I perused my big binder of stamp brush images for MDS, picking out sets that contained possible images that would be good for a card such as this.
I decided on the corner of flowers from the Upsy Daisy set, choosing to recolor the flowers in Rich Razzleberry, and decreasing the opacity to make them a bit more subtle so they wouldn't be the main attraction on the card.
While the full Upsy Daisy stamp set is now retired, you can still get a smaller version of this image in the Best of . . . 25 Years stamps sets in the Flowers set from March. The rest of the stamps available in the March Best of . . . Flowers can be seen here:
They are just the prettiest of the pretty.
Such an elegant image deserves an equally elegant background. So, from my MDS Designer Series Papers selection, I dropped in a background from the Beau Chateau DSP.
To add to the loving theme of an anniversary, I added to a separate page the love birds from the Meant to Be set, keeping their opacity at 100% since they were supposed to be the "stars" of the card front.
Once I was satisfied with my card front and my love birds, I printed them out on my printer, then proceeded downstairs to my workshop to finish it off as a hybrid card.
I first cut down the card front to 3 3/4" by 5". To add to its elegance and to give it more dimension and interest, I ran the panel through my Big Shot inside an embossing folder. I then mounted it to a 4" x 5 1/4/" piece of Whisper White cardstock. This went atop a Rich Razzleberry card base in the traditional size of 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
Inside, I added another panel that I created in MDS using stamp brushes from Party Time II -- Wishing You a Happy, and another from Fundamental Phrases -- Anniversary, as well as a border from the Meant to Be set, all in Rich Razzleberry.
The love birds were cut with one of the labels from the Apothecary Accents Framelits. I sponged the edges with Rich Razzleberry ink, and added two silver 1/8" Mini Brads on each side. A looped piece of Rich Razzleberry 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon was added to the back of the label.
The best part, however, is that I punched out with the Small Heart Punch the little hearts between the birds, edged the punched heart with Rich Razzleberry sponging, then popped it up between the birds with a bit of Stampin' Dimensional. The completed label was added to the card front with three Stampin' Dimensionals.
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Besides having just released their brand spankin' new catalog (click on it on the right of my blog!), Stampin' Up! has two cool promotions going on:
Through the end of June, you can order three of their popular sentiment sets, so crucial in card making, at an amazing 25% off.
The other special, that I mentioned in a blog post when the promotion first began, is
The MDS 25% savings promotion only lasts, however, until June 15!
And it even includes their printing prices!
Time to get your craft on!! I hope I inspired you!