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Monday, May 23, 2011

Awash With Flowers Birthday Card

I ran across an old card layout.  For all I know it's one of the SplitCoast challenge ones from before I started doing them.  Not that I remember ALL of the layouts I've done....  but I don't recall doing this one.

I had a lot of fun playing with this layout and this stamp set.

"Awash with Flowers is such a fun set to play with too!"  For my card I did stamp the tulip type flower on card stock and cut it out after coloring it.  I'll tell you how I colored it later in this post.  The other flower is actually 3 flowers cut and assembled to resemble one.  I had made a card using that same flower a few weeks back. That pretty card can be found here It was one of the most favorite cards I've ever made.  Though it was mostly a copy it doesn't matter, I still like the looks of it.  You can see on the original card how one of the flowers were cut into two pieces and used to complete the "circle."  The other two flower pieces had the small petals cut off so they only have 3 petals each.

Ok, now I'm sure you want to know how I made this!!  And I'll share that with you.  First I started out with a piece of Basic Black card stock and I folded it in half.  Then I took a piece of decorative paper from the Neutrals Decorative paper pack and I cut it just a little shy of 5-1/2" and just a little shy of 4-1/4"  I just wanted the smallest sliver of black showing on the edge.  

The panels are very easy to do too.  The large one on the left is cut 3-5/8" x 1-7/8".  The Regal Rose piece behind it is cut 3-3/4" x 2" and the Pretty in Pink piece behind that is cut 3-7/8" x 2-1/8".  The top panel is cut 1-1/4" x 2-1/4" and I just added 1/8" to the next two layers.  And the flower panel on the bottom right is cut 1-7/8" x 2-1/4" and the next two panels I added 1/8" to when I cut them, just like I did for the layers on the long panel on the left.  These top panels are cut using Whisper White card stock.  

After I got all of the pieces cut I got my black StazOn ink out and was ready to stamp.  First I stamped the stem on the long panel.  Next I stamped the words on the top panel.  The words are from the "Sincere Salutations" set.  Then I stamped the tulip type flower and 3 of the other flower along with 3 leaves.  I cut out the tulip type flower, the other flower and the 3 leaves.   I cut the petal on the right side off on two of the flowers.  On the third flower I kept the petal on the left side and the next one. After all the cutting was done it was time to color!!

I sponged the color in on the flowers by first using Pretty in Pink ink.  Then I added just a touch of Regal Rose (sponged on) in the center of the flower and on the edges.  I colored the tulip type flower the same way except I was careful not to color in the center part of the flower.  I used the So Saffron marker to fill in the yellow center of that flower and I used the Pretty in Pink marker to color in the dots inside the yellow part.  The stem was colored in using the Pear Pizazz marker.  And the leaves were colored in by sponging them with Pear Pizazz.  When I was all done coloring the pieces I assembled the flower on the bottom panel and I taped it to the Whisper White card stock.  I taped the tulip flower in place and then I set the three panels on a piece of scrap copier paper.  I took my Silver Smooch Spray and gave the three pieces 2 sprays all at one time.

I taped the panels on their layers.  Then I set them in place on the card.  With a pencil I marked where I wanted to make small slits for the ribbon to go through.  The ribbon does show through on the inside of the card.  It was something that would be very difficult to do through just the decorative paper. I liked the ribbon there on the inside, it makes a nice holder for folded money!  Ok, back to the front.  I did add the ribbon after I made the slits and then I added the panels.  

The button is from the Subtles Designer Buttons pack.  I set it in place with Crystal Effects. You can also use a tiny glue dot to do this too.  After I got it all assembled it still looked like something was missing.  Especially in the bottom right corner of the left panel.  SO I decided to punch out some black dots and I glued them in place.  After doing that I felt the card was complete. 

Oh, I did forget one thing.  The sponging of the white panels.  I sponged them with So Saffron.  I sponged over the stem area about 5 times.  I had set the tulip flower on the stem and saw where it would be, I removed it and sponged outside that area a bit so when the flower was added it looked like I had sponged around the outside of it.  And I sponged the edges of the 3 white panels with the So Saffron.  Then I added the flowers!  There, I think that about covered everything!

This was a very fun card to make!! A bit time consuming but I had fun making it and that is what is important. 

Thank you SO much for visiting today,


Anonymous said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, your card Wanda. I love doing layers also and I love using pink and black together. I had never thought of how you used your ribbon - thanks for the idea.


Shirley said...

Totally beautiful and I love what you did with the flower and the fold too!