Thursday, May 5, 2011

Scraptivations Challenge 4 - Make your own embelishment

For this challenge we got to make our own embellishment. As a stamper this is something that I both love to do and sometimes find hard. I am getting better and better at it all the time and well really anything goes. Right now I have been making lots of flowers for my pages and my cards. I thought I would show you how to do a rolled flower today. You can do this with scissors or if you have a die you can use that. I tried it with scissors last year and it turned out pretty good, I don't have a of my flowers from last year handy but the die is a little faster for me anyway.  I got this set of dies from My Favorite Things.

Lay the die down on the paper that you select and run it through your die cut machine

Here is a group of soon to be flowers. I think it is fun to put them on pattern paper as you never quite end up with the same exact flower.

Once you have the cut outs you start at the outside of the flower and roll it tightly until you get to the middle. This can be a little tricky but you will get the hang of it as you do more and more flowers. The middle of the flower actually becomes the base of the flower.

As you can see it gets very tiny from the start to the finish.

Once you are done you can let it loosen up a little bit. I always add some crystal effects to the middle of the flower to hold it together. I set them aside and work on other parts of my project until it is dry.

I also like to add a little pearl or a little bling to the insides of the flowers.

Here you can see a bit of the card along with the adorable little flowers.

A bit more of the card this is a Pure Innocence stamp also from My Favorite Things. I love those little PI girls they remind me of my little girl. I also added a pearl to her shirt.

Here is the finished card. I used the paper from my February scrapbook kit from Personal Scrapper. February's kit featured paper from We R Memory Keepers Be My Valentine cardstock.

Here is another view you can see the pearl on her shirt better.

and the inside of the card. I wanted to keep it simple.

I also like to do Rosette Flowers but you have to use a strong adhesive or they will come apart. You can see an example of those flowers here. Sometimes I like to just fancy cut the pattern paper and add a little extra here and there like I did on this corn here. I also find myself combining several techniques such as the fancy cutting, watercoloring, and stamping like you can see here.

Well I hope you are able to join us the challenge 3 over at Scraptivations. Show us what kind of fun embellishments you like to make!