye. I hope you like it too.
FLORETS WITH FREE SHIPPING?
Just a quick reminder that today only, Stampin’ Up! is offering free shipping with every order of $100 CAD or more in products. There’s no special code to enter and all qualifying orders will automatically see the shipping cost reduced to zero during the checkout process. So if you like the Framed Florets Stamp Set or anything else, now’s your chance to pay less for what you want.
Of course there is another option… spend your original budget but get more products with the money you’d originally set aside for shipping. I wonder if you can guess which option I chose as I placed my order very early this morning?
Please note that the sale started at midnight MT and is for one day only. Also this is likely to be a popular promotion and some products may go out of stock as a result. So my advice is to place your order as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
BUNDLE BONUS – I bought the Framed Florets Stamp Set together with the coordinating Framed Florets Dies (not used today). Using the single “bundle” item number when I ordered meant I saved 10% off the cost of buying the same two items separately. I’ve included a link to the bundle in case you want to explore this option. This bundle will also appear in the January to April 2023 Mini Catalogue.