Hello stampers crafters and friends thanks for joining us for the April Blogging Friends Blog Hop.   This month our theme was the color yellow.  So we all created projects featuring this multi hued shade of the rainbow.   Yellows can have a wide range of hues ranging from shade and tints although in painting this is the one color that has the least widest color range.  But in paper we have a few more that ranges from subtle tints to bold rich hues.   Here’s a look at my card today.

Special Reason Stamp Set, Special Reason Bundle, Stylish Stems Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsonstudio, Birthday card, Monocromatic Card design
My card today for this month’s hop features Crushed Curry cardstock and the Special Reason stamp set bundle.   The bundle features the Special Reason stamp set (which comes in both clear and wood mount so you can pick your favorite) and the Stylish Stems framelits.  Here’s a look at the bundle.

Beauty is in the eye of the card holder. Whether you’re using the Special Reason  stamps for a special reason, or just

to let someone know how special they are, beauty will be found.  The set features a large flower and a small one that’s the perfect size for tucking away to build layers or to decorate your matching envelope.  The sentiments are small but powerful adding to the beauty of your project.

Pair this set with the Stylish Stems framelit dies and create die-cut flowers in seconds with the Big Shot.  This set of framelits gives you a mix of open images and detailed images, these dies can cut detailed die-cuts or frame stamped images. Detailed die includes ejection holes so you can remove the paper easily.  With the dies you can make your card in a matter of minutes, much quicker than cutting out each flower by hand.

Once I stamped all the flowers and leaves using Crushed Curry Classic Ink on Crushed Curry Cardstock I wanted to breath a little life into each image.   To achieve the different tones in the the flowers I used a combination of a Prismacolor white colored pencil for the high lights, and a Prismacolor blender pencil to pull the color out a little to create a lighter hue from the high light.   Next I added a little Versamarker toward the inside of each flower and where each shadow goes out getting lighter toward the high light.  Next to create a little darker area around the most intensive shadows I used a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker, then came back and added just a little more of the Versamarker to add just a touch more shading.   Here’s a closer look at the flowers.

I started out with my Designer Series Paper.  After going through each pack of DSP I had  I came across the Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper and picked the Crushed Curry Piece.   Next I created my cardbase using Crushed Curry Cardstock cut at 4 1/4 x 11 scored at 5 1/2.   After that I took some whisper white cardstock and cut it at 5 3/8 x 4 1/8, I just wanted a very thin border.   At this point I wanted something to anchor the flowers:  First I was going to use a frame by cutting one from the stitched shape framelits and the layering square framelits, but this just didn’t work.  When I cut the frame I had intended for the stitched look to be on the frame but I cut it out wrong and the stitched part fell out.  So after the frame just wasn’t cutting it, I put the stitched rectangle on the card front just to see what it looked like and this was the answer.  I added a little whisper white mat and attached the flowers once it was layered on the card front.  Once everything was in place I added the Happy Birthday sentiment to the front of the card.  

Once this was all layered together and I had everything in it’s place I had completed my Yellow card for today’s blog hop.

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Thanks for dropping by on this Saturday, for the Blogging Friends Blog Yellow theme blog hop.   If you would like to pick up any of the products you have seen today you can pick them up in my online store by clicking here, by clicking on the shop tab above or by clicking on the product below the blog hop list.  You can click on to the next blog by clicking on the next button below or you can click on the name in the list.  I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and here’s one more look at my card today.

Special Reason Stamp Set, Special Reason Bundle, Stylish Stems Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!, #rickadkins, #rckinsonstudio, Birthday card, Monocromatic Card design

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Rick Adkins (You Are Here!)


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