I know what you are thinking. “Another flower set? Really? I’ve got flower stamps coming out my ears!” So do I. Which is why I totally would have overlooked this Birthday Blooms stamp set had Stampin’ Up! not given me one as a gift. Free stamps need lovin too so I pulled it out to make some cards and I fell in love.

The greetings are the perfect size and there are SO many ways to make that large flower look pretty. You can stamp it in a solid color, you can color it in or you can fancy it up with embossing. The only thing I won’t be doing is fussy-cutting it. {although you should never say never so we’ll see}

Let’s take a look at some cards made with these beautiful stamps. These are not cards that I made. I’ll be sharing more of mine with you a little bit later, but I’ve got a “style” and I wanted to show you the possibilities with this stamp set. So these are cards that were shared by Stampin’ Up! at the annual Founder’s Circle Retreat. Be inspired!!

Simply Elegant. Just emboss with gold powder. A little Mint Macaroon Lace Trim adds a shot of color and texture. I admit I’ve never taken to the messy thread background, but it seems to be quite popular and it does add just a little something. Put down a little adhesive and then swirl on some Gold Metallic Thread. My tip: Don’t overthink it. It’s supposed to look a little messy!

Bring on the Color! And texture. This card is full of it! The background is lightly stamped with the line of hearts stamp and the wooden thanks and burlap ribbon add a lot of texture. Again with that swirly thread deal! This time it’s with Linen Thread. These flowers are gorgeous colored in, but I’m so thankful they look nice enough on their own that you don’t have to do it every time. And let me just point out that this set does NOT have a coordinating framelit die, that is just a lot of fussy-cutting right there. Don’t be scared.

Now we’re getting fancy. Emboss with clear or white powder and watercolor your flower. That little dots stamp sure does make a nice filler. You can go bold with your color or softer…

You don’t even have to make a flower card. How about that fun hearts border stamp! Stamp in multi-color like on this birthday card, or keep it to red or pink for your Valentine’s Cards. Don’t forget anniversary cards and cards that say “I love you”! Now you know I didn’t make this card because I would NEVER fussy-cut out that “Happiest”. Never. But it does look nice so if you’ve got extra time on your hands…

Wait, what’s that? Black Hearts?!? Yes. Don’t they make a lovely backdrop for the main flower image?

Of course this stamp set isn’t just for cards. Use it to decorate a gift bag!

Or fancy up an envelope to give a gift card! This is why I sometimes prefer the red rubber stamps over the totally clear photopolymer. The red rubber will take the ink from markers so that you can color right on your stamp for a multi-colored image.

Do you see the possibilities? Even if you haven’t fallen in love with this stamp set {yet}, I hope this inspires you to look at the stamps you have in a new way. How many different techniques could you try and how many different style cards could you make with just ONE of your stamp sets? Give it a try!!

 

 

 

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