Do you plan your stamping projects before you make them? Most of the time I do. Between family, work, and the general busy-ness of life, I’d rarely make a thing otherwise. But I have to admit, that’s not my preferred way to craft. I love it when I can just sit down with a stamp set, and see where it takes me!
Today I had one of those rare opportunities, so I grabbed the lovely new Petal Palette bundle (Occasions 2018) and coordinating Petal Passion papers to play with. Although I got this suite as a Christmas gift, this is the first chance I’ve had to use it!
When flipping through the Petal Passion papers, I found this one that reminded me of the plum trees that are blooming all over town right now. They’re truly a sight to behold, and once I had that image in my head, I couldn’t let it go. So I made a plum blossoms card. What do you think — do those flowers look like plum blossoms to you?
Of course, no card inspired by a spring tree in bloom would be complete without a sweet little bird. Since the Petal Palette stamps have a wonderful watercolor look to them, I tried to keep with that by coloring the bird with ink and a blender pen instead of markers.
Although I thought about giving the bird a branch to sit on, I decided on this simple circle matte instead. Afterwards it seemed too plain, though, so I added a little ribbon dangle accent.
By the way, that blue ‘ribbon’ is actually cardstock that I cut with the lacy die that’s included in this bundle!
To finish the card, I stamped a few blooms along the bottom edge. The stamp doesn’t quite match the blossoms in the paper, but close enough!
Tips to Make This Card
Want to make this card? Here are the supplies that I used, and some tips for putting the card together.
Stamps & Dies: Petal Palette Bundle (Occasions 2018)
- 4-1/4 x 5-1/2-inch Sweet Sugarplum standard vertical card base
- 4-1/4 x 2-3/8-inch piece of blossom patterned paper from the Petal Passion designer paper pack
- Dapper Denim cardstock
- One 4-1/4 x 2-1/2-inch piece to matte the blossom paper on
- One 4 x 1-inch strip to die-cut the ‘ribbon’ from
- One 2-inch circle of Pear Pizazz cardstock to matte the bird on
- Whisper White cardstock
- One 2 x 1-1/4-inch piece to stamp the bird on
- One 4 x 5-1/4-inch piece to line the card with
Ink Pads: Sweet Sugarplum, Dapper Denim, Pear Pizazz, Basic Black
Other: Stampin’ Trimmer, Clear Blocks A and B, 2-inch circle punch, 4-1/2-inch piece of Black Mini Sequin Trim, 4-1/4-inch piece of Whisper White 1/4-inch Organza ribbon, scissors, SNAIL adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Mini Glue Dots.
- Color the blossom paper and the bird image with a blender pen and ink from your pads for a soft look.
- Align the lower edge of the colored blossom paper to the lower edge of the Dapper Denim matte. Then tear along the combined lower edge for a slightly ragged look.
- After you cut the Black Mini Sequin Trim, apply a little clear-drying glue to the ends, and then pinch them a bit to keep the sequins from sliding off.
- To make the die-cut ‘ribbon’ accent, cut the 4 x 1-inch Dapper Denim strip with the lacy die. Then fold the die-cut piece in half at an angle so that both ends point down and slightly away from each other.
- Use the 2-inch circle punch to make a quick matte for the bird.
- Attach the folded ribbon pieces to the lower back edge of the circle matte with mini glue dots.
- Use Stampin’ Dimensionals to attach the matte to the card.
- Stamp the blossoms along the bottom edge of the card in Sweet Sugarplum, for a watermark effect.
All of the materials that I used on this card are available through my online shop.