Big Purple Bloomers Card

Big Purple Bloomers Card

Join me as we make a two-toned card with hydrangeas, crinkle flowers, and a garnish of handmade leaves!

Stamps Used

Retired Stamps

  • Big Bloomers Peg Stamp Set

Supplies Used

Additional Supplies

  • Cardstock – White
  • Cardstock – Dark Purple
  • Cardstock – Green
  • Cardstock – Light Purple
  • VersaColor Peony Purple
  • Eraser
  • Paint Pen, Gold, Broad
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • Colored Pencil – Light Green, Dark Green, Purple, and Grass Green
  • Gel Pens – Green and Purple

This week’s card was inspired by one we found on Split Coast Stampers ( I don’t have a leaf-shaped punch that would look right with the card I made, so I decided to keep that idea but make my own leaves. You can always use a leafy punch you have on hand, though, if you prefer.

Make the card base out of light purple paper (A2 cards measure 8.5 x 5.5 inches, folded). Draw a line from the top left side of the card front to the bottom right corner and then use the Crinkle Flower stamp and peony purple ink to stamp a pattern on the left triangular portion of the card base. Cut a corresponding triangular piece of dark purple paper and glue it to the top right portion of the card base. I added a thin strip of white card stock to divide the two triangular portions of the card. Set the card base aside for now.

Make three medallions to go on the card base. For the two smaller ones, I used the exact recipe of inks from the package insert, except for sage ink, which I used to edge the medallions. For the larger medallion, I used green tea ink, grape ink, hyacinth inks (not listed on the insert). I wanted the centerpiece to be mostly purple to match the hues on the card base. I also used green and purple Gelly Roll  pens around the medallions as well as a little gold-paint-pen trim. The center medallion is popped up with double-sided foam tape.

The last step for this card was sort of accidental. One day while trimming a thin strip from a round piece of paper, I noticed that the paper curled all by itself. So I incorporated this discovery when making the leaves for this card. I simply drew a circle on green paper and started trimming around the circle, cutting little bump-shapes as I cut. At the end of the strip of paper, I opened up the shape to form leaves. Then I just used the green colored pencils to draw the veins and did a little shading. Not hard. At all. And fun! Garnish your card with some clever bits of greenery and you’re done!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this graphically pleasing card (I don’t take credit for the design). It’s such fun to see a delightful card online and to put your own spin on it, making it unique in its own way. The component stamping method makes that endeavor more challenging and more rewarding, I think. I also love the fact that I can make a card that’s reminiscent of wildflowers and, with the same exact stamps and a little change of placement and regularity, I can make a stamp a formal garden!

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