Birthday Blooms and Pinewood Planks for Any Occasion

When you need a striking card for any occasion, Birthday Blooms Stamp Set and the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder will do the trick!  I had so much fun making this card, and I LOVE how it turned out!

Handmade card for any occasion using Birthday Blooms and Pine Planks

I’ve always loved the floral image from Birthday Blooms, and I reach for it whenever I want a large, graceful flower.  However, I usually don’t use it full size, for it’s a very big image.  You can see the full image in the first card I made with it in this post:  Handmade Birthday Card.

Birthday Blooms

Birthday Bloom Stamp Set (wood-mount 140655, clear-mount 140658)

One of the reasons I find this image so attractive is that it has a built-in diagonal line. When you use a diagonal, and especially when it leads the eye to a sentiment or other element, your design is going to look and feel graceful and harmonious.  Can you see how well that works in this card?

You can see other examples of cards using the Birthday Blooms floral that make good use of the diagonal line in these posts:  Sweet Sugarplum, Corner Fold Card, and Timeless Textures.

The circles behind the flower were cut with two sizes of the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  The delicate “stitching” adds a finished look to each layer.  They were cut from Sahara Sand Cardstock, and weren’t very interesting until I used the Sponge Brayers to add both color and texture.

If you love simple but striking backgrounds, you’re going to want to make sure to add the Pinewood Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder to your craft room.  It’s especially effective when you ink the Folder before running it through the Big Shot.  I used Soft Sky Cardstock and inked the Folder with Sahara Sand Ink.  It accentuated the embossing just enough to show off the texture, without making it so busy that it would compete with the artwork.  

I made a video a few months ago with tips for using the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder.  It shows me inking the Folder with the Brayer Stampin’ Up! used to carry, the kind with a hard rubber roller.  The Sponge Brayer works just as well, if that’s what you have.  With the Pinewood Planks Folder, I inked the side that has the raised pattern, not the side with the recessed pattern.  That will make more sense when you watch the video.  🙂 

Please leave a comment to let me know what you think of the card and the technique!  Your comments always encourage me to keep coming up with projects and videos that will inspire you to try new things in your craft room!

I hope you’ll try the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set with the Pine Planks Dynamic Embossing Folder when you need a special card for any occasion!

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6 Responses to Birthday Blooms and Pinewood Planks for Any Occasion

  1. Karin Moyer July 26, 2017 at 10:36 am #

    Thanks so much for your video on different ways to showcase embossing on cards. And I really like the card!! I already have that set so I plan to play with it soon.

    • Sage July 26, 2017 at 5:59 pm #

      You’re welcome, Karin. I hope you have fun playing with the stamp and embossing technique.

  2. Mary Ann Baumgarden August 23, 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Thank you. You always explain things well & make the techniques user friendly.

    • Sage August 23, 2017 at 9:12 pm #

      Awww, thanks for the compliment, Mary Ann. I hope you’ll try this one!

  3. Patricia Wilson August 23, 2017 at 10:40 am #

    Great video on how to ink the embossing folders. I don’t use those folders enough and am learning that there are so many other techniques you can do with them. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sage August 23, 2017 at 9:10 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Patricia. I’m glad the video has inspired you to use the folders more!

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