Happy Birthday Botanicals

This is a birthday card I made for my mom, who got me started stamping. I created a card and decorated her gift with coordinating flowers created with the Botanical Builders Framelit Dies from Stampin’ Up!

Petals up or petals down? One of the flowers creates petals with a sort of halo, or second petal layer around them. I’ve been experimenting with these. Sometimes I put the petals down and leave the halo up (like on the Pool Party flower on the gift) and other times I do the opposite (like with the Melon Mambo flower on the card).

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Pattern Bonanza! Instead of using the coordinating stamp set on the leaves and flowers, I added my own patterns. With Stampin’ Write Markers, I opted to add stripes and polka dots, which gives the flowers a little more pop, like in Pop Art. I think it makes these flowers a little less serious and a little more whimsical. It might seem intimidating to break away from stamps and draw freehand, but these patterns are so easy to draw and so darn cute!

A little lift!  These Botanical Builder dies are so great for adding depth to a card. I used Stampin’ Dimensionals to raise some of them up off the background paper. I also curled the edges of both petals and leaves the lift them up even farther. For flowers with multiple layers, each layer of petals is more and more curled so the inside layers have the most lift of all.

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Materials Used:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Old Olive, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Happy Birthday Everyone (c) Stampin’ Up!

Punches and Dies: Project Life Corner Punch, Botanical Builders Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stampin’ Write Markers: Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Old Olive (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals

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