Have you ever heard the phrase ‘less is more’? Sometimes as papercrafters we find that a difficult concept to grasp. I remember when I first started making cards wondering why people bothered to add layers, or ribbon and other embellishments. We are definitely influenced by what we see others doing, and tools or materials they’re using. Before long we’re doing it too. While there’s nothing wrong in that, it is good to get back to basics now and again. So today I have another #SimpleStamping birthday card for you.
This month Stampin’ Up! have challenged Demonstrators around the world to create #SimpleStamping birthday cards. We can use stamps, ink and paper (card) with the bonus material of a layer of Designer Series Paper.
My project began when I chose the Designer Series Paper I’d use. It had to be the gorgeous multi-coloured printed vellum from the Floral Romance 12″ x 12″ Specialty Designer Series Paper (DSP) Pack.
With that done I could select the colours for my project, Fresh Fig for the card base, sentiment mat and sentiment. Some additional stamping would be done in Pear Pizzazz and Powder Pink.
So first I cut and scored some Fresh Fig Card, then folded it along the scored line and sharpened the crease with a Bone Folder to create my card base.
Next I attached the vellum to a layer of Whisper White Card with Mini Glue Dots hidden behind the leaves. Then this layered piece was added to the card base with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).
TIP – Here’s a short video I created with my solution for adhering vellum to projects so the adhesive doesn’t show through.
Next I turned to the All That You Are Stamp Set. This set is not specifically designed to coordinate with the Floral Romance Specialty DSP, but that’s not a problem.
Using Fresh Fig ink I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto a square of Whisper White Card. Then I attached it to a layer of Fresh Fig Card using liquid glue. Finally I fixed the layered sentiment to the card front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
I decided to use two small images from the All That You Are Stamp Set to create a coordinated look to my project . So in the bottom corner on a layer of Whisper White Card I used Powder Pink ink to stamp the small branch with the solid buds. Then I stamped some of the single leaf image with Pear Pizzazz ink. Finally I fixed the completed layer inside the card base with liquid glue.
All that was left was the Whisper White Medium Envelope. Copying the inside of the card, I stamped the bud and leaf images in the bottom corner on the front of the envelope and I was finished.
I really love how this project turned out. It might be a #SimpleStamping birthday card, but it’s certainly not boring. What do you think of #SimpleStamping?
You’ll find some of my other #SimpleStamping projects in these earlier blog posts:
- #SimpleStamping Challenge Thank You
- #SimpleStamping Valentine (2 versions)
- Perennial Birthday #SimpleStamping