Remember not long ago when petal cakes were blowing up Pinterest and Instagram? Some with rainbow icing and others with gorgeous ombre vibes… guys, I watched SO many videos of people making these, it’s embarrassing. I’m much more of a cook than a baker so I’ve never tried my hand at making my own, but recently I had an idea for creating one in card form.
You may recall last month that I created several cards with the Essentials by Ellen Stay Cool stamp set. (If you missed ’em, you can catch up here and here.) Within the coordinating die set is a simple, small arch shape, and yours truly decided it was the perfect candidate of my paper version of a petal cake. It was a bit of an endurance die cutting session, but eventually I had a whole bunch of little petals to decorate my cake (er.. card base) with.
As I said, my Pinterest searching showed me that there’s no single “right” way to arrange the petals – some show a line of petals in the same color, others alternate in rainbow order – really, there are no rules. I decided to alternate through my gold, blues and pinks, and even though I was going to create a portrait-orientation card, turned my white blank card panel horizontally so that I could ensure proper alignment. (I used a plain piece of printer paper for this panel because none of it was going to be exposed on the finished card.)
I began arranging my first row of petals along the bottom of the panel, working my way up towards the top since the ones that followed needed to overlap. I adhered the first row directly to the panel with tape runner, but as I moved on to the next rows, used skinny foam strips to add the dimension and texture that you see on a real petal cake. For all rows except the first, I laid a long skinny foam strip (1/8″ wide) down under the middle of the petals, and a regular piece of flat double-sided adhesive tape under the top. (I realize this is probably very hard to picture, but the photo above should help!) Using this combo of adhesives created dimension, but not an excessive amount and still allowed the card to fit into a regular A2 envelope when it was finished.
I covered the entire card panel with the exception of one space which I saved for the sentiment. The ‘Happy Birthday to You’ stamp from the Cake stamp set fit perfectly, and I was thrilled about this because to be honest, I hadn’t really thought of a plan B if it didn’t! I embossed the words in white on one of my blue petals, secured it to the card in the same way that I had with all the others. And that was that!
Feeling inspired to turn your petal cake dreams into a card too? Below are links to all the supplies I used. If you end up creating one of your own, I’d love to see! Be sure to tag me on Instagram at @mycraftyperspective, and in the meantime, thanks so much for stopping by!