I needed a birthday card for my sister, who is an avid a gardener, and thought she'd love this one using the Stippled Blossoms stamp set from Stampin' Up!
Stippled Blossoms is a 2-Step set. That means that there are two stamps for each flower. Look at the pink flower, for example.
First I stamped it with the "silhouette stamp", using Pretty in Pink ink. You have to use a light color for the first layer so that the detail will show.
Next I inked the "detail stamp" with Primrose Petals, and used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position it on top of the first image so the layers lined up right.
When I started playing with these flowers, I was amazed at how beautifully the finished images turned out. You just can't tell from looking at the pictures of the stamps.
The background layers are embellished with the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder. I was a little concerned that the amount of detail in this folder would detract from the focal point, but it turned out to be subtle enough to make the flowers really stand out.
The embellishment on the bow is a Designer Ribbon Slide. These items will add a nice flair to the ribbon and bows on your projects. Good news: They're not so girlie that you can't use them on a masculine card. If you're like me, you like Stampin' Up!'s embellishments, but sometimes they just don't fit on a guy's card.
If you want to see the inspiration for this card, here's the bed of zinnias I was thinking of while stamping the flowers.
Order any of these products today from my Online Stampin' Up! Store! When you need a handmade birthday card for a friend or family member who loves to grow flowers, then Stippled Blossoms is sure to please.