Wednesday, 8 April 2015


Toady I'm sharing with you two cards that incorporate the same focal paper flower piece...but in very different styles....AND I am also showing you how to make the Zinnia flower that I used over on my other Blog The Six Inch Square

RED ZINNIA notelet card
This is the notelet card that I produced for the Zinnia flower it is really all about the flower...the Zinnia is the focal element...
I like making these little cards...I call them 'notelets' because I tend to make them to send out as little 'thank you', or 'just because' cards, they are small yet look elaborate despite only having a few simple embellishments....and I like using the die cut frames instead of a plain card stock it that something extra special and unusual look about it.

So, the base is basically made up of two frame dies, cut out and carefully glued together at the top edge so it creates a 'fold' and allows it to open out, and stand a normal card base. In this case I used the 4"x4" square frame die from the Spellbinders 'Lace Doily Motifs' set cut out in black plain cardstock.
A square of red paper with deckle edging was placed in the centre (cut by hand using fancy edge scissors) and some Lace Doily Motif corners were cut from green and placed behind at each edge.....these not only match the Doily frame, but echo the shape and colour of the four green leaves.
The flower was made using the Spellbinders Die D-lites 'Zinnia' die set...placed in the centre and some fine die cut black sprigs placed behind to which I adhered some of the extra cut small yellow stars from the flower die set.
The same flower die set kit was used for this card....but the colours and embellishments used, and the way it is composed, makes for a very different look.
This card is made in subtle and soft blues, greys and creams with lots of delicate cut fronds and lacy pieces to give it a vintage slightly shabby chic look.
The inspiration came from the paper base from my old stock which has delicately printed music sheets pattern and a small grey and blue bird image.
The main base card stock is a plain blue grey, matted with a pale blue paper that has been inked around the edges using Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Pumice Stone and Black Soot. The printed paper mat also had the edges treated in the same colours.
The border edging and leaf fronds are various dies cuts from Memory Box, and Die-namics and the frame (partially hidden behind the flower) is from the Marianne Design 'Creatables' of my favourite and much used die designs. All are cut from vintage cream card stock. Music score printed cream ribbon from my stash (sorry cannot remember name but will add here if I find out) is used to tie in with the printed paper.
The main flower is created from the Spellbinders Die D-lites 'Zinnia' set but unlike the above red Zinnia...this one has been made slightly different, cut from cream card and inked with 'Weathered Wood' and 'Pumice Stone' Distress Inks, the petals are curved in the opposite way and the central piece has been made bigger, plus no small central stars are used (but they are still used elsewhere on the card if you look closely). The two smaller flowers to the bottom right corner are cut from the same card and inked using the same colours, but made using the three smallest dies from the Spellbinders 'Carnation Creations' die set by Donna Salazar. The centres are set with small gemstones....and three tiny stones also set into the top right hand corner.
To make the Red Zinnia flower as shown in the above card, you can follow my tutorial over on my The Six Inch Square Blog   click on the link HERE
xxx Ange xxx

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