August 12, 2015

BLOSSOMS FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY

Today my sister, Diane, is celebrating one of those dreaded milestone birthdays. You know which ones I'm talking about.

To make her day a little more special, I wanted to create a birthday card for her that was "a little more special". I always think that a tent topper card delivers a little more punch than one that just opens up in the traditional way. Sort of more star quality maybe?


This angle shows off the interesting profile a tent topper card possesses. 


A few weeks ago, my husband and I took another road trip. Of course, I just cannot get into the car for a destination more than 10-15 minutes away without worrying about being able to stay awake, and fretting about all the stuff I'm NOT getting done.

So, I opted to do some more paper cutting!

The day before we left, I stamped the flowers, leaves and branch from the retired Indescribable Gift set on an assortment of blossom-like papers. 

In the car, I snipped my little heart out. No, not really. That would hurt. But, I did have fun doing it.

For Diane's card, I went with almost all polka dots, with the branch being the only exception.


When I first started cutting out all the components, I, of course, also cut out some of the little leaves that encased the buds. When they became much too small to even keep track of, I decided that, once I had my flowers put together, I would simply color those pieces green.

That turned out to be not such a great idea. You see, if you  know anything about color theory, you know that when you combine pink and green, you get, guess what? Yup. An unsavory brown. Yuk. I tried a couple of different mediums, but none gave me the result that I'd wanted.

So . . . it was back to cutting out the teeny tiny leaves. I must say, they are very tedious to deal with. But I did it:


This photo shows the funky paper I used for the branch in this card. I love its looks! Don't you?

You can also see more clearly in the photo the combination of dots in the composition, including the Basic Pearls I added to every other scallop around the edge of the oval. After all, pearls are a sort of "dot", aren't they?

And, although it's not apparent, except a little bit in the second photo, I used the Large Polka Dot embossing folder on the background of the card front to continue with the dot theme.


Another tent topper card I'd posted to my blog in the past is THIS ONE:


If you'd like to see some other examples of tent topper cards, check THIS out for lots of inspiration! (Thank you, Pinterest!)

Happy __ Birthday, Diane!

Birthday
Smiles.

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