JustRite challenged us to use homemade flowers this week. When I have time, I really love to make my own flowers, even though I have a lot of flowers I have purchased. Also, with the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate, there were a lot of challenges for wedding/anniversary. I decided to combine all of these.
I have to admit that I had to make this base card several times before it came out with the correct folds and cuts. It was worth the extra effort. Each cake layer is actually 1½”inches tall. The bottom layer is 4 ¼” wide, the middle layer is 3”, and the top layer is 2”. Even with the topper, the cake ends up the size of a 4¼” x 5½” card when folded up. It did have a tendency to fall down so I added small strips of cardstock to the bottom of each section so they could only open 1” wide and that seemed to help. Before I added these, I embossed the whole strip with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, doing one section at a time.
Each layer has a strip, punched out with a Martha Stewart border punch, across the top to look like decorative piping. On the bottom layer I added a string of small pearls on the bottom edge. The sentiment is from JustRite’s Birthday Centers Round set and the border is from their You Inspire Me Set. I stamped the sentiment in red on white cardstock, cut it out with a Spellbinder circle die, and lightly sponged the edges with the red ink. This is popped up with foam tape on top of the border which I stamped and embossed in white on cardstock that I painted with Twinkling H2O’s. I cut it out and layered it to the right side.
On the cake top I added a decorative corner die, from Spellbinders, cut out of the same painted cardstock and tucked behind the cake. I stamped the floral heart image, also from JustRite, in red and cut it out. I colored parts of it and added it to the top of the cake.
Next came the flowers. I made the tiny white flowers using a punch. I rubbed a stylus in the center of each to bring the petals up and then glued a small one inside of a little larger one. After adding them across the top of each layer, I added red stickles to the center of each. The larger blue flowers were made using Spellbinders’ new Rose Creations die. My friend, Bonnie, has made a lot of flowers and has shown me how to make some, too. During a recent visit she shared a new technique with me that I absolutely love. If you go to her blog you can see a lot of these flowers that she has made, along with how she came up with this technique. We spent most of the afternoon cutting out the flower dies and then painting them with Twinkling H2O’s. This made them very shimmery (is that a word?) While they were still slightly damp we took a large rounded end of a stylus and pounded on them. It had this amazing effect on them. Then we layered them and they were gorgeous. I took three of the smallest blue ones and added one to each cake layer, slanting from the bottom left to the upper right. then added a white pearl to the center of each. For the final touch, I punched out several butterflies and placed them in between the blue flowers.
This card was entered in the following challenges:
JustRite Friday Challenge #053 – Dimensional Handmade Flower Embellishment
Speedy The Cat’s Friends Challenge #52 – Anniversary Card
Simon Says Stamps Challenge – Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 44 – Red, White, and Blue and/or Wedding Card
Sentimental Sundays challenge #52 – Punchy plus Sentiment
Stampin For the Weekend Challenge #8 – Wedding/Anniversary
Totally Papercrafts Challenge #63 – Weddings