Where is Spring? Has it arrived in your area yet? It’s just barely making its way to the DC area. Some days are still a bit gray and soggy, but they’re trying to warm up. I really can’t wait for those 70 degree days with a breeze. That’s my ideal kind of ‘great weather.’ I’m one of those people who loves warm weather. I turn the heat on in my car just about every day, even when it’s 60 degrees! I also turn on my gas fireplace at home. It has a blower and that thing puts out such a comfortable heat that I LOVE. I stand next to it and watch TV. This is something I’ve done since I was a child. In my childhood home, we have oil heat and floor register vents. I used to sit on the floor and pull a long shirt over my knees to get all the heat throughout my body! Those were the days – sitting and watching Muppet Babies and Pee Wee’s Playhouse! So, not much has changed. I’ll soak up the heat any way I can – natural or artificial – I love to feel warm!
Creating this card made me feel that first warmth of spring, when you venture out to your yard, pull the weeds, the first mow, mulch, and plant some new flowers! All of that lead me to the seed packet concept and this stamp set!
- I trimmed the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden patterned paper to about 4″ x 5.25″, distress and ink the edges, then adhere to Papertrey Ink’s fresh linen cardstock, cut into an A2 vertical card base.
- Take a glassine bag (size medium from Papertrey Ink) and tear off a little more than half. Adhere to card front at an angle and add stitching around the border.
- Tie twine around the card front multiple times and secure into a bow.
- Die cut tag. Stamp border and sentiment on tag, then add distress ink on the edges and secure around twine.
- Add pink tulle around twine. Adhere egg nest.
- Secure decorative trim with Scor-Tape.
- Punch butterflies and adhere over glassine bag.
- See below for stamped seed packet instructions.
I embellished the card front with trim by Webster’s Pages and Prima. The egg nest is from CraftZany’s Etsy shop! As I was embellishing the card, it looked way too plain with just the twine, so I kept layering and adding, bit by bit, until I was satisfied with the weight of the card design.
The seed packet stamp is by Flourishes. I stamped it twice. I cut out the banner and popped it off the seed packet for extra dimension. I also added distress ink to the overall packet.
To stamp the flowers, I stamped off the seed packet using scrap paper not to get it on the edge. I stamped the flower again and cut it out to create a duplicate to use to mask and stamp. Next, I stamped the flower again, over the other stamped flower while using the mask to get a continuous flower pattern without “over-stamping.” Last, I stamped the flower type and other sentiments.
Well, that is all for now! I’ll be back tomorrow with more to share! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great Friday Eve!
Stamps :: Flourishes – seeds of friendship, year in flowers 1; Papertrey Ink – tiny tags Ink :: Stampin’ Up! – chocolate chip; Ranger – antique linen, vintage photo; Papertrey Ink – berry sorbet; Close to My Heart – bamboo Cardstock :: Papertrey Ink – fresh linen, vintage cream Patterned Paper – Pink Paislee – butterfly dreams 6×6 paper pad Embellishments :: May Arts – twine; Bazzill – tulle; Webster’s Pages – green trim; Prima – cream trim; CraftZany Etsy shop – egg nest; Papertrey Ink – medium glassine bag
Tools :: Martha Stewart – butterfly punch; Papertrey Ink – tiny tag die