I'm cutting the deadline close on this one! We had our first family get-together tonight, and I just ran in the door. I'll post my finished PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop card now, and I'll edit and add the step-by step part over the next hour or so, if you'd like to know how I got there. [It's now added below.] Here was the PTI blog hop challenge: "This month's challenge is to build your own floral embellishment for a card or 3D item. It can be created with die-cuts, punches, stamp images that have been cut-out and layered, slit scalloped punches, you can crochet or sew one, the list could go on and on! You can use interesting materials like newsprint, felt, fabric, metal, cork, vellum, patterned papers, etc."
Directions are now below. Thanks for visiting!
Stamps: Out on a Limb Sentiments by PaperTrey Ink
Cardstock: Lemon Tart, Vintage Ivory, Spring Moss (also PaperTrey Ink)
Ink: Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush (PTI), Antique Linen Distress Ink
Tools: Scor-Pal, Spellbinders Tags Trio die, two oval punches (SU)
Accessories: Lemon pearls; Lemon Tart Satin (PTI)
Step 1: I ran my Lemon Tart cardstock through a paper crimper several times and in several directions to soften the cardstock and try to break it down so that I could pull it apart and have a textured side.
Step 2: I used a couple of oval punches (Stampin' Up) to punch several ovals for petals. I did not use all of these petals. I had punched enough to make several flowers, but as long as one flower took, I figured I'd stop there.
Step 3: I sponged the top edges lightly with Sweet Blush ink in order to make the petals look a bit like a Peace Rose's petals. Next I rolled the ovals tightly at the base and more loosely at the top to start forming a rose. I used glue as I worked, and it was a messy proposition--plenty of crinkling, pinching, and rearranging! (There's probably an easier way; this was a total experiment.)
Step 4: Here is the finished rose. I forgot to take a picture of the leaves as I worked, but I crimped the Spring Moss cardstock the same way as the Lemon Tart, and then freehand-cut the leaves before sponging them with some Antique Linen Distress ink and crinkling them into a leafy shape.
Step 5: For the grid background, I used a Scor-Pal and followed the same process that I illustrated in this post from a few months back.
Here's a close up. Now, please don't ask me how I'd mail this thing! But, hey, the challenge was just to make a flower, right? Nichole never mentioned mailing it. ;-) Thanks for visiting, and I can't wait to see what the rest of you come up with!