Thursday, July 12, 2012

'Ornamental' flower

I'm not always the most creative person when it comes to finding "out-of-the-box" ways to use my stamping supplies. But when I was looking at the new Merry Minis stamps set and coordinating punches, I kept seeing the ornament as flower petals. I wasn't sure how it would work, but I gave it a try:

Supplies (all Stampin' Up!®):
Stamps: Merry Minis, Sweet Essentials
Card stock: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Gumball Green, Raspberry Ripple
Ink: Basic Gray, Primrose Petals
Accessories: Apothecary Accents Framelits dies, Chevron embossing folder, Paper-Piercing Pack Essentials, paper piercer and mat, Merry Minis punch pack, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Bitty Buttons, Green Gumball stitched satin ribbon, Whisper White baker's twine, 1/2" circle punch, Tombow multipurpose glue, Glue Dots, Dimensionals

I wanted to keep this a clean and simple card, so I used a Whisper White card base. I added a strip of embossed card stock along the bottom and topped it off with a strip of Gumball Green ribbon.

To make the flower I started by stamping five of the ornament images with Primrose Petals ink and punching them out. Then I punched out a 1/2" circle of Whisper White card stock, coated it with Tombow multipurpose glue and glued the ornaments to the circle in a star shape. I stamped and punched out five more ornaments and gently curled them around my paper piercer to create some dimension. I glued the tops of the ornaments to the 1/2" circle, making sure to center each of the curled ornaments between two of the flat ones. For the middle of the flower I punched a mini scallop circle out of Raspberry Ripple card stock, tied it to a Bitty Button with baker's twine and adhered it to the flower with a Glue Dot.

I punched two more ornaments out of Gumball Green card stock for leaves and glued them to the back of the flower. I die cut a piece of Basic Gray card stock, pierced the border and used Dimensionals to adhere the flower to the die-cut. I stamped a greeting on a strip of white card stock, trimmed it into a banner, gently curled it around my paper piercer and glued it to the back of the die-cut. Then I adhered the whole piece to the card front with Dimensionals.

I'm really pleased with how this card turned out, and I hope you like it, too. Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Very Innovative! I like how Crisp and Clean your card looks. Perfect in every way!

  2. Andrea, I just discovered this card. I LOVE it!! I never would have thought to make a flower out of the ornaments! So cool! I also love the partially embossed card base. Did you just emboss a strip of the white and attach it to the card base?? Because I can't figure how to fit the card through the big shot and only partially emboss. Thanks for sharing! Gerri K

    1. Thanks for your compliments, Gerri! I did emboss a separate strip of white card stock and then adhere it to the base. Sometimes I emboss a piece that is 5-1/4" x 4" and then adhere it to the card front, which leaves a little border of the flat card base visible around all the edges and is a neat tone-on-tone look. But for this card I adhered the embossed piece right at the edges. I hope that helps!