Betsy’s Blossoms Birthday (by Brian)

Why am I so obsessed with Betsy’s Blossoms?! My stamping friends and dedicated blog readers know that could not accept this stamp set at first. I didn’t like it, and I didn’t want it. That’s when I challenged myself to make something lovely with the set. That worked, so I challenged myself to ANOTHER project. Then another. While working on project after project with this set (still trying to meet my self-imposed challenge), I might have convinced myself to like it.

This past weekend, I hosted a Happy Birthday Stamp-a-Stack. I designed three birthday cards: one that would most likely be given to a woman, one that is suitable for a man and one for that is designed especially for a child. (I know there’s a whole lot of generalization piled into these scenarios, but you have to start somewhere, no?) The crafters who came to my event made five of each card and left with enough cards to get them through the rest of the year. The cards were simple, but each one featured a really cool technique. Today, I want to share the female birthday card from my Stamp-a-Stack:
It’s simple, I know! But it is a milestone for me. With as many times as I have used the large blossom and other flowers from this set, this is the first time I’ve actually used Betsy (Betsy is the name of the bird in this stamp set, right?). I hope you like it.

Tips, Tricks and Reminders:

  • Punch that flower – twice! After stamping the large flower with Primrose Petals and Daffodil Delight, I punched the image out with the 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch. I then fed the punched image back into the punch, turned it a little bit and punched again. This turned my scalloped edges into pointed ones (a little trick I learned in my Stampin’ Up! demonstrator magazine this month). Here’s my post that shows how to feed small items through the punch: Punching – you can use your scraps.
  • Balance the brights. The brightness of Primrose Petals really stands out against the soft Baja Breeze and light Daffodil Delight. To balance the contrast of colors in the card, I separated the Primrose Petals flower from the Primrose Petals sentiment with a layer of Daffodil Delight flowers and the Baja Breeze Betsy. This helped to balance the colors in the card. Don’t forget to consider the balance of colors, shades and images in a card layout.

Stamp sets: Betsy’s Blossoms, Apothecary Art Inks: Primrose Petals, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze Papers: Baja Breeze, Whisper White Accessories: 2-3/8″ Scallop Circle Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals

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  1. I like your CAS Birthday Card! I’ll have to dig out my scallop punch sadly I’ve missed that tip and have been snipping this darn blossom myself! Once again, you’ve come though with a fab card & a tip we can use. You’re the best!

  2. Lovely card and thank you for the tips. New follower, just started this week when you appeared as a guest on Stampin’ Pretty. So glad to have found your blog! You are very talented.

  3. love the card. will have to try the scalloped punch trick. thanks.

  4. Great – now I have to get that stamp set too……

  5. I have no interest in this set…think the bird is what turns me off….but what you have done is lovely….great colors and composition….still won’t buy it and most probably because I see it everywhere…too much saturation for me to add to it…LOL! Thank you for sharing each version of your challenge….it is a very pretty card!

  6. Good on you, Brian, for sticking it out with this set. I gamely tried a card when I first got the set. I presented it at a class and you could hear crickets chirp and see tumbleweeds blowing by. Betsy and her blossoms are buried in my “earth without art” stamp sets (aka “eh”). You do inspire me to dig it out and try again.

  7. love the clean & simple look of this card!
    hugs, m

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