Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Less is More - 'Flowers'

The current challenge over at Less is more is 'Flowers'. I have a gazillion flower stamps here but decided to try out a new die instead. That's when the fun began:
I used:

- 5" x 5" square white card blank

- a Memory Box 'Wild Blooms' die. Looking at the die before attempting to cut it, the asses ears went up here :( It's a lovely die but ALL of the petals cut separately - sheesh. First I thought about using the die as a stencil (one for the future), then I thought about just backing the outline with coloured card - but that would have been waaaaaay too easy. First of all I cut the die into the front of the card blank and decided I wanted to 'inset' the stems and flowers and there were a lot of little petals to play with - did I really need to get the glue pen out to stick each one individually?

Then I had one of those 'I'm not really as stupid as I look' moments and backed the die cut aperture with Woodware double sided sticky film and added a piece of white card behind (ie. inside the front of the card, cut just a little bit smaller than 5" x 5"). That left me with a nice lot of sticky little apertures. I die cut the stems using a snippet of SU's 'Certainly Celery' card stock and popped those into place - easy as it's just one piece. Next I die cut the flower heads portion using a snippet of  SU's 'Perfect Plum' card stock and very carefully lifted the cutting plates apart so as many pieces stayed in place as possible. That meant, apart from a few stray pieces, that it was easy peasy just to pick up one little piece at a time and pop it onto the card in its rightful place rather than trying to figure out what went where.
- the sentiment was stamped using a favourite stamp from a Stampendous set called 'Happy Messages' and a Memento 'Elderberry' ink pad, then punched using SU's 'Word Window' punch and popped onto a backing which was punched using SU's 'Modern Label' punch

I've managed to catch up on Playground commenting, Monday was such a glorious day I was out and about quite a bit :) Then I came home and just collapsed relaxed in the sunshine!



Jean Straw said...

This sounds a bit fiddly but the lovely result was worth it.
Jean x

Bonnie said...

That's a lot of petals to stick down! I applaud your patience! It was worth it for this beautiful card!

Cornelia W said...

What a beauty of a card - honestly when I saw this die-cut I would not have known what to do with it - now I want it, LOL!
Thanks for adding my card to the playground - sorry you had to go through the trouble to do it yourself.....

Amanda said...

All that hard work and effort was certainly worth it, such a gorgeous card. I really like the inlaid die cut look and admire your patience to get that intricate image perfect. Hugs, Amanda x

Glennis said...

A great result - well worth the effort

scrappymo! said...

You have so much patience...but your method of assembly was a great save! Whew! I can only imagine if you had not thought of this brilliant save for the assembly portion.

Great card Di!

debby4000 said...

Gorgeous, beautiful card. Its annoying when you realise you should have put tape on card before cutting, been there and I know your pain.

Irene said...

Beautiful di.

mamapez5 said...

i bought this die when you featured a card using it in the playground a while ago, and I intended doing much the same as you with it, but I bet I would have used a glue pen. Thanks for the tip! Kate x

SARN said...

Well I LOVE what you did Di - CAS and very cool -if a wee bit fiddly. I agree - it's a VERY pretty die though.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sandra H said...

Wow Di this is so elegant your so good with these lim creations take care enjoy your day x

Pippa said...

Great card Di and a good idea using the sticky backing. Must have been like doing a jigsaw though, putting all the little bits in! x

vic said...

This is lovely Di love the flowers :)

Vic x

Hettie said...

Gorgeous card there Miss. Love the colours. Bet you wouldn't attempt this if you had a cold! Haa Haa!
What is this I hear that Parsnip has been heard round by the duck pond? He better not get dirty as he hates being washed in the machine and we won't talk about when he had to be hung on the line by his ears to dry! The language and tears was not pretty!

Sue said...

Wow what a lovely card Di and soooooo much patience LOL huggles Sue xx

Lynne said...

Hee hee, been there, done that. It`s a fiddly job but you`ve been left with a fab card Di.
Lynne xxx

Mary said...

Isn't it fun trying to figure things out. In June, I'll be using a die with lots off letters on it. I had the same moment....worrying about loosing some of the letters. Sometimes we make life harder than it was intended to be...Silly Us. Great card....Love it!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Hello Di, I know what you mean about those fiddly bits in the die but you've done a great job. Beautiful colours and perfectly CAS.
Thanks for sharing
Less is More

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

coo, aint that grand, Miss?!! well done indeedy! Shaz in oz.x

Chrissie said...

This is just gorgeous Di
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Anne said...

Di this is gorgeous!
Thank you for your LIM entry
Less is More Designer

MagsB said...

This looks fabulous, well worth the effort! :)

love Mags B x

Shirley said...

Your card is elegant and I ditto what you did to insert the colored die cut pieces!!