Tuesday, February 15, 2011
My DIL has a birthday coming up and she asked me to make a box of thank you cards for her gift. This is going to be the first for this set.
Can you guess what I used for making these flowers? I had a couple of brown paper bags after doing some shopping, and wondered if I could use them to make flowers. I cut the bags in strips and used the Tim Holtz "Tattered Flowers" die to cut the flowers out. I used the two smallest flowers from the die for this card. The flowers were placed on the Teflon sheet and were sponged around the edges with burgundy ink, then sprayed with enough water to get them really wet. I kind of pressed them down into the ink that ran onto the Teflon sheet blending the water and color onto the flower. (Warning - you can get your fingers pretty messy, so use tweezers as much as you can.) I then "wadded" each flower up in a little ball then pulled them apart slightly and dried them with the heat gun. They were then shaped in the middle with the flower tool I always use. Black stamens were punched and added to the center of each flower. I am really pleased with the way these flowers turned out.
The design paper used is from the Graphic 45 "LeRomantique" paper pad for the background. Two pieces of lace were added to help frame the piece across the middle. A Tim Holtz "Elegant Flourish" was added then the flowers were attached. The pretty frame and sentiment are from the JustRite "You Inspire Me" stamp set. It was stamped on ivory card stock then sponged with Distress Ink. To complete the card, black feathers and burgundy pearls were added.
This is one of those times that the real card looks much prettier than it does in a photo.
The products I used can be purchased from Joan's Gardens.