Festive Flower Builder Punch

It’s my grans 90th Birthday this week – wow! What an amazing milestone.  She lives in Canada and I was lucky enough to have her come visit me in England this summer.

I knew I’d be making her a special birthday card from me but I ended up making two others as well, one from my mum and one also from my aunt. That’s a whole lot of 90th birthday cards so I’ve decided to dedicate this weeks blogs to my Gran – well 90 is a pretty special number so it only seems fitting!

Here’s the first of my three cards.

This was actually my first attempt at using the Festive Flower Builder Punch to create my 3D flower. Though the punch makes a fabulous Christmas poinsettia, you can see that the flower possibilities are endless.

I began by watercolouring some shimmery white cardstock using melon mambo, island indigo, Bermuda bay, wisteria wonder and crushed curry.

After drying my watercoloured cardstock using my heat tool, I heat embossed the flower veins over the cardstock by stamping them in versamark using the Reason for the Season stamp set and heat embossing them using silver embossing powder.

After all the flower components were stamped and punched out with the Festive Flower Builder Punch, I folded the petals in half to give some dimension and assembled the flower using tombo glue and dimensionals.

Once my flower was made, I put it to one side and set to work on my card front.  The silver mesh background was stamped from Ghoulish Grunge (this stamp set is not just for Halloween!!) and and the 90 was stamped from Number of Years stamp set.  Both were stamped in versamark and heat embossed using silver embossing powder.  The sentiment was stamped in the same way using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and assembled with glue dots.

Finally, I adhered the flower to my card front with fast fuse and placed an iced rhinestone in the centre.

Love the uniqueness of this card and the versatility of this punch.  Am looking forward to exploring the flower styles that can be created with this clever punch!


Coffee Cup Inspiration – Part 3

My third and final card was created using the gorgeous Reason for the Season stamp set. (Please scroll down to read parts 1 & 2 of this 3 part blog!). ¬†Though sold as a Christmas stamp set, the main flower image can be used in lots of different ways. It is a two step stamp, so I started by stamping the outline of the flower in Memento black ink, and filled in the petals with the second stamp in watermelon wonder ink and coloured in the centres with a Black Stampin’ write marker. I stamped my leaves from Vintage Leaves and sponged in the centres with pear pizzazz and wild wasabi ink. I then coloured in random parts of the leaves in black to mimic the leaves on the cup.

I sponged soft sky into the background and then used a new stamp set called ‘playful backgrounds’ which is an exiting sneak peek from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue which will be released in June. I stamped the tiny dots in memento black ink in the background, and silver heat embossed the larger circles. My sentiment comes from the wonderful Acorny Thank You stamp set which I then punched out and edged in watermelon wonder.

Finally I scattered some rhinestones and finished with some basic black twine and a vintage faceted button. I layered my card on black and white cardstock to make the top panel really pop.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my three coffee cup cards as much as I enjoyed creating them. I chose colours and styles I would never normally use and I love how unique and striking each card has turned out in its own way!

Don’t forget that all the supplies I used to make these cards can be purchased in the ‘shop now’ section of this website and please let me know what you thought of my mini card series in the ‘comments’ section above! xx