My latest card was inspired by a gorgeous dahlia clusters card created by Effie Cho of The Ton Stamps. I don’t own that particular stamp set, so I used the What I Love layered flower set from Stampin’ Up!® (limited edition set as part of Sale-A-Bration). I love how Effie popped some of her dahlias up on foam tape to give her card dimension, so I definitely wanted to duplicate that on my card.
I started by stamping some of the flowers and leaves directly on my white card panel. I used a single ink color (Wisteria Wonder) for my light and mid-tone values. For the lightest layer, I used the second generation stamping technique by simply stamping off on a piece of scratch paper first and then stamping on my panel. For the mid-tone layer, I stamped directly to the white panel without stamping off first. For the final layer, I used a darker purple ink (Elegant Eggplant) which really helped the details “pop” on my flowers. I then stamped four additional flowers using the same technique on a separate piece of paper and fussy cut them out.
For the leaves, I used a single shade of green (Wild Wasabi). I stamped the leaf outline images on both my card panel and on the separate piece of paper. I then used a water brush and filled in the leaves with a very light wash of color. Since I wasn’t using watercolor paper, I kept the brush as dry as possible to avoid warping the cardstock. Once again, I fussy cut the leaf images that I stamped on the separate piece of paper.
Since my great aunt will be celebrating her 80th birthday next week, I decided to use this design for the occasion. With that in mind, I added a birthday sentiment from the Birthday Blooms stamp set in Elegant Eggplant. I love the combination of the script and block fonts.
Once I had everything stamped and cut out, it was time to assembled my card. I adhered the stamped card panel to a top-folding card base made from Elegant Eggplant card stock. I also added a white panel inside the card as a signature panel. Next, I added my extra fussy cut flowers to the card using foam squares. I added a bit of curl to the fussy cut leaves using my fingers then adhered them with glue dots by tucking them under the popped up flowers.
Once everything was adhered, I added a generous layer of clear Wink of Stella over all of the flowers. To finish up the card, I added several rhinestones around the sentiment for a little more sparkle. After all, what’s a birthday card without a little sparkle and shine, right?!
I’m entering this card in the following challenges:
- Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – The current theme is Anything Goes.
- Seize the Birthday – The current theme is Anything Goes.
Until next time …