Countryside Bouquet Accordion Birthday Card

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My mom is an artsy lady who likes to paint with watercolors.  When her birthday comes around, I always try to make her something pretty and creative, or perhaps show her a new technique I’ve learned.

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I think these accordion card dies from Karen Burniston are so cool! They’re easy to put together, and the finished card looks so impressive.  You can learn more about the dies and assembling the cards from Karen Burniston herself in this video.

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For this years birthday, I used the Countryside Bouquet digital stamp from Power Poppy.  For each of the three main panels, I colored just the Coreopsis, or just the California poppy, or just the Salvia in the bouquet.

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On the back of the of one of the panels, I included a small version of the bouquet, with all three flowers colored.

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I wanted to add some trim pieces around the edges, and I chose flourish edges from the Frame Edges die set.  I cut 16 of these edges to go around the panels of my card. A tip for cutting out these pieces: run strips of paper through your xyron before cutting, and you will get a perfectly cut, perfectly sticky trim piece, with no extra adhesive clinging to the edges, and no trying to glue down tiny swirls of paper!

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After I got the trim pieces placed on my card, I ran a clean brayer over them to make sure they were stuck down securely.

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I used a combination of dies from the accordion card set and other circle dies to cut out my colored images and backgrounds.

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I once I assembled the panels, I added some additions to the back, such as a sentiment (not shown) and this sweet quote, stamped on some Basic Grey Fresh Cut Paper.

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I also made a custom envelope, using more Fresh Cut paper and my WRMK envelope punch board.

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You can see the finished card in motion on my Instagram.

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