soft_suede_flower_cfcI did a quick search on the inter-webz this morning and discovered that today is Cher's birthday. She has been on the music scene for as long as I can remember – remember the old Sonny and Cher show? Perhaps I am just showing my age. Anyhow, I'm glad that she was able to re-emerge into the music scene and continue to inspire all of us. I would love to give her this card to help her celebrate her special day.

This is the second card that I created for the Cards for Cancer event that I participated in earlier this month. I am so excited to report that we raised $719 for the American Cancer Society at this event! Of the two cards that I made, this one was a bit more involved. I enjoy including a card that teaches the attendees a simple technique that gives the expert stampers something to add to their repetoire and isn't too overwhelming for the newbies. This time I used the "Faux Suede" technique to create the flower on this card. Below is the directions for this technique so you can try it out.

I used the following supplies to make this card:

  • Stamps: Fabulous Florets
  • Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso
  • Ink: Early Espresso
  • Accessories: Fun Flowers die*, Little Leaves Sizzlet*, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Antique Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Corner Rounder punch*

*On the retired list

Faux Suede technique:

  1. Using your fingers, scrunch up the piece to be faux sueded. For this card, this was two pieces – one of the larger flowers (Calypso Coral) and one of the smaller flowers (Blushing Bride) that I cut from the Fun Flowers die.
  2. Carefully unfold the piece and re-scrunch in a different direction.
  3. Repeat steps 1 & 2 MANY times to separate the layers of the cardstock. You will feel the cardstock getting softer as you work on it.
  4. Find a spot on the edge that is starting to separate and peel apart the layers. If the cardstock starts to tear, stop and resume scrunching and re-scrunching.
  5. Once you have the layers separated, you have two pieces from the first piece. The side that was on the inside is very soft and feels almost like suede. This is what goes on the top of your finished piece.