It is a bit hard to see but the card base has been stamped with the Dictionary Stamp in Soft Suede (I sponged the soft suede onto the stamp to get a mottled affect). I also sponged the edges with Soft Suede and a Basic Black card base. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the From the Herd Stamp Set.
To create the effect above I used the Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities and dotted the colour all around the flower image starting with the lightest colour first. As you can see below I tried the technique using Daffodil Delight as well.
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