Thursday, January 14, 2010
Love is Blooming...
With Valentine's Day around the corner, I'm getting a head start on some hand-made cards for friends and family. And for me, card making is the perfect time to play around with paper techniques. I remember this particular idea from years ago and thought it'd be fun to try it again with Bo Bunny's adorable Love Bandit collection. It's a simple paper technique that works perfectly with any of the double sided papers Bo Bunny offers.
I started by cutting a piece of two-sided patterned paper to cover the front of my card. I used a white pen to trace circles from a template. I also drew cross marks that divided each circle into 8 pie shaped pieces and cut over the lines with a craft knife. Then I folded back each triangle to reveal the pink patterned paper from the back. It helps to add a bit of adhesive to the back of each petal to keep them laying flat.
Next, I cut another piece of contrasting paper to the same size as the card front and adhered it to the back so that it showed through the open circles. I then machine stitched around each opening. I punched circles and adhered them inside the opening slightly off center. Then, I punched 3 more circles and embellished them with buttons and an iCandy Brad. I added adhesive foam to the back of these circles and layered them on top of the other circles for dimension. And finally, I added a few leaves and used the Combo Stickers alphas to help create the sentiment.
So pull out those Bo Bunny papers, look back at techniques you've tried in the past and give them a whirl again! You might be surprised at how the these beautiful paper designs and embellishments can give these not-so-new ideas a fresh look!
Hope you enjoyed!!!
-Space circles 3/4" - 1" apart when creating flowers to avoid too much overlap with the flower petals.
Bo Bunny Supplies: Love Bandit patterned papers - Stripe, Tweetheart, Whoo Loves You, Bee Mine, Love Bandit & Nuts 4 U; Love Bandit Combo Stickers; Love Bandit Buttons and Cuckoo 4 U iCandy Brads.