Sweetbriar Rose Birthday Card

Sweetbriar HeaderAhh, you have to love the single stamps that Stampin’ Up! are now offering. One of these stamps is the Sweetbriar Rose which I used for this card. Many of the stamps offered are what I  call, “Outline Stamps.” Outline stamps allow you to color in the images, sort of like a coloring book drawing. I’m not saying these Stampin’ Up1 outline stamps are coloring book quality, I’m only saying that they can be colored in like you would in a coloring book. They’re perfect for the Blendabilities, as you can see with this card!

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1.   I cut a 4-1/4″ x 11″ piece of Crumb Cake scored at 5-1/2″. I turned the card so the score creates a top fold and the Crumb Cake provides a neutral base. You can also use these dimensions and turn the card so that the score line is to the left creating a side fold card as well. On each bottom corner I punch rounded corners using the Project Life Corner Punch.


2.   For the Whisper White layer I cut a 5″ x 3-3/4″ piece and rounded the two bottom corners as well. On this layer, more towards the left hand side, I stamped the Sweetbriar Rose with Momento Ink, which is a water-based Ink.  I wanted to use the Blendabilities to color it in so the StazOn would not work.  Because StazOn is alcohol based, if you use an alcohol based marker, the marker would pick up or make the StazOn bleed. Since the Momento Ink is water-based the alcohol based Blendabilities will not pick up the Momento.  I’m repeating this, because I keep getting questions about which ink to use and when.  The best way to understand this is you don’t want like ink pads and coloring materials. Here’s the chart I made as a quick reference for you.


3.   Okay, now back to how I made the card. Once the Sweetbriar Rose image was dry I used my Blendabilities to color it in. I started with the lightest color of Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. first. Many videos and tutorials start with the darkest color. I find for anything organic, like flowers and leaves I like to color them in with the lightest color first. Then I like to do the darkest color in the flowers centers and medium towards the middle of the flower petals. For larger images I start with the darkest color, because the light, medium and dark colors blend more easily by going over each edge in circular motions with each color in larger areas.  Have I totally confused you? I hope not.


4.   For up the side of the card I cut a 1″ x 5″ strip from the Back to Black Designer Series Paper. The black and white strip works as a neutral as well and almost any color can be used with it. I liked the look of this patterned paper, because it resembles a trellis.


5.   I chose to make a bow from Hello Honey Stitched Ribbon. I wrapped the bow tails around the Whisper White layer.


6.   Tucked in the flowers I stamped the, “Happy Birthday” greeting, from the Express Yourself Stamp Set,  in Momento Ink.( I could have used the Basic Black Ink, but this stamp pad was out already)


7.   I stamped the butterfly from the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set in  Blackberry Bliss Ink. I stamped it off on a scrap sheet first, then I stamped in on the a scrap of Whisper White. I stamped it off, because  I wanted a lighter shade of the Blackberry Bliss. This technique is called, “Stamping Off.”  I cut it out and with a bit of Multi-Purpose Glue up the middle I adhered the butterfly.


8.   Once the Whisper White layer was adhered, I used a combination of Basic Pearls and Rhinestones to decorate each flower center and the butterfly.


And that’s how it’s done in 8 easy steps!




Diane Caro, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator









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