Good Sunday morning. My paper flowers card with embossed background was made for Dare To Get Dirty Day 2 of the SplitcoaststampersDare To Get Dirty week long challenge event. This event is a special thank you to all of the fan club members who support the site all year long. Have you had a desire to be on the Dirty Dozen design team? This special week of challenges will give you tons of opportunity to be inspired and to show off your wonderful and creative projects right along with the current Dirty Dozen team as well as the alumni team members. Are you a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club? If not go here to check out all the benefits of being a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here.
Belleek Inspired Background and Frame
Years ago I was introduced to the Belleek Inspired Technique in one of the Technique Lovers Challenges on Splitcoaststampers. This technique was based on the beautiful Belleek Traditional Irish Gifts and Home Decor. I prepared an decorative embossing folder by applying in with a brayer to the top inside of the folder. Next, I inserted the white cardstock in the folder and ran it through my Big Shot. I attached the embossed layer to the card base using thin strips of mounting tape. You can see step by step pictures of the Belleek Inspired Technique tutorial.
I cut the frames using Rubbernecker Rectangle Combo #2 die and attached the three sections together on the back using double stick tape. Next, I applied thin strips of mounting tape around the back of the frame and attached it to the embossed layer.
The Flowers and Foliage
I cut several sets of the Mixable Flower Stack die using white cardstock. Next I placed Spun Sugar reinker in the lid of my ink pad to use as a palette. I I used a Color Wash technique to color the flowers. I applied a mixture of water and reinker in my watercolor brush and painted the flowers. Next, I dipped the brush into a stronger section of reinker and touched the brush into the center of the flower and allowed it to run out on the wet petals. I heat dried each flower section with my heat gun. I used this method so the flowers would perfectly match the pink on the embossed background. You can see step by step photos of this technique in my Color Wash Flowers tutorial.
I formed each flower section using my stylus and molding pad. I laid the sections face down on the pad, formed the leaves using a rolling movement with the large stylus on each petal. I turned the flower sections face up and pushed down on the center using a smaller tipped stylus. I attached all the different sized flower sections together using glossy accents to form the completed flowers.
I cut several sections of the Leaf Group and Small Leaf Group to use as the base for my flowers. Next, I gently formed the larger leaves with my fingers to add a more natural appearance.
Assembling the Paper Flowers Card with Embossed Background
I started creating a foliage base for the flowers by attaching some of the larger sections of leaves to the frame corner using glossy accents. Next I attached the flowers using glossy accents. I cut smaller sections of foliage and tucked under and around the flowers to fill in and attached with glossy accents. I finished by forming two of the round circles from the flower die, formed them lightly with a stylus and attached to the flower centers with a small piece of mounting tape.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my paper flowers card with embossed background. Please check out the SplitcoaststampersDare To Get Dirty event if you would like to see lots of wonderful projects.
I used a brayer to apply ink to the front inside of the embossing folder, inserted the cardstock and ran through my Big Shot. This technique creates such a beautiful background and is perfect to use with s simple floral arrangement like I created today. I showed a few step by step photos on how I cut in the petals of the flower to create more dimension on my Sparkly Rustic Botanicals project this past week. I let the Ornament Flourish set play double duty today by using just the pretty flourish sections of the set to embellish the flower and leaves.
The embossed layer was attached to the card base using ATG adhesive. The scalloped frame was attached using thin strips of mounting tape. The flower, leaves and flourish pieces were all attached using glossy accents. I finished the flower with a tiny white pearl in the center. This was a very fast and easy project to make yet it looks like it was lots more involved. Shhhh! You don’t have to share that information with the card recipient.
Thanks for coming by and I hope you have a great Sunday.
I used the Belleek Inspired technique to create my cream and white holly embossed background. I applied Antique Linen ink to my brayer and tolled it on the inside front of the embossing folder, inserted the white cardstock and ran through my Big Shot. I attached the embossed layer to the card base using ATG adhesive and then attached the frame using thin strips of mounting tape. I formed the poinsettia petals using my stylus and molding pad and attached the flowers together using glossy accents. I cut several pieces of pine and a two sections of the holly flourish to create my floral arrangement.
I attached a few of the pine branches to the card base using glossy accents to create a base for the poinsettia. I attached the poinsettia with a good amount of glossy accents and then tucked more pine branches and the holly sprigs around to to complete the arrange and added a pearl to the center of the poinsettia to finish. I decided I wanted to add sparkle to the flower and foliage so I applied Cosmic glitter glue to all the pieces with my finger and then sprinkled generously with clear glitter. Applying glitter after the piece is finished creates a mess but it was worth it. I love how pretty and sparkly everything is. Too bad it doesn’t show that well in the photos.
