Today is Glenn Close's birthday, and I thought it would be fun to feature a card that is stunning like she is. I learned how to make the flower that adorns the front of the card at the San Antonio Regional event in January. When I saw the guest demonstrator showing these, I just about plotzed! These flowers are absolutely gorgeous, and you can make a bunch of them for a fraction of the price you would pay for pre-done ones that are available in a craft store. And even more importantly, you can create them in colors that you need for your project.
The flower requires chiffon fabric, which I purchased at my local sewing shop. I was very fortunate to find some that matches our Poppy Parade color wonderfully. I die cut the flower layers with the Fun Flowers Sizzix die that we carry. I cut 4 each of two sizes to create a layered look for the flower. All you have to do is put an Antique brad through the center of the layers (smallest layer on top down to largest). Then hold the flower by the brad points with tweezers or something that will protect your hand from heat. Use your heat embossing gun to gradually "crisp" up the edges of the flower. I used short blasts of the heat because when it starts crinkling it goes super quick. You really don't want to burn your beautiful flower. After the petals look the way that you want, spread the prongs on the brad and adhere your flower to your project. Be very careful handling the brad after heating the flower; it gets really hot, and takes a while to cool down.
I used the the following materials to make this card:
- Stamps: Loving Thoughts
- Ink: Soft Suede
- Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede
- Accessories: Antique brads, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Everyday Enchantment ribbon & brad pack, Adorning Accents Edgelits dies, Adorning Accents embossing folders, Fun Flowers Sizzix die