Thursday, 31 March 2011

Mothers Day - Tulips Easel Card

Here's a slightly different approach to the 'Easel Card'.
It works using a 'pully' mechanism.
Pull the tag and the card moves into position.

There are free download sheets for the tulips,
leaves & sentiments tags at the end of this post.

I've used three of the larger tulips
from the 'Tulips' download sheet.
Printed onto the same lightweight card
as I used for  the matting and layering.
I attached them using 'Pinflair' dimensional glue,
love that stuff!

I've also used two large and one small leaf
from the 'Tulip Leaves' download sheet.
Printed onto green paper, cut out and texturised
in the same way as the flowers.
The sentiments on the front are stamped using 
Hero Arts 'Happiness Messages' clear stamps
and VersaFine 'Onyx Black' ink pad

'Happy mothers day' is the small, large boarder 'heart tag'
from download sheet 'Mothers Day Sentiments Tags'
Printed onto yellow card.
I layered two pieces of the same card underneath
the heart so it's slightly raised. It doesn't need anything
as thick as dimensional foam pads.

When the tassel is pulled it reveals a large tag -
a perfect spot for writing your message.
I like the fact that it has a 'secret message' feel to it.

Here's a tutorial for the flowers:
Tulip Tutorial
 1) Print the 'Tulips' sheet onto coloured card
and cut out three petals per flower.
a) The outside edges of the petals have more shape
b) the inside edges have a smooth curvature.

2) Work embossed texture lines down each petal
using a medium to fine embossing tool.
I use my embossing mat from my 'Wizard' as a work surface
(Don't worry about making your embossed lines neat & tidy).

 3) Lightly run an ink pad over the petals.
this will pick up your embossing.
You can sponge to soften the ink edges.
a) For the centre petal you only need to ink the tip.

4) Flick the edges of the petals up
as shown in the image above - this defines the inner
edges & gives the flower subtle dimension.

5) Glue the front two petals together.
a) Imagine you have pinned them at this point so... 
b) you can pivot the petals to decide how wide
c) or narrow you would like your flower.

6) Glue the third (centre) petal to the back
lining up the base so it doesn't show at the front.

7) Add 'dew drop' highlights using 'Glossy Accents'
or similar.
I found it's better to put the nozzle onto the card,
squeeze a small amount & flick off. This makes more
of a dew drop shape and less of a dot.
You can see the 'dot effect' in my previous post - last image.
It's less believable but we learn from our mistakes!

Download Sheets:

Download Sheet One - 'Tulips'
click on image & open fully before saving

Download Sheet Two - 'Tulip leaves'
click on image & open fully before saving

Download Sheet Three -
'Mothers Day Sentiments Tags'
click on image & open fully before saving

Coming next - 'Tag' Easel Card Tutorial.

Thank you for taking the time to visit, it's always appreciated.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Spring has sprung - Tulips!

Spring is here - YEAH!!!
I haven't deserted you.
I've been working hard on this next project.
Hope these images give you an idea of what I've been up to...

It's taken me a while.
I've been working out how to re-create these beautiful flowers,
in the quickest, easiest way possible.
Boy - simplicity can be very hard!!!

I'm almost there...
I'll be posting templates and a tutorial
in the next couple of days.

(It's a quick & easy project)
Just in time for Mothers Day.

Back to putting the finishing touches together.