Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Friends Are Flowers - Card

Happy Hump Day, Crafty Friends!!
We're midway through the week and I thought I'd share with you this gorgeous watercolor flower spray card. 

I love paper flowers! Especially the very dimensional ones. They're absolutely gorgeous but can set you back more than a few dollars and usually the large blooms only come 2 per pack! Not very pocketbook friendly.

So, today I'll show you how you can make your own  big gorgeous blooms by using Eileen Hull's Flower Layers Die w/ Heart Petals Die!

Supplies Used
Eileen Hull's Flower Layers w/ Heart Petals Die (Sizzix)
Lynda Kanase's Photo Banner Dies (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz's Tropical Dies (Sizzix)
Tim Holtz's Labels Dies (Sizzix)
Blue China Stack (DCWV)
Corrugated Cards (DCWV)
Black, White, Cream Stack (DCWV)
Mega Runner (Xyron)
Black Adhesive Rhinestones (Heidi Swapp)
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink (Imagine Crafts/ Tsukineko)
Clean Color Real Brush Marker- Deep Blue (Zig/ Kuretake)
Metal Butterfly (Prima)
Fabri Tac
Heat Gun
I started by first cutting multiple flowers from white cardstock using Eileen's Flower Layer die. 

Then stacked them together and made a cut toward the center hole (about a 1/4" away from the hole). 

I used my Clean Color Real Brush Marker in Deep Blue to draw lines onto the tips of the petals and along the centers of each flower/

Using a water brush I blended out the color across the petal and down toward the centers.

 While the petals are still damp from watercoloring them, I folded creases into each petal.

I sped up the drying time and made the creases firm and permanent by drying them with a heat tool .

For the "finished" large flower, I used 2 large, 1 medium, and 2 small flowers.
For the smaller flowers, I used 1 medium and two small flowers.

I layered the flowers together and and adhered together using a clear liquid adhesive. Then added self adhesive black rhinestones for the centers of each flower.

 I wanted my cardbase to be this corrugated card. I love the natural brown of the corrugate and the funky texture it adds. But because If all the added texture, I needed some pretty heavy duty adhesive. 

Using liquid glue would've seeped through the groove, so instead I used my Creative Station Lite to attach my background paper onto the corrugate paper.

Once down, I used a light touch of clear liquid adhesive to attach the leaves, branches, and stems.

Then added the blooms over the layered leaves.

 I stamped my sentiment in black ink and onto labels that I popped up with foam adhesive. Then attached it onto my card front. 

Then, I attached a metal butterfly in the lower right hand corner.

And here is my finished card!!

Close up of the spray

This are like flowers...
Awww, this is such a sweet sentiment!

Every garden need butterflies, right?!!

You can really see how much dimension and texture there is in this card!

I really hope this project has inspired you to build and create your own paper flowers!
They are so much fun to make!! And the results... Stunning!!

Happy Flower Making!!
~ Mitsy

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