Birthday Card for Melissa

I like using orange for Melissa's cards because she's a Vols fiend. And she loves irises, even has an iris tat in memory of her iris-growing granny. So I threw this card together, and promptly screwed up by assembling it wrong. And instead of doing it all over again, I opted to cut the original apart and put it on a slightly larger card base, which led me to create a homemade envelope, too!

I don't remember what the cardstocks are, although the replacement base was a Bazzill--that much I'm certain of. The others came out of stash. The stamp is either All Night Media after they went mass market or PSX, and of course it's gone walkabout (it's around here somewhere!). The ink is VersaFine Onyx Black.

It's colored with Prismacolor pencils, and I think the dies are from the HA "Infinity" rectangles. I think I've said before that I'm no fan of front-of-card sentiments, and only use them seldom.

The really fun part? I even asked her advice on what to do when you've mucked up your assembly. Her answer? Cry. Well, it didn't go that far, but it was a frustrating few days of pouting over the blunder before I decided to go slightly-larger-than A2 for this one, even though it meant the custom-made envelope--which also got stamped and colored, but I don't think I photographed that.

Edited 4/8 after the iris ended its walkabout: it's an old Hero Arts stamp.

I'm entering this in the Less is More #321 "Recipe" challenge.


  1. This beautifully detailed image deserves such a striking frame - good save! Lovely colouring and an elegant design. Thank you for sharing with us at Less is More :)

  2. Wow, love this card! It's a great contrast between the delicate lines and colours of the flowers, and the bold pop of colour and strong lines of the frame. Super rescue job too - it looks brilliant! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More :)

  3. A striking and elegant card, loving the bold frame against the delicate colouring. It really makes the whole design pop and thanks for playing along with us at Less is More this week.

  4. Your colouring is exquisite Darla! The flower looks soft and delicate and oh-so-pretty. So glad you were able to rescue this as it is a wonderful creation. Thanks so much for sharing this with us at Less is More xx