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Mon 04

Springtime Tulips
by Anne Thompson

Today's three cards feature SPRINGTIME TULIPS, one with the Friendly Hummingbird and one with the Sofia Butterfly.  I love that these cards promise spring while we're in the middle of a Nor'easter today!  They also meet the requirement for March Challenge #47 Flower Power--cards with flowers on them.

This first card is one that was featured on March 1 when this month's challenge was introduced.


  • a circle from the CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087

I started with a pale pink notecard and added a bright pink plaid paper to the front.  I also added coordinating papers to the inside of the card, choosing pale pink prints that I can easily write a message over.

I die cut a circle from a pale pink cardstock using the Circle Basics die (the same size as the Springtime Tulips die).  I then cut both the Springtime Tulips and the Sofia Butterfly from white cardstock.

I used a direct-to-paper technique to add Hero Arts Raspberry ink to the butterfly, Hero Arts Bubblegum to the tulip blossoms, VersaFine Clair Rain Forest to the tulip stems and leaves, and Hero Arts Green Hills to the circle frame. 

I put everything together using a glue pen and added Clear Wink of Stella to the butterfly and the tulips.  I finished the card with a gold-edged light green bow.

Here's the second card.


  • a circle from the CIRCLE BASICS SET 30087

This time I used sponge daubers to add inks to the images--Hero Arts Green Hills to the circle, VersaFine Clair Rain Forest to the stems and leaves, an Archival red to the tulips and the hummingbird throat, and a little Hero Arts Butter Bar also on the hummingbird.

the third card


I went back to the direct-to-paper method for coloring the tulips, using multiple layers of the inks to get deeper tones.  I cut the inner circle from a red grid paper which I think works well with the red and green plaid (a leftover scrap from a Christmas project) on the red notecard.  I left the blossoms unglued to the inner circle this time (tiny bits of Scor-tape hold the blossom pieces in place), and added a red bow tie at the base of the tulips.

These are the dies I used:


I've started papering the insides of my cards lately.  I have so much beautiful paper that I've been collecting and have found that using the papers in this way adds to each card--a nice colorful surprise inside each one.

Happy Crafting!

Anne Signature



Very beautiful - like the butterfly very much - all cuts are great however! TFS

VERY SWEET! The Spring Time Tulips are GREAT on these cards & almost do all of the work for you! I LOVE ALL of your versions of this card! Myself, I like the Hummingbird the best! LOL Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! ;) But, BOTH ARE FABULOUS! ;)

Very pretty and the direct-to-paper method also makes these look a bit rustic and 'weathered'.

Sweet and fresh spring palettes on each of these lovely cards. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with these fun products.

These are beautiful! Love the Springtime Tulips die!

Love the cards! Nothing says 'springtime' like tulips and the colors are beautiful.

Cards are terrific, especially in this "white out" snow covering! Spring will come, just a question of when! That tulip circle die is wonderful!

Oh, they are all so beautiful!!

Love each one of your cards! The butterfly die is so gorgeous, as is the hummingbird. Spring will be here soon!!

Beautiful, the more I see the hummingbird the more I want it :)

Bellas inspiraciones.

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