Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Burpee Catalog inspired Stampin' Up! Build a Blossom Card

It's time to start dreaming about the garden, making plans and ordering seed.  I found this incredible flower in the Burpee seed catalog and immediately thought about how I could "re-create" this beauty out of paper.  There are several others in the catalog I have ideas for that I hope to show you soon as well.  What a fun place for inspiration!
Here's a photo I found on the web of the Dahlia, Showtime I found in the Burpee catalog...
And here's my inspired card...

 For the tiny scalloped edge, I punched out strips of Daffodil Delight card stock using the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch and cut them in half as shown.  Then I carefully lined up the strips on my grid paper so that I could overlap the scallops in the corner so the notches or valley of the scallops on each strip met.   I then put a thin line of Mono adhesive down two edges of my Crumb Cake card stock (3 3/4 x 5 inches) and laid it on top of the lined up scallop strips.
 Working quickly before the glue has a chance to dry, push back the corner and cut the two strips as shown.  If you took care to line up the scallops as described above you should be able to start your cut right in the valley of those two overlapping scallops.  This is how you create a mitered corner and can be done with straight strips of paper as well.
 I cut out 3 of the medium daisy's from the Flower, Daisies #2 die.  To get the random look of the natural flower petals, I lifted and twisted each petal first I twisted to right, and the next petal I twisted to the left. Continue alternating the direction of the twist all the way around the daisy. Pinch and crumple slightly as you twist.  After all three have been twisted, glue then together making sure you offset the petals slightly at each layer and line up the center circle.
For the very center, I cut 5 of the smallest daisy from the same die and using a bone folder and my thumb, I bent and curled the petals up and inward then glued them all together.  Again, be careful to stagger the petals and line up the center circles as you glue.
For the center beaded part of the flower, I punched a 1" circle and added Crystal Effects till it was entirely covered. I then sprinkled tiny little beads on the Crystal Effects and pressed slightly to adhere.  Let this dry completely.
The large Tangerine Tango petals were stamped in Tangerine Tango using the Build a Blossom Stamp set and punched out with the Blossom Petals Punch.  I used the same thumb and bone folder technique to break the fibers of each petal and bend back slightly.

Finish the card by stamping the fabulous friend greeting from the Oval All stamp set in Staz On jet black ink on Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight card stock.  Punch out the image from Crumb Cake using the large oval punch. Use the Tangerine Tango and Daffodil Delight images to cut out the large flower and flower center respectively to paper piece on top of the Crumb Cake image. Punch out a scalloped oval from Daffodil Delight and layer as shown.  Stamp and punch the leaves using Pear Pizzazz ink and paper. Add all elements to a Crumb Cake card base.
Thank you so much for taking a look!
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