I tried a special filter setting on my camera to take a couple shots of my card and really liked how it turned out so I thought I would share it on my post. I am technically challenged with my camera so always use the basic auto setting when I take my shots. Let’s just say I was surprised when I ventured out to use a different setting and came up with something so pretty and interesting. LOL!
Good Saturday afternoon. My project today was made for the Splitcoaststampers Inspiration Challenge and Wallplatesonline was our inspiration site today. Who knew there were so many kind of wall plates to cover your light switches, etc. I rarely use yellow as the main focal color of a project. I don’t know why because I really like yellow. I was inspired by the yellow design in the Monoprint Yellow Plate. The pattern of the yellow plate reminded me of the Belleek Inspired Technique that I love so much so I decided to use it for my card. You can see my Belleek Inspired Technique tutorial on my blog here. My flowers were made using the Elizabeth Craft Bunch of Flowers 1, the frame and foliage was made using the Impression Obsession Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames and Foliage Set, and the embossed layer was done using the Sizzix Corners and Lattice Embossing Set.
I started by applying Scattered Straw ink to the embossing folder with my brayer, inserted the white cardstock inside the folder and ran through my Big Shot Express. I attached the embossed layer to the card base with ATG adhesive. The frame was attached to the card base with mounting tape.
The flowers were cut out of white cardstock and then color washed with Scattered Straw reinker mixed with water. Painting the white cardstock with reinker mixed with water allows the flowers to perfectly match the color used on the embossing folder. I heat dried the flowers, molded each one with my stylus and molding pad and then assembled the three layers of each flower attaching with glossy accents. I cut two sets of the Impression Obsession Foliage to use to create the foliage base for my flowers. I attached the foliage to the frame with glossy accents and then arranged the flowers and attached them with glossy accents. I finished the flowers by placing a small snow pearl in the center of each.
Here’s a closer view of the flowers and foliage. I think this is so pretty and elegant.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Good Tuesday morning. Today is day four of the SplitcoaststampersDare To Get Dirty week long challenge event. This event is a special thank you to all of the fan club members who support the site all year long. Have you had a desire to be on the Dirty Dozen design team? This special week of challenges will give you tons of opportunity to be inspired and to show off your wonderful and creative projects right along with the current Dirty Dozen team as well as the alumni team members. Are you a member of the Splitcoaststampers Fan Club? If not go here to check out all the benefits of being a member. If you are a member hop right on over the special challenge forum here.
I love to use the Belleek Inspired Technique when I want to add an extra element of elegance and dimension to a floral project. it works really well when using detail embossing folders with repeated pattern but can work with any folder. I especially love using soft colors of ink like the pale pink on my project today because it shows the color but doesn’t overshadow the pattern. Lay your embossing folder front side down and apply ink by rolling with a brayer. Insert the cardstock in the folder and place the front of the folder face down on your die cutting platform and run through to emboss. I love using open frames with this technique because it adds a dimensional element without covering up the whole patterned design of the background. I applied mounting tape to the back of the frame and attached it to the card base.
I have really enjoyed playing with Susan’s new line of flower dies that are sized perfectly for card fronts. I chose the Susan’s Garden Anemone set for this project. I cut two sets of petals, the flower base for the petals and several pieces of foliage. I added a pale shade of pink to the petals with a mini applicator before forming. I wanted the pink shade on the petals to perfectly match the soft background. I formed the petals with my tolls from Susan’s Garden Tool Kit and assembled using glossy accents. I used pale yellow for the center of the flower but if I had it to do over again I would have used white. The yellow seems to be out of place with all the pink and white.
I formed the foliage using the stylus and molding pad and began assembling my floral arrangement. I created the foliage base using the larger leaves and attached with glossy accents. I attached the flower to the foliage base with glossy accents and then tucked more larger and smaller leaves in around the flower to fill in the arrangement. I liked the design but felt it needed a little something to soften the foliage so I cut sections of the Leafy Branch apart, lightly formed them and then tucked them in around the leaves. I wanted to bring in one more element of pink so I lightly colored a piece of white cardstock with the pink ink and cut the tiny flowers from Susan’s Sunflower set. and attached them to the tiny foliage sections.
Thank you for coming by today and I hope you are having a great week.
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I applied spun sugar distress ink on the inside of the embossing folder with my brayer, placed the cardstock in the folder and ran through the Big Shot. I painted the flowers sections, formed them with my stylus and molding pad and assembled them with glossy accents. I scored the leaves using my leaf tool and leaf pad. and lightly bent them in with my fingers.
I attached the double matted frame to the card bas with mounting tape. I arranged the larger pieces of foliage on the card base and attached with glossy accents. I attached the flowers to the foliage with small pieces of mounting tape and a little additional glossy accents. I added a few small pieces of foliage to the arrangement to fill in. I added champagne pearls to the flower centers for the finishing touch.
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