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Cheers to Summer!

Hi everyone! I’m on the blog today with a bright, fun summer card! When I saw Pinkfresh Studio’s new Cheers design, I wanted to load up that elegant glass with die-cut flowers in saturated summer colors. I used the stamp, stencil set, and die, but a press plate is also available.

I started with two large panels of pale yellow cardstock (Simon’s Lemon Chiffon) and used Pinkfresh Studio’s LimoncelloCitron, and Bay Leaf to ombre the ink onto my backing panel. I left the bottom of the panel free of ink and used my brushes to apply color, darkening it on the way to the top.

Then, I grabbed my other piece of yellow cardstock and stamped out the Cheers stamp set with gold embossing powder. I think stamping on the same yellow paper that I did for the cardbase let the flowers stand out and kept the glass not really in the background but not competing with the blooms for attention either. I used the accompanying stencils to color everything in, using shades of yellow for the glass contents and just a touch of gray for the ice cubes. I used pinks for the straw, yellow and orange for the fruit slices, reds for the cherry, and greens for the foliage. I left the strawberry uncolored.

I cut everything and set it aside to work on those floral die-cuts. I did get all of my floral pieces colored, cut, and puzzled into place before I started gluing it all down. I stamped a flower from the Sunshine on My Mind stamp set onto the backing panel to subtly fill the background of the arrangement. I also stamped part of the sentiment before I filled the card with foam tape and die cuts.

I hot foiled on vellum with the new Berries and Blossoms press plate, using Citrine foil, for a couple of the pieces that went straight down on the card, underneath the glass. I used the Sweet Blossoms die and stencil sets for a large, beautiful yellow flower in the front, bright pink florals, and a bold turquoise stem tucked into the arrangement. I love yellow, pink, and turquoise together for a beautiful summery palette!

I used a die from the Wrap Around Elements die set with gold specialty paper. Using a small barreled paint brush, I spiraled the die-cut strip and tucked a few shiny springs into the arrangement. I wanted a little white dot for the center of that large yellow flower and used PFS’s Hearts and Stars coverplate with a scrap of cardstock for it. After I saw all of the hearts and stars that also got cut out, I had to include a few on the card. And I was done!

I hope some of these design choices have inspired you to make something new today! Thanks so much for stopping by!


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