This card was created with a few items that I have not played with in a while. Sometimes I like to dig into my supplies and revisit some of my old favorites to get my creative inspiration flowing again! I also try to play around with different looks and styles than my usual feminine, clean and simple style.
This card is still quite simple, as it doesn't have a ton of embellishments, but the background makes it stand out.
I began with a Long and Skinny card base from Canvas Corp Brands. Then, I stenciled some Hickory Smoke Distress Ink over my TCW Gears Stencil. After removing the stencil, I added some Weathered Wood over the Hickory Smoke. It gave a grey-blue color that reminded me of metal gears.
Next, using my fingers and a paintbrush, I flicked on some water droplets to get the ink moving. After that was dry, Shabby Shutters Ink was blended over the top, highlighting where those droplets had been.
Then, to add just a little more interest, I also stamped some faded text using Black Soot Distress Ink.
Next, using some Lawn Fawn Circle Frame Dies, I cut out several different sizes of circles from vellum. The big circle was stamped with a polka dot stamp and embossed with some Brutus Monroe Penny Embossing Powder. I love this copper powder- it shines just like the metal!
I also embossed one of the frames to adhere around the circle so that it would make the big one stand out. The other circles where adhered in the background. They are very subtle, but the add some interest without taking away from the background.
The sentiment was also stamped and embossed in Penny, as well as a strip of black cardstock that was stamped with a striped pattern. To embellish, just a few bronze gears were added, and then a few gold sequins.
Like I had mentioned, its a different style than my normal girly cards, but I like it! It would be a great card to give to guys to celebrate and achievement.
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Not sure about you, but this paper flower trend has me totally excited. I love the look of those giant flowers! They are just gorgeous as photo backdrops, wedding decor, nursery embellishments, and party themes!
My grapevine wreath needed and update so I turned to the web to try to find paper flower templates. It was disappointing to find that most of the tutorials either wanted you to buy their template, or you had to cut all your flowers by hand.
After about three hand-cut flowers I was done!
So, taking what I gleaned from other tutorials, I made my own template on Cricut's Design Space. Guys... it is SO SIMPLE! You only need one basic shape- a circle.I have a video below showing exactly how I created my own petal shape and I also have dimensions included.
12-16 petals per flower
Petals- 1 1/2"x 2.25"
8-12 petals per flower
Circle- 1 1/2"
8 Petals per flower
Hope you enjoyed the video! I also have some photos below that show the step by step process, as well as my finished wreath.
Cut out your flower parts using the dimensions you prefer. The one I am making here is the small flower.
Take all your petals and cut a slit partway up the center, starting from the bottom. This will create two "flaps".
Add some adhesive to one of the flaps. You can use tape adhesive, glue dots, hot glue, or anything you prefer. For my photos here I used tape adhesive, but hot glue will hold much stronger. After you have your adhesive added, take the other flap and fold it over to adhere them on top of each other. This will create dimension in your petals.
Take your assembled petals and adhere them to the circle base. I like to add them symmetrically. This helps me space out the petals evenly.
Add your center to the flower by taking a long strip of cardstock, cutting fringes all the way along the top, and then rolling it up. Glue the rolled fringe to the middle and you are done!
The biggest part of making these flowers is just cutting out the pieces. Once you have the template on your Cricut it goes very quickly! I was able to make enough to cover my wreath in no time at all.
For my flowers, I used Canvas Corp's Ivory Cardstock, but you can use whatever color you would like. I hot glued them onto my wreath and then cut out a few leaves with my Cricut as well to fill in a few blank spaces.
For the leaves, I also embossed them gold using Brutus Monroe's Gilded Embossing Powder along with their Embossing Ink. Ivory and gold is such a winning combination!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and that you are able to create a ton of these gorgeous paper flowers. Thanks for stopping by!
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