Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hibiscus Thank You

Hibiscus in the state flower of Hawai'i but is also found in abundance in Florida, Arizona and other warm climates. The Hibiscus attracts hummingbirds, especially if the blooms are in shades of red. I recently purchased this Hibiscus die and have been eager to use it. My card was made for three challenges:

1. Can You Case It? #102 Sketch Challenge

2. Inkspirational #99 Designers Choice, Thank You with Something New. My "Something New" was the hibiscus die.

3. The Paper Players #277 Color ChallengeTempting Turquoise (TT), Melon Mambo (MM), Real Red (RR), Whisper White (WW)

A panel of WW cardstock was texture embossed in a brick pattern, sponged with MM ink, backed with MM cardstock and craft foam. The focal image was die cut and paper pieced with all four colors of cardstock. The center of the white flower was inlaid with TT cardstock and sponged with MM. The leaves were paper pieced in TT but then colored over with a TT marker to darken them. The Hummingbird image was stamped with MM ink on WW cardstock, die cut then backed with a lacy die cut in RR and backed with craft foam.

The sentiment was stamped and punched from WW cardstock. It was adhered to another punched tag in RR and backed with craft foam. The pieces were assembled and adhered to the TT panel. then to the WW card base. The inside of the card was stamped with a small flower and the hummingbird image, leaving sufficient space to write a note.

Techniques: Dry embossing, stamping, sponging, die cutting, inlay with die cut, paper piecing, punch cutting
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")

Participate in the challenges at CYCI102, Inkspirational99 and PP277!

Materials are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Bloomin' Marvelous, MFT All Occasion Sentiments
Inks: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Real Red and Whisper White
Marker: Stampin' Write Tempting Turquoise
Dies: Spellbinders Circles and Lacy Circles; Die-namites "Hibiscus"
Punches: Word Window, Modern Label
Misc.: Craft foam, Spellbinders Brick Wall EF


  1. Thank you so much for joining CYCI this week :) Eva

  2. Mel, one of my first card challenges with Color Dare was with the hibiscus and the die cut was so similar to the one on Cricut. Strange I had just looked at my Pinterest folder today before this was posted to take a look at that card again because I wanted to use it for the Color Challenge. Of course your has so much more color in it and the combination of colors is so pretty. It's so much fun when you can combine your one card to three challenges all purposely not just by chance. A beautiful Thank You card.

  3. So pretty Melanie! I love those hibiscus die cuts, stunning! Great card, fantastic design! :)

  4. Melanie, this is gorgeous! I love the embossed panel and the beautiful hibiscus! Your little hummingbird is perfect, too! SO happy you joined us at The Paper Players this week! You made my colors shine! XX

  5. What a great die - the flowers are gorgeous and I too love the embossed brick background. Thanks for joining us over at The Paper Players this week!

  6. Beautiful bright blooms and the layout is perfect with the Hummingbird hovering ahead . Thank you for joining us at Inkspirational Challenges. Come back next time! Marina

  7. Your hibiscus is every so pretty, and the hummingbird is a fabulous added touch! My parents have a hibiscus in their home, in northern Alberta, and oh, how I love it! Your card captures its bold red beautifully! Thank you for sharing your 'new goodies' in the Inkspirational gallery!