Free as a Bird Meets FMS413

Freshly Made Sketches 413

A friend asked me for a card for his mom, who is in a rehab center up in the Plains States. I tried to create a card using purple as one of the major colors since it’s her favorite. I also wanted to create a card with a light, springtime feel to it, because their weather is anything but springtime right now.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the FMS413 banner, which inspired the layout of my card:

I’ll admit, this sketch intrigued me, so I’ve been coming back to it for most of the week trying to figure out what I could do. The card must be clean with lots of white space around the center focal point. Today, it hit me ~ Free as a Bird.

I’ve seen so many cards on challenges and on Pinterest using a white on white base. The cards have always impressed me with their beautiful simplicity. I’ve tried it before, and always wind up going back to add texture through embossing on the background. Today, I pushed myself to leave it just white. I only added a Highland Heather outline to the popped up layer of Whisper White. This outline adds just a tiny bit of color, which added dimension. Just what I wanted.

For the Birds and the Flowers

The Free as a Bird bundle really saved me for this card. After stamping the birds, I cropped them using the Stitched Nested Label die set. My friend didn’t really want a “get well” card. I thought the “wishing you well” sentiment, from the retired Lasting Lily stamp set, would fit perfectly. Thankfully it did and doesn’t overpower the bird and flower stamp. I’ve used the Lasting Lily set twice within the past two weeks. Until two weeks ago, the stamp set had been unused.

I used Stamping Blends for all of the coloring. So Saffron blend combo and the light Soft Suede colors were used for the birds. I used a Soft Suede marker for the beaks.

After I used the Soft Suede blend combo for the branch, I decided I needed to do something to highlight the birds talons. Therefore, I using the bullet tip of a Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker to trace the talons. Now, the birds don’t look like they are standing on stumps.

Old Olive blends combo provided all the color I needed for the leaves. In order to follow the challenge sketch, I needed something on the top and bottom on the left. After playing around and dry-fitting, I decided on two fussy cut leave sets. I really had to play around with the leaves, and the fussy cut flowers, quite a bit. Finally, I settled on the finished design. The leaves provide the up and down movement I needed. The flowers added the items to cover the three stars in the challenge sketch.

Original Thoughts

Originally, I thought I would color the birds with the Purple Posy blend combo and use So Saffron on the flowers. I tried that on one bird, and didn’t like it at all. Therefore, I started over, restamped everything, recolored all the branches and leaves. Then, I colored the flowers using the Purple Posy blend combo. Ta-da! I wanted the purple to be a pop of color, and it worked. At least it worked in my humble opinion.

I added a piece of the Bird Ballad DSP to the envelope flap. I also stamped and colored a single flower on the front of the envelope, and this coordinated card set is complete.

Since I was done, I sent a picture of the card set to my friend, and he approved.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my cards.

Have a Peachy Day!


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OR Free as a Bird stamp set, item # 149468

AND Stitched Nested Labels Dies, item # 149638

Bird Ballad DSP, item # 149592

So Saffron blends combo, item # 149557

Old Olive blends combo, item # 144597

Soft Suede blends combo, item # 147273

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 147111

Dimensionals, item # 104430

Tombow liquid adhesive (my fav!), item # 110755

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How Many Stamp Sets Does It Take for FMS398?

Freshly Made Sketches 398

This sketch challenge called for a clean card.  My clean card used Daisy Lane photopolymer stamp set, Painted Harvest stamp set,and  All Things Thanks (retired) stamp set.  I also used the large daisy punch and the leaf punch for the card.  At first, I thought this would be a #simplestamping card, but it did not turn out that way.

Here’s the sketch banner for this challenge:

Here’s the card I created:


The Process

I started with all the stamped items I would need.  Therefore, I stamped 3 sets of leaves from the Painted Harvest stamp set in Old Olive on Old Olive card stock, which I then punched out.  I used the light Old Olive blend to just ass some additional texture to the leaves.

Staying with the Old Olive,  I started stamping the ferns on the Whisper White cardstock.  

Here’s an example of the first stamping off:   

At first, I was only going to do one set of stamped off ferns. I created the triple ferns by stamping the fern, then slightly pivoting the stamp and stamping the second time, then repeating for the third stamp.

At this point I realized I would need more stamped off ferns in order for them to show behind the large daisy.  Therefore, I just started the trio stamping process to form a very loose circle.  

Finishing up with the Old Olive, I inked the sides of both the white cardstock on the outside and inside.

I stamped the inside sentiment, then the front sentiment so I could put the ink pad away.  The fewer ink pads on my desk, the better.

The Daisy

While I like the lined pattern daisy stamps from Daisy Lane, I thought the So Saffron ink would just blend into the white.  Therefore, I pulled out the So Saffron blends combo.  I started blending using the light and dark from the center out making sure none of the petals were blended the same.  

Dimensionals provided the pop between the bottom and the top daisy.  After gluing the layered daisy onto the middle of the fern trios, I dry fit the leaves, then glued them down as well.  

I added a clear faceted gem to the center of the daisy (but I am still not sure about that look).  Next on the list, placing the sentiment.

I added the burlap ribbon for a bit of contrast and texture which also anchored all the elements.  Then I created the sentiment banner and dry fit it on the ribbon.  Can I begin to tell you how stinking pleased I was that two of the punched leaves just peak out from under the sentiment.

Stamping the daisy over the inside sentiment and decorating the envelope finished off this card.  

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Have a Peachy day!


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