With the help of the stamp set, Bloomin' Love (page 17 in the Occasions Catalog), we did lots of stamping on this card: the focal point heart, the small bouquets in the embossed background, the fancy label as well as the sentiment inside it, and, finally, the sentiment inside the card.
The inspiration for designing this card came from the darling little flowered square upon which the heart rests. This is one of the freebies for this year's Sale-A-Bration. It is the Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper (page 12 of the SAB brochure). The moment I laid eyes on this charming DSP, I knew I had to have it.
Once I decided on my paper choice, I took to coordinating cardstock to the colors of the flowers of the DSP. Not terribly prominent, but a good choice, I turned to Blackberry Bliss.
Before embossing the background piece, I randomly stamped the miniature bouquets in Blackberry Bliss all over. Once I finished with the card though, I realized that this extra stamping didn't add all that much to the overall effect of the card. So, in my instructions, I told the girls that step was optional.
The stylin' sentiment inside the card was punched out with the Extra-Large Oval Punch and adhered flat to the card base. I like the tiny distinction between the oval and the card. Not much, but there nonetheless.
Just a close-up of the total effect of the card front:
Would you like to reproduce this card? Here's how:
Bloomin' Love stamp set (page 17, Occasions Catalog)
Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper (page 12, Sale-A-Bration Brochure)
Blackberry Bliss cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
Blackberry Bliss ink
Hearts Embossing Folder
Circles Collection Framelits
White Embossing Powder
Blackberry Bliss ribbon (on the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up!)
Extra-Large Oval Punch
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Whisper White cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
IF YOU WISH, stamp in Blackberry Bliss the miniature bouquet randomly across a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Blackberry Bliss cardstock. I say IF YOU WISH because I don't think it adds all that much. Up to you.
If you choose to do the stamping, when you are finished, run this piece through the Big Shot inside the hearts embossing folder. Adhere it to the card front.
Round the corners of a 3" x 3" piece of the floral DSP from the Wildflower Fields pack. Adhere this to the card, keeping even borders on the top and sides.
Rub the Embossing Buddy over a 3" square of Blackberry Bliss cardstock. Then stamp the floral heart in VersaMark. At the heat station, pour white embossing powder over the stamping, tapping the excess back into the container. Heat to emboss.
Cut out the heart with the 2 3/4" circle from the Circles Collection Framelits. Use a few Stampin' Dimensionals to attach this circle to the DSP piece.
Notch the ends of a 4" piece of Blackberry Bliss ribbon. Attach it to the embossed card with a few Glue Dots.
On a scrap of Whisper White, stamp first the banner frame, then your sentiment, in Blackberry Bliss ink. Carefully cut out the banner, leaving a margin of white. Pop the sentiment banner up over the ribbon with a few pieces of Stampin' Dimensionals.
On a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, stamp "My Valentine". Punch it out with the Extra Large Oval Punch. Adhere the sentiment to the inside of the card.