Friday, 16 April 2010

Keeping it simple... or maybe not!!

Hi Everyone, we all have to make cards or projects in a hurry sometimes..! You know, that last minute Birthday card, j'eese it's not as if it's not the same day every year! (except for leap year peeps!) is it??!! Anyway, today's project is definitely not a last minute job..
It may look simple (and effective, I hope) but it certainly takes a little time to make. It encompasses (big word!) several different techniques which I am going to be using in a Tim Holtz lesson I am doing tomorrow.. The idea came from his blog (The Twelve Tags of Christmas), take a look, it's truly inspirational..
The finished card reminds me of the film "Schindler's' List", a great film, if you haven't seen it I highly recommend it. The reason it reminds me of this film is because it is shot entirely in Black and White apart from a young girl in a Red coat, the Red Rose on the card reminds me of this..
Here's how it was made... Heavy post alert, you'll need a cuppa for this one...I cut 3 x 2" Flowers in Grunge Paper using a Flower from The Mothers' Day Cricut Cartridge.I coloured each one with Red Pepper Alcohol Ink on both sidesand highlighted areas with Cranberry Alcohol Inkto give a little more colour dimension.
Flower #1, make a cut from the edge to the centre.
Flower #2, cut out one petal.Flower #3, cut out two petals.So you have a set of flowers like this.on the back of Flower #1, apply some Glossy Accents to the back of one of the petals and over lap it with the petal next to it,holding it in place with a paperclip.Repeat this process for Flowers #2 & #3.
With the off cut from Flower #3, roll the edge of one of the petals over a pencil to give a bit of dimension.With the other petal, roll it in on itself and glue in place with some Glossy Accents, add a paperclip if required. This shouldn't take long to dry. Once it is dry, cut off the pointed end. This will become the centre of you Rose and if the end is left on then the centre will stick out too far.
Once all the layers are dry, glue them together with Glossy Accents and allow to dry, again this shouldn't take too long.Once dry I added some Fired Brick Distress Stickes.. Now I don't usually use these, favouring more the standard Stickles with a little more sparkle in them, but being true to Sir Tim's ideology of distress & age I plum pt for the distress look applying a generous amount to each petal. eeeakkkk.. It didn't look good at first, but once the Distress Stickles had dried the effect was more appealing...
This is the Rose done with for now, so you can put it to one side to dry.
Next, take Four pieces of extra thick card stock or chipboard cut to 5" squares.
Line each edge, on both sides with double sided tape.
Take a selection of designer papers cut 6" x 6". To keep the Sir Tim theme going I chose papers from one of his new paper stacks "Vintage Shabby" which is a selection of Grey's, Blue's and yes Pink's all in a "Vintage Shabby" theme, hence the name.. Doh!Lay one of your 5" cardboard square onto your paper and mitre the corner.Fold back the edges making a neat coaster.Repeat this 3 more times.Work out which will be your front and back pages
and your inside pages,and lay them face down in front of you applying double sided tape across the inside of the front and back pages.Apply some complementary ribbon across this tape.
Apply double sided tape around all the edges, this will help to hold the ribbon in placeand allow you to stick the inside covers.
I stamped a simple sentiment in Black Momento ink. Again the sentiment was from one of Tim's "Stampers Anonymous" sets.I attached the now dry Rose with a small leaf to the front of the card.Finishing off with a magnifying gem to highlight my sentiment.Here's a pic with the camera flash on to show the Rose in all it's glory..
As I said, simple in it's effect and although a lot of work to make it's totally worth it. Have fun in the lesson tomorrow ladies.
Thanks for checking us out, see you soon.


  1. Oh I love it...can't wait to play tomorrow. See you then.

    Toni :o)

  2. I love this idea and am happy I have that cartridge thanks so very much for sharing. Sharan

  3. Hi Andy, I was looking forward to the workshop tomorrow anyway! Now I can't wait, see you bright and early..........luv French Lin...xx...

  4. This project was great Andy. Such a lovely result and sooooo satisfying to achieve the end result. I have come home full of ideas and inspo ... so many lovely papers and inks to use. so many ways to interpret. This is gonna be an absolute fave!! Thanks again for a fab day.

    Renee xxx

  5. Wow, love this rose! Great instructions. Love your blog. TFS

  6. your explanation made it seem easy

  7. Wonderful tutorial. Thanks for the lesson across the pond. Just learned the same technique at a demonstrator meeting for Stampin' Up a company based out of Utah. Cherrio for the evening and Thanks Again!
    Melani Andrews Folsom, CA, USA

  8. This is fabulous technique, can't wait to try it! Melinda Nevis, Live Oak, CA USA

  9. Thanks for the tutorial. I've never tried this before, but will certainly have to give it a go!

  10. Wow, your flower is gorgeous! I plan on trying it soon!