Birthday Blooms for PP282

I saw something recently that reminded me of the upholstery that was in the sun room at my parents’ home.  I hadn’t really thought about designing with that idea.  But, I guess it was lodged in the back of my head and came out, at least a little, as I created today with Birthday Blooms.  Do you have that happen?  I really thought I was just combining Birthday Blooms with a color challenge.  But the further along I got with my design, the more it reminded me of “something”.  The “something” finally came to me as I was editing the photos for this post.  I often see things differently in a picture than I do in real life.  Funny…

Anyway, here’s Birthday Blooms combined with PP282

Birthday Blooms handmade care for PP282 from theartfulinker.

The colors for the challenge were Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango.  I had to add a little Pear Pizzazz for the leaves.  Though I needed my leaves to be green, I didn’t want them to stand out.

I’ve used a Pool Party cardstock base and added a layer of Whisper White.

On the Whisper White layer, I’ve added clusters of dots in Pool Party.  They were first stamped off before adding them to the Whisper White.

At the bottom of the Whisper White layer is a narrow strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

Birthday Blooms for PP282 handmade card - large bloom detail - from

I stamped the whole image once in Versamark on Shimmery White cardstock.  Then, I went back and stamped portions of the image a couple of more times in Versamark.  All of the images were heat embossed in Clear.

Using my aqua painter, I took Pool Party ink (that I had squeezed onto the lid) from the lid of the ink pad and began to color the large blossom.  For the first coloring, I just kind of floated the ink onto the cardstock — just trying to fill the petals.  Then, I let it dry.  You could speed the drying with a Heat Tool.  Today, I did not as I wasn’t completely sure where I was heading.  Therefore, no rush.

I added color a little bit at a time, drying in between.  The last bit of color was dry brushed on and then the edge was softened with a damp brush.

For the stamens, I used a Blender Pen and Daffodil Delight from the lid of the ink pad.  The Blender Pen allowed for more control of the color on the small detail.

Birthday Blooms for PP282 handmade card - small blossoms detail - from

For all of the smaller flowers, I stamped, colored and cut out a second matching flower and layered them on the card to give them more depth.

This small bunch mirrors the bunch at the top of the large bloom.  The flowers are colored in Tangerine Tango using the same process of first floating the color in and then coming back and adding more.

The small group of flowers works to anchor the Daffodil Delight “you” and tie it in to the larger bloom.

To finish, I added a trio of clear sequins from the Metallics Sequin Assortment.

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  • Reply
    Sandy M
    February 19, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Sara this is just beautiful! I love watercolored images with white embossing and these images are just perfect. So glad you joined us this week at The Paper Players!

  • Reply
    Colleen Begley
    February 17, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    Sara, your Birthday Blooms card is very pretty. I read through your post for the details because I wanted to see how you made it. Whom ever receives this card is one lucky lady! Thanks for joining our color challenge at The Paper Players this week.

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