Stampin’ Up! Forever Blossoms with Video Tutorial for the Paper Players

Hey y’all – it’s Sunday, which means I’ve got another fun challenge for you from the Paper Players – it’s a Color Challenge from the talented JayDee this week and it’ll for sure jump-start your creative mojo!  I hope you’ll come and play along.  🙂

If you were able to join me last night for my Facebook Live video, I appreciate you spending some of your weekend with me!  If not, but you’d like to see the replay on YouTube…here ’tis!

The color palette for our challenge didn’t really “scream” one thing or another when I saw it – which meant it was wide open for me!  I finally decided to play with a sponging and silhouette technique – using the pretty floral from the Forever Blossoms stamp set.  Take a look-see:

And here’s this week’s Paper Players Theme challenge!  Hope you’ll join the fun and show us your projects!  I can’t wait to see what you create!  🙂

The layout is from the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

This is really easy so – I hope you’ll try it!

I started with a Whisper White panel for the card front.   From a second, identically sized, piece of card stock, I cut a Stitched Nested Label – this one is 4 1/4″ from tip-to-tip.

Using repositionable adhesive (like this one), I tacked the die cut panel to the Whisper White panel.

With sponge wedges, I sponged the middle of the opening with So Saffron.  I used Seaside Spray on the top and bottom.  Go easy – start lightly and off the edge with your sponge.  🙂

When I had the color to the depth that I wanted it, I picked up my mask and used a rubber eraser to remove the little adhesive dots.

I placed the panel in my Stamparatus and used it to stamp the big floral image from Forever Blossoms in Granite Gray.  I stamped it a couple of times to get the image as dark as I wanted.

I stamped the Forever Blossoms sentiment in Gray Granite and then added some faux stitches around the shape with my Gray Granite Stampin’ Write Marker.

I matted the panel on So Saffron for the card front.  With my Dark So Saffron Stampin’ Blend, I colored three Pearl Basic Jewels and adhered them here and there.  And that was it for the card front!

On the inside, I stamped a second sentiment from Forever Blossoms in Gray Granite on Whisper White.  I added part of the large floral image in Gray Granite – and lightly colored just the middles of the flowers with the Dark So Saffron Blend.

I used Liquid Glue to adhere the panel to a So Saffron mat and into my Seaside Spray card base, popped the card front on with Stampin Dimensionals and the card was done.

My Whisper White Medium Envelope got the Forever Blossoms image again in Gray Granite and So Saffron on the front…

…and some Seaside Spray 2019-2021 In Color 6″ x 6″ DSP on the envelope flap.

Et Voila!  Mark the day – no layering, no bows, minimal bling! – is this REALLY a Mary card?!?  Yes – ’tis!  I love how this Forever Blossoms stamp set worked for the silhouetted image – perfect without die cutting or adding any “extras” to it.  It’s just that gorgeous of an image!  I hope you like!

If you want to recreate this card – all the Stampin’ Up! products you need are listed down below along with the card cuts!

Now – before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

The Paper Players Design Team







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The Ornate Garden Early Release is now available!

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Don’t forget to write a special note in your card! This is also a great project if you have kids home from school.

Mail Cards To:

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Get the Stampin’ Up! Products Used in This Project: 

Card Cuts Used in This Project:

Seaside Spray Card Stock: 4 1/4″ x 11″ (card base, scored and folded at 5 1/2″)

So Saffron Card Stock: 4″ x 5 1/4″ (mats for card front and for inner liner)

Whisper White Card Stock:  3 7/8″ x 5 1/8″ (card front and inner liner);

2019-2021 In Color 6″ x 6″  DSP: envelope flap

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Finn Fan Fix

Finn waiting for me to get done cleaning the barn in the morning…

Are you coming in the house with me?


Oh – Nah – I’m good.

Just enjoying the morning!

And – before I go – a picture of the marigolds I started this year – they’re growing great guns in the garden

Sooo pretty!




