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Flowery Card

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I wanted to make a flowery card for Brandon’s birthday so I used die cuts to cut Indian paper.

Three Flowers Card

It was the kind of die cutter that was rolled through our Sizzix embossing machine, cutting the paper as it was squeezed through.

I decided to make their stems be lines that follows the background. The background is pink and was rolled through a die plate that has straight lines, and the stems fit right between the gaps, which is hard to see in the picture.

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Embroidered Tulip Cards

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In an auction, Andrew and I won a paper embroidery lesson held at the teacher’s house. We’ve never really incorporated thread into our cards unless you count the floss threaded as dotted line trails in the Airplanes card. We spent two hours learning how to make the tulip card. This is the card I made:

Brandon's Embroidered Tulip

Making a card like this isn’t very difficult once you know what to do and have the right supplies. You can start with a pattern like the one seen below.

Embroidered Tulip Pattern

Our instructor punched out the pattern onto cardstock for us. It’s not difficult—you can just punch a pin through cardstock, using a pattern on top as a guide. Repeatedly gripping the pin and puncturing the paper can be a bit painful though after a while.

We picked the colors of thread we wanted. You can use one or more colors for the flower. Each piece of thread is composed of several strings raveled together. We unraveled this to get just one string, then threaded it through a needle. We then followed the pattern, as explained below.

Count nine dots down along the curve of the tulip’s flower. Starting through the back, pull the string through; you want only a single thickness of string. Before you pull it through completely, tape the string to the back of the card. Go up through the top point of the card, then go through the next hole toward and eventually past the center of the curve, until you get to the ninth hole down the other side. For the other two points, you again go through the ninth hole down, going up to the point on the opposite point of the curve. Study the picture or pattern closely before doing this, because one of the five students in our class had to start over twice because she didn’t get it quite right. If you start to run out of string, just tape the rest onto the back, get another piece of string, and continue from where you left off.

The stem and leaves are done by what I can best explain as a back stitch (but the underside of a back stitch). You want the any given point to be covered by string twice. This helps to hide the holes. I think I’m not great at explaining this, so I hope you can find something that works well for you.

Andrew's Embroidered Tulip

Above is Andrew’s tulip. He chose a nice, vibrant red. Be careful not to tug too hard when pulling your string, or you might end up tearing the paper, as seen in the bottom-right of the flower part of Andrew’s design. He pulled so hard that one hole ripped. Also, if you pull too hard, you might make the holes bigger, causing them to stand out, as you can kinda see in my design at the top. Then again, you don’t want the string to be too loose.

Finished Embroidered Tulip Cards

Here are all five of the cards created in the paper embroidery class. I think it might be a complete coincidence that we each made a different-colored flower. Our instructor cut out the rest of the cardstock required for us to finish our cards, allowing us to finish putting them together. I think our cards all turned out great.

I enjoyed learning this new technique. It takes up a bit of time, but I like learning how to use different media besides cardstock in our cards. We might even incorporate it into our annual bulk Christmas card design. We’ve already discussed the possibility of using our die-cutter machine to make the holes in the cardstock for us, to speed up that one first step.

Stamped Flowers Card

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For his mom’s birthday, Andrew made this pretty card.

Flowery Stamp Card

He bought a pretty flower stamp and used a variety of colors for an emanation of a pretty bouquet. He used orange because he likes orange, and the pink and purple went along with it. His stamp came with other corresponding stamps for the inner parts of the flowers (instead of just the colorful petals) but Andrew was afraid that adding more stamps on top of the flowers would muddy the card or make it darker.

Mother’s Day Flower Card

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The onset of spring and the increasingly sunny weather must be having an effect on Andrew and me, and the cards we make, because this marks the third post in a row dealing with flower-themed cards. With Mother’s Day approaching, Andrew and I knew we’d have to make some cards. Flowery cards.

Mother's Day Card

I first folded the card and cut a smaller panel which would eventually be glued onto the front. I embossed the panel and punched the corners (though I forgot to do this for some of the cards!). Using the floral designs I downloaded from Silhouette Studio—the ones I used in the previous post for the Cascading Card—I cut out some pretty flowers onto shimmery cardstock.

The flower pieces were held together with a brad. The brad also held the flower onto the panel. I spread out the two tines of the brad more than 180° so that they actually pushed back into the panel, preventing the flower from laying flat onto the paper, forcing it to stick out a bit more from the card. Only after I attached the flower to the panel did I glue it onto the base card, so that the brad’s tines wouldn’t show on the inside of the card. (This has been an issue with the Butterfly Cards we make.)

Pink Card with White Flower

I had to make one for my grandma, too. She loves the cards we make. I made her a 3-D Roses Card for her birthday a few months ago, and she has been searching for a shadow box to display it in. I have called my grandma Nini my entire life—it’s funny how of all the baby words we come up with, it’s the ones for our grandparents that tend to stick over the course of our lives, ultimately replacing their names—and so I had to put that on the front of the card. I thank her inside for being my Nini.

