Wednesday, March 8, 2017


It's hard to believe that it's less than two weeks till spring begins! It's is one of my favorite times of the year - I love when things start turning green, flowers poke their heads above ground, and buds appear on the trees!

Today's inspiration celebrates one of the flowers we associate with spring - tulips! To make this card I started with a white card base and adhered a bright aqua piece of cardstock over top with my ATG gun.   Layered over that is a smaller distressed piece of aqua paper stamped with a gingham background stamp from Impression Obsession in Versamark Watermark ink and embossed with stardust embossing powder. Two tiny pink blush pearls adorn the corners.

Next I dry embossed a piece of vellum using the (Sizzix) doily embossing folder. I cut  the doily in half and glued it to each side of my card. Around the center I tied a bow of twine in natural and pink.

To make each tulip I cut three petals from water color paper (using the template below.) I inked the petals with  worn lipstick distress ink (Tim Holtz) and misted them with my mini mister letting the colors run a bit before heat setting with my embossing gun. Once the petals were dry and glued together, I added a layer of ultra fine Valentine Coral glitter (Art Accentz) over the top. The leaves and stems were cut ( free-hand) and inked with mowed lawn distress ink.  The tulips are popped up off the card using pop dots and a happy sentiment (from Momenta dies) completes my card.

Here's a free template for the tulip petals in gradient sizes. To make a tulip: Trace and cut 3 petals from your preferred size and layer them as shown in the photo above.

I shared this card on the Cropstop blog today and would love for you to hop over and link up your lovely projects (that use products from companies Cropstop carries in the store) to the CURRENT CHALLENGE!

This card linked to:
Ooh-La-La - Embossing
AllsortsChallenge - Spring (The tulips)
The Paper Players - Cut It Out
Stamping Sensations - Close To Nature

Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bow


Mary Anne / MA54K said...

The vellum doilies look beautiful. Thanks for the tulip idea and the template.

laurie said...

So pretty! I love those tulips...feels like spring!

Stephanie said...

Oh Esther, I love, and I mean LOVE your card! It's simply beautiful.

Hugs to you!

Viv said...

Such a pretty colour combo and a lovely layout! Thanks for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations.

meg said...

Beautiful card, lovely to see wet and dry embossing, thank you for joining us at Ooh-la-la.

Marty F said...

Esther, your tulips look wonderful and awesome job hand cutting the leaves and stems. I love the color of the Tulips, especially with the Valentine Coral glitter on top - love the sparkle! Your vellum doily is dainty and your twine bow is perfect with your card! Thank you for playing along with us at Craft-Dee BowZ for our "Anything Goes & Include a Handmade Bow" monthly challenge :-)

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

You are generous to share your tulip pattern. Your card is truly a work of art and love. All the extra touches of embossing, glitter, and hand-cutting a design... the doily adds a lovely touch too. Amazing! I hope spring does come soon... no sign yet here... snow, snow snow!

Joan said...

Pretty card and lovely colour scheme

Thanks for joining us at stamping Sensations this month


Sally H said...

A pretty card. Thanks for sharing at Stamping Sensations!

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Mervi said...

Gorgeous tulips and beautiful doilies, lovely unique card!
Thank you for sharing over at Allsorts;-))m

julie_woolston said...

Beautiful card lovely addition of the parchment very effective.
Thank you for joining us at OLLCB
Hugs Julie xxx

Greta said...

Striking & beautiful, Esther! You've made me want that doily embossing folder--so wonderful used with vellum!