Birthday cards: Twin flowers

Twin flowers

What:

Birthday cards for twins. I set the bar high last year with mirrored cards so I had to come up with something different this year. Codepope came up with the concept (the cards are for his nieces) and I implemented it.

How:

I planned out the layout of the cards using post-it notes, just to make absolutely sure I knew what needed stamping where and what needed cutting.

I used a stamp positioner to get the main flower on the inside of the card correctly aligned with the one on the outside panel (and with the flower on the second card). Then I measured and carefully cut the apertures with a craft knife and covered the one on the card base with acetate.

Only when I was happy that all the pieces lined up the way they should did I colour the flowers. The main flower needed to be the same on both cards, but I didn’t want the cards to be identical so I did the smaller flowers different colours on the two cards. Then I just had to layer the coloured panel over the card base and add a few sequins and a touch of glossy accents on the flower centres.

Lessons Learned:

More a confirmation than a lesson learned, but it is hard cutting out apertures in multiple card bases and panels so they line up perfectly.

Twin flowers A Twin flowers B

Supplies:

  • stamps:
    Create a Smile – botanical love
    Hero Arts – it’s your day
  • inks:
    Ranger – archival – jet black
  • Zig Clean Colour Real Brush pens:
    large blue flower:
    030 blue, 031 cobalt blue, 036 light blue, 052 bright yellow, 070 orange
    small pink flowers:
    021 light carmine, 022 carmine red, 050 yellow, 060 brown, 070 orange
    small purple flowers:
    050 yellow, 070 orange, 080 violet, 081 light violet, 090 gray
  • embellishments:
    Neat & Tangled – sequins – crystal clear
    Ranger – glossy accents
  • paper and card:
    Winsor & Newton – Cotman watercolour paper 300gsm (140lb)
    Papermill Direct – pearlised – natural white
    Acetate
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