My dear friend and stamping buddy Cleo celebrated her birthday last week and I regret I wasn’t able to join in the festivities. She and her precious daughter Leisa Jane live about 2-1/2 hours away and I don’t get to see them nearly often enough. But, I did take the time to make a special birthday card for her. I think I’ve mentioned before that making a card for a fellow stamper puts a lot of pressure on the creative process. It’s just got to be perfect! Well, this card isn’t perfect, but I was very pleased with the way it turned out.
I used the terrific new Level 1 Hostess set, Because I Care. It is truly one of the prettiest hostess sets that Stampin’ Up! has ever offered. I love hydrangeas (who doesn’t) and have already made a box full of cards with the image. Lots of new stuff on this card- at least new to me. The punches, butterfly embosslits, paper and ink. Tell me how you like it…..here are a few techniques I used:
- Watercolored the main image and a bunch of little flowers
- Added flower centers using a white gel pen
- Clear embossed the whole lot
- Cut out the main image and all the little flowers and the leaves
- Sponged the edges of the two embossed butterflies
I used the same techniques on the Elements of Style card (first ink on it), plus used the little flowers from the Because I Card set. I’m pretty proud of myself and, since I usually make two of every card so I have one to keep, I can admire my creations all day long! (insert a chuckle here)
Here’s another tip that I learned from Cleo and Leisa Jane…..your card is not finished unless the inside and the envelope is decorated. I’ve included photos of the inside and I also decorated the envies just as nicely. I hope the recipients smile when they see a card from me in their mailbox and know I was thinking of them when I made it. That smile is my reward!
I would love to show you how to make these cards. Just give me a shout and we will get together. In the meantime, you can get all the supplies in my online store. Just click here.
Supplies: Stamps: Because I Care – Hostess Level 1, Elements of Style (current Idea Book and Catalog)
Paper: Early Expresso, Very Vanilla, Concord Crush, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Perfect Plum, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Accessories: SU! Pearls, Punches: Oval and Scallop Oval, Dies for Big Shot: Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Big Circle, Scallop Circle, Signo White Gel Pen, Sponges, Dimensionals, SNAIL, Versamark, AquaPainter,