Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Rolled flowers with a hint of Mosaic embossing

At last I was able to play along with Less is More with their Handmade Flowers theme - that was definitely not one to rush! I can't say I'm particularly good at coming up with some astonishing new way of making a flower using only a butterfly punch and some glitter (!) but I do like a bit of a rolled flower so I thought I'd go with that. Come and see:


As well as rolled flowers, I used a couple of fun techniques on this card: I call the first one 'A hint of embossing'! You just put a bit of cardstock between an embossing folder and rub it with your fingers. You don't get a full impression of the embossing folder but just hints of it, and I rather like the effect. It also enables people who don't have a die cutting machine to get an embossed look. (Aaargh! I've just put my fingers in my ears to drown out the sound of you all saying that there isn't anyone who hasn't got a die cutting machine!)


My second technique is called 'Punch a stamped image with a circle punch and leave a bit of the image poking out of the top' (unless you can think of a snappier way of saying it!) Here's how I do it: I punch a circle out of a piece of vellum or acetate to use as a guide and draw lightly round it with a pencil. Using my sharp paper snips I cut round the overlapping bit and then position my punch with that bit pulled out of the cutting blade. The pencil markings can be rubbed out.


My rolled flowers were made with punched scalloped circles cut into spirals and rolled up from the outside. The beautiful coral paper is from the Epic Day designer range.

I was using the gorgeous sketch at The Paper Players today so I shall link up over there too.

Here's what you'll need to make this card
Stamps: Fabulous Florets, Four You
Ink: Early Espresso, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky
Card stock: Whisper White
Punches: 2 1/2" circle, 1 3/4" scallop circle
Other:  Epic Day designer paper, paper snips, Modern Mosaic embossing folder, stamp-a-majig
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Everyone's winding down at school and my youngest son got to see a film yesterday. Upon enquiry, he told me it had been about Cleopatra having her palace built. When she told the builders she wanted it to be completed in three months, he said, her builders laughed and said maybe they might finish the planning in that time - to which Cleopatra said that if it wasn't done she would feed them to her crocodiles. It seems that having a bit of building work done was a lot simpler in those days...!

I'll have a quick card for you tomorrow when it will be Three Minute Thursday here on my blog. Hope to see you then,

20 comments:

  1. This is so beautiful Vicky! The tip re the embossing folder is a good one....although I cannot believe that any self-respecting blog-surfer doesn't own an SU Big Shot!! LOL!! :)
    I love your rolled flowers too.....they are so pretty! I've just done a card with rolled flowers but mine aren't as nice as yours! I'm still getting the hang of them.
    xx

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  2. Very pretty Vicky-what beautiful flowers and your embossing tip is fabulous(yes,i am sure there are people who don't have a die cutting machine somewhere in the world who will be thrilled with that fabby tip!)
    Nessa xx

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  3. Love everything about this card, Vicky, including the embossing folder idea - must try it!

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  4. Very clever punching Vicky, the card is gorgeous!

    Warm hugs
    Maarit

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  5. Hi Vicky - this is a beautiful card and your flowers are perfect - I have yet to master this technique as mine ping open before I can get them glued! - Jacqueline xx

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  6. That one will be LARGE LETTER for the post then! Pretty handmade flowers and all round loveliness xxx

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  7. Lovely card Vicky, great layout never thought of using a punch like that! I bet Cleopatra didn't have to contend with building inspectors:)
    Val x

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  8. Just gorgeous, Vicky! Love the subtle color and the clever way you cut around the image for the circle. Sorry I don't have a snappier way to say that either, lol! The shadow effect of the stems is just lovely. So glad you joined us at The Paper Players!

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  9. Great card Vicky. Love the techniques you highlighted - everyone will be trying those out now! x x

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  10. So pretty and delicate Vicky, your cluster of flowers are beautiful.

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  11. Perfectly lovely! What a gorgeous CAS creation! I LOVE letting wee bits of my design poke out over the top! Beautiful! Thanks for playing with the Players and sharing your creation!

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  12. You come up with the most amazing techniques Vicky, love the idea of the "rubbed" embossing. Love the card too.

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  13. Hi Vicky
    Gorgeous flowers... Makes a fabulous card....
    Hugs Sylvie xx

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  14. Love your flowers and lovely card design :)

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  15. Stunning Vicky! And I love the softer embossing...great idea!
    Lizy xx

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  16. This is gorgeous Vicky!
    Thanks so much
    Chrissie
    "Less is More"

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  17. Such a gorgeous card and flowers Vicky....made me smile about the crocodiles...don't think it would work with today's builders though lol. :) Viv xx

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  18. Absolutely stunning Vicky! I love the rolled flowers and the clean layout. So glad you joined us this week at the Paper Players! :)

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  19. Beautiful card, love the embossing technique, TFS :) Cathy x

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  20. Hola Vicky, thank you for your share yours great techniques ideas.
    Very elegant card Vicky, great idea for yours flowers, well your card is full of great ideas :D.
    Well..i think the cocrodiles is a great motivations for work superharshly :D :D
    A warm hug from the supermelted island.

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I love reading your comments. Thank you for taking the time to leave them! Vicky x