Hydrangea Mother’s Day

I’m participating with the Crafty Carrot this month, Cindy Schuster kicked off March sharing details about the Hydrangea Haven stamp set and a sneak peek sample. Susan Wong shared a tutorial yesterday featuring a Pop and Twist Card. She inspired us all with her over the top card and this is my first attempt with this stamp set. Stay tuned for more cards as I learn and share from all the talented crew this month.

I began with a Gray Granite Card base of 4″ x 11″ scored at 5 1/2″. The next layer is 3 5/8″ x 5 1/8″ of Sahara Sand embossed with the Ornate Floral Folder and distressed on the outer edges. The blossom stem was stamped in Pear Pizzazz on Soft Sea Foam card stock and die cut. The pink blossom was die cut from a beautiful water colored piece of the Sand and Sea Designer Paper. I added 9 blooms with pearl centers to enhance the flower heads. The sentiment is stamped in Basic Gray from a retired set, Tea Together die cut with Ornate Frames. It’s finished off with a Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon/Linen Thread bow with a sweet tag from the stamp set stamped in Basic Gray.

When the card is opened it packs a big punch with the 4 panel pop and twist mechanism on the inside. Lots of real estate for showcasing the beautiful Hydrangea Haven stamp set. The top and bottom of the card base is layered with the same Sand and Sea Designer Paper. I attached 9″ of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon to the top and bottom before applying the designer paper to add a ribbon bow closure for the card. The four panels are Shimmer White measuring 2 3/8″ x 3 3/8″. The first was stamped with the outline image in Pear Pizzazz and Melon Mambo with the fill image in Soft Sea Foam and Rococo Rose. I die cut another layer for the blossom and applied over the stamped image.

On the second panel I applied a water color wash and stamped a sentiment in Basic Gray. For the third panel I applied a wash and stamped the small leaf image in Basic Gray second generation and watercolored in Pear Pizzazz. For the final panel, I stamped the single blossom repeatedly to create a partial blossom head in each corner and watercolored in a mixture of Melon Mambo and Rococo Rose. I then applied a wash to the remaining panel. After applying each layer to the pop out panel I splattered them with my Watercolor brush dipped in the Melon Mambo/Rococo Rose mixture. I left plenty of room for writing a heartfelt message for a special someone in my life. Hope you will consider joining in on the fun next month where the featured set will be Hey Birthday Chick.

If you need any supplies for recreating this gem, I’d love to be your Stampin’ Up demonstrator if you don’t already have a connection with someone. Just send me an email at ddebona14@aol.com and I’ll get back to you right away. Hope you have a great day!

Dacia Smith