I have been sorting my open packets of DSP, but found very little in Raspberry Ripple or Primrose Petals. Just one little piece of paper, but I do have each shade in ribbon, so managed to come up with that combination. Of course, So Saffron, Crumb Cake and white are all current colours so no problem finding them!
I was absolutely in the mood to use Flowering Fields again, knowing the blooms would fit into the panels created by a framelit from Chalk Talk Framelits. Cottage Greetings provided the sentiment, what a lovely font the birthday greeting has. Did you know that Birthday Blooms uses the same font as Cottage Greetings? More matchy-matchy! It is so handy to have all your supplies co-ordinating like that, ink & card colours, ribbons, brads and now fonts from one stamp set to another.
Now, there's a lot of talk here in Australia that they've used Australian flowers for these stamps. I'll concede that the central flower on my card does look distinctly like the Acacia (or Australian Wattle), while the flower on the right looks like a protea, which would be a South African native. Those flowers on the left remind me of wildflowers I saw growing on the Rockies in Alberta, Canada one summer. I guess I could put more time into researching what the artist at Stampin' Up!® had in mind when designing these stamps, but I'll just go on enjoying them and colouring them how I please. How I pleased today, was to use the thick end of my So Saffron marker to dab colour on the middle flower. Then I needed to mix some Cherry Cobbler and Rose Red to come up with something similar to Raspberry Ripple. I scribbled on a plastic lid with markers and then used an Aqua painter to water colour. The last flower at the very left, I mixed left overs of So Saffron with the reddish shade.
Finally, after finishing my card, I decided it was looking too clean. Thinking of the old art works by botanists, I've aged it with some Gorgeous Grunge and Crumb Cake.
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