Graduation fun

Well, we are a long way from graduations in our house (my oldest will be starting kindergarten in the fall), but it seems that everywhere I look, there are grad dresses, limos and graduation caps!  So I thought it would be fun to put together a bit of an unconventional graduation card for you today!

Grad-card-frontGiven that graduation usually (always??) involves schools of some sort, I thought it would be fun to use some papers from DCWV’s Chalk Fun stack.  This is a great stack – that paper is chalkboard style, so you can actually use chalk on it, and there are all sorts of vibrant colours and great frames and sentiments to work from.  Some of the sentiments are larger (perfect for scrapbooking and for Project Life type project), and there are others that are small enough for even a 4 1/4″ x 51/2″ card like this one!

Grad-card-closeupI also decided to team up the sentiment with a fun flower – created with some of the double-sided cardstock from DCWV (the dark teal is one side, and the lighter background petals are the other).  I topped it of with a few drops of Pearl Accents, and then placed some tulle behind for a bit of texture.  Oh, and if you like this flower shape, stay tuned because I will have a tutorial for you next week – no special tools required!!

Well, that’s it for me today!  I have more fun cards for you this week, and even a scrapbook page or two for variety!  Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

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Flower Tutorial – Pansies (Part 1)

bothOne of my most popular posts here at SCS is a paper flower tutorial for roses, so you might already know that I love making paper flowers.  I thought it was time to put another one (or two) together for you!  So today, I am going to show you how to create some great spring pansies – and the only thing you need is paper, adhesive and some scissors.  No fancy cutting machines or punches required!

The other day, I was looking at some pictures of pansies, and I was struck by the simple and very predictable shapes of the blooms!  In fact, they reminded me a lot of hearts, so if you can cut out a heart shape, you can make these too!  Here we go!

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 Start with some medium weight cardstock in two tints or shades of the same colour. I used some of the gorgeous colours from DCWV’s Jewel Color Stack.  While you’re at it, grab a great pair of scissor and some adhesive.  I like using a liquid adhesive for flowers because it gives me time to modify the placement of petals, and once it’s dry, the petals are not going anywhere!

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Okay. now decide if you would like the darker or lighter of your two papers for the front three petals.  For this raspberry coloured pansy, I decided to work with the darker colour in the front, and the lighter one for the back petals.  Fold your cardstock over about 1″.  If you have a scoring board – great use it!  But do not be deterred if you do not – I didn’t use mine at all for this flower.

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Now, think back to your school Valentine day projects, and cut a simple half heart shape, lining up the middle of the heart with the fold line.  To keep the proportions right for the flower, aim for a heat that is as wide as it tall.  For this one – short and wide hearts are going to work the best!

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Using your first one as a tracer, cut two more. I simply placed the cut out one on top of the folded paper and cut around it, but feel free to trace it first and then cut if that makes you more comfortable.

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Place one of your cut out hearts on top of the other piece of cardstock you have chosen – the lighter one for me!  Trace a simple oval shape that is slightly taller than your heat, but about half as wide.  Don’t worry about this part being perfect.  I didn’t do any measuring here – just give yourself a bit of a guide to work with.

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Cut 2! You’ll notice that these shapes are not perfectly symmetrical – in fact, I flipped one to give it more of an organic look.  Remember, petals on flowers are all different, so dips and indents around the edges will actually help to make your flower look more realistic.

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Using some scrap black or dark paper, cut a circle. Don’t worry too much about the size – just make sure it is at least an inch so you have enough room to glue the petals without having to fiddle too much.

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Add a circle of adhesive around the edge of the circle.  Starting with your two oval shaped petals, press them into the adhesive, slightly overlapping one on top of the other.

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Now take your heart-shaped petals and place one on each side, making sure that these sit on top of the two oval shaped petals.

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Finally, place the last heart-shaped petal over top of the other two – wiggle the petals around a bit until they seem evenly spaced.  Now wait!  This is a hard part, but try not to touch the bloom or move it around until your adhesive is dry.  Yup – completely dry!  But I have something for you to do in the meantime…

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Take some more of the black paper, and cut a heart shape that is half the height of your heart petals and then rough up the top edge.  Some pansies actually have a dark pattern that almost looks like a heart, so if the random cutting along the top scares you a bit, simply cut a heart shape.  It will work just as well!  Cut 3.

