Happy Spring CutCardStock fans! I just got a chance to plant some flowers in my backyard this month. Of course, in the Southwest, the weather is better for that kind of thing. But, if you’re itching to play around with some Spring floral, and the weather isn’t quite behaving – this might be the project for you! It’s inspired by the purple pansies I planted and it’s an extremely easy project!
I’m using mostly Sizzix items for this project – I have a gift card holder die, some flower dies and a polka dot embossing folder. I cut the gift card holder out in the Classic Crest Solar White, then put it through my die cut machine a couple times with the embossing folder. If your paper is too long for your folder, shift the paper down, line up the polka dots and run it through again. After that, I folded up the card holder and glued it into place.
Now, my friends…here comes the fun part! I cut 2 flowers in the beautiful Curious Metallic Violette paper, 2 flowers in Astrobright Solar Yellow and 2 in the Pop Tone Black Licorice paper. On the Astrobright Solar Yellow flowers, I took a purple distressed ink and a blending sponge and rubbed some color in the center, since pansies look like the color is bleeding into the next layer. With a black ink, I sponged the edges of the Curious Metallic Violette flowers and also on leaves that I cut in Pop Tone Gum Drop Green.
To give these flowers dimension, I took a wooden dowel and rolled the flower petals around it, so they would curl up slightly. Don’t worry about any creases – this gives the flower a softer look. Once this was done, I glued them all together, but I didn’t want them to look TOO perfect so I glued the middle pieces a bit off center. Much more natural! Then, I attached them to the gift card holder with some tacky glue.
With a strip of Classic Crest Solar White, I stamped a saying from my stash of stamps (whew – say that 3 times fast!) in black, sponged the edges of the strip in purple ink, and cut the tip like a flag. It was attached to the gift card holder, and I finished off the look with some light purple bling in the center of the flowers – to match the shimmery look of the Curious Metallic Violette paper!
Did you know this flower is called a Sangria Pansy? I love that name. No matter what CutCardStock color you choose, this is such a flexible project for birthdays, Easter, Mother’s Day, etc. How will you be celebrating the start of Spring? We’d love to hear from you – tell us what Spring projects you’re looking forward to in the comments below or on our CutCardStock Facebook page!