I've no doubt that there are several among us who feel like Spring can't come soon enough with all the crazy winter weather we've had of late.
I'm reminded of picking violets and violas in Grandma's yard. They grew wild in her side yard and the infusion of purples and yellows and white peeking from the green blades of grass was as sure a sign of Spring as the blooming of the crocus, daffodils and tulips that were sprinkled throughout the flower beds.
Our gardens are still covered in snow and are seriously lacking in the way of spring flowering bulbs.... so this project will have to do.
You'll need: images of violas, violets and or pansies in isolation Photo Shop Elements or another similar photo editing program if the images do not have a transparent background Vellum Electronic die cutting machine & associated software or sharp detail scissors to cut wreath base (white cardstock) 12 x 12 back (plain or designer paper) 12 x 12 frame (with or without glass) Gel Medium and a brush
If you need to remove the white from the images, use the magic wand in PhotoShop and delete the white, leaving only the flower image. Save as a png.
Open your cutting machine software, import the png images and size as desired. Set the images to print2cut. Check preview to make sure that you just have the outline cutting and no cutting lines inside the flower. If you see cutting lines, use the contour cut (shadow) feature and create a blackout shadow. Set the shadow to 0, so it will cut with the outline. If your software can create a print2cut outline, you can use that was well. Group the image and shadow together for ease in making any adjustments to placement before printing and cutting. Repeat with additional images and fill the mat for the size of paper you will be printing to. When you're satisfied with the size of all your images, send to the printer and cut using the machine's software instructions. This project used 3 12 x 12 vellum sheets1. Approximately 60 flowers were cut (20 images per sheet).
If you don't have a cutting machine, you can use a word editing program or photo program and set the size of the paper to the desired dimensions for the paper you will be printing to. Size and place the images as desired and print on the vellum. Cut the images using sharp scissors and trim close to the printed edges.
Cut the wreath base - I used was a 9 inch diameter circle, the center being cut out leaving approximately a 1.25 inch wide section to glue the flowers to.
Glue one of the images to the wreath of the base using the brush and gel medium - just a little goes a long way. Add additional images filling the wreath base using the gel medium Let that layer dry. Add additional images to fill in and fill out the wreath. Let dry thoroughly. Just a small amount of gel medium2 where the images overlap is necessary. The petal edges can remain loose. If your base has warped at all because of the moisture in the gel medium, place under a heavy book for several hours and the base should flatten out.
The background I chose is from AC cardstock and is the textured white. It does have a slight gray tint to it and plays well with the colors printed on the vellum.
Mount and frame as desired. I had a few images left over and used them for another project which I will share very soon.
Happy Crafting and wishing you a week filled with nurturing your creative spirit!
1 Vellum was chosen for the translucency that many dried and pressed flowers have. 2 Gel medium will dry clear and did not show through the images as normal adhesive does.
Who knew the last 4 years would fly by so quickly? He's growing up so fast and it's hard to believe that he will turn 4 next week.
He's a tall boy and this card I think will bring a smile to his face.
The animal stamps are an older set from Pink and Main, Happy Birthday stamp from Stamper's Anonymous (Tim Holtz collection) Crazy Talk.
A masking technique was used to stack the animals.. Masking is easy to do and requires stamping off on a piece of tissue paper (masking material) or even copy paper and trimming to fit the stamped image.
TIP: If there are any components on the stamp you do not want to appear, use a little bit of blue painters tape to cover those parts, ink up your stamp and then remove the tape. If you're using a fast drying ink, huff a little on the stamp to refresh the ink on the stamp.
Now, layer the mask you stamped previously and ink and stamp the next image. In this card, the elephant was stamped first. The lion second, the turtle and monkey are a combined image on one stamp and they were stamped over the mask of the lion. Pretty simple, but is a fun process. Color with water soluble pencils. In this case, I used Caran D'Arche supracolor soft pencils for this card. They do blend well, dry or wet.
A sheet of color block paper (in blues) was used for the backing on the AC smooth white cardstock base.
Birthday "season" has arrived! Looking forward to making each one a little special this year.
Thanks for stopping by. Hoping you're able to fit some creative time into your crowded days. Keep nurturing your spirit! It does much good for your mental health too.
Lots of birthdays are on the calendar for the next few months... time to buckle down and make a few more cards!
Our littlest princess turns 1 very soon. Hard to believe she was born just as the world went a little crazy last year! We've missed out on so much of her 1st year -- here's hopes for a reunion very soon.
Papers for this card are from a collection I found at Creative Fabrica. The website is one of the first places I stop when looking for themed digital images and papers.
I was even happy to find the crown was also included in the collection. It's really a pretty simple card and the eCal3 software made it a breeze to fill the name and shadow of the 1 with the digital papers -- and size it to the shape. The card is based on a cake topper I saw on Pinterest. I love that it was easy to translate into a card front and so quickly.
The shadow layer of the 1, Happy Birthday, and the crown are printed on the AC smooth white card front. I used my print template for a card and oh how easy it is to print a card at a moment's notice in the software.
A second crown with a blackout shadow and the name, Emily, were cut separately. The number 1 was cut out of plain white cardstock. The gel pen came in handy for some dots at just the right size for our cute little granddaughter. Using a little double stick tape, the number was adhered to the card front, centered over the "shadow." Pop up dots add a little dimension to the name and I also used a gold metallic gel pen to highlight the crown in several places before using some pop up dots to secure it to the card front over the printed crown.
Birthday wishes are going out in the mail today!
Hoping you're enjoying some creative time -- and if not, will set aside some time to do so in the very near future! Enjoy!
Sometimes finding the perfect gift for a guy can be difficult… However, this explosion box is adaptable to almost any hobby or interest, that when presented to the recipient, it will be most welcome. It appears to be nothing out of the ordinary on the outside… but it’s what is on the inside that counts!
This could be the perfect conversation piece for a “spellbound” book lover.
This is how your explosion box will look like when it’s ready! Continue to read this article to find out how.