Welcome! I started this blog because I love to craft. I dabble with scrap booking, and card making. I love bending, folding and tweaking paper. I try other crafts, too. I hope to share some projects with you.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Flower ATC's

   I made these cards a few weeks ago for the "Spring" ATC swap. I wish that I had gotten them on my blog sooner but it's spring and there is so much to do. Not to mention that I am hosting a "Fairy and Magical Folk" ATC swap. I needed to get my own cards for that swap done and out of the way, so that I could clear my studio of all that mess before the ATC's for the swap start arriving.

   The background for this card is scrapbook paper that I scanned and then re-sized. I inked the outside edges with a shade of pink that I pulled from the background paper. I made rolled paper roses from tissue paper. Since I only had white tissue paper I used chalk to color the paper before rolling it into little roses. The buds are made by only using the knot that is used to start the paper roses. The stems were made by separating embroidery floss and then pulling it through white glue and allowing it to dry on freezer paper. I finished it by tying a tiny pink bow and attaching it to the stems.

   I used scrapbook paper for the background of this card. The less than inchies were made by resizing another piece of scrapbook paper. I then cut it into little squares. I inked the edges on the card and the inchies with a brown ink pad. Then I went to my old typewriter and typed the word "Sunflower" both vertically and horizontally. I trimmed them to fit down the side and across the top of the card. I colored them with a matching chalk and glued them into place. I mounted the inchies onto pop squares, some having two layers of pop squares so that they would be lifted more than others. Then I arranged them until I was happy with the way that they looked. Then I attached them to the card.

    For this card I selected a blue piece of card stock and then used a contrasting piece of yellow for the center of the card. I then cut a strip of the same blue card stock and cut it into an 3/4 inch strip. I fringed the outside edge and then rolled it around a piece of floral wire to create the stem of the flower. Then I cut two leaves from dark green handmade paper. I covered the stem with floral tape catching the leaves against the stem with the tape. I ran a piece of matching sheer ribbon through my Xyron. This is a wonderful way to attach ribbon because it doesn't stain or show through the ribbon like glue would. Then I tied a tiny blue ribbon to the stem.

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