Thursday, March 15, 2012

Flourishes March Release Noon-Time Challenge: Front and Back


Are you ready for another challenge?

HOW TO PLAY: To play in the “front” and “back” challenge, all you need to do is use the same image in the foreground for your main image as you use in the background! Have a beautiful focal image? Why not use that same stamp as a subtle background? The way you take on this challenge is up to you – just make sure you can see the same image in the foreground and background of your creation! If you upload to a gallery, please use the keyword FLLCMARRW2. Entries must be in before Friday, March 16 at 5PM EST. To enter, make sure you link up your creation over on the Front and Back Challenge post over on the Flourishes blog using the Inlinkz widget!

Get all the details at the
Flourishes Blog.


I love to use Versamark on Kraft card stock so that’s what I did. It’s subtle but definitely there, and darkens up a bit after you stamp it. So, my card base was made with Classic White card stock, then I added a green layer, and finally my Versamark-stamped Kraft layer. After the Versamark dried, I overstamped my sentiment with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and added some tiny pearls as accents.

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I added a bow with this
cotton linen ribbon and then popped up my colored image on foam dots. My focal image is the second flower in the new Botanical Bookplate Vol 1 set, snowdrops. I have some of these and I love it when they bloom—they say that Spring can’t be far behind. I stamped it with Memento Rich Cocoa ink, colored it with these Copic collections…

Evergreen Collection:


Warm Neutrals Collection:


Robin’s Egg Collection:

Robin's Egg Collection

… and cut it out with the new Tailor-Made Classic Bookplate Template die.

Bookplate Die Packaging Front


On the inside, I stamped the same image I used on the background once, and over stamped with another sentiment from the set.


Here’s a close up of that.


And that’s all for me today! Hope to see you back tomorrow for the final sneak of Flourishes March release!

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Stamps: Botanical Bookplate Vol. 1 (Flourishes)
Paper: Classic White (Flourishes); Kraft, Old Olive (SU!)
Ink: Versamark; Memento Rich Cocoa
Grand Calibur machine, Tailor Made Classic Bookplate Template die (Spellbinders); Copic markers, pearls, ribbon, foam dots




  1. I LOVE this look. Very subtle and just lovely. Thank you for your idea, I'm sure to be scraplifting this one!

  2. what a lovely card I love the green ribbon and you instructions are easy to follow thank you,looking fordward to folling your blog
    Ita from Ireland

  3. Hi Barbara,

    I love every card that you have posted in this page....
    however my favorite is the one with the Peonies wreath and "I love you mom" sentiment. It is AWESOME !
    I loved the combinations of colors....Fantastic! I would like to thank you not only for the inspiration, but for the chance to win this stamp.


    María Alba Negrón
    San Juan, Puerto Rico

  4. Okay .... I feel a "need" coming on here. LOVE this bookplate stamp ... the die ... the entire creation. It's totally wonderful, Barbara!


  5. Love this very sweet, clean and simple card!

  6. Very pretty, great idea for this challenge also.

  7. This is such a stunning card in it's simple design with the pop of green! That is such a gorgeous ribbon...going to have to hunt that down - lol!

  8. Beautiful card!

  9. Very pretty Barbara. So soft and delicate feeling.

  10. Oh I love the stamping on the kraft Barbara. Really has that feeling of spring!

  11. Beautiful card. Love this new die and your choice of colors.

  12. Beautiful card. I love this stamp!

  13. Beautiful card. I'm loving the new Botanical Bookplates set!


  14. Love this one too! Am I sounding like a broken record? I will have to use this look for sure. We have a sketch coming up for FTTC that this will be perfect for. ;)


  15. Love how fresh and clean this is, Barb! Sooooo pretty!

  16. Gorgeous card, girlfriend! LOVE the softness of the green ribbon against the kraft cardstock!


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