It is very cold where I live — think wind chills below zero (again! sigh!). I felt the need to convince myself that spring is coming, and so I reached for my Joy!Crafts spring flower dies. With a little help from some other awesome products, here’s the card that I made —
Although it looks a bit fussy, this card was super simple to make. I started with a green A2 card base (4.25″ x 5.5″). I found a piece of very lightly patterned paper and trimmed it to make an appropriate layer (4″ x 5.25″). I used my Sizzix Textured Impressions butterflies embossing folder to add some additional dimension to that layer. I needed a doily to wrap my spring flowers, and I turned to a favorite, standard die — Spellbinders Lacey Circles. The doily that I used is actually the second die (counting the largest first). I wanted the doily to be a little softer and workable, so I cut it from a Japanese washi paper scrap that I’ve been keeping for just such an occasion. I cut my sentiment, “thinking of you”, from the green base layer (yes you can do that — really, it doesn’t show if you place it right) using an Elizabeth Crafts Design die set. That gave me the basics for my card.
The flowers were also very easy to cut and assemble. I wanted to have the appropriate green stems (even though they don’t show that much) and a bright spring flower head. To do that, I cut the entire flower (stem and head) from the green cardstocks (I used a different green for each flower — in nature it is unlikely that the stems for unrelated flowers would match). I cut a 1.5″ strip of the color that I wanted to use for the flower, and I cut only the head and the very top of the stem from that. I used colored pencils to add some more dimension to the flowers, and then trimmed the extra stem piece. I used small (micro) glue dots to attach the flower head to the appropriate greenery. Too easy!
To assemble the card, I used my 1/4″ Angel Craft Tape to attach the card layer to the card base. I folded my doily piece to begin the formation of the nosegay. To do this you’ll want to mark the center of the doily (top and bottom), and then score it approx. 3/4″ on each side of the top mark to the mark at the base (so a diagonal line). You can then fold lightly along those lines. The doily should now be in a cone shape. I kept my nosegay a little puffy or dimensional to better accommodate the flowers.
Add the flowers to the doily cone one at a time. First place a piece of the Angel Craft Tape inside the doily cone to hold the flowers in place. Add one flower of each type, keeping them rather high in this first layer. After adding one layer of flowers, I added some small strips of crimped 1/8″ quilling paper to keep the flowers from laying flat on top of one another (I used pink, yellow, purple and off-white). At this point you’ll probably have to add another small strip of the Angel Craft Tape, and then add your second layer followed by a few more strips of the crimped 1/8″ quilling paper. Finish with the final layer of flowers (add more Angel Craft Tape if needed to secure them). You’ll want to top the final layer of flowers with a glue dot or with the Angel Craft Tape to bring the top of the doily cone closer to the flowers. Add a bow to the nosegay, and attach it to the card front with Angel Craft Tape. Attach your sentiment to the card front using a little glue, and you’re finished. Here are some closer views of the nosegay —
You’ll note that I kept the nosegay fairly dimensional. The nosegay will flatten out a bit when the card is mailed (or put into an envelope), but even so some dimension should remain. Please take a look at this short video for more information on how I made this card —
Supplies available from Cut@Home
Joy!Crafts dies — 3 Flowers #2 (SKU 60020355)
Elizabeth Crafts Design — “Thinking of You” dies (SKU 719)
Spellbinders Lacey Circles dies (SKU S4-293)
Sizzix Textured Impressions Embossing Folders — Butterflies and Flowers (SKU 657597)
1/4″ Angel Craft Tape (SKU ACT1414)
Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutting and Embossing Machine (SKU 657900 )
Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine (SKU 656225)
Supplies from my stash: assorted cardstock, ribbon, colored pencils, score board, glue dots, 1/8″ quilling strips, quilling crimper, Scotch Quick-Dry glue.
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!