Saturday, 2 June 2018

Simple Daisy

So after my ridiculously time-consuming and complicated ice cream card, I felt like I needed to balance things out by posting something really simple. This was a card I whipped up very quickly when I wanted a thank you card but didn't have a lot of time to make one. It's far from complicated but the recipient really appreciated it and the fact that I'd gone to the trouble to make it myself.

I'm a big supporter of using what you have on hand and stretching your supplies when you can. Crafting can get expensive and not everyone can invest in a bunch of different stamps, dies and punches. One of the reasons that I like this particular card is that you can probably make something similar with your own supplies.

No fancy embellishments for the center of the flower? Yeah, I didn't have any the right size either. I actually created this one myself by punching out a circle of cardstock and heat embossed the entire circle with a couple of layers of gold embossing powder. I quite like the faux-metal-looking result!

Don't have the tools to heat emboss? No problem! Just stamp the sentiment instead, and use something else for the flower center. A simple circle of cardstock would work, but there are lots of other options. What about a button? If you're anything like me, you've probably got a bunch of mismatched buttons squirreled away somewhere.

I love this daisy punch, but there are lots of ways to create flowers with simple shapes. Go through your own dies and punches and see what you've got. Perhaps you could layer some oval die cuts to create petals and create your own flower. Balloons might also work. Get creative!

To prove my point, I've created my own leaf die cuts for this card. These are actually made from circle dies with a stitching detail around the edge. To transform the circle into a leaf, I used a technique called double die cutting. Basically, I cut out a circle and then moved the metal die over so it was covering half of the paper circle and ran it through again to make these leaves. (It's also a great way to create a perfect crescent moon!)

To give the leaves just a little more interest, I scored them right down the middle on the wrong side to create the appearance of a raised vein. I also snipped up the bottom about a third of the way and used some liquid glue to overlap the two halves a little. This gave the leaves just a little bit of dimension.

I hope this card inspires you to look at the supplies you have with fresh eyes and find new ways to use them. I'd love to hear what you come up with!

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