Avant Garden Birthday

For today’s card, I’m featuring the Avant Garden stamp set available during the big Sale-a-Bration promotion at Stampin’ Up!® I decided to pay a bit homage to the word play on avant-garde and use some kind of out of the box ideas on my card.

Mel's Card Corner | Avant Garden Birthday

I started by doing a bit of partial die cutting on my focal panel. To give it even more interest, I did the die cutting at an angle, too. If you aren’t familiar with partial die cutting, it’s done by lining up the top cutting plate on only part of the die when running it through the Big Shot so the entire piece doesn’t cut. After I ran it through, I had a half circle cut in the middle of the card stock. I then used my paper trimmer to cut from the circle to the edge of the paper.

I stamped the sentiment from the Avant Garden set inside the half circle using Soft Suede ink. I also used the Soft Suede ink to stamp the detailed floral image in the right-hand corner of the panel.

I definitely went outside the box to create the divider beneath the sentiment. The horizontal lines were created using one of the stem images in the set. The flourish in the middle is actually the center for the flower.

Mel's Card Corner | Avant Garden Birthday

After I created the divider, I masked off the flower then did some repeat stamping using the small dot cluster stamp in the set. I used Bermuda Bay ink for this step, but stamped off twice before stamping onto the panel to create a softer color. To give the floral image a bit of color, I stamped the second layer image over the detailed image using Sweet Sugarplum ink stamped off once then added a coat of clear Wink of Stella over the top. I also added a couple of leaves using Old Olive ink.

To assemble the card, I created an A2 top-folding card base from Thick Whisper White card stock. To that, I adhered a panel of designer series paper from the Serene Scenery DSP Stack using tape runner. I adhered the stamped panel to that using Dimensionals. Lastly, I added a 1/2″ strip of the DSP on the lower edge of the inside of the card as a finishing touch.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Until next time …

Signature Image

Product List

Avant Garden Photopolymer Stamp Set

Soft Suede Classic Stampin' Pad

Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad

Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock

Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Thick Cardstock

Serene Scenery Designer Series Paper Stack

Layering Circle Framelits Dies

Big Shot

Big Shot Magnetic Platform

Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush

SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

Stampin' Dimensionals

Stampin' Trimmer


  1. Maggie B says:

    Beautiful card Mel!! Love that you went outside your box…it’s tough for me to do but the results can be beautiful! Thanks for sharing. ~HUGS~

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