Friday 20 June 2014

Dimensional Flower Card {with Eclectica³ Ellen Vargo & Lin brown Stamps by Emma Dawson}

Hello! My name is Emma and I was really excited to get to do a project for the PaperArtsy blog. I’ve always loved crafting but started properly about 7 years ago when I wanted an extra special birthday card and my obsession spread from there.

Tonight I am showing you a card because that is what I love to make most but I’m sure the techniques can be adapted to anything you want to create.

How to make the flower:

I started off by covering a piece of card with mermaid fresco paint on one side and dusty teal on the back. I covered it on both sides because I knew my flower was going to be dimensional and didn’t want the backs of the petals to be white. I then took the circle stamp from EEV01 and the flower stamp from ELB 04 and did some kiss stamping.


The important thing here is to ink up the Ellen Vargo stamp and take the Lin Brown stamp to it in order to get the light spaces. If you do it the other way you will lift of some, but not all, of the ink and be left with black spaces instead. I stamped the same flower five times and then cut them all out.

To make the flower dimensional I needed to remove some of the petals. I kept one with all 8 petals, then removed 1, 2, 3 and 4 petals respectively. Then with each flower I overlapped and glued two of the petals together so that I ended up with dimensional flowers with decreasing numbers of petals. Once they were dry, I stuck all the flowers together, one on top of the other.

How to make the background:

I know that fresco paints stick to almost anything but I found out by a happy accident that they don’t stick so well to embossing powder. First I painted my card with zestyzing and then using the same circle stamp from EEV01 I heat embossed it with clear powder so that the colour would show through from underneath. Then to dull the yellow I covered with a coat of snowflake and once that was dry I painted over with mermaid. Before the paint was completely dry I took a damp babywipe and wiped over the embossing powder to remove the paint and show the colour below. I then added some text from ELB06 to fill in some of the gaps.

Finally, I went back to the Ellen Vargo stamps and created some leaves with the arch shape using dusty teal over the left over card painted with mermaid and stamped the square four times onto black card.

I added some lace (to cover up a smudge!) and beading and a blingy brad to the middle of the flower and voila – it was finished!

I really hope you like it!

A huge thanks to Emma from all at PaperArtsy. Gorgeous card Emma, we love that 3d flower, it looks really classy with Ellen's patterning on it. The subtle colour changes are lovely, showing just what can be achieved with a limited range just by mixing or overlaying colours. 

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Deborah Wainwright said...

What a lovely Card Emma, love it! Xx

Helen said...

What a great way to get patterned flowers! Love your card, Emma.

PaperArtsy said...

Love your background! Love the yellow resist, love the spirals on the flowers!! Love love love!! Thanks Emma!

margaret said...

Lovely colours and flower!!!

Anonymous said...

A terrific card! The background looks great & I love the pattern on the flowers. I'm rubbish at making paper flowers, but I will have to give this a go.

ellen vargo designs said...

What an awesome way to use the spiral stamp! Love it! Your flower is totally gorgeous. :)

craftytrog said...

Love the stripey flowers, fab card Emma! xxx

Cocofolies said...

A very elegant and gorgeous card, the flower is stunning and really wonderful!! Coco x

Words and Pictures said...

That's fab, Emma - lovely to see those abstracts being used to create florals so effectively - very clever, and very pretty!
Alison x

craftimamma said...

Clever way to use the spiral stamp Emma. I love making dimensional flowers but don't have this set from Ellen. Love the card and the embossed resist background is great too.

Lesley Xx

Steven said...

Lovely card Emma, clever use of those wonderful stamps

Hazel Agnew said...

Hi Emma, great instructions and fab dimension to your card. Flower is genius! Xx

Sarah B said...

what a fab/ingenious way to use the 2 stamps together, the flowers are great - good to see Ellen's stamps on a smaller piece too xx