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Spring into Action: Nola’s View

By: Nola J. Burkhard, Artistic Guide

Finished card size 4.25" x 5.5"

Today Stampers, I am sharing with you my card for the monthly theme.  This month we were asked to use "Spring Colors" in our cards.  I chose to work with blue (representing skies) and pink (representing blooming flowers).    It seems I've been making quite a few Sympathy/Praying for You cards lately.  Here is another one that I'll send to my friend Amy as her grandmother recently passed away.   Above is a photo of the finished card and the Smooch pearlized accent paint I used to highlight the edges of the blue flower.  I think it gave it a nice finished look.  You can't really see it, but I also used the Smooch on the vanilla part of the label.

Razzle Dazzle and Thoughts & Prayers (Stampin' Up!)
Marina Mist Card Stock (Stampin' Up!)
Not Quite Navy Card Stock (Stampin' Up!)
Very Vanilla Card Stock (Stampin' Up!)
Vintage Springtime pattern paper (Stampin' Up!)
Not Quite Navy and Regal Rose (Stampin' Up!)
Regal Rose .125" taffeta ribbon
Rose red flower brad (Subtles Collection)
Punches: Blossom, scalloped border, lace ribbon border and label (EK Success)
Sticky tape

Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!)
Multipurpose glue (Tombo)
Bone Folder
Hole Punch
Smooch Pearlized Paint (Clearsnap)


  1. Using a bone folder, fold your Marina Mist cardstock in half to create your card.  Punch the right edge of the card front with the Scallop Border punch.
  2. Stamp some flowers from the Razzle Dazzle set in Not Quite Navy on the pattern paper.  Mine are quite light as I tried to make them blend in on the paper.  Scruff the left edge of the paper with your scissors so that it roughs up the paper then scruff the edge with some of the Not Quite Navy ink.  Glue that to the front of your card and if you want, take a sponge and apply more Not Quite Navy to the front of the card, getting some on both the pattern paper and card front edge.  Set aside.
  3. This next photo shows you the four punches I used.   The blossom flower on the right is the newest one to my ever growing collection of punches.  I just love the scalloped edges along the petals!
  4. Before you punch out your piece of Vanilla using the Ribbon Border Punch, stamp your words and flowers all over it  You can even make sure some are stamped on top of each other. This is called creating a small "master board".
  5. Then you're going to punch through the images on that paper to get your look for the lace ribbon layer. You'll see that you get bits and pieces of your stamped images in your border.  I really like that effect.  Once you have punched it out, thread the ribbon through the holes so that it starts and ends at the back.
  6. Take a piece of both the Marina Mist and Vanilla card stock and stamp flowers all over both, leaving the middle of the vanilla piece blank.  Stamp with Not Quite Navy on the blue cardstock and Regal Rose on the Vanilla.  Punch out the flowers and glue them to each so that the blue one is on top.  Punch a hole through the center and put your Rose colored flower brad there.
  7. Take the scrap of Regal Rose cardstock and punch out your label.  Using the same label punch and the leftover vanilla paper, punch out your other label.  Stamp your sentiment (Praying for You...) on it using Not Quite Navy.  Glue these pieces together so that each one shows.
  8. Now as the photo below shows, put sticky tape along the middle of the flower border and rub it with your fingernail a few times to loosen the tape from the red film.  Also, put some dimensionals on the back of the blossom flower.  The photo does not show it, but I also put dimensionals on the back of the "praying for you" label.  Peel off the backings of the dimensionals and tape and then press them gently into place where you want them.
  9. Now all your card needs is for you to apply a thin coat of the Smooch pearlized paint to the edges of the flower and label and you are all done.  Pretty quick and easy I'd say.

We'd love to see what you come up with for your Spring Colors theme, won't you share it with us when it's ready?  We'd also love to know what you think about our projects.  Please leave a quick comment before you go on to the rest of your day, and remember ...

Stamp, Create, Play . . . Everyday!
Hugs, Nola

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  1. Very cute. I love the ribbon threaded through it1