Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Perseverance Pays Off

Here we go could one little card take so long to make?  I was determined to use this stamp from the Four Seasons Hostess Set, but after many attempts I could not get a color combo that I likes.  So, I cleaned up my mess, told myself to "step away from the stamps" and tried again several hours later.  I wish the creativity just poured out of me, but it doesn't usually.  After all of the trying, I'm happy with the way it came out.

One of my dilemmas was how to get a crisp image with the bird and the branch.  The image is so little, that it's hard to use markers on it.  So, I decided to do things the hard (OCD) way.  I inked the entire stamp with Daffodil Delight so those little flowers would show up nicely.  Before I stamped my paper, I used an Early Espresso marker to color the branch.  Since the yellow is so light, I just colored right over it, stamped it on Whisper White and then punched it out with a 1" circle punch.  I like how the yellow ring is around the bird.

To get a decent bird, I inked the stamp with Marina Mist ink, stamped on Whisper White and cut that teeny tiny bird out with scissors.  It actually wasn't that hard and I really like how he looks.  I just glued him over the yellow bird. 

The large scallop on the back is actually from the Perfect Pennants die. I also used the new Bitty Banners framelits.  I had seen another card using additional layers with the banners so I incorporated that here as well.

Here's everything I used:

Four Seasons Hostess Set
Itty Bitty Banners

Daffodil Delight Card Stock
     4-1/4x11 Card Base
     3-1/2x3-1/2 Large Scallop Circle
     (2) 3-3/4x1 Pieces for the Scalloped Borders
     Scrap for Banner
Marina Mist Card Stock
     3-1/2x3-1/2 Large Circle
Whisper White Card Stock
     3-1/2x3-1/2 Main Image
     Scraps for Center & Banner
     3-3/4x5 Embossed Layer (Finished Size)
Polka Dot Parade DSP
     3-3/4x2-1/2 Blue Layer

Daffodil Delight Stamp Pad
Marina Mist Stamp Pad
Early Espresso Stamp Pad
Early Espresso Marker

Perfect Pennants Bigz Die
Square Lattice Embossing Folder
Bitty Banners Framelits
2-1/2" Circle Punch
1" Circle Punch
2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Stampin' Dimensionals

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  1. Your card is amazing. I'm glad you persevered!

  2. Beautiful card, Beth! I love the bird/branch/flowers.

    Do you think that "perfectionism" is an inherited Dalton trait? Sounds like (me) and some of our other family members. :)

  3. Forgot...the blue and yellow is perfect! One of my favorite summery color combinations. :)

  4. Yes, Stacy, I think that's an inherited trait from both sides....sometimes I'm called "Bernie, Jr." Ha!

  5. Beautiful card! The color combinations is great for a summery greeting!