My cousin Linda said this was her favorite card and I can understand why. It’s so perky and up beat with these great stitched felt flowers standing tall reaching for the bright blue sky. This card is very much like Linda, a bright blue sky in my life!
For this card the class learned how to make these wonderful puffy clouds. I did not invent this technique but I did make my own templates and showed the class how to do the same. Bashful Blue Ink was the perfect color choice to shade them.
I love the color combination on this card. I used a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ piece of Chocolate Chip Card Stock and scored it at 4-1/4″. I layered a 5″ x 3-1/4″ piece of Pretty in Pink and on top of this I layered a 4-3/4″ x 3″ piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. I always, well almost always, use this formula where there’s a 1/4″ border (the Chocolate Chip in this case) then a 1/8″ border (Pretty in Pink) showing. I think the balance works.
On the Very Vanilla I first shaded the clouds with Bashful Blue Ink and a Sponge Dauber to form the clouds. I made cloud templates out of a piece of card stock by cutting small circles resembling cloud puffs as shown below. Yes, you have to hand cut these as a circle punch will not work because it will leave a concave form. These templates work as a mask except along the edges where I used a circular motion with my Dauber. The area underneath the template will remain the Very Vanilla. I randomly moved the template down and from side to side and repeated the circular motion technique along the edge. When I painted years ago sometimes I used stencils in a similar manner. I hope this is clear. I’m hoping to do videos as soon as I get up enough nerve.
Once the clouds were done I took a 4-3/4″ x 1-1/2″ piece of Old Olive Designer Series Paper and tore it to use as the grass. On a piece of Pretty in Pink Card Stock I stamped the birthday greeting from the Hugs and Wishes Stamp Set in Chocolate Chip. Using the Wide Oval Punch I punched it out. With my Crop-A-Dile I punched a hole and secured a Brass Eyelet as shown.
I love these Felt Stitched Flowers. They not only are easy and whimsical but, they add dimension to any thing you put them on. For the stems I simply cut them out of another patterned Old Olive Designer Paper. That’s the great part about DSP-all the different choices and even though it’s the same color, because of the patterns, the color appears just a little different. Try mixing up the patterns for a little excitement on your work.
I wrapped a piece of Pretty in Pink Grosgrain Ribbon and layered the card as shown above.