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This all started with my napkin background. I fellow cardmaker from my group sent me some beautiful napkins that she had found on her trip to Russia and I had been hoarding them, but I decided to send her a card using one of them. There are different techniques out there to add napkins to your cardstock, I have in the past used Mod podge to adhere it to my cardstock but this time I just applied a thin coat of glue stick to my cardstock base, added the napkin and then used my brayer to make sure it was stuck very well. I didn't add anything on top like when I do the mod podge method I would add another layer on top to seal it. I like that matte look this gave to it.
After I looked at the background for a while I thought it would make a nice background for an outdoor themed card, and since my mind is on flowers this time of year I went with making a potted arrangement. I first took yellow cardstock and applied distress inks to give it a clay pot feel. I wrapped the pot around my glue bottle to give it a bit of an arch to round it out, added foam tape to the middle of the pot to keep it rounded and added wet glue to just the sides of the pot to adhere them down.
I am not sure if the picture above shows the dimension very well or not. I made the flowers using the small tattered floral dies, using my mat and a styles to give the flowers more dimension by shaping them. That pretty butterfly with it was from another fellow cardmaker who sent me a whole bunch of sweet butterflies. The grass was made with my border punch.
Spellbinders - Flower pot die
Distress inks - Rusty hinge and gathered twigs for pot onto yellow cardstock
Sizzix- Small Tattered florals die on patterned paper
Fiskars - Grass punch inked with mowed lawn distress inks onto green cardstock
Distress inks - Shading around edges Antique linen & walnut stain
Stickles - Cinnamon, yellow and Champagne
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