Monday, April 16, 2012

Flower Pot Cards

Working outside today on the deck to get the flowers planted for the the summer and wanted to share some Flower Pot Cards that I created this weekend. Perfect for Mother's Day, something to make you smile, these cards will hold a special sentiment or a gift card for that sweet "MOM". All the flower cuts were done with the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge, I swear it never leaves my cricut.
The daisies were made using Flower1 on page 21 @ 1 3/4 inch need 2 per flower, with a circle center on page 21 cut at 1/2 inch. I pop dotted the 2 flower sections apart as well as the center dot, to give more dimension and inked just the tips in honey ink. The leaves were Branch1 pg. 43 cut at 1 1/2 inches from New England ivy cardstock and I used 4 or 5 sprays. The pullout section on the daisy card measures 6 x 3 1/4. I measured up 3 1/2 inches from bottom on both sides and then trimmed from that mark down in an angle to match my pot. I wanted a wider base for the daisies and leaves to sit on.

For the tulips I used the Oval1 on page 22 cut at 3/4 inch and I cut 3 per tulip. I used some retired patterned paper and inked the edges all the way around the ovals before gluing them together. I cut the stems from from scrap New England Ivy as well as the leaves (just elongated leaf with point at end).
For the pull out section of the card, the insert base 6 7/8 x 2 3/8. The colonial ivy portion which sits inside the pot and is large enough for a gift card is 2 1/4 x 3 1/4. I glued down my tulips, the stems and leaves, then trimmed around the bouquet, removing any olive cardstock that surrounded the flowers and leaves.
Here is a great tutorial for how to make a Flower Pot card with pictures to show you how the pot is cut.Thank you Stephanie Luman for posting this terrific tutorial.  I changed the dimensions a bit. My Autumn Terracotta cardstock was cut 3 1/2 x 8 " , I scored @ 1" and 3 1/2". I also embossed the bottom of the pot with a cuttlebug folder for character.

These cards are longer than a standard size invitation card, the height is about 7 inches, and the width 4 1/4.
As always if you have any questions, I will be happy to try and answer them.
I'd love to know what you think, so please leave me a comment. Thanks and have a wonderful Day!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

My little bit of Spring

I love yellow tulips and wanted to make some to brighten up my computer area, so that I can enjoy them year round if I want. I used the Art Philosophy cartridge and cut the oval 3 at 3 inches. Double up two ovals on top of each other and then cut a zigzag pattern across the middle of the stacked ovals, thereby cutting them in half. Now you have 4 flower top pieces. Double up the matching pieces, you will use 2 top pieces for each tulip. I dry embossed the top pieces using a cuttlebug embossing folder to add some texture.Take a long meat skewer (got mine at $tree) and wrapped floral tape down it to cover.Tied a pink gingham bow to each wrapped skewer. Free hand cut out some long pointed leaves, once I had a good design, I just traced it onto cardstock for the rest of the flowers. I scored down the center of the leaves and folded on score line to give dimension. Glued the leaf ends to the skewer with liquid glass by wrapping the bottom of the leaf around the skewer and clamped with clothes pins until dry (doesn't take long). Then I added the tulip by sandwiching the skewer between two tulip tops securing with liquid glass. Clamped the tulip base to skewer with clothes pin until dry as well.
The base is an open tray made from a piece of 12x8 inch cardstock. Score 2 inches from all 4 edges and fold on score lines. I mitered the corners bringing the fold to the inside and glued securely with liquid glass and clamped with clothes pins to dry. Then I cut a 1 inch by 6 x 4 piece of Styrofoam of the inside of the tray to stick the tulips into. Cover Styrofoam with Easter grass and my planter box of tulips is done to make me smile.