Well, the groundhog told us a few days ago that we will have six more weeks of winter. Duh.
Even though that's the case, I am starting to long for things other than winter. It hasn't been a horrible winter here in Central Wisconsin -- so far! -- but . . . enough is enough. Right?
With all that said, I present to you a flowery card in warm weather colors. This card features an easy and effective technique: masking.
With the exception of the Basic Pearls here and there, this is mostly a flat card.
It should make the recipient very happy -- and hopeful -- for spring!
Following is a tutorial for creating a card using the masking technique. Read it carefully in the event you've never done masking before. It is a tool that will be useful time and again when you want to put forth the feeling of depth in an arrangement.
Daffodil Delight Cardstock
Costal Cabana cardstock
Flower Patch stamp set or any set with a variety of solid flowers
Coastal Cabana ink
Flirty Flamingo ink
Daffodil Delight ink
Die cutting/embossing machine
Hello You Thinlits
Post-It Note masks that you cut of each of the flowers
Large Polka Dot embossing folder
While many of the supplies used in this card are retired, it would be so easy to substitute stamps, embossing folders and dies with something else. Experiment! I just want to give you the basics for creating a card similar to this one.
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of white cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
Run a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Daffodil Delight cardstock through your embossing machine inside the Large Polka Dot embossing folder (or substitute). Adhere this to the card base.
You will be randomly adding the flowers to a 2 1/4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock. I started with the largest fower and I used Coastal Cabana ink with which to stamp it. Do the flowers in any order you'd like. I cut masks for all of the flowers from Post-It Notes, being sure at least part of the stamped image has adhesive on the back. When cutting masks, stamp each image onto a Post-It Note. Cut the image out just SLIGHTLY inside the stamped line. If you don't do this, you will get white unstamped halos around the mask. When adding subsequent flowers in their proper colors, cover the portion of the flower you don't want to stamp on top of with its mask. This could involve two flowers at times. When all the flowers are stamped, add black centers to the smaller flowers and Basic Pearls wherever they are needed.
Adhere this piece to a 2 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of black cardstock. Add it to the card, leaving about 1/4" of the yellow showing at the top.
With Coastal Cabana cardstock, die cut the sentiment word that you have chosen. Use tiiny dots of glue on the back of the word, and add it to the embossed portion of the card.
The earth laughs in flowers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson -