Monday, January 25, 2010

Punched Flower Thank You

(Note - edited post to add some missing links!)
One of the things that really sets the beautiful Prima flowers apart is the petals are usually ridged from center to tip, and the petals are really curved - they have a lot of dimension. I started thinking about what I could do with some much humbler home-made flowers created with paper punches!
Punched Flower Thank You
I started with a soft green card base (Stamin' Up!) which I embossed with Swiss Dots (Cuttlebug). Then I cut a Label 1 Nestie (Spellbinders) from white cardstock (Georgia Pacific) and sponged the edges with turquoise dye ink (Marvy). I stamped a bold stylized flourish for the stems (Brocade Basics - Stampin' Up!) with muted green dye ink (Marvy). The larger flower was punched (Retro Flower - EK Paper Shapers), and then I ridged each petal three times using my Scor-Pal. Smaller flowers were punched (Marvy), I sponged all the petals (Bubblegum Pink - Marvy) and then curved them around a paint brush handle. I stacked the flowers, and added a button to the center of each with a glue dot. Hemp twine had been tied in a bow through the holes of the button. (I found this very fine twine in Michaels in the jewelry section, near the leather thongs. It comes with four colors on a card, or four sections of natural).
Punched flower close-up
I wanted some sparkle, so I used a two way glue pen to add coarse crystal glittler to various areas. I like the "sugar-coated" look of the coarse glitter. I am getting a lot better with glitter control, as I sparkled at the end of the exercise but the cats escaped relatively unscathed!
I stamped the sentiment (Stampin' Up!) in bubblegum pink (Marvy) and cut it out with a notched end to give it that banner look that I'm so fond of lately! I used a glue dot at the left and a big button with a twine bow, then I arched the sentiment panel away from the card base a bit to add dimension before adding another glue dot at the right end.

This card is my submission to Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge #23 - 1st Peter 1:23: "For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God." Since most seeds spring up in green shoots, the challenge is to use a touch of green on your card. Of course I have moved beyond seeds into fully grown paper flowers!

This card is also for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge FTTC51 - Make something inspired by the letter "P" - and I chose PUNCHES!

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  1. Gorgeous flowers!! Love your technique of these and your whole card is so cute. Great color combo :) THanks so much for playing along with us at Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges!!

  2. Wonderful image! Your flowers are so pretty. Thanks for sharing with us at SSCC.

  3. pretty, great idea for adding texture to the flower!

  4. These flowers are just so pretty, awesome job, and thanks for sharing.

  5. Love what you did with these petals on your flowers. Very pretty indeed. Pat

  6. oooOoooo! Love the sponging and sparkle! Fabulous card!

  7. My favorite seeds do grow into full flowers, so its perfectly appropriate for the challenge. What a lot of work making those flowers, thanks for the detailed description of your technique. Thanks for participating in the Stampin' Sisters in Christ challenge this week.


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