Birthday Botanicals for Spring
This card and gift package were created for a very special sister of mine for her birthday. Die cut botanicals, gold accents, and a newly discovered color combine to create a gift and card combination that are sure to wow!
Botanical Builder dies and Botanical Blooms stamps are retiring. Wah! They are so pretty! When I first got them, I didn’t have the tools to emboss, and I mostly used the dies and stamps separately from each other. I felt a bit like I had never used them to their full potential.
When my youngest sister’s birthday came around, I wanted to really show off what this suite could do, so each piece is die cut, stamped, and embossed with gold. It’s not hard, per se, but all the embossing is time consuming. In the end, though, the effort totally pays off.
Inspiration All Around
This card was inspired by the cover design of a journal. I was shopping for journals for my sister’s birthday and fell in love with the floral pattern and colors. You can see the pattern in two of the photos below.
I thought to myself, hey, I could do that!
This color scheme is not one I would have come up with on my own. For example, it uses Always Artichoke, which I have never ever used in a card before today. I have two lonely sheets that were part of a variety pack that I had never touched.
And it combines Always Artichoke with Bermuda Bay and Mint Macaron. Say what? Those colors don’t belong together at all! Or so I thought.
Once I cut out all my botanical shapes and colors, added gold embossed accents, and started arranging them, these colors really came together.
The lesson here is to keep learning and trying new things! Look for inspiration all around you: on store mannequins, at the farmer’s market, in artwork, and in nature. Take pictures of color combinations you are attracted to as you are out and about. You may surprise yourself with what you can make if you stretch yourself to try something new.
Botanical Flower Directions
- First, die cut a whole pile of flowers and leaves using Botanical Builder dies and a die cutting machine, like the Big Shot. Use Mint Macaron (or Pool Party) and Always Artichoke for leaves. Use Calypso Coral, Delightful Dijon, and Real Red for flowers. I also punched out a couple flowers using the Blossom Bunch Punch.
- Stamp veins and other decorations with Botanical Blooms stamps onto the leaves and flowers using VersaMark ink. I also used Gorgeous Grunge to stamp a couple of flowers.
- Sprinkle gold embossing powder on the VersaMark, tap off any excess, and heat with a heating tool until the powder melts. Use a clothespin to hold onto the flowers while you heat them so you don’t burn your fingers!
- To save time, I stamp about three flowers at once, sprinkle them with embossing powder, and set them aside. When I have everything stamped and sprinkled, I heat everything at once so I don’t have to wait for the heat tool to warm up multiple times.
- Add black accents by stamping, coloring with a Stampin’ Write Marker, or by adding small punched or cut pieces of cardstock. I used a mix of all three methods on my cards.
- First, cut a Bermuda Bay card base.
- Stamp the card base with dragonflies form the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set using VersaMark ink. (It helps to use an embossing buddy before stamping.)
- Sprinkle on gold embossing powder, tap off any excess, then heat with a heat tool until the powder melts.
- Next, cut a piece of vellum 1-1/2″ (3.7 cm) smaller that the card base.
- On a piece of Basic Black cardstock, stamp the sentiment from Birthday Adventures in VersaMark ink, add gold embossing powder, tap off any excess, and heat. Trim a paper strip slightly wider than the sentiment.
- Cut the ends of the Basic Black strip into two banner points. For symmetrical banners: cut a slit up the center of a strip, then cut a straight line from each corner to the top of the slit.
- Arrange the vellum, the banner, and several botanical flowers (see directions above) on the card base. When you have an arrangement you like, adhere the flowers with glue dots and dimensionals for depth. Attach loops of gold metallic thread using one of the dimensionals behind a flower or the banner.
- After flowers are attached to the vellum, turn it over. Add glue dots in places that are hidden by flowers. Adhere the vellum layer to the card base.
- Add two Real Red enamel dots as accents.
- Cut a strip of Bermuda Bay about 2″ (5 cm) wide and 8-1/2″ (21 cm) long. Crease the strip in the center, then cut the ends into banner points. For easy and symmetrical banner points, cut a slit up the center of a strip, then cut a straight line from each corner to the top of the slit. This is the tag base.
- Stamp the front of the tag base in a pattern using the sentiment from Balloon Adventures and VersaMark ink. Emboss with gold embossing powder.
- Next, cut a strip of vellum about 1/4″ (o.6 cm) more narrow than the tag base. Cut the ends to match the banner points on the tag base.
- Cut a strip of Basic Black cardstock about 1/2″ (1.2 cm) wide. Stamp with strip with a striped stamp from Gorgeous Grunge in VersaMark ink. Emboss with gold embossing powder.
- Arrange the tag base, vellum layer, black strip, and several botanical flowers (see directions above). Adhere the flowers with glue dots and dimensionals. Adhere the vellum layer with glue dots that are hidden behind flowers.
- Add Real Red enamel shapes as accents.
- Attach the tag to a gift. I added a piece of Basic Black Baker’s Twine tied around the top of the tag as an easy way to attach it to a package.
Back to Nature Color Combination
Did you know that the human eye can distinguish between more different hues of green than any other color? We can see tiny differences between this green and that green. As crafters, this also makes us a bit more picky about which greens go together.
If I hadn’t found a journal designed with these colors, I never would have put Bermudan Bay, Mint Macaron, and Always Artichoke together. They are so different from each other that they seem to come from different worlds. Somehow the addition of a couple of colors from the warm end of the spectrum makes these greens look like they belong.
In nature, every kind of green exists side-by-side with every other kind of green. Other colors are mixed in, as fruit or flowers. Adding some bright floral colors reminds my brain of a garden and it no longer cares about whether the greens match or not. Reds, oranges, and yellows take center stage and the greens sink into the background; this would have helped our ancient ancestors find ripe fruit and vegetables, so I suppose it makes sense.
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Delightful Dijon, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Always Artichoke, Basic Black (c) Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Botanical Blooms, Gorgeous Grunge, Balloon Adventures, Dragonfly Dreams (c) Stampin’ Up!
Markers: Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!
Punches and Dies: Botanical Builder Framelit Dies, Blossom Bunch Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!
Other: vellum, dimensionals, gold embossing powder, heat tool, gold metallic thread (c) Stampin’ Up!
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