Bloomin’ Hello – IG Hop & Giveaway!

Welcome back to my blog, friends! Today’s card is for an IG hop in honor of my friend Daniel! It’s his anniversary of joining the crafty community (we’ve both been at this for about a year – time flies when you’re having fun) so we’re working with a colorful, celebration theme! It wouldn’t be a celebration without a giveaway, and some generous companies have sponsored this IG hop with some fantastic prizes, so please be sure to hop along on Instagram, follow the participants and the companies, and leave comments. Your kindness means so much to us content creators. See the full IG hop line-up and our fabulous sponsors & prizes below.

Let’s get into how I made my card! I had so much fun making it. I love, love flowers, coloring, and die cutting so this die set from Hero Arts is perfect for my making style.

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I started by choosing my color scheme. If you don’t know already, many companies have monthly color or sketch challenges. For my creation, I chose to use the March 2021 challenge colors. This bright color palette fit perfectly with the theme of this card.

Background and envelope. Using’s slimline panels, I die cut one using the Moroccan Tile Slimline Die and splattered another panel with gold, metallic watercolor. I adhered the die cut panel on top with spray adhesive (a handy trick to gluing large, intricate die cuts). With so much color in my flowers, I thought a white on white textured background with hints of gold would be perfect.

On a scrap piece of white cardstock, I used the Candy Stripe stencil with Pucker Up, a Catherine Pooler dye ink. I then die cut the envelope from the Hero Arts die set. I glued the envelope together with liquid glue ensuring to leave the top unglued so I could easily slide in the florals. I added a piece of gold foil to use as an envelope flap lining. It’s not really visible behind all the flowers, but you can see little hints of gold. Lastly, I glued the envelope to my background.

Florals. Next, I die cut many flowers and leaves in several colors from the Brights Paper Pad, Warm Paper Pad, and Sherbet Paper Pad. I also cut several pieces with white cardstock so I could glue it behind the colored pieces for added dimension and stability. To bring my flowers and leaves to life, I added shading and details with a gold gel pen and a variety of the following Copic markers:

Green leaves: G05, G07, YG06
Yellow leaves: Y18, YG06, YG23
Yellow flowers: Y13, Y18, Y28
Orange flowers: YR12, YR16, YR68, R05
Blue flowers: BG05, BG07, BG11, BG13
Magenta flowers: RV19, RV25, RV29

After coloring, I arranged and glued all of my pieces in and around the envelope. I wanted the envelope to look like it was overflowing with an abundance of colorful flowers. I think it is so joyful! After gluing everything down, I splattered more gold watercolor over the flowers for some extra sparkle.

Sentiment. The last piece to my card was the sentiment. I seriously considered leaving it off because I loved it as is. After toying with the idea, I decided to add a simple sentiment. I white heat embossed it on black cardstock and adhered it with thin foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed my card celebrating Daniel! He’s awesome and I’m so thankful to have met him through crafting this year! Be sure to head over to IG and check out everyone’s cards. 🙂

IG hop details

Full line-up:
@ink.therapy.designs (me!)

Here are the fabulous sponsors (thank you sponsors!):
@ginakdesigns $50 Gift Card 
@wowembossing $15 Gift Card 
@alexsyberiadesign $15 Gift Card 
@waffleflowercrafts $15 Gift Card 
@pinkfreshstudio $25 Gift Card 
@honeybeestamps $30 Gift Card 
@thestamp_market $25 Gift Card 
@joyclairstamps 25$ Gift Card for Digital Stamps 
@concordand9th 2x 25$ Gift Cards 
@bearlyarts 1x US Bundle 1x International Bundle  
@janesdoodles $25 Gift Card 
@the_ink_stand 3x Squares or 3x rectangle or 1x Original Ink Stand 
@erinleecreative $25 Gift Card 
@scrapbookcom $25 Gift Card 
@cardsundmore 20€  

Happy crafting,

IG: @ink.therapy.designs