Snowy White Botanical Builders
I’ve had the idea for this card for a long time, but I’ve been distracted by lots and lots of Christmas themed challenges and, I’ll be honest, lots of shiny new Christmas stamps to try out. My poor Botanical Builder Framelits sat unused for quite a long time. Finally, the time has come to dust them off!
When I dreamed up this card, it originally was going to have a horizontal layout instead of a vertical one. You can imagine what that looks like by turning your computer, or maybe just tilting your head, sideways.
I decided that the large flower was just too big for that. It had too much visual weight and dragged that side of the card down. Turning the whole thing sideways helped distribute the weight more towards the center. Adding a couple of rhinestones helped, too. Even though they are small, these embellishments can do a lot to help adjustment the balance of a card!
- Cut and score a Whisper White card base.
- Cut a piece of of Irresistibly Floral Designer Series Paper about 1-1/2″ by 4″ (3.7 cm x 10 cm).
- Make sure your workspace is covered! Add color to the Irresistibly Floral paper with sponges, a brayer, or daubers. Start with a wide stripe of Crushed Curry in the center.
- Add Real Red to one end of the Irresistibly Floral paper, gradually blending it into the Crushed Curry.
- Add Cucumber Crush to the other end of the Irresistibly Floral paper, gradually blending it into the Crushed Curry.
- Cut a piece of Smoky Slate cardstock 1-5/8″ by 4-1/8″ (4 cm x 10.3 cm).
- Adhere the Irresistibly Floral paper to the Smoky Slate cardstock and adhere both to the card base.
- Cut several different flower shapes from Whisper White cardstock using Botanical Builder Framelit Dies.
- Layer the flowers together to form a small, medium, and large flower. Curl up the edges to add depth to the flowers, then adhere them together.
- Place the flowers in the card and arrange them in a way that is balanced, then adhere them to the card. Fluff up the petals a little after all that gluing, since it tends to flatten them down a bit.
- Add rhinestones for a bit of sparkle. These can also help give the card a little balance. Notice that the size of my rhinestones is inverse of the flower size. That’s to help balance out that really giant (and visually weighty) flower on the bottom.
A Recipe for Rainbows
I selected these colors because they are close to a complete set of primary colors. Blending these colors together will result in creating new colors in between, such as orange and lime green! I don’t quite have a full rainbow though, because blue and violet are missing.
You can’t create primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) by mixing other colors. You can, however, make almost every other color by mixing the primaries. If you want a full rainbow, start with the three primary colors and blend them together!
Thanks for visiting and happy stamping!
Cardstock: Whisper White, Smoky Slate (c) Stampin’ Up!
Paper: Irresistibly Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Real Red, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush (c) Stampin’ Up!
Dies: Botanical Builder Framelit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!
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