Friday, 28 March 2014

Mothers Day Card with Die Cut Flowers

My Mum is also a card maker so it's an annual challenge to make a Mother's Day card that will impress her.
I started out making the die cut flowers for a different project with a different colour scheme, from yellow paper, but when I started inking the edges with a dark red (merlot) ink pad they turned a beautiful dark orange, no good for the original project but perfect for this one.
I started with a cream square blank card and inked the edges with merlot, the orange basket weave paper is one of our free downloads and is cut to half a centimetre smaller than the card. I embossed a strip of cream card with the lattice embossing folder, used a gold inkpad to colour the raised parts of the lattice design, inked the edges with merlot and adhered it across the centre of the card. I die cut an ornate shape from orange card, two flourishes from gold card,  and four leaves from green card, the edges of the ornate shape are also inked with merlot, these were all arranged and adhered as in the picture.
I made the flowers by cutting the petals from yellow paper and inking them with merlot ink, the largest flower is made with 5 petals cut with the flower die from the Marianne square frame and flower set. The petals are cut almost to the centre then rolled over each other and glued, Some are rolled tighter than others with the tighter ones forming the inside of the flower. The outer petals are all curled outwards by rolling them over a cocktail stick. The smaller flowers are made using the Marianne flower die listed below. For these I cut right to the centre between two of the petals and again rolled them over each other to make tighter ones for the centre and looser ones for the outsides, again curling the outer petals over. Each of the full flowers has a self adhesive pearl for it's centre. The buds are made with a single petal rolled over itself and glued.
Finally the greeting was stamped with Flitterglu and gilded using gold flake.
Mum has received the card and is delighted with it!
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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Shaker Card with Flowers and Ladybirds

Good Afternoon!
Today I want to show you a card that I made using one of our new shaker card plastic domes. We have been selling the Hunkydory plastic domes for several years but I have always thought they were rather large, so I was delighted to find these smaller domes from Impression Obsession in the USA.
I couldn't wait to get them unpacked when they arrived, in a variety of shapes and with pre-cut overlays I thought they would be perfect. When I took one out of the packet I was disappointed at first to see that they are much shallower than the Hunkydory ones, restricting the size of things that you can put inside them to shake around. Having given it a bit more thought, I think there are plenty of smaller things that you could use inside them, like the little wooden ladybirds in this card, other ideas are table confetti, small sweets, sequins, flat buttons, punched paper shapes etc. so not as limited as I first thought. A big bonus is that you don't need to make a special envelope or boxerlope and with the latest Royal Mail charges in the UK being calculated on the size of the package including the thickness you will not incur any extra postal costs. Every cloud has a silver lining!

ladybird and flowers shaker card

So shaker cards are made easy because the plastic domes are self adhesive, just create your background scene, add your shaky bits, peel the backing off the plastic pouch and stick it over them.
I wanted to make a frame for the plastic pouch and found to my delight that one of the dies from our set of plain circle dies is the perfect size to use with the round plastic dome, I combined the plain die with a larger sized lacy circle die to make a pretty frame for my shaker centre piece. I tied a length of bakers twine around the plastic into a bow, added a die cut butterfly and a peel off greeting.  I am pleased with the final result and I like the way the ladybirds move around sometimes sitting in the grass, sometimes on the flowers.

The other shapes of plastic domes are square, rectangular, and heart shaped, and if you prefer the bigger Hunkydory ones they are available in circles and ovals.

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