Special Reason for a Birthday Card….

I am loving playing with the Special Reason stamp set at the moment, so much so that when I woke up at 3AM one morning last week (I have been on a month long rotation of night shifts, my body clock is complete broken by this point!), I chose to get up and make a bunch of cards with this awesome set. I manged to make 5 without too much thinking (good at 3AM) and managed to get my samples completed for my current Online Card Class featuring the same stamp and die bundle too!

Pretty Floral Birthday Card using Special Reason from Stampin' Up! UK

I have been stamping this large flower stamp in single coloured ink for a while, but I fancied changing it up a bit today. So I inked it up in Sweet Sugarplum, and then did the stamp rolling technique to add a touch of Rich Razzleberry to the tips of the petals. I’m sure this sounds more complicated than it actually is, and I am almost positive I have a tutorial video using it somewhere (HERE!), but basically you ink up your stamp in a pale colour first, and then roll the edges of the stamp in a darker colour. I would suggest huffing on the stamp before you stamp it, or even lightly misting with water, to encourage the two ink colours to blend a little, otherwise you do end up with a bit of a line where one colour ends and the other starts (as you can see on the top of my flower!)

Pretty Birthday Card using Special Reason from Stampin' Up! UK

The rest of the card is pretty simple, once again I am revisiting one of my favourite card layouts… with an embossing folder and a large boarder! And I couldn’t pass up the chance to make a card in my favourite colour… Rich Razzleberry either!  The other colour here is Old Olive, used to die cut the leaves and stamp the sentiment. Actually, I’m not sure I have mentioned the sentiments in this set yet… very versatile, and little to fit into the smallest of spaces too! Just lovely.

Question of the day: What is your favourite Stampin’ Up! Colour (past or present!)

I’m always drawn to Rich Razzleberry, I just love purple tones and I think Rich Razzleberry has the edge at the moment… I am still mourning the loss of Blackberry Bliss last June!! lol

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