Floral Birthday Greetings | By Laurie Schmidlin

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It’s Tuesday again, and that means it time to share something crafty with you!  Usually this time of year, after all of the festivities of Christmas is over, I am very ready to create with some bright, fun colors again!  I keep a stash of pre-made cards and I noticed that my birthday section is dismally sparse.  Since I will be needing several birthday cards in the coming weeks, I wanted to create a card that was easy to duplicate but was still eye catching.

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I started by die cutting the Maxwell – a die to create a textured looking background.  To add a little color to the background, I stamped the smallest leaf images from the Bushed Birthday Greetings stamp set into some of the squares.

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For the focal images and sentiment, I stamped the images using the Brushed Birthday Greetings stamp set and then die cut them out using the coordinating Brushed Birthday Greetings die set.  With this particular set, I have found that you don’t really need to line up the detail image with the bolder image too carefully.  I stamped each of these flowers a little bit differently and was happy with the results each time.  I did the same thing with the leaves, just eyeing them to line them up.

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For the sentiment, I stamped it first onto white cardstock using black ink.  I then lined the die up over the image and used some prepositional tape to secure it before running it through my die cutting machine.  For a little more added detail, I used a white gel pen to add a couple of dots in some of the squares.

Thanks so much for joining me here today!  I hope you enjoy the last week of 2016!

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