Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Spring Card (updated with instructions)

This is the card I made for the card swap at my April 17th Front Range Stampers meeting.  And I'm pleased to say that this time it's my own original design!  No CASE-ing here!

Click on image for closer look.

The background paper was made using a fun technique that I used in a class I attended about 1-1/2 weeks ago.  Another brand ink was used in that class, so I decided to try to do it with Stampin' Up! classic ink pads.  I love the look!  And the really fun thing is that each piece comes out looking totally different!


Stamp Sets
  • Bunch of Blossoms (flowers and leaves)
  • Jar of Love (jar and flower stem)
  • Watercolor Wings (sentiment)
  • Pear Pizzazz card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scraps for leaves)
  • Whisper White card stock (5-1/8" x 3-7/8")
  • Whisper White Thick OR regular weight card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
  • Daffodil Delight card stock (scraps for petals)
  • Vellum card stock (about 2-1/2" x 2" for jar)
  • Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Sweet Sugarplum Classic Stampin' Pad
  • Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Pad
  • Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
  • Pear Pizzazz Refill Ink
  • Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Accessories and Tools
  • Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
  • Everyday Jars Framelits Dies
  • Blossom Builder Punch
  • Linen Thread
  • Stampin' Spritzer
  • Aqua Painter
  • Adhesives:  SNAIL Adhesive; Glue Dots; Stampin' Dimensionals; Tombow Liquid Glue
  • Optional:  Heat Tool
  • Non-stick Craft Sheet
  • Paper Towels

(NOTE:  SNAIL Adhesive used to assemble this card unless otherwise indicated)
  1. Score 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" card stock at 4-1/4"; fold away from score line to create card base.
  2. Adhere 5-1/8" x 3-7/8" white card stock to front of card.
  3. Press Daffodil Delight stampin' pad directly onto non-stick craft sheet; repeat with Sweet Sugarplum stampin' pad, leaving about 1/2" space between the two colors.  Spritz with water.  Place 5" x 3-1/2" white card stock onto watered-down ink and tap lightly; pick up and rotate the cardstock and repeat.  Flip card stock over and place on paper towel to dry, or for quicker results, use a heat tool to dry the paper.
  4. Fill Aqua Painter with water and several drops of Pear Pizzazz refill ink.  Splatter across card stock by tapping against your finger.  Air dry or use your heat tool to dry card stock completely.
  5. Use Memento ink to stamp sentiment.
  6. Use Old Olive ink to stamp flower stem. (NOTE:  This is a photopolymer stamp, so you can bend it to the shape you want.)  The stem wasn't quite long enough for me, so I used the brush end of the Pear Pizzazz marker to extend it about 1/2" longer at the top.
  7. Use Pear Pizzazz stampin' pad to apply ink directly to edges of inked and stamped card stock.  Center and adhere card stock to front of card.
  8. Use Memento ink to stamp medium-sized jar on vellum card stock.  NOTE:  This paper is non-porous, so it will take a while to dry . . . or you can use your heat tool to dry it more quickly.  BEWARE:  Vellum card stock can scorch easily if the heat tool is held in one spot for too long. 
  9. When ink is completely dry, cut out jar with Framelits die.  Wrap linen thread twice around neck of jar and adhere in back with a glue dot.  Use glue dots (one in each corner) to adhere jar to card over stamped stem.
  10. Use Crushed Curry ink to stamp three small petal shapes on Daffodil Delight card stock.  (NOTE:  This is a three-step stamp -- the first is a solid image of the petal; the second is the highlighted portion of the petal; and the third is an outline of the petal.  I used only the second stamp to make these petals.)  Punch out petals; glue together with liquid glue to create flower.
  11. Use Old Olive ink to stamp two leaves and base of flower on Pear Pizzazz card stock.  (NOTE:  I again used only the second image of the three-step stamps for these pieces.)  Punch out pieces.  Use liquid glue to adhere flower base to flower.
  12. Adhere flower at top of stem with 1/2 Stampin' Dimensional at top of flower and liquid glue at base of flower.  Use liquid glue to adhere one leaf to left side of stem as shown; apply liquid glue to back of second leaf and tuck just under lip of jar as shown.
  13. Make a three-loop bow and attach to jar with glue dot. 

Hope you enjoy this design -- it does take a little extra time to make your own original designer paper, but what a wonderful way to tell a special friend how much you care! 

NOTE:  While you've got all the materials out, why not make several sheets of designer paper at the same time and set them aside for future use?!  (I was able to make about 3 pieces from the watered down ink before wiping down the non-stick craft sheet and adding new ink.  I made 16 sheets total.)

Cathy  ;D


  1. beautiful card and CONGRATS on your retirement!!!!! you go girl!! hugs, Ruthie

    1. Thanks, Ruthie! Once I get dug out from the pile I got buried under while I was still working, I'm gonna LOVE retirement! Glad you like the card. I've now posted the instructions too.