Sweet New Baby – Homemade Flower Embelishments

Cards, Techniques

I made a card this week for a coworker whose wife just had a baby girl. I wanted to share this one because the embellishments look fancy but were easy-peezy to make.

Sweet new baby card with homemade flower embellishments.

Sweet new baby card with homemade flower embellishments.

The background was simple. I used a piece of white cardstock and scored along two diagonals to make the bottom section. The top section is a piece of pink patterned paper (from Stampin’ Up) with a layer of vellum over top. I used a strip of pink polka-dot paper to cover the seam and make the card look more finished.

I cut the sentiment and frame with my Silhouette machine.

I handmade my flower embellishments. They are surprisingly really easy to make. Start by punching, or like mine, cut from the Silhouette, three  5-petal flower shapes per finished embellishment. For this card, I cut nine flowers of the larger size, and nine of the smaller size using my Silhouette.

Next, I lay all the flowers down and smushed Archival Brilliance, Platinum Planet ink over each one. While the ink was still wet, I used my fingernail and bone folder to shape the petals by folding in. I repeated shaping the petals for all 18 flower layers. It really didn’t take that long at all. You kind of just get into the groove of it after about the second one. Your fingers do get inky so keep a baby wipe handy.

I cut two sizes of leaves in green and smushed just a little bit on the ink of each one. For the leaves’ shape, I scored the vein marks with my bone folder and then gently folded in.

I adhered three layers of flowers to make each embellishment using Tombo Mono Liquid Glue in between each layer. I let them dry by using a clothespin to hold each one together. After about five minutes, I finished off each one with some pearls in the centre and then touched up the petal’s shapes.

I assembled my card by adhering the frame with foam tape and then a combo of pop dots and Glossy Accents for the embellishments.

One last tip, if you use five layer of the 5-petal shape and fold them in around a pencil, you will get a rose looking flower.

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