Thursday, March 21, 2013

Fabric Flowers

I am not one to make cards in advance and have a stockpile.  It would certainly be easier,but I like to tailor every card to the recipient. It helps inspire me as I usually struggle to figure out in my  head just what the card is going to look like.  It can take me the better part of a day just to know what I want to do - good thing I am not trying to make a living out of card making!  It would be a rough go!!
I have quite a collection of card sketches ; it might be time to put them to work instead of taking up space on my computer - what a concept!!  I think I just challenged myself!  Will see how I do with that one.........stay tuned!!

But for this card, I wanted to make a special card for a friend going through a difficult time.  And I wanted to try something out of the norm for me, so I chose an older cutting file from SVG Cuts from their 3D Flowers, Part 2,  It's called Queen Anne Lace.  I loved how light and airy it appeared and was hoping I could capture that.

I have wanted to try cutting a new material that I had been reading about -- it is a fabric paper made by Nasco and it comes in variety pack of beautiful colors.  It has been sitting in my craft room begging me to try it  -so I did!! Using a new medium is always challenging, but the Silver Bullet Pro does the hard work. I thought I would need the fabric blade, but actually was happiest with the results I got with the 45 degree blade. 

These flowers were VERY tiny (and yes I need to clean my mat!!) and they turned out very well. Teh material feels a bit like interfacing, only softer and thinner.

I turned to Paper Temptress Mica Papers for the card base (lapis lazuli card stock) and the flower stems (fairway text weight).  I love the shimmer of this line and turn to it time and time again.  It gives the cards I make such an elegance.

Here are the stems before the flowers are added


Assembly was simple but time consuming! Gluing all of those flowers on the stems  was a good exercise in patience and I can always improve in that area! Instead of doing a section and waiting, I would just keep going and inadvertently knock off a "not yet adhered flower" in my attempt to glue a new one on.  Did I learn to wait?  Nope....... I am stubborn and refused to be defeated by glue and paper, so I persisted, gluing and regluing and getting more creative with the placement of my fingers so as not to knock off any more!!  I finally succeeded, but it was definitely a learning experience!!


I used the embossing tool pictured above in the center of the stems to get added dimension in the flower.

I really like how this turned out and would happily make it again/  I am excited to do more with this fabric paper again too!   The greeting sticker is a 3D  variety that I have had for a long time. I have a wide variety of these, so you probably be seeing them in cards to come!!





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I am a mother to three and Grammy to two beautiful granddaughters and one very handsome little grandson.  Was born and raised in southern California and am happy to call it home.  I fill my days with volunteer work, paper crafting, needlework of all kinds and cooking and baking.   I am blessed with wonderful family and friends who fill my heart on a daily basis.