Sunday, May 9, 2010

Iris: the Flower Child

I tried a new technique with this card: Pounded Flower Prints. I found it in the May 2010 Family Fun magazine. I picked some flowers from our garden and laid them on top of watercolor paper.  (I had newsprint below the paper.)  I covered the flowers with a paper towel and smashed them with a hammer.  The imprint ended up on both the paper towel and the watercolor paper.  My fern leaf --for another project-- looks great on the paper towel but not so much on the paper.  Some flowers made a better impression than others.  I really liked the irises and these tiny flowers the best. I cut out one flower and used a dimensional to place it on top of the iris.  The article suggested using tweezers to remove the excess flower fragments left on the paper.  Once again, I used eco-friendly papers:  a card made from recycled product; the Basic Grey green at heart collection: 4 different patterned papers and the sticker trim (from Pages In Time).

I discovered my card could work for several challenges this week.

Paper Imagery Designs PID Weekly Challenge 5/3: Such An Everyday Item:  Take something you see around everyday and make art with it.  I took the flowers from the garden in our backyard.  The little girl (flower child) is from PID sheet 250.
So Artful Challenge Jeanette's challenge last week was bouquet and this week it's fragrance.  This card is for both.
Gingersnap Creations:  I'm posting this for two of the current challenges but not officially entering.
GC49: Found Objects:  flowers from the garden
GC50 (Random Redhead Challenge): Botanical    
Pages In Time:  (links in the right sidebar):  May DT Barbara's Pretty Punch challenge:  use two punches on your card or layout.  I used 3 punches on this card:  Martha Stewart lace, Fiskars wave, and a corner punch.
Lots to Do Challenge Week 18 Friendship.  This card may not look like it has anything to do with friendship, but I made it for my office friend who's retiring at the end of the month.  I used a Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 stamp to remind her to delight in the new everyday things she'll discover away from her job.
The Shabby Tea RoomWeek #8: Get Your Bling On.  Not my blingiest ever creation, but I added a couple of clear gems to the flower centers and worked with the vinyl stickers that spelled Iris, using Perfect Pearls.  I also noticed that several of the DT samples seemed to use the sketch that I borrowed to help with my design.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day, especially all the moms out there.


Jeanette said...

How fun is this. I've done flower pressing before but never flower smashing. I like the results.

Thanks for being Soartful this week.

Debbie said...

So pretty!! Such rich colors! Thank you for joining us this week in the Tea Room ... hope to see you again Monday for the new challenge :)

Lori said...

How awesome is that? Very cool! I've seen it, but have not tried this technique. Beautiful card, love it!

crafty creations said...

A great card with a fab technique

Thanks for sharing your work with the Lotstodo Challenge xx Hilda

Linda Ledbetter said...

Ooh, what a great technique! Thanks for the fabulous idea-- I want to try this!

Your card is gorgeous, and we're so happy you shared it with us at Gingersnap Creations!!!

The Nostalgic Scrapper said...

wow... this is interesting!

miscanthuscrafts said...

such a lovely card and what a good technique....sounds like a good stress reliever!! ClareX

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