Practicing Creativity

An easy to color digital stamp with impressive results and a button birthday card idea

The perfect digital stamp for beginners – digi sw flower stamp from Little Claire, UK.

This is a card for my mother's birthday. Postal rate calculations have changed in France in 2015 and anything over 3cm in thickness is extremely expensive to mail, not to mention I have to fill out a very long customs form to accompany it. As a consequence, my cards and gifts have gotten flatter. Lucky for me my mother likes a certain type of Swiss chocolate (the brand is Merci in case you're curious) that comes in relatively flat boxes. I can send this chocolate and a card (if I go easy on the embellishments) and still come in at under 3cm. You can see looking at this card, the style is definitely different than my favorite Christmas card from last year.

This card uses the digi sw flower stamp from Little Claire. This is an easy stamp to color and is the perfect digistamp for beginners. You really don't need any shading on this stamp to have impressive results. I shaded a bit on the greenery, but you don't have to.

I debated whether to add the buttons – after I'd colored the stamp it was very pretty without them – but in the end I liked the colorful, homespun look they gave it. I wanted to have the stamp large enough for the buttons, and room enough inside for a personal note to my mother, so I went with an A5 size card, bigger than I normally use. The Happy Birthday sentiment was created with the font Birch Std.

Supply List
Paper – cardstock
Digital stamp – Little Claire digi sw flower stamp
Color – Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 pencils
Embellishments – buttons
Font – Birch Std

I'm linking up with: Crafting with an Attitude #9 – Anything Goes, Crafty Girls Creations #8 – Anything Goes, Addicted to Stamps #169 – Clean and Simple, Crafting by Designs Nov. – Anything Goes, Crafty Creations #301 – Colorful, 613 Avenue Create #148 – Anything Goes, and  A Monthly Challenge #1 – Take Flight (however you interpret that).


  1. oh woow Shani

    first I love that crisp sentiment Happy Birthday on your card
    so crisp
    and second I love your CAS style
    third I loveee your coloring all the flowers
    so adorable and added the button is a great idea
    it added texture on a CAS card
    Gorgeous card
    thanks for joining us at ATSM this week
    hope to see you again next week
    hugs, Monika (ATSM DT)

  2. Thank you for sharing your cheerful card with us at Crafting with an Attitude - good luck
    Lyn - DT

  3. These flowers are so colorful and cheerful. Adding the buttons in the centers is a fun detail and adds great texture. I really like that sentiment font. (A Monthly Challenge)

  4. A wonderful image and beautifully coloured, think the buttons do add an extra special touch. I'm sure your Mom will adore it (and the chocolates!)
    Thank you so much for sharing your card with me on my first challenge - hope you'll be able to join in again next month x

  5. LOVE the buttons on the flowers!!!

  6. A stunning card Shani. Gorgeous colouring... so bright and cheerful. That's certainly what is needed here at the moment - we hardly even seem to have a day-time recently, it's just so dark all the time. Clare x

  7. Lovely and colourful. Yes, I think the buttons are a good idea, they add that something extra.

  8. WOW!! This is so gorgeous!! I love the happy bright coloring on your flowers and the buttons add such s wonderful detail to this!! :) Thanks for sharing your creation with us at Addicted to Stamps & More! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*-DT member

  9. Really like the colours in this card.

  10. I've noticed the pendulum has been swinging back from the heavily adorned cards to CAS cards and I'm sure mail rates are part of the reason. Love your card! Very impressive!

  11. Ha! I'm so lame. I had to look up what CAS meant : )

    Shipping from Canada is very expensive too so I feel your pain.

    I know I loved those chocolates! I didn't want to share them with my hubby at all! My mouth is watering just thinking about them. Mmmmmm...choc-o-laaates!

    Another gorgeous colourful card.


  12. Thanks for joining in our challenge at 613 Avenue Create this week with your gorgeous card.
    Lorraine DT

  13. ohhh, elle est bluffante ta carte Shani!! Au début j'ai pensé que c'était de la broderie et en lissant ton post je me rends compte que c'est une image digital coloriée! Vraiment très jolie, gaie et au même temps délicat, j'aime beaucoup!!!


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