Botanical cards are always beautiful to my eye. This card, with Altenew’s Botanical Garden stamp set is no exception. Flowers, watercolors – yep, that’s my bag these days.

For this card I began with watercolor paper, Gansai Tambi watercolors and of course, my favorite W Plus 9 waterproof black ink. I placed the flowers and butterfly next to each other so that there was no need for masking. As that was set aside drying, I went on the hunt for the perfect match in cardstock. Of the masses I have, I did not have exactly what I had envisioned.

There are a couple of solutions. Take a marker or other coloring medium over white paper to create your match. Use a similar colored cardstock and tint it with a coloring medium of choice. Or, my choice was to use a similar cardstock and then tint it with embossing powder. I stacked 3 die cut layers of cardstock then embossed with a fuchsia embossing powder.

I adhered the sentiment and splashed a few Pretty Pink Posh Droplets across the front panel, but I wasn’t finished yet.

This card was for my friend, Julie. This woman is incredible. She organizes several (think 8ish) quilt retreats, where sometimes I quilt, sometimes I make cards, per year. You need something, she is there. In fact, she often anticipates it. Truly and incredible wife, mother, grandmother and to me, friend. That being said, she is a funny lady too. I wanted, at a minimum, to elicit a giggle from her when she opened the card. And, that I did with the perfect sassy sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs and a traditional “Happy Birthday” from Avery Elle.

Don’t forget to liven up the interior panel of your cards, too! And please remember to carve out a bit of Creative Bliss for yourself in the coming days. Thank you for stopping by!