It’s amazing how some cards begin with an idea and you just need to execute the plan while other cards evolve so much throughout the process that they end up looking nothing like they were intended to look. This card falls into the second group! I originally envisioned this card with delicate flowers in a pot made with patterned paper. The patterned pot was beautiful, but I couldn’t make the background work so I decided to use the patterned paper for the background instead. I had a sentiment I intended to stamp on the pot, but it was too big. I wanted to make flowers out of crepe paper, but I had trouble with that so I redid them on paper and added 3D Stamp Paint that made them too bold and sparkly. Then I added the leafy flourishes, and when I moved the flowers to arrange the leaves, I liked the plain leaves better so I decided to go with a potted leafy plant instead. My very feminine idea ended up being a card that is more gender neutral. I’m still not sure if I like the solid colored pot and may try different patterned papers. And I still may go back and re-try a version with flowers like I originally wanted, but I do like this evolved design as well!
The pot, tag, and leafy flourishes were all cut with Heartfelt Creations (Spellbinders) dies from the “Flower Pot” set. (I hand-made the top part of the pot as the set did not include a die for that part.) The greeting on the tag is a Gina K Designs stamp from the “A Wish For You” mini stamp set that I received in a grab bag. Gina K Warm Cocoa ink was used to stamp the greeting and to sponge all the edges. Paper and card stock used: Gina K Fresh Asparagus, Core-dinations Valentia, Paper Pizazz Tan Floral Tapestry (printed background), and Melissa Frances First Class Mail (gray script).
I used my Epiphany Crafts Shape Studio Bubble Cap maker and Clear Round (14) epoxy shapes to create the three orange embellishments in the upper left corner to match the flower pot.
This tool is pretty cool because you can use whatever paper you want to create custom embellishments for your projects. If I end up changing the paper for the flower pot, I will make new circles with matching paper.
Just a note – this company makes tools to create embellishments in different shapes and sizes. Each tool makes only one shape/size so you’d need to purchase multiple tools to create the different shapes. (This is very much like a punch you might purchase.) In addition to the tool itself, you need to purchase the corresponding epoxy shapes to create your embellishments. These are consumable and need to be replenished when they are gone. In addition to the epoxy shapes, they also have metal charms you can use to create your embellishments. (The tool, epoxy shapes and charms are all sold separately.)
I previously made an anniversary card (called “Happy Anniversary” originally posted in my StampTV gallery) where I used the square tool and a mini wedding photo to create a square shaped epoxy embellishment that fit inside a mini picture frame.
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