Thursday, February 17, 2011

Peony in mixed media and dimensions

While I am busy in the Craft Zone making projects for upcoming blog hops (shhh, the projects are a surprise!), I am reprising a post from last year when I had fewer followers.

This is a dimensional paper piecing.

First I made the peony using pink cardstock. I cut 4 five-petal flowers, each 1.5" in diameter. I cupped each of the flowers and then curled the edges of each flower to give them dimension. I think if I were to do it over again (and if I had the ink color I wanted), I would have inked the edges of the flowers first. I stacked the cupped flowers together, pinching them at the flower's base to give it dimension. I hot-glued the flowers together at the center and set it aside while I decided about the card's base.

I found this lovely mint green paper with the pastel birds among a stack of favorites. There were just two sheets of this paper in the collection, and I decided to use both of them. For the background, I cut out the image to size, highlighting the image of the birds in the floral tree. (The rest of the paper is solid mint green.) I ran the paper piece through the leafy Cuttlebug folder twice -- first on reverse to deboss, and secondly on the front of the imprint to emboss. I feel this gives the image more realistic texture.

Then I fussy-cut the images of the birds, leaves and flowers from the paper print (of the second sheet) so I could use them to layer atop the image I had embossed/debossed. I gave extra texture cuts to the birds' tail feathers and then decided to adhere the first bird at a lower level than the second; the second I raised with pop-dots. I curled the tail feathers as well as some leaves and flowers, to give dimension.

Next, I made a matching peony bud by cutting and curling one of the pink petals cut from the larger flower.

I mounted the large peony on the upper left of the card, using hot glue for stability. I then created a hot-glue and gold bead ball to use as a center-point accent for the lower left flower, and a smaller one for inside the bud. (You may not be able to see the beads in the bud too well in the picture -- sorry!) I put small black embellies on the birds' eyes, imprinted the inside of the card with a personalized message, and VOILA!

This card would need a gusseted envelope or box for mailing, which would be a bit of a problem I suppose. I'm hand-delivering it with cookies, however -- so that's one way to solve that dilemma!


maryps said...

WOW! This is beautiful. Lots of detail and lots of time! I really like your idea of debossing, then embossing - must try it. Thank you for sharing.

Unknown said...

Oh it is very pretty!! I never thought of running a paper through the cuttlebug to get an immage like that! Great Idea!! One I will be using!

Wendy said...

Ellen I just wanted to let you know that I have an award waiting for you over at my blog!! Keep up the great work!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh!! That card is amazing. Thanks for the great idea. Must get a cuttlebug next month. I keep seeing all these beautiful textured ideas and I currently can't do them.
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