Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Flowers on Silhouette

I love those little flowers that help add something to a card. And i saw some by prima that i wanted really bad but couldn’t afford. So i did my own!
butterflymornign_det_d-2I took a sheet of lighter than 80 lb. card stock and some Paper Plus Decoupage Finish and used the handy scraper tool (like Tim Holtz’s) to spread the decoupage glue over the cardstock and then placed a piece of paper from a Godey’s Ladie’s Magazine on top smoothing into place before laying books on top to dry. I hope somebody out there will not be too upset with me. I only used a page from a silly story (they were almost all too silly) and the print is very small. The flower is just a smidge over 1 1/2 inches diameter. The petals (i drew 3 and copied and pasted them around, rotating to fit nicely) were just placed around an imaginary center over which a circle was placed to from the flower center and these were joined. Then i noticed a couple of overlapping petals not covered by the center so i took another little circle and joined that to the flower over those cuts so they would disappear.
It was trial and error as the first one i did did not cut all the way through. The next time I put on all the ‘stops’ i could. I set the paper for 100 lb. tag, used the pink blade spacer, speed at 7 and thickness all the way up to 33.
My flower center was some embroidery thread snipped really fine over Mono Multi glue in the center of the flower.
the card is finished and looks even nicer than the photo, really. I used Distress inks for the background in dusty concord, milled lavender, peeled paint and shabby shutters on Neenah cardstock. Then I stamped the butterflies in Memento's Rich Cocoa ink, placed  the flourish on this and sprayed a little Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold over that. the flower went on last but could have been included in the gold spray. This was placed onto some white paper from the Bittersweet (6x6) Collection which has very nice green grungy tones and then onto a piece of frosted amethyst Prism Cardstock which is not frosted, it’s just the name for the lighter tone.
The flourish is in the Silhouette online store as well as other flowers. I do have the cutting file that i used for this flower and if anyone wants a copy of the file they can email me and i will send a copy. I can only do .gsd file format at this time.
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