Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Paper Crafter's Library...So Thankful

Morning friends! A couple of weeks ago, I received a sweet e-mail from Andrea Walford asking me if I would like to contribute to her site, the Paper Crafter's Library as a Featured  Designer. 2.5 nanoseconds later I emailed her back to let her know that I would be absolutely honored! Here is the card I made for my time in the limelight:

I made this card with the above mentioned girly elements. I started off by cutting a 4" X 5 1/4" piece of cream card stock and scoring at 1/8" and 1/4" around the perimeter. Next I added a panel of patterned paper and sponged the perimeter with Walnut Stain distress ink. I have a method of 'flower stacking' on my cards...first the crocheted ribbon is adhered. I then start off with the largest flower (the white one) and fill in around it. After white came the homemade newsprint flower, followed by the smaller velvet hydrangea petals. The leaves get tucked under {strategically} as do the pearl and tulle accents. I like to add different types of textures so in addition to the round and square flowers, I've added a small hemp bow and Zva Creative crystal flourishes...all tucked in at the end. The sentiment is stamped on Verve's 'Flag-It' die and attached with a Tim Holtz Memo pin. The whole card is adhered to a 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" base of Early Espresso card stock.

Here's a close up of the home-made flower on the card:
(If you scroll down, there's a tutorial for making this.)

The sentiment, from Verve's Amazing Wishes set, stamped on a Flag-It die, also from Verve:

Here's a shot of the pearls, crystals and flowers:

Here are some photos of the newsprint flower making method:

I started off with a {very} old book (so sorry, Lord Tennyson!). I ripped out 8 pages and laid them over top of 3 different size Posy dies. After running that through my Big Kick, I carefully removed them from the die, but left the pages stuck together.

At this point I want to curl up the 'petals' so that the whole flower will have dimension. I take a paper piercer and place the tip right in the middle of each petal, parallel to them.

I then {carefully!} pull up the edges around the needle and crimp. I did this for all three sizes. I then pull apart the pages and start stacking.

Two large staggered, 2 medium staggered and two small staggered, layered but NOT glued. Pierce a hole through the middle of the stack and add pearl brad. 

 Lastly add a bit of Platinum Stickles to the tips and fluff.  Liquid Pearls also produce a nice look.

Here you can see the dimension of the flower:

And  a picture of the flower and it's birthplace:

And the complete picture:

Thanks for joining me today!

Stamps: Amazing Wishes stamp (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Ska vi ta en fika collection  (Ingefärsparon (bs)) Maja Design, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla card stock (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Cocoa dye ink (Close To My Heart), Walnut Stain Distress ink (Ranger) 
Accessories: Pierott A fabric flower (Prima Marketing), Chantilly Collection Velvet Hydrangeas-Blue (Petaloo), Flourish Smoke-Crystal CRB-05CB-115 (Zva Creative)
Pearl stamens & Tulle/Pearl accents (Celebrate It), Ivory Pearl Seals (Gartner Studios), Memo Pin (Tim Holtz Idea-ology), Flag It Die set (Verve~A Cut Above dies), Scoring board (Martha Stewart), scoring tool, paper piercer, self-healing mat, Tacky glue (Aleene's), Crochet Edge/Velvet Center ribbon-Olive, Hemp (Ribbon Carousel), dauber
Size: 4 1/4" X 5 1/2"
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  1. The card is gorgeous! Thank you for the great photos on how to do the flower, it is beautiful!

  2. Gorgeous card. Love the flowers. Thanks for the tutorial.

  3. Wow, I just love it when you take us step by step, through your card making process! I always learn from you. I'm very grateful for your gifts and talents.
    Dona Vogt

  4. I remember seeing this before and how you made it! The six layered newsprint flower is so pretty and combined with all the other floral elements, leaves, tulle, etc make for one knock-out card!! So well designed with all the colors, layout, and accents. Beautiful work.

  5. Just gorgeous!!! Love the detail on the flowers! So much beautiful layering and fab cluster of flowers! Thanks so much for the tutorial! Pure it!!!

  6. Wow Andrea this is frilly and full of prettiness! The text paper bloom is amazing, thanks for the how to!!

  7. Just loving that flower, Andrea!! I think I need to buy a used book to use for this purpose. Lovely use of that banner too :)

  8. Beautiful card, flower and interview Andrea!

  9. Oh my word, Andrea! This card is just dripping with perfection! Love every little detail!

  10. Это потрясающе красиво!

  11. Amazing creation. We would love to see it, at Crafting By Designs, our current challenge is Anything Goes with a Twist: Vintage Spring and/or Spring and your project is perfect. Thanks for sharing your amazing talent. Hugs,


  12. I love how feminine the plaid paper looks in this creation. And, I love the tip about the paper tool used on the flower... I have been doing all of that by hand! This should be much easier and quicker. Another winner, Andrea. Your pieces certainly deserve to be noticed and praised. Blessings!!

  13. Andrea ~ I just found your blog, and hope it is not too late for my question. Your card is AMAZING, and your tutorial INSPIRATIONAL!!

    Who makes the Posey Die that you used to create the newsprint flower? I looked through your post and even did an online search, but I couldn't locate it!!

    Thanks for your help!!



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