Falling in Love


This card was inspired by three different card challenges this week to create an anniversary card:

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #365 for the design/sketch:

Cut It UP #198 for "Our Beautiful Earth" theme using flowers:

Joy of Sets Tic-Tac-Toe #016 for the flowers-diecut-oval first vertical column of their tic-tac-toe:

I love the Stampin' Up! (SU) "Beautiful Bouquet" stamp set and its matching die set. The hardest part was choosing the color pallette. One of my favorite pattern papers from SU is " Botanical Garden". While I didn't use the paper for this card, I used the colors it features.

I stamped all my flowers on white cardstock, then cut them out with their matching dies. I arranged them around the die-cut oval from the SU "Stitched Shapes" die set. To make the stitching even more apparent, I ran the die and die cut thru my Big Shot a second time using my rubber embossing mat.

Since I used the largest die in the stitched set, I need a slightly larger oval as the mat. I created it by scanning the oval using my Brother ScanNCut, then added a 0.08 border around it and cut this largest oval out of SU Cajun Craze cardstock.

The sentiment from the same stamp set as the flowers is stamped with black ink.

The card background was created per AHSC's sketch as four horizontal bands. I tried several different pattern papers before deciding they were just too busy with all the flowers around the oval, so went with the four basic colors I used for the flowers. I glued these 1.25" strips to a white background, then ran them thru my Big Shot using the Sizzix embossing folder call "Petal Burst". This created a subtle background texture/pattern without overwhelming the flowers.

I am rating the difficulty level of this card as a "2" out of a possible "5". I spent 85% of the time trying to come up with colors and patterns, so if you have those in hand, doing the actual card assembly is easy!  

Stamps: SU Beautiful Bouquet
Paper: SU Whisper White Thick Cardstock, Hello Honey, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Mint Macron
Paper Size: A2
Ink: SU Cajun Craze, Mint Macron, Hello Honey, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Sizzix Petal Burst Embossing Folder, SU Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies, SU Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Adhesive Foam Tape, Brother ScanNCut CM350
Techniques: Die Cutting, Embossing

Comments

  1. That background is striking! Such a beautiful card.

    Thanks for joining us at Cut it Up for Our Beautiful Earth challenge!

    Evelyn
    http://mylittlecraftblog.wordpress.com

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  2. Such a pretty card! I love the colors! Thanks for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketches.

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  3. Beautiful card! Love the dry embossing & the sentiment too. Thank you for sharing with AHSC.

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  4. I love this card - the combination of the pretty colours and the flowers is beautiful - Thanks for joining us at #josttt016 this month - hope to see you again next month as we have a special give-away!

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  5. I love your interpretation of the sketch using the different coloured embossed card instead of different patterns. Such a lovely card, thank for entering it into this months #JOSTTT016 challenge.

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  6. The embossed panels are beautiful! A marvelous way to tie in the colors of your lovely flower collage. Thank you so much for joining us at Atlantic Hearts this week.

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  7. Hi Donna! I have a stash of that Botanical Garden paper, one of my Stampin' Up favorites too. I like how you used a combination of stamps and die cuts to frame the oval, looks so nice. Glad you joined us at AHSC!
    Melanie

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  8. Love, love, LOVE your card!!! And I love that you were inspired by the colors from that gorgeous retired DSP... thanks so much for participating in the #JOSTTT016 challenge this month! :)

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  9. Your card is lovely. Love the texture and wonderful colors. Thanks for joining our Cut it Up challenge.

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  10. Very effective card! Thanks for joining us at JOSTTT this month!

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