Sunday, May 24, 2009

Making Puffy Paper Flowers

There was a day when a print and fold greeting card was not necessary but very much appreciated by the recipient. Then two holes were punched at the top and ribbon was added. Embellishing! In this day and time, with a gazillion craft supplies available along with die cut machines and card kits, a personalized handmade card has no limits. I do own some border punches and a few Coluzzle templates, but I am old-fashioned and still prefer to give handmade versus machine made cards.

I first picked a simple graphic and printed twice, on plain paper and cardstock.

I added a personal greeting on the cardstock copy, tore the edges with a ruler and used a Scor-Pal to score a half-inch horizontal/vertical grid.

I used antique linen Ranger Distress Ink on the raised grid and torn edges. One version is to add a little bling to the flower centers and a bit of glitter pen.

Another version is to add quilled flowers to the card.

One of my favorite techniques is to make puffy paper flowers. I cut out the three flowers from the plain paper copy. (It's best to trim slightly bigger than the print.)

I place the cut flowers upside down on a piece of thick craft foam and burnish with the round end of a marker. Next I burnish around the edges with the ball of an embossing tool. The finished flower will be in a bowl shape. Turn the flower over and press in the center to shape. I glued the centers of the puffy flowers to the card as shown, and added a gloss accent to the centers.

Sadly, I cannot draw or paint but I can trace and color inside the lines with glitter pens :)
Here is my final handmade card.

Thanks for visiting!



charlene said...

Molly I love your card and thanks for the directions on how to do those puffy flowers. You are so good with instructions. That set is one of my favorite gaphics set.
Hugs to you my friend

Lori said...

That is one beautiful card Molly, love those puffy flowers and thank you for the "how to's on making them.

Hugz~Dixie said...

Lovely card. I like the scoring idea. TFS

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Beautiful card, Molly! And I too love those puffy flowers. I never thought to do them that way. Thanks a bunch for the tut. That graphic set is also one of my favorites. Great job! And I love the bling & your use of your scoring need for a cuttlebug!

Happy Huggies ~~~

Molly Smith said...

Thank you ladies for stopping by and your kind words. I think this is like a card I sent to Sharon (sbh-numbers) during the SS. So I am just now showing it. HUGS xoxo

Just Jenn Designz said...

What a beautiful card Molly!!! Thanks for the instructions on how to make the "puffy flowers". This is definitely something that I will have to try at some point. Have a great week,

BlueRose said...

You sure have away with teaching Molly. Say i have a award for you at my place come by and pick it up K.


Brenda said...

WOW I LOVE how you did these!!