Thursday, January 27, 2011

Another Burpee Catalog inspired Stampin' Up! Build a Blossom card

 This card was inspired by the gorgeous Phantom Petunia in the Burpee seed catalog.  Isn't it beautiful?
The card's not bad either, is it? (grin)

Have I inspired anyone else to look at their seed catalogs for inpsiration?
 My card was done on an Elegant Eggplant card stock base.  The patterned paper is from the Subtles Patterned Designer Series Paper Stack.  This is an amazing pack of patterned papers!  I love to add a little pattern to my project without veering away from my intended color scheme.  And I love the way the patterns lend themselves to the Victorian feel of this card.

The flower was done by punching out 5 of the large petals from Very Vanilla card stock with the Blossom Petals punch from the Occasions Mini Catalog.  I then stamped the petal image on each punched petal in So Saffron classic ink.  Then I used my elegant eggplant marker to color the sides of each petal right up to the edge of the stamped image.  I intensified the color by layering the marker coloring 3 times.  Then with an aqua painter, I painted along the edge of the stamped image on the colored elegant eggplant area.  This softens the edge of the marker lines and even lightens the color a bit.
I also colored the edge of a clear plastic ruler and touched down in the center of each petal to create that faint purple line you see down the center.  I folded the petals in half, creased and un-folded which adds to the life-like dimension of the flower, but is difficult to see in the photo.
I punched the large flower from the Boho Blossoms punch in Elegant Eggplant.  I glued the petals to this flower then added the Build a Brad brad that I made with the flower center stamp from the Build a Blossom Stamp set and a 1/2 inch circle punch of Elegant Eggplant. I put this brad through the center of the flower.  Then I took a second large flower punched with Boho Blossoms punch and glued to the back.  I mounted the flower on the card with Stampin Dimensionals.  I added a few Stampin' Dimensionals under some of the petals for more stability.
The Trim added to the card is Victoria Crochet Trim.

The tag was first stamped with the friends sentiment from the Tiny Tags Stamp set in Elegant Eggplant on Very Vanilla paper.  I then stamped the flourish on top of the sentiment in So Saffron.  I punched the sentiment out with the Medium Jewelry Tag punch and a small Elegant Eggplant flower from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  I glued these together, used my paper-piercer to make a hole in the tag and threaded it with linen thread.  I tied this around the knot in the crochet trim already added to the card. I then added the Basic pearls to the tag and to the top right corner of the card.  To line up the large pearls in the corner I used the Mat Pack paper-piercing template. (That's a tool I am so glad I have! It's fast becoming one of my top ten!)

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Happy Stamping!


  1. Very pretty. Great idea to look for inspiration from a seed catalog. You're doing a great job on the flowers.

  2. Oh, this is really gorgeous! LOVE it!

  3. Another gorgeous one! I've already CASEd your last one....turned out great. TFS!

  4. That's awesome! Post a link here or on my face book page, Cindy! I'd love to see it!

    Thanks everyone, you made my day!



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