Hello Stamping Friends,
Spring has been gorgeous in Castle Rock this year! Usually our lilac buds get frozen with a spring cold front and we miss out on the beautiful blossoms. Not this year! They are fabulous and I didn’t even have to run out and cover the bushes with a sheet. We have several little yellow finch friends to entertain us as well. One flower I have never had much luck with is the tulip. The green stem will pop out of the ground but seldom produce a flower. So let’s make a paper tulip card!
These tulips have amazing art work built in to the stamps- white stripes on the blossoms, leaves with shades of green and a stamp for the middle.
I suppose with three grandsons I will get used to bugs in a jar but I would rather fill a jar with strawberries or flowers! I cased the layout of the tulips from someone on pinterest but made the bottom a flower box and added the ladybug and butterfly. I stamped the three butterflies on vellum and then rubbed the back of the circles on the butterfly’s wings with my stylus on the foam pad to make them bright white, then colored the back with my Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends marker. I was making six of these cards so I folded the wings of the two larger butterflies for a 3D effect like this:
I used many retiring items that you can still purchase for the next five days. The base of the card is Elegant Eggplant with a Rose Red layer. The tulips are Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, and Perfect Plum with Wild Wasabi for leaves – all are retiring colors.
The “Thank You” comes from another retiring set “Swan Lake” .
The “Love You” is from the ‘Banners for You’ stamp set….. I put a sticky note over the ‘I’ in the greeting, inked, removed the sticky and stamped. I liked the little dots on the stamp set but used a marker to make them bigger and added a few extra dots of my own. For both these greetings I punched a 1 3/4″ circle from the Wood Textures Designer Series Paper to match the flower box. I popped up both the greeting and the circle to have a nice tall easel holder. I tried out the third stamp with all the flowers around the Happy Birthday. I first stamped and colored the image but it lost too much detail so I colored the back of my stamp with regular markers, huffed on the colored stamp, and then came up with an image with more detail that I popped up on an oval cut out in the wood:
Did you notice the Versa Mark images on the sides of the popped up greetings? I used the hearts from the Ronald McDonald set to stamp around the birthday greeting since it is going to my daughter. For the others I used tulip images from the ‘Lovely Wishes’ stamp set in the Occasions Catalog.
I needed a sympathy card so I took her design and used the ‘Petitie Pairs’ stamp set from the past for a tiny greeting to fit between the flowers. I have the old Ovals set so I sponged the edge to get the same look as the ‘Layering Oval’ set used above.
The layering ovals, squares and circles carry over in to the new catalog. I didn’t think I wanted the ‘Ruffled Embossing Folder’ used here until I actually used it in the stamp camp. It is unique and not just for shingles on a house like I imagined and it carrys over. Five embossing folders are retiring but the one that I will miss the most is the ‘Brick Wall’ embossing folder. Remember this card from the past?
Let’s not think fall, let’s think spring and graduation! I needed a graduation card so I used the retiring ‘Marquee Messages’ set and a graduation cap stamp from a previous Paper Pumpkin. There are fun confetti products in the “other” store that you could use for the graduation caps:
This set lends itself to so many different occasions:
And if you need a unique gift box for that special graduate’s gift card, I suggest the Window Box Thinlits dies #142762 topped with a square piece of cardstock, 4″X4″ and a tassle made from our solid black baker’s twine and a 1/2″ punched black circle glued on a large brad. We have a ‘Mini Tassels Assortment’ you can purchase and then dip in a bowl of reinker to make just the right color. Yes, it is retiring as well.
You would need the longer ones for the box above but these would be cute on a card front with a punched cap.
I can’t leave today’s ultra-long post without sharing three other cards. In the last post I showed my favorite retiring stamp set in use on an Eclipse card. Here is another card we made at a past club meeting with the ‘Awesomely Artistic’ set, and the ‘Wild About Flowers’ set which has greetings that are so ideal for retirement or new beginnings.
This is the ‘Birthday Blossoms’ set . Scroll down in the Recipe Box to find these cards with instructions.
‘Birthday Blooms’ . This pull up card was fun to make at club. Go to the Recipe Box tab to be directed to the original post.
To make this Easel Card:
- Base – Elegant Eggplant – 4 1/4 X 11 scored at 5 1/2 and 2 3/4
- Layer 1 – Rose Red – 5 3/8 X 4 1/8 (make 2)
- Layer 2- Whisper White – 4 X 5 1/4
- Layer 3 – Wood Textures DSP – 1 3/4 X 4 with a strip 3/8 X 4 and a scrap to punch the 1 3/4 circle for behind the greeting
- Cut Outs- top of tulips, ladybug, and greeting – Whisper White 3 X 5 1/2
- Butterfly – Vellum 1 X 1
- Ribbon – 1/4″ stitched edge Rich Razzleberry, 6″ to wrap around the flower box and 8″ to tie a bow
- Inks – Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Memento Black, Versa Mark
- Stamp Sets – Tranquil Tulips, Swan Lake, Label Me Pretty, Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Lovely Wishes, Banners for You
- Enamel Shapes
- Pretty Label Punch, 1 3/4″ circle punch
- Stampin’ Blends- Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler; Wild Wasabi Marker (ladybugs feet background)
Thank you for your time.
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