Card or flowers? - how about both!

Monday, 27 April 2009

Another commissioned card and this time I was asked to make a card for a friends mum who was retiring from work. She said she didn't want a cute image and I was instantly stuck!! I don't know why I keep taking orders for cards 'cos I always feel pressured when I'm making them..

I decided I would experiment! Not always a good idea!!! But I think this time it worked out!
I thought a bouquet of flowers might be nice on a card, made using the paper flowers I've been doing lately. So I pulled out my flower nesties, my retro flower punch and my tiny daisy punch - along with a truck load of brads and my Basic Grey Sugared paper pad and got going!

This is what I ended up with:

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I edged each layer of the flowers with tattered rose distress inks (I love that name!) and added a few punched leaves - I got a work-out trying to get those beasties punched! I was pressing and pressing for ages with all my might and it wouldn't go through, so I put it on the floor and stood on it - after a bit of dancing around on it the leaves were eventually born! Beautiful they were too!
I also added a few bits of pink wire which I curled around my pokey tool - I got this idea from Rach's fabby blog when she curled the stems of little flowers - thanks for the tip!!
I didn't get a close up as the battery died in my camera as I was taking the pictures and I didn't have time to get it charged before the card was being collected.

For the paper wrapping, I marked the centre at the bottom of a piece of 6x6 dp and scored from there up to each corner and cut away most of the excess - just leaving enough to stick it to the card. When I stuck it to the card I left it so as it sat out from the card and when I attached the flowers I overlapped them on the edge (which I added a border beautified with a MSBP) so as the wrapper looked bubbly and 3d.

I made a tag with my label nesties and curled it a bit and attached it with foam pads for dimention.

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This is the inside:

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I also had to make a box to put it in - I didn't want all the flowers to get squished in an envelope!
Lined with tissue paper (which is looking a brighter and wrong shade of green)

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So now I have to get stuck in to my friends wedding invitations - we got all the stuff ordered last night (it's nice to go shopping with someone else's credit card!!) including over 2000 tiny swarovski crystals which I need to stick each one individually!! Fun!

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8 comments:

Andria said...

WOW - Sheena thats brilliant. Very effective with all the individual flowers punched. I'm sure it will be gratefully received.

louise.cannon said...

Love it! and so will your friend and most importantly her Mum!! :)

Chrissie said...

What a fabulous card Sheena, I love the look of this, so different and who couldn't love all those flowers?
I'm sure the recipient will be thrilled.

Riet said...

What a beautiful card Sheena,l love the flowers.

Hugs Riet.x

Bev said...

WOWWWW!!! This is fabulous babe - such gorgeous details right down to the box x

papercraftsbyrach said...

this is brilliant Sheena, what a fantastic idea.. its even packaged beautifully... good luck with all those swarovski crystals.. hugs rachxx

Calv said...

Wow what a great gift Sheena! I love the way you've boxed it and everything. Great job with the flowers, you have a lot of patience lol.

Joyce across the Pond said...

Well, I just love to read your blog as it reminds me of what it is like to make cards to order...mmmmmm..I'm actually taking a break from cards as I've been working flat out for a year and feel the need for a break. I have been to that place sticking on those multiples of crystals....I quit making wedding invites as there are just so many layers of things to do generally and I get thoroughly bored with it all. I do write on them though and that's ok as every one is different. Best wishes from Joyce in Northern Ireland - this side of the pond for a change.