Tulips do not grow here in FL but they were a perennial sign of spring during my childhood in Michigan. I love that our florists and markets here can import tulips from all over so I still get to embrace them even if they aren't native here. They are among my favorite flowers so I they were my go-to for this challenge!
Despite being a favorite flower of mine, I only have one stamp set featuring tulips. So, I asked my auxiliary stamp coordinator--my mom--for any of her favorites. A true devotee of PTI stamps, she shared the Tulip Time set and coordinating dies and oh how pretty they are! I tried many color combinations and couldn't settle on anything until I saw these gorgeous colors at The Color Throwdown:
The Smoky Slate center panel was run through, first, with the Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies from My Favorite Things. I wanted a little interest and texture on the main panel but not bulk so I used Post-it tape to mask off a border and stamped the Burlap background stamp in the center. The tulips are a three step stamp--the solid base of the flower is Powder Pink followed by Blushing Bride and finally Crumb Cake at the base to match the two-step Crumb Cake stems--whew! That's a lot of stamping!
Once I got the hang of all those stamped parts, I had fun carrying them to the inside panel. I thought the happy birthday sentiment coordinated well with the "A Time for New Beginnings" sentiment not just for spring but a birthday is always a time for a fresh start, right? And speaking of a fresh start, the azaleas are in full swing here and spring has definitively sprung!
I hope you enjoyed my card today...be sure to pop over and check out my teammates and their fabulous spring creations at The Paper Players! Join us before our challenge ends on Friday, March 9th at Noon (PST). Thanks for stopping by!
The Paper Players Design Team