This card almost created itself. I LOVE the new Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper, so the colours were drawn from there, Wild Wasabi and Rose Red, but it all started with the flower.
I had seen my friend and fellow Crazy Crafter, Angela Lorenz's tutorial on creating her beautiful flowers with the Beautiful Bunch and Petite Petals sets and was totally inspired by her. Since I don't have the Beautiful Bunch set, I decided to experiment with the Flower Shop stamp set and Pansy Punch.
The methodology was similar in principle to Angela's but the wider petals on the flower required a change to the method of pinching the petals together. Here are the steps I took just in case you'd like to give this lovely technique a try with the Pansy Punch.
I stamped two images from the flower shop stamp set using Rose Red ink on Whisper White card stock. Then I sponged the images with Blushing Bride ink. The next step was to punch out the images with the Pansy Punch. Then, with a pair of paper snips, I made a small cut between each petal just as far as the beginning of the centre of the flower.
I stamped one image from the Petite Petals stamp set using Rose Red ink on Whisper White card stock and sponged with Pink Pirouette ink then punched out this image with the Petite Petals punch.
Using a sponge dauber, I inked all the edges of the flowers with Rose Red.
I sprayed a little water onto the back of each flower just to dampen them a little.
One at a time, I gently grasped each side of a Flower shop flower petal and squeezed together to form a sort of concertina effect (see the picture to get a better idea of this).
|Flower Shop petals folded and left to dry|
For the Petite Petals flower, I gently squeezed the tips of the petals together to form points.
Then came the hardest part – leaving them to dry!Once dry, I carefully unfolded the petals a bit.
|Before and after unfolding flowers|
Then I placed the flowers on a soft, padded surface and gently rubbed in circles in the centre of the flower with an implement with a rounded end (I used the end of pen that was smooth and round). This lifts up the petals.
|Before rubbing the centre of the flower|
|After rubbing the centre of the flower|
To finish off the centre my flower I added a coloured rhinestone that I found in my stash.
|Finished layered flower usisng Flower Shop stamp and Pansy Punch|
What do you think? If you have any questions, please contact me and I'll do my best to answer them.
Until next time