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Using some more liquid adhesive, glue the dark shapes in place.  I actually fold the dark pieces down the middle to make it easier to place them in the fold line on the petal.  Again, wait until the pieces are dry before you continue.

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Last but not least, get a bit rough with the bloom!  If you have waited until it is dry, you will be amazed by how tough it is!  Place your thumb in the middle of the bloom and pull the petals upward – that will create a slight bell shape, and will give the pansy some dimension.

Voila, that is it!

Here’s an example of another pansy I created with purple – the only difference here being that I used yellow paper to create my circle to create a bit of contrast with the purple petals.

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Well, I hope you are inspired to create some paper flowers, especially if they are not yet growing in your own garden!  Thanks for stopping by, and stay tuned for a post later tonight on a little project I created with one of these pansies!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

Blog Hopping fun with Faber Castell!

blog hop bannerOne of the things I love about paper crafting is that there is always something new to play with, and great products to experiment with!  Today DCWV and Faber Castell are joining up for a fun blog hop, teaming up textured products, including gesso, whipped spackle, canvas, chalkboard paint, gelatos, and more!

I decided to push myself right out of my comfort zone and create a mixed media wall hanging using only black, white and kraft colours!  If you’ve ever stopped by SCS before, you’ll know that I love bright and bold, so this was definitely a challenge.  But I was so taken with the textured kraft paper and the stencils from DCWV, and I thought they teamed up so well with the chalkboard paint and whipped spackle from Faber Castell (this stuff looked good enough to put on top of a cupcake)!

Hope-fullTo create this piece, I simply started with two of the DIY Wall Appliques from DCWV’s Domestic Bliss Decor line, and painted them with Faber Castell’s Chalk Board paint.  I then drilled a couple of holes at the top, popped some ribbon through, and then ran it down the back to hold the two pieces together.  Then I got working on the flower.

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The flower was simply created by laying one of DCWV’s new stencils on top of a piece of textured kraft paper from the Woven stack, and then layering some Whipped Spackle from Faber Castell on top.  I didn’t worry too much about creating an even layer as I loved the texture created by spreading the spackle across the woven paper.  Once I peeled up the stencil, I hit the Whipped Spackle with a heat gun (mostly because I am too impatient to wait, but also because it gave the spackle a bubbly texture), and then fussy cut around the edge, leaving about 1/8″ border to showcase the kraft paper.  I created a second flower so that I could fussy cut those petals, and then glue them on top of the full flower (only the inner layer of petals), and then hot glued the finished flower onto the wall applique.  I topped off the centre of the flower with a bit of the chalkboard paint, and voila – texture, texture, texture!

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Okay, now it’s time for you to continue hopping, and make sure leave some comments along the way because there are some great prizes to be won- Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV will be giving away $75 in product at the end of the hop. To win, follow the list below and leave a comment. Remember, if this is the first spot you found, make sure you go back and start at the beginning!  The hop will end at 5PM EST on Friday, March 28th. The winner will be announced on Monday, March 31st on each of the company’s blogs. For extra entries, follow Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft and DCWV on twitter!

 

 

Felt flower Tutorial

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It’s my day to post a little bit of fun for Trendy Twine today, and I thought I would share a fun little felt flower tutorial for you.  We have been using a great colour called Lemon Tart, and really, what a better place for it than in the center of a flower This is a great little flower that can be made in many sizes and used on a variety of projects.  I happened to use mine on a headband, but the sky is really the limit.  Click on the picture to access the tutorial.

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Now that you know how to make them, there are all sorts of variations you can make.  I used a different coloured twine caller Blue Berry for a more “fuzzy centre” by using the same technique and simply cutting the looped pieces.  Mixing colours could also be fun!

Don’t forget that you still have time to enter the monthly challenge!  This month, it’s all about flowers, stamps and twine, so consider making one of these, use it on a card, layout or canvas and link up!   You could win a gift card to the store!

Thanks for stopping by today!