Wildflower Vase Birthday Card0
Posted on 2nd November 2020 by Alison Pendlebury-Brown
I've been wanting to use 2 dies I purchased a while ago and finally got the opportunity to use for my MIL's birthday. My husband and I went for a walk and I took inspiration from the masses of yellow wild flowers on the walk and the lush greeness which made me think of the canary card and the apple green card stock - the green is definitely one of my favourite green colours.
To create this card with the beautiful wildflowers in vases you will need:
- Pastel Canary Plain Card 160gsm
- Apple Green Card Plain 240gsm
- Black Plain Card 240gsm
- White Card Hammered 255gsm
- Camascio Woodstock Card 285gsm
You will also need:
- Anita’s PVA Tacky Glue 120ml
- Stick it! 3D Foam Tape 18mm
- Flower and vase dies. I used 'Large Stems' and 'Bottled Up' Sizzix Bigz dies
- Ink pads. I used Range/Tim Holtz Distress inks in Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Evergreen Bough and Frayed Burlap.
- Script text background stamp
- Sentiment stamps
1. Begin by cutting out the flowers in the green and yellow card. I cut 2 each of the yellow flower heads so that I could layer up to give more dimension. (I also cut out the leaves from the die set but didn't end up using them on this card, but will use on another project).
2. Cut the bottles in the beige colour.
3. Smoosh the ink pads onto a suitable surface and spray with a little water. Dip each of the cut shapes into the matching colours to give it a water coloured look to each piece.
4. Whilst these dry score the sheet of A4 white hammered card and fold to make an A5 card base.
5. Create a background mat with black card stock. Using the script stamp and frayed burplap distress oxide ink add some text randomly across the black card. Adhere this to the card base.
6. Create a further mat in black card stock measuring 3" x 7 1/2" and stamp with the script stamp randomly as the background mat.
7. Create a yellow mat measuring 3 1/4" x 7 3/4". Adhere the black mat to this yellow mat and mount onto the left side of the card using foam tape.
8. Glue the flower pieces together, layering 2 flower heads together for dimension.
9. Arrange the flowers into the vases and glue the stems behind the vase and attach these to the card with single and double layered foam tape to give dimension to the elements.
10. Create sentiment strips and add to the card with foam tape.
And there you have it. I love the ink smooshing effect you get from the distress inks and oxide inks. They give such a subtle watercolour effect instead of just a single block of colour. And the yellow and green colours just pop off the black background.
I glued a further piece of white card slightly smaller than A5 size inside the card to give it a little more stability. There is there is a lot of dimension on the front of the card.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? At this time of year there are so many beautiful colours and textures in nature around us. I can't help but be inspired. I see the world in cardstock shade names and distress ink colour names haha.
Anyway, if you found inspiration from this post, we'd love to see the cards you make ... simply post them on social media using the hashtag #papermilldirect.