I’m really pleased with the color combos I used for my grandma’s card. I think the pink and purple complement each other well, and the green leaves are just the right shade.

Triple Flower Mother's Day Card

Andrew made his mom a Mother’s Day card that has three flowers! His mom thought he made it the day of Mother’s Day, but she was shocked to learn that it had been made two days earlier.

Collection of Mother's Day Cards

I brought in the cards above on the Friday before Mother’s Day for my coworkers to give to their mothers. One of my coworkers said his mom really liked the card he gave her. Yay!

I’m enjoying making cards with more dimension. Flat cards are nice, but it’s fun when they spring up from the card!

Flowery Cascading Card

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My mom just celebrated her fiftieth birthday this past weekend. For such a great milestone, I wanted to make her a lovely, elegant card. A few months ago, I picked up the Spring 2013 issue of CardMaker magazine because I was impressed with the Cascading Birthday Card they had featured on the front cover. I decided to save this design for someone special.

Cascading Card for 50th Birthday

It is a sort of pop-up card which is actually pretty straightforward in design. I cut out two shapes which are essentially right rhombuses. I used a bone folder on all of the creases, and cut slits where the two rhombuses would “interweave”.

I had the Silhouette Cameo cut out a 50 from gold, glittery paper and glued that to the front. I knew that I wanted to make flowers to tuck into the card, but I was running out of time the night before the big party we were throwing her, so I decided to have the Silhouette cut those out as well. I found some really cute designs for 3-D flowers that required a little layering. I held the layers together with brads. The leaves were also cut out by the Silhouette, using a design that came bundled with the software.

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The design by CardMaker magazine had a lot of other really cute flourishes, such as a sort of lattice design along the back, on which it would be really pretty to put paper cut out to look like ivy. But I was running low on time for this card. I glued a panel of paper on the back where we could write our sentiments.

The card was compressed into the envelope, but when she pulled it out, it expanded, just like an accordion. Below is a top view of the card which might give a better picture of the card’s shape and where the flowers are attached.

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Red is my mom’s favorite color, by far, so I think I went with the right color choice on this card. Also, the flowers follow a sort of “red, white, and blue” theme because my mom loves decorating her house with American flags and other Americana décor. I like to think she will display it in her home, as it matches the theme of her decorating, but something tells me that with the big 50 on the front, this might not happen.

Flowery Shutter Card

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After Andrew made me an expanding shutter card for Valentine’s Day, which he cut out by hand, we created a few shutter cards with my die-cutter as a sort of experiment. After that, I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to make a shutter card for somebody’s birthday. It happens that my cousin celebrated her birthday this past month, so I made her a card for her birthday.

Flower Shutter Card

You can view Andrew’s post, linked above, to see how such a card is made. It’s actually pretty straightforward. I had the die cutter cut out all of the pieces, then I used my bone folder to make the creases. I used the Old World Stack of paper to make this card, which I think has a subdued but colorful selection of paper.

Flowery Shutter Card

I used a dab of glue in the center of a little butterfly on the right hand side, lifting its wings gently to give it a little dimension. However, as elegant as the design was, I felt that the card looked a little bare still. Reserving the center panel for our sentiments, I stuck on a few little flowers that I punched out with our daisy punch tool. After five or six flowers, I realized I would need many more flowers to keep it from looking bare, so I decided to add 32 flowers, since my cousin was turning 32. It’s fun to throw in little subtle references to the recipient’s age.

3-D Roses Card

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Last week was my grandma’s birthday, so I wanted to make her a card. My grandma likes floral things. Thinking back to some instructions I had seen for making paper roses, I decided to try making a 3-D flower card.

3-D Rose Card

Making paper roses is very simple, but it’s hard to get it perfect. (I didn’t get it perfect.) The link above has more detailed instructions, but pretty much all you have to do is cut a spiral out of paper, and then coil it up, starting from the outside and working your way in. If you use a one-sided print, as I did, you’ll probably want that side to be on the inside of the coil—but I don’t really recommend using a one-sided print, as the outsides of the flowers will be white.

Paper Rose Spirals

A 4″×4″ square of paper will give you a flower about an inch in radius, depending on how thick your spiral is. Getting the flowers to actually stay curled up is a little tricky. I’m sure there’s a better way to do this, but what I did was squirt a drop of glue into the center of the coiled-up rose and hold it together until it dried.

3-D Rose Card Angled

The leaves were fun to make, and I was thrilled with how they turned out. This was very simple: I cut out the basic leaf shape and then folded it in half, lengthwise. Then I did an accordion fold along the length of the leaf; unfolding everything gives you the leaves you see pictured! The stems are simply a long rectangle with a crease running down the middle.

My grandma appreciated the birthday card and she said she wanted to frame it!