Warm Birthday Greetings

Here's another card I managed to get made this weekend in between cleaning off shelves and rearranging, well, EVERYTHING!

Truthfully, I wasn't very happy as I was creating this card because it wasn't coming out the way I had planned, but in the end it all came together. At least I think so and would be happy to hear what you have to say.

The pretty flower and sentiments all come from Blooming with Kindness. I started by stamping the center flower with tangerine tango ink on whisper white cardstock, and then immediately stamped the upper left image without reinking the stamp. I wanted a more faded took for that flower. Then I stamped the bottom left flower with hello honey and followed with a second impression using the same ink on the lower right.

Well that didn't exactly work out to my full satisfaction, so I pulled out a couple of Stampin' Write markers in tangerine tango, hello honey and daffodil delight and began filling in some of the white spaces on the stamped images. I used the yellows on the orange stamped flowers and the tangerine tango on the honey stamped flowers. I kept my marker strokes as light and sketchy as possible.

The main stamped images looked great, but I still wasn't happy with the shadow flowers. The marker strokes were too strident. So out came the blender pen and I worked that over the two lighter images until I was satisfied. It was a save! In the end, I think the effect is pretty, but I was really worried for awhile.

Onto a card base of old olive, I adhered panels of Park Lane Designer Series Paper and tangerine tango cardstock. I did not use dimensionals this time, preferring to have a flatter, mail-friendly card.

Inside, I stamped a sentiment from Remembering Your Birthday in old olive ink onto whisper white cardstock. There is plenty of room for a personal message too.

Have you put August 25 on your calendar yet? You will want to! Details coming on Thursday. Make sure you check back!


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