If you need a striking handmade card to celebrate a birthday or any other occasion, you’ll love this card made with Birthday Blooms and Timeless Textures. And who wouldn’t be thrilled to get such a beautiful handmade card from you. It is such a gift from the heart!
The flower was stamped in Archival Basic Black Ink on Watercolor Paper, then colored with a Blender Pen and ink from Stampin’ Write Markers. When you use this technique on Watercolor Paper, you’ll be able to blend the colors better than on cardstock. Even Shimmery White cardstock, which holds up well to the moisture and repeated strokes, doesn’t allow as much blending.
Here’s how I like to use the Blender Pen and Markers. I’ll use the brush tip of the Markers to put ink on a plastic surface, then pick up the color with the Blender Pen. The colors are Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive. Crushed Curry was applied directly to the image with the brush tip of the Marker so it would be nice and bright.
I left off parts of the image when I cut out the flower, as I wanted the background to show behind it. You can see other cards using Birthday Blooms in these posts: Handmade Birthday Card and Corner Fold Card.
Now for the background. If you haven’t played with Timeless Textures yet, it’s a great stamp set for exploring your creativity. Here’s what the stamp set looks like:
If you like the idea of creating your own artistic patterns rather than using a background stamp that was designed by someone else, then you’ll have a blast with this set. On the Corner Fold Card (in the link above), this set was used tone-on-tone for some lovely, subtle interest. You might also have seen the cards in this post: Design Tips for Timeless Textures.
The best way I’ve found to use these stamps is to start playing with the images on scratch paper. That way I had a pretty good idea of what would work and what wouldn’t before I stamped on cardstock. Obviously I refined it a bit when I used cardstock, but that was based on what I learned from experimenting on scratch paper. I stamped off some of the ink before stamping each image so it wouldn’t be too dark.
If you want some cardmaking design tips, here’s a second version of the same card. I’ll put the first one underneath it so you can compare them.
The difference is subtle, but I have a strong preference for the one on the bottom. If you’ve been following my design tips, you may already know why. Before you read further, leave me a comment and let me know which you like best and why.
I actually made the top card first. When I went to add the flower, I realized there are two competing diagonal lines. To my eye, the bottom version is more harmonious, with the splatters along the same diagonal as the flower, and the leaf pointing to the sentiment. The card on top is nice, but doesn’t feel as harmonious to me.
If you struggle to design your own cards and don’t know why, use this link to learn about a class I created just for cardmakers like you! The Art of Designing Cards.
Try these ideas and techniques in your craft room, and make a card with Birthday Blooms and Timeless Textures stamp sets from Stampin’ Up!