Stampin’ Up! Sweet Citrus Birthday Card for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop

It’s Thursday and you know what that means…it’s time for another Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop! Are you ready to hop around and see some great projects?

I created my card for today using the Sweet Citrus Stamp Set, Sweet Citrus Dies and the Sweet Citrus Hybrid Embossing Folder along with paper from the Dandy Designs 12″ x 12″ Designer Series Paper.

We have a sketch challenge for today’s Hop!

I have another orange-ish card for you today. Orange is my favorite color! I created a card base measuring 11″ x 4-1/4″ and scored at 5-1/2″ from Pumpkin Pie cardstock. I added a piece of the Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper in a Mango Melody square pattern and adhered this panel to my card front at an angle, following our sketch.

On a white panel I used the large fruit stamp from the Sweet Citrus Stamp Set to create an all over design or oranges using Mango Melody ink. The outline stamp was first generation stamped in Mango Melody and the fill stamp was stamped in second generation Mango Melody ink. I should also mention that I did a little surgery on the large outline stamp by cutting the whole lemon away from the stamp. I left the connectors attached to this cut off section so that I’ll be able to use the entire stamp again and it will line up perfectly on my stamp block for future use.

Once the stamping was complete on the white panel, I used Pumpkin Pie twine from the Three Twine Combo Pack and wrapped the twine around the white, stamped panel twice. The ends of the twine were secured on the back of the panel using a small amount of Stampin’ Seal. I then adhered this panel to the card front using Stampin’ Dimensionals and the panel was centered from top to bottom and left to right.

On a scrap piece of white cardstock, I again used the large fruit stamps and stamped the outline in Pumpkin Pie ink and the fill in Mango Melody ink. I wanted these oranges to appear darker than those stamped onto the white panel. Using the largest die from the Sweet Citrus Dies set, I placed this die into the Sweet Citrus Hybrid Embossing Folder. This die will fit snugly around the fruit images in the center of the embossing folder as shown below.

Next, I lined up the stamped orange panel in the embossing folder and die cut using my Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine. What’s really cool about this hybrid embossing folder is that it will allow you to die cut and emboss images at the same time!

On a scrap piece of Garden Green cardstock, I stamped two sets of leaves using Garden Green ink. I used the coordinating dies from the Sweet Citrus Dies set to cut these out.

Two of the die cut and embossed orange slices and the leaves were dry fit onto the card front, just above the wrapped twine. I partially adhered the two orange pieces together using liquid glue, then adhered the oranges to the all-over stamped panel and centered them on the panel.

A sentiment was stamped onto a Basic White sentiment label measuring 2-3/4″ x 1-1/4″ using Mango Melody ink. Stampin’ Dimensionals were placed directly onto the all-over stamped panel and I placed a double stack of Stampin’ Dimensionals on just the right side of the sentiment label and adhered the label to the card front. The label was centered over the wrapped twine and to the right of the card front. The die cut leaves were adhered to the card front and tucked under the orange slices.

The inside designer series paper mat and white panel were cut to the same dimensions as the outside mat and panel. I stamped an additional sentiment onto the inside panel and stamped a single orange slice and leaves onto the lower left corner of this panel. The orange slice outline was stamped in Mango Melody ink and the fill for the orange slice was second generation stamped in Mango Melody. The leaves were stamped in Garden Green ink. The DSP mat was adhered at an angle, mimicking the front of the card and the inside panel was adhered to the inside of the card, and centered from top to bottom and left to right.

The same orange slice was stamped onto the lower left of the envelope front using Mango Melody ink and the leaves were stamped in Garden Green ink. I added a piece of coordinating designer series paper to the envelope flap and trimmed the excess paper away from the flap to finish off the envelope.

To finish up the card I added three Brushed Brass Butterflies to the card front. I imagine that butterflies would love orange blossoms!

I love the tone on tone look of this card and I love that you can change up the fruit using the Sweet Citrus Bundle by changing your ink colors – you can go with lemons, oranges, limes and even pink grapefruit! So much fun! The Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper also goes great with these stamped images. You can grab the Dandy Designs Designer Series Paper for free from the Sale-a-Bration brochure with a qualifying order through February 28!

You can download, save and print a pdf tutorial for this card by clicking on the image below.

Let’s get back to the hop! If you hopped over from Terry Lynn’s blog, thanks for stopping by my blog! If you’re just starting the hop here, you can click on the “next” button below to hop to Amy Koenders blog and the top of the blog list. Or, you can click on any name below to go directly to that person’s blog. Enjoy!

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Products used to create today’s card are included below along with links that will take you to my online store.

21 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Sweet Citrus Birthday Card for the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop”

  1. How fun! I love how realistic your oranges look! That card will sure brighten someone’s birthday! TFS


  2. Hi Carol….those oranges are so realistic I can smell the citrus-y scent!! It was fun to watch your live and see how you created them.


  3. Okay STOP! Every time I see this card – my mouth waters! It happened while I was watching you make it yesterday and it’s happening again! I love it! And thanks for the tip on cutting the stamp – super idea!!


    1. This set certainly does make realistic looking citrus fruit! Thanks for joining my Facebook Live yesterday! The tip on cutting the stamp apart actually came from you…so thank you! I should have mentioned this on my video yesterday and failed to do so. 🙂


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