The monthly Papertrey Ink Blog Hop is one of my favorite card-making activities. It's probably because I have such a lovely collection of Papertrey products, so coming up with a design usually isn't too challenging. This month it was really easy. Here's the inspiration photo:
First off, I'm a huge fan of black and white and gingham, so that combination was a draw. And then there are those gorgeous pink flowers. What's not to like? I have a gingham background stamp from another company which I've never used, so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to get it out. It was, however, a big disappointment. After five different black ink pads, and five pieces of paper, I still didn't have a clean image. No black and white gingham in my paper collection either, so I went digital, finding just what I needed at The Lily Pad--a gingham collection by Allison Pennington.
Once I had the gingham paper, the rest of the card came together quickly. The bouquet of flowers was stamped and die cut with the "Mixed Bouquet" set and put in a "Vogue Vase" stamped in black. I arranged the flowers in the vase and added it to a "Mix and Mat Scalloped" die cut on Fresh Snow Linen. I layered that onto the gingham, and then onto a top-folded card cut from Lovely Lady paper. All that was left to do was emboss the greeting from "Birthday Basics" on a vellum banner. It's a bit hard to tell, but the tiny pink flowers have Nuvo drops in yellow added to the center of each flower for a little dimension.
I think I'm likely to use this design again with different colors of gingham paper and any variety of flowers in a vase. Much more my CAS style than yesterday's Make It Monday card.
I'm also linking this up to Seize the Birthday. The topping challenge this round is Patterned Paper.