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32 thoughts on “Stampin’ Up! Forever Blossoms with Video Tutorial for the Paper Players

  1. Such a beautiful card! Love the sponged area and the clean design!! Stunning! Well…Finn does have a nice comfy seat in the shade and he’s up so that he can keep an eye out for the intruders and squirrels…looks like the perfect spot for a busy guard dog. 😉

    • stampsnlingers

      He who owns the high golf cart is the sure winner. Pretty sure Sun Tzu said that… 😉 Thanks Amy! 🙂

  2. Susan K

    Happy Easter. Beautiful card. I love your collage cards but this single layer sponging and silhouette is warmly and welcoming.
    Finn is the poster boy for laid back and chilling out. I’m impressed with your pretty marigold! Must be that good dirt!

    • stampsnlingers

      Yes – the dirt is the real deal, for sure. Thanks so much, Susan! 🙂

  3. I absolutely am in love with this card and Finn! I’m not a fan of marigolds but this one is really pretty. Happy Easter to the Deatherages.

    • stampsnlingers

      That’s sort of how I feel about marigolds – I need them for the garden but they’re for sure not my first choice. These, though – I really love!! Thanks, Karen – Happy Easter back to the Finkles!!

  4. What gorgeous sponging and shading! You’ve nailed this technique! Lovely florals as well! Happy Easter!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks so much, LeAnne! Happy Easter to you, too! 🙂

  5. So soft and pretty! Have a Happy Easter!

  6. Gerri K

    Watched your fb live last night. I just love his card. It’s very soothing. I enjoy the live tutorials more than ever now. It’s the closest thing to getting out and visiting people.
    Hope you enjoy your Easter.

    • stampsnlingers

      Right? As close as we can get right now! Thanks so much, Gerri! 🙂

  7. You did mention the pretty marigolds in your video. They are pretty. My son-in-law loves marigolds. I usually buy a flat of them for him. He puts them everywhere. Finn does certainly look like he is enjoying the morning. I thoroughly enjoyed your video. May have to CASE this one too. Sometimes certain old techniques get overlooked in the quest for the NEW. Love this card, even though it isn’t your usual style.
    Happy Easter and Stay Well.

    • stampsnlingers

      I like these – the plain yellow or orange ones…not so much! 😉 Thanks much, Julie – appreciate the kinds words! 🙂

  8. Jacquie

    The center panel is so beautifully inked and the sentiment nestled into the perfectly placed blossom, making for a lovely design! Thanks for playing along with us at Freshly Made Sketches this week!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you so much, Jacquie! Appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  9. Judy Rozema

    The gray is such a lovely ink color, an dyour blended inks look beautiful. Thank you for joining us at FMS this week!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thank you, Judy! Appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  10. Beautiful card and a great use of both the colors and the sketch. That outline flower looks wonderful against that backdrop. Thanks for joining us at Freshly Made Sketches.

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Karren – appreciate you stopping by! 🙂

  11. Stef Perry

    Your ink blending is perfection, Mary (my favorite trick is to end up with unwanted green when trying to blend those two colors LOL!) and the flower looks gorgeous stamped across the corner of it! Beautiful card!

    • stampsnlingers

      LOL – yeah. Always a problem! There might or might not be a little green lurking in there! 😉 Thanks much, Stef! 🙂

  12. Mary
    I just love how you left the flowers neutral and showcased the colors. Fabulous CAS design, too. Gorgeous card

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks very much, Jaydee!! And thanks for taking time to come by! 🙂

  13. Joanne James

    Nothing wrong with a good CAS card Mary and this one is perfectly executed! Your sponging is beautiful and your blossom frames the panel perfectly. Gorgeous!

    • stampsnlingers

      Thanks, Joanne – appreciate you coming by! 🙂

  14. Mary, your sponging and blending is fabulous! Such a fabulous CAS card! Beautiful flowers, too! Such a great way to showcase the color combo! Have a great weekend! XX

  15. Ann Wilcox Schach

    Clean and perfect, Mary! Your sponged center is a fabulous focal point. You knocked this one out of the park for sure!

  16. Anne Marie Hile

    Simply stunning, Mary! Wowza! Absolute CAS perfection. Hugs to you and Finn!

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