Hello, friends! When you see cherry blossoms, doesn’t it make you think of spring and happiness? Well, what could be more happy than rainbow cherry blossoms? I have been making a lot of rainbow-themed cards lately. And I mean, a LOT.

Supplies

Hero Arts – Cherry Blossom Fancy Dies  

Simon Says Stamp – Small Hello Die

 Pinkfresh Studio – Essentials Jewels Mix

Kuretake – Gold Watercolor Paints

Ranger – Distress Ink – Various

Spellbinders – Platinum 6

Bearly Art Glue

 Waffle Flower – Mini Media Mat

Waffle Flower – Blending Brushes

Making the Card

I have made a card using these cherry blossom dies before, and I loved it so much that I’ve been wanting to make another one. Here is the one that I made previously:

For today’s card, I started out by preparing the card base. I made a top-folding A2 card base out of off-white card stock and then splattered it with a few different colors of gold watercolor paint. I set that aside to dry and then started all of my die cutting. I cut the branch die twice from the same off-white card stock and twice from a regular white card stock. I took the white die cuts and blended two shades of brown Distress Ink over them. I wanted a little bit more variation, so I sprayed water over the ink and dragged the branches through the wet ink and let them dry.

Next I die cut the smaller two blossom dies out of white card stock enough times so that I had enough to cover the blossoms on both branches. I then blended these with various rainbow colors of Distress Ink. When I am blending color over small die cuts like these, I always put them on my Mini Media Mat. This mat holds the dies perfectly in place while I use my blending brushes. Once I finished coloring my blossoms, it was time to assemble. But first, I had to figure out how to color the tiny little buds on the branches. Because I had colored the entire branch brown, these buds were brown. I decided to use Distress Oxide to cover them since the pigment properties of the Oxide would sit on top of the brown. I used the Peeled Paint Distress Oxide color and applied it with a teeny tiny brush from my stash. That seemed to do the trick!

Assembly was pretty straightforward. I glued the brown branches on top of the off-white branches (to give them a little dimension) and then adhered those to my card base. I then glued the rainbow blossoms to the branches in rainbow order. I cut the “hello” die out of gold card stock and several layers of off-white card stock and adhered the stacked die cut to the card. I did end up creating a partial third branch to fill in the upper right-hand corner of the card, using the same method as I did for the two full branches. I finished the card by glueing jewels into the center of each blossom in coordinating colors. 

That’s it for me today. I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend, and that this card brings a smile to your face as you start your week.

Wishing you all a crafty day,

Allison

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