Saturday, April 3, 2010

I stamped again!

It has been a long time since I have stamped anything.  I have had lots of ideas, but just can't make any of them into a card.  It seems I always get 'stuck' on something and can't put it all together.

I really liked the color challenge this week on SCS - CC264 bermuda grey saffrons, so that is where I started.  I also wanted to try the dessert option to make a smooshed flower.  I had no idea how to make one, but played around until I got a half-way decent looking flower.  It was really fun to make, and adds a lot of dimension to the card.

To make a smooshed flower, punch several layers of any flower shape out of cardstock or patterned paper.  I stamped a background stamp on this one in saffron ink to give it a little texture.  Then just smoosh it up!  I curled the edges, rolled it into a ball, and just played with it until the paper was pliable enough to shape it a little bit.  You may want to take it a little easier with patterned paper since it isn't as heavy as cardstock and it may tear.  But that would be ok, too.  It would just be more distressed.  Sponging the edges after you smoosh it up gives it a nice distressed look.  Starting from the bottom up, I used my Tombow mono-multi to adhere the layers together just in the center of the flowers.  I did one layer at a time and gathered the center a little on each flower and let it dry before adding the next flower.  Gathering it brings the edges in little, making the 'petals' slightly smaller.  Use as many layers as you want, then just pop a button or brad in the center, and you have a beautiful smooshed flower!

Supplies used:
Stamps - Medallion, boho backgrounds, PTI out on a limb sentiments
Paper - Bermuda bay, so saffron, basic grey
Ink - Versamark (for medallion), basic grey, bermuda bay
Accessories - scallop circle punch, button and half pearls colored with Copics, Nestabilities, ribbon

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jimlynn said...

Lovely card! I konw what you mean about getting "stuck" brain knows what it wants to do but the rest of me doesn't! I think your card came out wonderful. Love the little flower too.

Susan Raihala said...

Wonderful card to get unstuck with!