Monday, March 1, 2010

Buds and Buttons

Yippee, Spring is almost here! That is cause for celebration with sample I made with the "Pressed Flowers" tulips, lots of labels and Spring Collection of buttons.
I began stamping one of Nina's Lovely Labels in pink and then die cutting with the coordinating Labels Eight. After lots of hemming and hawing I decided to use the largest of these set of dies to cut my base, just somethin' different! I cut a reverse mask so I could stamp the stems in the labels, and then popped up the tulip heads. My favorite things about this card are the two different borders: one made out of pastel buttons to match the flowers (attached with glue dots), instead of the more often used ribbon, and the grassy border made with two of the different bold leaves from the the Pressed Flowers set. TIP: Place a sheet of scratch paper along the bottom of the card, stamp the leaves across and remove to get the straight masked edge.

Here you can see a closeup of how I added just a bit of darker pink to the tulips, I was also really pleased with how adding the light pink over the yellow blended so nicely with a marker before stamping. You can also see I did not mask the leaves when masking the grassy strip, I like the overlapping with the greenery.
Thank you for visiting! Try something new this week, whether that is learning a new technique or taking a stamping challenge, try out a recipe or sign up for class, and feel yourself growing! :)
PS I am pretty bummed with how dark these photos are looking at them in the post now, wish I'd retaken them. I assure you I made it from Bright White Pure Luxury!

12 comments:

Tina Gilliland said...

BEAUTIFUl!!! love those tulips and the grass is wonderful... just like in a tulip garden!!

Casmiles said...

What a fun card - definitely springy. And I LOVE the way you used the leaves for your grass. I think I've got "fat" leaves, but will have to check them out.

Jennie said...

So pretty Mel! Love the way you did the grass with the tulip leaves...

segermom said...

What a beautiful card! Captures the spring mood perfectly!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Gorgeous spring card, Melanie! Love the labels and buttons and of course, the beautiful tulips!

Sandra said...

great card!
Hope I see them for real soon!
Sandra

Cheri said...

Mel, this is a gorgeous card and I love using the label as a card base. I was actually going to make of those the other night. Guess I'll give it a whirl and step outside my box as you suggest. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lori said...

Loving all of the buttons! The tulips look amazing in that frame.

Roxie said...

I love this card-- the colors are perfect for spring and the buttons make it pop!!!

dee marie said...

Such a sweet spring card Mel!

Die Cut Lady said...

Lovely card great way to make the flowers pop by cutting them out. I just tried this on a card today.
Donna

Vanessa said...

So pretty. Those buttons rock. . .I think I may need to make a card tonight with some buttons. Can we set up a stamp date?????