Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Little Claire April Challenge - Flowers

Good morning and I hope you all enjoyed the Easter break and managed to get lots of crafting done. This is the card I have made as inspiration for the Little Claire April digi challenge. The theme is flowers and I thought that rather than take you through how to make the card (which is fairly straight forward) I would show you how to make these lovely looking dimensional flowers. They are time consuming to make but you can make them separate to making the card and you can colour co-ordinate them to your particular project and also (because they are made with a digi stamp) you can make them any size.
Take a look at the Little Claire blog for more inspiration from my design team mates and then get crafting and enter the competition to win yourself some gorgeous digi stamps. Whilst your on the blog why not check out the new range of goodies from Trimcraft.

what you will need for the flowers:
Little Claire digi Flowerhead stamp
280gsm plain white card
Tim Holtz distress inks - Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry
Stickles Waterfall
cut n dry
glue gun & glue
water spritzer
pearl gems
clear nail varnish
Tonic ball shaping tools and foam pad

In your graphics program open the flowerhead stamp and re size to 4.7cm.
Copy and paste the flower and re size to 3.8cm and copy and paste a further two times so that you have three flowers this size.
Paste the image again and re size to 2.6cm and copy and paste this image a further four times so that you have five flowers this size.
Print these images onto the 280gsm card and cut them out.
Using the cut and dry, dab on the shaded lilac and tumbled glass distress inks (the idea is to create a mottled effect and not a solid block of colour).
Spray the flowers with the spritzer but do not over drench them (this breaks down the fibres in the paper so that when you come to shape the petals they should not crease, it also blends the colours together). When the flowers are dry the colour may look too pale so just repeat the inking with the cut n dry again.
Cut the edges of the petals into the flower as far as the inner circle of the design.
Shape the flowers from behind by bending the petals around a pokey tool or a cocktail stick.
Using a Tonic ball tool and foam, press down in to the centre of the flower from the front to create a middle.
Shade the edges of the flowers with the Picked Raspberry Tim Holts distress ink.
Paint the front of the flowers with the clear nail varnish and leave to dry (this will make the colour richer and make the flowers firmer but it wont be shiny. If you want glossy flowers then varnish them more times until they become shiny).
Dab the stamen of the smallest flowers with the Stickles Waterfall and leave to dry.
Assemble the flowers using the glue gun (you need to use a glue that will dry fairly quick as you
don't want to be holding the flowers together forever until it is set).
Finally glue a pearl in the centre of each flower.

what you will need for the card:
black paper
6" x 6" white base card
mauve/purple linen card
white pearl paper
white glitter paper scraps
Tattered Lace magazine issue 12 corner die (cut down)
Tattered Lace Essentials Circles dies No 10 & No 11
Joanna Sheen With Love die
die cutting machine
Swiss dots embossing folder
Tonic flower boot punch
white/cream organza ribbon
multi faceted clear circle gem
pearl gems
Stickles Waterfall

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