Monday, April 7, 2014

Flowers for spring

We had a much-anticipated (and I feel much-deserved) gorgeous spring day today. Mild temperatures, plenty of sun and ever-shrinking piles of snow made for a great start to the week. So in honor of spring, here are a few clean-and-simple flower cards:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Spring Garden, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Cardstock: Soft Sky
Ink: Gumball Green, Real Red, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, white gel pen
Accessories: Corner rounder, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Spring Garden is one of my favorite floral stamp sets; with just a few stamps, you can make a beautiful card that has a watercolor quality to it. For this card I used the tulips to make a splash of color on a layer of Soft Sky card stock, which is adhered to a Soft Sky card base with Dimensionals. I doodled a white border around the focal layer and added a stamped and cut-out butterfly with a Glue Dot.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Bright Blossoms
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Whisper White
Ink: Gumball Green, Melon Mambo
Accessories: 1" square punch, Postage Stamp punch, Brights Candy Dots, Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon, Dimensionals

I can never have too many tulips, and these three are perfect on this clean card. You can't get much simpler than a few stamps, punches and a couple of embellishments. I really like the combination of the white stitches in the ribbon with the white circles on the flowers.

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!):
Stamps: Flower Shop, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Card stock: Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Chevron embossing folder, Pansy Punch, Secret Garden Framelits dies, Very Vintage buttons, 1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon, Brights Candy Dots, bone folder, Dimensionals

The Chevron-embossed background adds a lot of depth and visual interest to this card. To create even more depth, I used my bone folder to curl up the petals and leaves and to add the "wave" to the banner. For embellishment I added a button tied with ribbon to the center of the flower and three Candy Dots in the top right corner.

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