Hello Friends! It’s Marie back on the blog!  Spring is almost here so I’ve created a springtime floral birthday card to share with you all today featuring the In the Meadow Background Stamp alongside my favorite Garden Friends Stamp Set.

To create my card, I started off by die cutting an A2 sized base panel from a heavy weight cardstock. I always use 110 lb. Neenah Solar white cardstock because it never fails to keep my cards nice and sturdy and totally flat. I wanted the color pallet of this design to be muted pinks and deep rose with a pop of blue. So taking inspiration from my scrapbook.com BOHO paper pad, I used the A2 sized muted deep rose shade cardstock and adhered it to my base panel using double sided tape adhesive.

Next, I used the Nesting Deckle A2 Die to cut out my background panel. For this panel, I used watercolor paper. I then stamped the In the Meadow Background Stamp onto my watercolor panel using Distress Ink in the color Antique Linen. I used Faber Castell Watercolor Pencils to color in my background in shades of muted pinks and dark pink.

Next, I stamped out the bird image and music notes from Garden Friends onto watercolor paper and colored them using Derwent Inktense Pencils to give them a muted but also strong vibrant look.  Inktense Pencils are known for their intensity because they are ink in pencil form. Easily layerable for intense color and permanent once dry, so you must also work fast. I then cut out all the images using the corresponding Garden Friends Dies. I  gave my bird a birthday crown which I pulled from the Jungle King Stamp and used the Jungle King Dies to cut it out. I used the Big Greetings Stamp for my “Hey There” sentiment which I stamped using Distress Oxide in the color Aged Mahogany on Neenah Solar White Paper. I used the Big Greetings Dies to cut it out. I stamped the “Happy Bird-Day” sentiment using the same ink and also on Neenah SW and cut it out using the smallest die in the Nesting A7 Die Set.

In order for my bird image to pop, I decided to fade out the background by using vellum paper. I cut out an oval shape using the Nesting Oval Die from vellum paper and I created some subtle interest by splattering on some gold watercolor. My final step was to play with placement and adhere everything down using double sided tape adhesive. To adhere down the vellum, I only used adhesive where it was hidden by either images or sentiment. For the finishing touches I used a white Gelly Roll Pen to add highlights to the crown and music notes.

There you have it folks! If I were to give this card to a male recipient, I would change the colors to be more masculine.

Thank You so much for joining me today! See you again soon! Until next time, Happy Crafting!!!