Stampin' Up! Simply Succulents and Pretty Perennials Happy Birthday Card

The star of this show is the perfect succulent background die, included in the Stampin' Up! Potted Succulents Dies (included in the Stampin' Up! Simply Succulents Bundle), set atop an ombre ink blended background.

Card Recipe


  • Stamp Sets: Simply Succulents, Pretty Perennials

  • Dies: Potted Succulents Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies

  • Cardstock: White, Basic Gray

  • Ink Pads: Magenta Madness, Basic Gray

  • Ribbon & Trim: Snail Mail Twine Combo Pack (white)

  • Coloring Tools: Blending Brush

  • Adhesives: Stampin' Seal+, Stampin' Dimensionals

  • Other/Optional: low tack tape (washi tape, for example)


  • Basic Supply Kit: paper trimmer, paper snips/scissors, bone folder, acrylic stamping blocks

  • Stampin' Up! Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine

  • Stampin' Pierce Mat or Stamparatus Foam Mat for stamping photopolymer (clear/acrylic) stamps (optional but recommended for clear, crisp impressions)


  • Ink Blending

Cardstock Measurements

  • Card Base: Basic Gray (5 1/2" x 8 1/2" scored at 4 1/4")

  • Ink Blended Layer: White (5 1/4" x 4")

  • Rectangular Border Die Cut: White (5 1/4" x 4")

  • Succulent Background Die: White (5 1/4" x 4")

  • Stamping & Trimming: White for sentiment


  1. Prepare your cardbase as described above

  2. With the blending brush, blend Magenta Madness ink on the white cardstock creating an ombre effect (darker application at the top while blending lighter towards the bottom). NOTE: this cardstock is oversized and will be trimmed down in a later step

  3. Use the first and second largest stitched rectangle dies together to create a die cut frame from the white (5 1/4" x 4") cardstock. TIP: you can die cut both dies together at the same time; use low tack tape to put them into place

  4. Run the succulent background die through the die cutting machine on white (5 1/4" x 4")

  5. Adhere the rectangular frame and succulent background cut together; trim some of the edges if there is any overlap

  6. Adhere the framed background to the ink blended cardstock (again, trim some of the edges if there is any overlap)

  7. Adhere the combined layers to the Basic Gray card base

  8. Stamp the "Happy" sentiment from the Pretty Perennials stamp set on white cardstock in Magenta Madness ink

  9. Stamp the "Birthday" sentiment from the Pretty Perennials stamp set on white cardstock in Basic Gray ink

  10. Trim both sentiments and adhere together

  11. Create a double loop bow with the white twine and adhere to the front of the card

  12. Adhere the sentiment on top of the bow with Stampin' Dimensionals


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  • What are the top 3 things you admire most about your favorite crafters (I'd really love to hear this!!!!).

  • Do you have a love-hate relationship with adhesives?

  • Do your cards stand the test of time or do they tend to fall flat?

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