Thursday, 7 January 2010

Build a flower

I love to make my own embellishments to use on both my cards and my scrapbook pages, whilst there are lots of beautiful embellishments on the market out there, I think there is always something extra special about creating your own embellishments - they are unique, you can adapt / match them to your project (and you can recreate as many as you want at a fraction of the cost!!)  For today's project I chose to use three of the stamps from the Sugar and Spice 'love and laughter' set to make a handmade flower embellishment which I've used on this birthday card:

The Love and Laughter set is one of my favourite sugar and spice sets - to make my flower I've used both the shadow flower stamp and the overlying petal stamp.  I stamped the shadow shape onto red patterned card using crimson versafine ink, then stamped the petal shape twice onto matching pink paper. I cut around the shadow shape and the first petal shape.   For the second stamped petal shape, I cut just inside the stamped shape so it was slightly smaller.  I then inked all the edges, again using crimson and sepia versafine ink.  I then used a foam pad and placed the first petal shape on top of the shadow shape.  I then curled the edges of the second petal shape and using another foam pad placed this on top of the other two stamped shapes.  To finish I used the small circle stamp which I covered in distress stickle glitter and when dry, glued this on top to hold all the petal shapes together.

To make the card I used a red card blank, sprayed a chipboard tag with glimmer mists and inked the edges.  I cut a strip of green card and used a martha stewart border punch on both sides of the strip.  I tore a page from an old book and glimmer misted it, placing it inside the punched strip.  I then ruched a strip of ribbon and attached this underneath my tag.  I stamped the happy birthday greeting from the love and laughter set onto the tag and glued my flower and a couple of leaves into place on top.

Thanks for looking,
big smiles, Nic xo  


MARION said...

Hi Nic.
Happy New Year, hope you're not too snowed in.....
The Love and Laughter is one of my favs as well I may have to re-introduce it as it sold out so quickly.
well done on all your gorgeous projects. we love them

Nina said...

Really stunning, I love everything about it!

judith@poppy cottage said...

Love the flower, your instructions are much appreciated too. I like to make my own flowers, so I'll give this a try. Judith x

Jayne said...

Nic this is lovely. All of it. I love it.