Tranquil Tulips Birthday

Good Wednesday morning everyone! How can it be August already?? And, one day gone to boot! Time marches inexorably on.

With that in mind, I better get to this post as I have an appointment with my dentist and cannot be late!

Today’s card is a simple, quick card making use of the great Stampin’ Up! Color Theory DSP> I chose the old olive crackle look to go with my Tranquil Tulips because I thought it would set off the flower beautifully. And, I think, it does.

After cutting my card base from Whisper White card stock I cut the green crackle paper to cover the front. Using the second largest of the Lots of Labels framelits I cut the center from this paper. Then, using that same die as well as the largest die, I cut the frame from the white crackle DSP.  This is carefully lined up and liquid glued to the green paper.

Now, for the stamping. I had not used this stamp set prior to making this card, so I had to do a bit of experimenting on scrap paper. My first choice of color for the flower was Berry Burst, which I deemed too dark, even stamping it off once. Next I tried Perfect Plum. Nope. Powder Pink? Too pale. Ok, Blushing Bride. Perfect! Just the look I want.

For the background…..let’s back up. On the FRONT of the card base I lightly, or not so lightly, sponged Old Olive just to cut the white down a bit. Using the DSP with the cutout I decided on the placement of the flower, pretty much centered. I stamped the stem and leaves in Old Olive and the two part flower in Blushing Bride. With Basic Gray I stamped the stamens.

Before adhering the DSP to the card front, I wrapped a piece of 1/4″ cotton Pear Pizazz ribbon around, taping it on the back. Using a scrap of the white crackle Color Theory DSP I stamped the sentiment in Blushing Bride. This is from the Lift Me Up stamp set. I covered the lower part of the stamp, inked it up, removed the Post-it note and stamped the Happy Birthday, using my Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to get the correct placement. This was then adhered to the ribbon using Stampin’ Dimensionals. I also used a glue dot under the ribbon to secure it in place.

front detail

For the inside I did a stamped off twice tulip for a background and stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray. The sentiment is from a Gina K Designs set of birthday greetings appropriate for the inside of a card.

Having made a couple of boo-boos with a smear of ink where ink wasn’t supposed to be, I had to do something. Fortunately, both (yes, there were two!) of them were close to the edge, allowing me to cover them with a 1/4″ strip of DSP. See? You would not have known that the original design did not include the DSP border on the inside, but I think it works.

inside

For the envelope I stamped another tulip on the front put more of the DSP on the flap.

Pretty quick, and easy too with the great stamps and dies from Stampin’ Up!

front and envelope

My apologies for the late post. My mouse quit and the track pad isn’t performing up to par. While at the dentist I tried to find a wireless mouse. No luck!! Going to the BIG city tomorrow, so maybe I can find one there. As a result the images could not be cropped or anything. Just lucky to get to post at all. Thanks for stopping by.

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