Thursday, February 28, 2013

Vellum Flowers Tutorial.

Hi everyone! Some of you might have already seen my first tutorial on the Flourishes blog, but here it is now on my blog too!

You know that I love using vellum on my cards and I'm now happy to show you my first tutorial! I will teach you how to add vellum layered flowers to your work. Here's first all you will need when making your card: vellum, white cardstock, black Memento ink, white embossing powder, a heat tool, a Versa Mark pad, scissors, foam pads, markers and a stamp. I chose the biggest stamp from the beautiful Winter Blossoms set.

If you have an electronic cutting tool, you can use it to cut your image. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut this image. After it is cut, leave it on the cutting mat and stamp it. You can now take your image and color it. You don't have to color the three biggest flowers that will be later covered with vellum.

My image was colored with the following Copic markers:

Copic Sketch Lenten Rose CollectionCopic Sketch Candy Pink Collection
Green GrassCopic Sketch OLIVE GREEN Collection

Take then your vellum and stamp your image with the Versa Mark pad. Emboss it with white embossing powder and heat it.  Make this step twice.

Once you have two nicely white embossed images, you will have to fussy cut the flowers you want to use for your project. Be here very careful not to cut the white embossed edges of the flowers. You can keep the flowers of the first layer together. 

You have now 6 nice vellum flowers. I usually put a brad, pearls or rhinestones in the middle of three of them. Here I chose to add some silver tiny glass beads. I first put some glossy accents in the middle of the flowers and then added the beads. Let them dry and then just add a foam pad in the middle of the flowers and adhere them to the first layer. This will give them a beautiful 3-D effect.

And now you will have to adhere the layered vellum flowers to your first stamped and colored image. I usually put some glue dots, but any glue should be fine. Remember to put the dots in the middle of the flowers so they won't be seen.

And here's now the card embellished with seam bindings and twine. I used the same stamp to make the pink stamped background. I added a cute little tag and a fourth vellum flower on the bow. The tag is made with one of the classic tags die set and the sentiment is from the Tiny Flowers and Tags set.

I hope this tutorial gets you excited about using vellum on your cards or creations. I just love the soft look it creates with almost any kind of image. Thanks for joining me today!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Happy Birthday Jan Marie!

Today, February 25th, Jan Marie Caruso, the fearless and creative force behind Flourishes, is another year older... what a wonderful thing to celebrate!

I wish I would have been able to join the team and make a card for the hop... but I'm still happy to show you now the card I made for her! You can also join all of us and simply be inspired by the photo below and create a card for Jan. One randomly drawn winner will get a 25 dollars gift certificate to the Flourishes store, just for playing along!

Jan may be the head of this company but one thing she doesn't get a ton of is happy mail from customers using her stamps. Let's change that for her birthday and flood her with some creative "love" by sending her your Berry Sweet Birthday Blog Hop creations! Here's the address so you can pop them in the mail!

Jan Marie Caruso
4140 Lyric Lane
Pensacola, FL 32514

Don't forget to link your creation here. And here's my card:

I wanted to make a card with vellum and so I chose one of my favorite stamp set, Hearts & Flowers. I added a few layers under the vellum flowers. The yellow stamped layer is made with the Love and Lace set. The sentiment on the tag is from the Mix-n-Mugs set.

Happy Birthday Jan Marie!! I wish you a wonderful day!! Big hugs!

Monday, February 4, 2013

February Beautiful World Tour.

Beautiful World Graphic

Hello Everyone and welcome to the February Beautiful World Tour! Once again, it's time to get those passports ready, grab a cup of coffee and prepare to travel the world! Iwona is our hostess this month and she made us a beautiful sketch for inspiration!

Did you know that your travels around the Flourishes World gives you the opportunity to Win a free FLOURISHES STAMP SET?? All we ask is that you leave a comment on each one by February 28th for your chance to win!!

If you've jetted in from Dina's blog, then you have arrived at the right destination! If you haven't, perhaps you'd like to start your journey back in Florida at the Flourishes Blog so you don't miss all the beautiful inspiration along the way!

As it is soon Valentine's Day, I thought about making a card for this special day. I made a 3-D vellum heart with the beautiful stamp that you can find in the Fanciful Flourishes set. I added many different layers under the heart. The red antique lace frame is from the Love and Lace stamp set. I also made a felt heart with a Spellbinders Scalloped Heart die. I put my sentiment on a little tag. The sentiment is from the Hearts & Flowers set. I also added different ribbonseam bindingtwine and lace. I stitched the edges and added three little pearls and a button to finish it off:

Thanks for taking time to visit me, it's time to grab your passport and board the Flourishes Flight BWT, your next destination is:

Sasha Marie Holmes