Friday, March 25, 2022


Several years ago, I was fortunate to visit the Netherlands for work.  While work trips rarely provide time for sightseeing, we did have to travel by car from Amsterdam to Eindhoven-- about an hour and a half drive.  So, this provided an opportunity to see some of the countryside.  We know the Netherlands is known for their canals, windmills, and tulips.  And while I don't remember seeing a lot of tulips, we did see canals and windmills.

For today's card, I wanted to try to capture that bit of the Netherlands, so I started searching pictures for inspiration.

This is the card I came up with.

Here is the photo I used as my inspiration.

Today's card uses the two interesting V-shaped stamps from the Tulip Fields Stamp Set to create the field of tulips.

I started at the horizon with the double-V stamp and Mango Melody ink.  I then worked my way down each side towards the center, Flirty Flamingo bed of tulips.  

There was a fair amount of masking required to create the canal and the left riverbank.  To make the mask, I sketched my scene on a piece of scrap paper and then tore it to make each mask section.

The water in the canal and the grassy bank were created using Blending Brushes.  Little ripples in the water were created with a white gel pen and Wink of Stella.

The sky was created with designer series paper from the Flowering Fields Collection.  Using DSP for the sky also helped to create a nice straight horizon line for the cute little fence.

The two windmills were colored with Crumb Cake and Real Red Stampin' Blends and two trees were added on the left bank.

A third windmill was stamped on the inside of the card and colored to match the front.  A little hill of Daffodil Delight flowers was added using one of the "V" stamps.  The flowers ground the windmill, so it doesn't look like it is floating in air and also provide a pop of color.

Since the Tulip Fields Stamp Set does not include sentiments, I used the birthday sentiment from the Flowering Tulips Stamp Set.

I hope you have enjoyed the Tulip Fields cards this week and that you have been inspired to give this bundle a try.  The wedges of Tulips stamps looked a bit daunting before I started, but I have to say that the designer and the engineer that sized and created these stamps did an awesome job.  It was much easier than I expected to align the images and create beautiful fields of flowers.

If you would like a tutorial for today's card that includes the cutting dimensions and step-by-step directions, please use this link to download your copy.

A list of the supplies I used is also shown below.

Product List

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