Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fun Fall Cards

Happy Wednesday! I recently had some fun at my craft table making some special cards for dear friends of mine. Since I'm not quite in the Christmas mood yet (that doesn't happen for me until after Thanksgiving), it seemed like a great time to share these ideas with you.

The first card is a simple sentiment and three really fun-to-make flowers. Here are step-by-step pictures and instructions to make these flowers. I've seen these types of flowers before, and I kind of figured out on my own how to make them.

I used a scalloped punch for my flower base and pieces. A circle punch would be just as cute. You will need 5 punched circle for each flowers. One of them is the base, and the other 4 form the petals. Set the 1 circle aside for the base. Cut each of the other 4 circles in half once. Now you have 8 halves. Then fold each piece in half, then fold it in half again. If you paper is two sided, make sure you keep the right side out.

Poke a hole in the center of your base piece to make it easier to add the brad after the flower is assembled. Run adhesive over the entire base of the flower. Then attach one petal at a time, with the point at the center hole, and the widest part of your petal lined up with the outside edge of the circle. Then place the folded side of the 2nd petal right up next to the folded side of the 1st petal and keep working your way around, so that the folded sides of the petals are always next to each other and the open sides are next to each other.

Once all 8 petals are attached it should look like this.

Then use a good sized decorative brad through the center hole that you made. This keeps all of the points down nicely. Make two more and you're done! See finished card above (1st picture).

The second card I made is for a dear friend's birthday. She lives in northern Michigan and I haven't seen her in a long time. I had to try out my new Tattered Angels stamp set. I loved this owl with the curly feathers. I used bronze embossing powder over VersaMark ink for the image. I like the way it turned out. The pictures aren't quite doing it justice. =)

I dry embossed the top portion of this 5x7 card with one of my Tim Holtz embossing folders. Then I ran a little bit of ink over the raised part to make it pop a little more. The sentiment is SU.
 I added some matching paper in a couple of strips on the inside to finish it off. Then I wrote her a nice long letter to go with it. =) We need to do a better job of keeping in touch!

Have a great week!

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