Time to Celebrate Birthday
By Jeanne Jachna

I hope you’re having a great day!  Today I’m sharing a card made with the Birch Press Design Time To Celebrate clear stamp set!   I love florals and this set is absolutely gorgeous!  The set has line drawn flowers for you to color as well as solid florals that you can ink with no coloring required.  Of course there are matching dies that make this set even easier to work with and adds so much versatility with the different designs you can create.

Here’s how I made this beautiful card… I cut a panel of white card stock slightly smaller than the size of my A2 card base (4.25 x 5.5″)  I planned on stamping my sentiment on a strip of paper that would span the width of the card and have flowers peeking out from underneath.

I stamped the floral images around a strip of paper that represents where my stamped sentiment will be.

Next I added Spun Sugar Distress Ink along the edges of the cover panel blending as close to the flowers as possible without coloring them.  Then I stamped the splatter image from the stamp set in darker shade of pink ink randomly around the stamped images.  The shape of the splatter stamp makes it easy to get around the flowers.

Now for the coloring.  We’ve done all that work getting the background right I sure don’t want to mess up when I select the colors for my flowers.   A simple way to “test” the colors is to lay a clear piece of plastic over your design and colored on the plastic to see what colors you like best.  Since Copics are alcohol markers I wipe the plastic with rubbing alcohol so the plastic sheet is ready to use next time.   If you use water base markers you can use a baby wipe to clean the plastic.

It’s never too late to revise your design.  I thought the flowers peeking out under the strip looked a little “flat” so I stamped and die cut a few and adhered them with adhesive foam tape.  I left the smaller flowers “as is” on the card panel base.

I added a few berry sprigs as accents and some shiny sequins for some sparkle.  I used a corner rounder on the bottom corners of the card to give it a more interesting shape.

I love the florals in this set and I hope you do too!

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