A couple of Saturdays ago I held a ‘colouring’ class using the Birthday Blooms stamp set, blender pens, aqua painters, and a whole load of black and white card. The class was designed and created by Canadian stamper Alison Okamitsu of Nice People Stamp.
I love how effective the bright blooms look in front of the monochrome background. My ladies enjoyed the therapeutic benefit of quietly colouring in the flowers. They started using a Pink Pirouette background, carefully applied using the tiniest bit of water in the Aqua Painters (AP), with kitchen towel to dab off if too wet.
The flowers were stamped using Memento Permanent Black Ink onto Thick Whisper White Card Stock. I recommend the thicker card for watercolour, or you could use Watercolour Card itself. A big pack of Thick Whisper White will come in handy for card bases too though. Think about the pennies! They then used their blender pens to add Melon Mambo to the ‘creases’ of the flowers, to give a deeper pink centre. You can also use an aqua painter if you wish, to add colour in more of a ‘washy’ way than straight lines with a blender ben.
The leaves and stems of the flowers were coloured using Wild Wasabi, again painted on using APs first, and then the veins of the leaves were outlined using the blender pens.
After that comes the hard part…. cutting them out!! I highly recommend SU snips for this kind of fussy cutting. No other scissors will cut as neatly, and as close to the line as these bad boys. Definitely worth the money – a boring purchase I know, but they definitely pay back dividends.
As two of my ladies were colouring, I showed the others how to create the note let box. As there was a lot of cutting involved in this class, I decided to do it for them, so they simply had to stick it all together. I even scored the card for the boxes too!! My girl, Faye, was ever so thankful for this (lol).
The box is super simple to put together, as Alison shows here in her video
The cards should have been simple, but Baby Brain here, cut the gold foil incorrectly ( of all the things to cut wrong!!! Nooooo). I had cut them US size instead of UK, which meant the strips weren’t going to fit, and the cards wouldn’t look right. As time was ticking away, and we all had that craft glaze look, we decided to call it a day there.
So, for those from my class who need to make their cards up, or those who would like to have a go at home. Here is the list of materials, measurements, and step by step instructions;
Birthday Blooms Cards
You will need:
4 x Thick Whisper White Card Stock cut to 10.5 cm x 29cm (scored at 14.9 cm)
4 x Gold Foil cut to 10cm x 14.4cm
4 x (thin) Whisper White Yardstick (or you could use Thick if you have a big pack of it) cut to 9.5cm x 13.6cm
8 x 2cm Whisper White Card Strips
4 x 3/4″ Whisper White Card Strips
16 x 2cm Basic Black Card Strips
You will need extra Thick Whisper White Card Stock for stamping the flowers onto, and extra Black card for the Heat Embossed sentiments.
- Fold the Thick Whisper White Card Stock at the scored lines, to create your card base.
- Adhere your gold foil layer ( I cut out the middle so I could use it on other projects, it’s an expensive item so you need to make your money go further).
- Start to add your black and white strips onto the thin Whisper White card layer. Don’t glue down, until you have placed them all on first. You start with the black strip at the bottom, next add white, then black, and so on. Make sure one of the strips is the smaller 3/4″ strip, otherwise they won’t all fit on neatly.
- Now BEFORE you STICK THE STRIPS DOWN, be sure to stamp your sentiment onto one of the white strips. The heat embossed sentiment can be added later, as you emboss onto scrap and then stick on.
- Stick down the strips.
- Emboss sentiments onto black card using white emboss powder. (Note, to use part of a sentiment, simply cover the stamp section you don’t want to use with wash tape/sellotape. Stamp in ink pad, REMOVE tape, then stamp onto card!)
- Add embossed sentiments to your cards.
- Lastly, stick on your pre coloured/cut blooms and Bow Clips.
All the products used are shown below and can be found on my online shop.