It's Barbara here and it's time for another one of my Sunday Inspirations. I was watching a short video the other day showing how to make a mitered frame from a different brand of punches and I thought that could be done with the punches here. So I went to work on this card design and I know you will really love it.
Since I was starting off with a frame I wanted to show it off so I decided to attach the frame to a transparency (I used a 10 mil transparency)and I used the challenge sketch on the challenge page and all of a sudden the card design took shape. By the way make sure you visit the challenge tab located at the top of this page.The June challenge designs are posted and you have til the end of the month to post. Enter the challenge and you will be eligible to win prizes there.
Here is the my design that I came up with.
Let me show you how I designed this card and also I'd like to show you how I got those flowers to be so layered and scrunchy.
The frame starts out as a punched border. I used punch 305 to make the border.I punched out soft yellow CS and punched on the 8 1/2" side of an 8 1/2" X 11" piece of CS. I started the first punch in the center then punched 2 times to the left, then two more times to the right of the center punch. Notice I line up the punch slightly to the side of the center of the punched image.
Next I made a cut from the edge of the CS to the end of the squiggly line in punched image and then I penciled the diagonal line that I will cut on. This penciled line will become the corner of the frame.
I cut straight across between those squiggly lines all the way over to the other edge. Cut a total of 4 of these borders and they will become your frame.
As you can see, the frame is starting to take shape.
I decided to adhere this frame onto a heavy weight transparency (10 mil ).
Next, I added a card back and attached it to the transparency. In the design of the card back, I thought the card would look better if the card back at the attachment area, was mitered as well, making the card top at the attachment spot less noticeable, so,I made the card back 1 1'4" longer.The finished card is 7"X7" so I cut the CS 7"X 8 1/4". This flap will act as the hinge and support the card front. I scored that flap area at 1 1/4" from the top and attached the card front to that flap area.
Here is a picture of the card front attached to the back. You can see the mitered flap and it looks great with the mitered corners of the frame.
Next, lets make the flowers. I used punch 603, the Lotus Flower punch. I punched 4-5 flowers out and used a tool that is called a paper shaper. I also use a thick section of fun foam and I run the shaper over the flower. This shapes the flower and bends the paper up. Next I layer 3-4 of the flowers one on top of the other and that is the base of the flower. I pinch the flowers and that gives them that scrunchy look. ( BTW, I use my stamp off paper as the paper for flowers. It is written on and has color and stamped images on it but the flowers look great.)
I made a total of 9 flowers for this card. I decided to attach 3 circles to the card front and I attached 3 flowers to each of those circles. I used my Kreations Circle Cutter and cut out my 3 circles 1 1/4". This circle cutter is a crafters best friend. You can cut a circle any size up to 12". I attached the circles to the card front and here is a great close up side view of those flowers.
You have probably noticed I covered the CS with designer paper. The card looks better with these beautiful colored papers. I added a sentiment to the inside and decided it still needed something so I stamped 3 flowers onto white CS and colored them with Copic markers and then positioned these flowers under the flowers on the front of the card. I also added a rhinestone swirl to the front and it's done.
See how I finished off the underside of those flowers that are on the card front. By doing this you cannot see the adhesive holding the circles on to the front of the card.
Well that is it for todays inspiration. Hope you give this a try. It's pretty easy.
Stop in tomorrow for another post and more ideas. Oh… I almost forgot, next Saturday, we will be having a blog hop and you all are invited. It starts here at this blog. We will be awarding prizes, so stop by to have a bit of fun and a bit of inspiration and chances to win prizes. We will be looking for you,
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What a great project! LOVE it and your steps.
fabulous and gorgeous project.. and great tutorial on how to do it… thanks
How lovely the mitered corners look with that punch, Barbara! The flowers are darling! Thanks for the great ideas.
Fantastic project and tutorial!! Love those flowers!!!
That is gorgeous and amazing! Love it!