Friday, March 3, 2023


The Sending Smiles stamp set has one flower stamp in it that reminds me of Snapdragon flowers-- at least I think that is what those tall skinny flowers are called.

I decided to team up the Snapdragons with the Fancy Flora Designer Series Paper (DSP).

Besides my friendly Color Coach, I find using designer series paper for my color inspiration an excellent way to figure out color combinations.  This Fancy Flora DSP has interesting patterns that look like brushstrokes made with very thick paint, and it is abundant with color choices.  The design I chose for the background includes Balmy Blue, Gray Graphite, Night of Navy, Orchid Oasis, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, and additional shades of those colors.  

I chose Basic Gray for my card base and added a layer of Night of Navy behind the designer series paper.  Before adhering the DSP, I ran it through the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine with the Stitched Greenery Die.

Initially I started my stamping by stamping the single stem/leaves stamp several times across the bottom of the Basic White cardstock, but then when I went to add the flowers on top of each stem, I learned my spacing did not work well -- at all!  So, I scrapped that piece and started again by stamping the flowers first.  This worked much better!  It was easier to determine the best spacing and height variation for the flowers when I stamped them first.  It was then simple to add the stem/leaf below each flower.  To complete the bottom edge, I filled in with a few more leaves using the leaf-only stamp from the set.

The die cut Night of Navy Sending script and a sentiment below it were added to the card front.  Several Brushed Brass butterflies fliting around the Snapdragons completed the card front.

A single strip of the same Fancy Flora designer series paper added a bit of color to finish the inside of the card base.

If you would like a tutorial with all cutting dimensions and step-by-step directions, you can download a copy by using this link.

A list of the products used on today's card is shown below.  Click on any image to learn more about that product.

Product List

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