Simply Falling Flowers

Christmas card by Natalie Lapakko featuring Tin of Tags and Falling Flowers stamp sets by Stampin' Up!

Simply Falling Flowers

I decided that for this card, simple was best. I had a lot of complicated ideas, but when I sat down to make it, none of those ended up looking the way I wanted. I have made a couple of cards with Falling Flowers, but for the most part they have been complicated bouquets. I have yet to focus on a single flower. Until today!

Challenge Inspiration

This card was inspired by Global Design Project Challenge #61!

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These are two 2016-2018 In Colors that have so many possibilities! They could be floral, artistic, or you could even put a modern Christmas spin on them. Plus, the black is sure to add pop to any card.

Homemade card featuring Tin of Tags and Falling Flowers stamp sets from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

Card Directions

  1. Cut a card base in Whisper White.
  2. Cut a Basic Black panel 3/4″ (1.9 cm) smaller than the card base.
  3. Cut a Sweet Sugarplum panel 7/8″ (2.2 cm) smaller than the card base. Adhere these layers together.
  4. Cut a Whisper White panel 1-1/8″ (2.8 cm) smaller than the card base.
  5. Using black ink and the Falling Flowers stamp set, stamp a flower onto Sweet Sugarplum and a leaf onto Emerald Envy. Optional: Add white accents to the shapes using a white gel pen (which is what I used) or a white colored pencil.
  6. Add a rhinestone to the center of the flower.
  7. Fussy cut the flower and leaf out. (Yes, I know there are coordinating dies, but for this card it looks really nice not to have that extra border around the shapes.) Be careful with that stem!
  8. Place the flower, leaf, and approximately a 3″ (7.5 cm) piece of silver Glitter Ribbon onto the Whisper White panel. Figure out where everything will go, then stamp the sentiment in Basic Black.
  9. Adhere the ribbon using glue dots.
  10. Adhere the flower with a dimensional.
  11. Adhere each of the small leaves with a glue dot near the stem. Optional: curl up the ends of the leaves for a little more depth!
  12. Add a couple of rhinestones to the card. Use the squint method to check the balance before sticking them down really good.
  13. Adhere the front panel to the card using dimensionals. Make sure there are supporting dimensionals under the flower!

Card making tip: Adhesive Options

If you use white glue / liquid glue to adhere your card elements, it dries slower than snail adhesive. This can be a blessing, especially if you, like me, sometimes place a panel just slightly crooked. Liquid glue give you a little wiggle room to adjust it before it sets. Snail adhesive… it’s pretty stuck down the moment the two pieces of paper touch. It’s possible to separate them, but it takes some effort. The benefit of snail adhesive is that it doesn’t cause thinner papers to warp or buckle from the liquid.

Christmas card with Tin of Tags and Falling Flowers stamps from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

A High Contrast Color Combination

Emerald Envy and Sweet Sugarplum are nearly opposites on the color wheel, which means that they have a high potential for high contrast. Since they are such opposites, they naturally clash, which can make them look like they don’t belong together if you aren’t careful. Increase unity in other ways throughout the card, such as by using repetition of the colors in other areas of the card. High contrast can also be used to draw attention like crazy, which can be a major advantage when you want a card to stand out.

Bold black can also be a real attention getter, so when combined with some high contrast colors like this, it could be a recipe for a card with a lot of punch.

Color Combination: Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!

Materials

Cardstock: Sweet Sugarplum, Emerald Envy, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (c) Stampin’ Up!

Stamps: Falling Flowers, Tin of Tags (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: dimensionals, rhinestones, silver ribbon (from the Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack) (c) Stampin’ Up!

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This homemade Dia de Muertos card uses Falling Flowers stamps and Halloween Night DSP from Stampin' Up! Design by Natalie Lapakko.

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0 thoughts on “Simply Falling Flowers”

  1. I like the simplicity of your card – and the placement of the bling… I struggle with bling placement! Thanks for your comment on my blog and I do realize most people wouldn’t notice the slightly off-center placement of things. LOL! I have also pulled up the front of cards when they are not centered and sometimes I regret it… bending or warping the cardstock in the process. Chanting to myself: “art is not perfect, art is not perfect, art is not perfect.”

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