Monday, December 27, 2010
This was my Christmas card this year. This flower reminded me so much of an Amaryllis -- yes, I do know that an Amaryllis has six petals, but I just had to somehow make the process of punching enough petals for 40 cards a little less tedious, so I created my own 5-petal version!
This flower is made using the new "Build A Blossom" stamp set and matching punch from the upcoming Occasions mini catalogue. As soon as I saw this set and punch, I knew I HAD to get it! It is so elegant and reasonably easy to use.
A few tips for making this card -- first, make a strip of cherry Cobbler card stock about 2 1/4" wide -- stamp your petals, then punch your petals -- holding the punch upside down and feeding your strip in from the left hand side into the punch. Next, use a bone folder to "curl" the petals. Lay your petals out on some scratch paper, and spray them liberally with shimmer mist to give them a gorgeous sparkle. To make the shimmer mist, put some rubbing alcohol into a little misting bottle -- using a dropper, add a couple dropper fulls of champagne shimmer paint -- shake well to distribute, then mist onto project. Be sure to wash your dropper quickly in water so that the paint won't be stuck inside of it.
Cherry Cobbler (8 1/2 x 5 1/2") + scraps for punching #119685
Very Vanilla (3 3/8 x 4 5/8") and (4 x 5 1/4" for inside panel) #101650
Old Olive (3 1/2 x 4 3/4") + scraps for punching leaves #100702
Cherry Cobbler #119669
Old Olive #102277
Build a blossom #121923
Baroque Motifs #113490
Blossom petals extra large punch #121808
Big Shot plus petals-a-plenty (#116824) and square lattice (#119976) embossing folders
Old Olive Satin ribbon #117292
Basic pearls #119247
shimmer spray -- made with rubbing alcohol and champagne mist shimmer paint #116806
I hope this inspires you to make something beautiful with this stamp set and punch!