Sunday, 29 April 2018

Spring Tulips

Spring Tulip Thank You Card
Spring has finally sprung here, and I couldn't be happier! I have flowers in pots on my deck ready to be planted, and I was inspired by the sunny weather this past week to make a card for the new season.

I don't know about you, but tulips always say spring to me. Snowdrops and crocuses are a good sign that the cold is coming to an end, but when the tulips finally bloom, that's when I know the nicer weather is here to stay.

Let me share the card dimensions with you in case you'd like to try to recreate this card. I used a standard A2 card base (8 1/2" by 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4") and a white matte that measured 5 1/4" by 4". The black sentiment strip measures 3 1/2" by 1" and I heat embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. The ribbon is wrapped around the white layer and tied in a simple bow. It's a bit hard to see in the photo, but this ribbon has a beautiful subtle shimmer to it!

I should also mention that I only used two colours of ink for this card (well, three if you count the Versamark I used to emboss). To create the lighter and darker shades of coral with a single ink, I stamped off once onto scrap paper before stamping the parts that I wanted to be lighter on the card. For the darker coral, I just stamped once at full strength. This creates a sense of depth and dimension and makes the flowers look more realistic. Depending on the ink you're using, you can get a range of darker and lighter shades by stamping off once, twice, or not at all. And if you have a stamp positioning tool, you can even double stamp to get a darker shade by stamping twice in the same spot!

Have I shared with you my great little trick for flagging the end of a banner by hand? Well, it's not my trick at all, but it is a good one! Just cut up the middle of the strip as far as you'd like the flag to go, and then snip from either corner to the centre point. I find this helps me keep the two sides symmetrical. It's not always perfect, but hey, that's how you know it was made by hand and with love!

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