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Saturday 3 August 2013

Wishing You Happiness Today And Always

Hello bloggers today's card is full of flowers and butterflies. Very summery don't you agree.  Abit of a long one today so why not grab a cuppa and put you feet up whilst you read.

This card began life as a white hammered DL card blank.  First I made the flowers using some white card stock, Staz-on ink pad black, Adirondack 'sail boat blue' ink pad and Creative Expressions 'button florals' stamp set.  I stamped out the 6 petalled flower from the stamp set three times using Staz-on black ink pad and then over stamped it with the dotted circle stamp.  These were then cut out and inked up with Adirondack 'sail boat blue' ink pad.  Next each flower was folded in half 3 times to give it fold lines in between where the petal are.  On the first flower I snipped up between two petals to the centre of the flower.  The second flower a whole petal was cut out and saved for use later on.  With the third flower two adjoining  petals were cut out and saved for later on.  You will now have five pieces to make up your flower. 

 Back to the first flower with the slit cut add a little adhesive to one petal at the side of the slit and wrap the petal on the other side of the slit over it. This will make the base of your flower.  Curve the edges of the petals over a paintbrush or skewer to give them some shape. Turn the flower over and push in the bottom so that it sits properly with a flat bottom.  With the second flower that has one whole petal cut out repeat the same gluing process as for the first one, but cut off the bottom of this flower so that it sit nicely in the first flower. Add plenty of glue into the base of the first flower and then add your second flower adjusting and rotating it to get a realistic flower effect.   Repeat this again on the third one, also remembering to cut off the bottom.  You will now be left with the two offcuts ink the back of these petals.  With the two petal off cut curve the leaves with the skewer to make it more pliable and then curve it round and add glue to adhere at the overlap.  Once dry cut off the bottom and add to the centre of the flower you will need to add more glue as you work up the layers.  Next curl the last piece of the flower around the skewer and glue together remembering to cut off the bottom once dry and add it to the centre of the flower.  The flower is now complete and was completed twice more to complete this card. 

Next I began to create my background using the same stamp set.  I stamped a leaf design randomly using peeled paint distress ink and a butterfly with trail using fired brick distress ink.  Using some patterned paper from my stash I made a mat for my sentiment using Spellbinders 'butterfly circles' die set.  I used four of the waste butterflies from this die on the corners of the card after inking them with Adirondack 'sail boat blue' ink pad I adhered them to the card blank. The sentiment was stamped using the same ink pad and using Creative Expressions 'button florals' stamp set.  It was then die cut using Spellbinders 'fancy tags two' dies set.  I inked the sentiment edges with the same ink pad and mounted it up with foam tape before adding it to the mat.  The mat was then adhered to the card blank. I then adhered the roses to the card blank.  From some green cardstock I die cut some leaves using Spellbinders 'foliage' die set.  Whilst still in the dies I inked through with black soot, evergreen bough and peeled paint distress inks on different leaves.  The leaves were then adhered to the card blank. Finally from some red vellum I die cut a butterfly using spellbinders 'les papillions' die set.  The butterfly was then layered up and adhered to the card blank.  Some faux pearls were then added to the butterfly body.
Happy Crafting xx Hazel

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