Monday, June 28, 2010

Flowers from the Third Dimension

Have you ever gotten an idea in your head, a mental picture of sorts, and it just won't leave you alone until you do something with it?  I've been plagued by 3-D flowers - not just using them, but assembling them.  I blame Tim Holtz!

My take on *dramatic pause* "Flowers From the 3rd Dimension" uses Handstamped Fabric Flowers from Etsy, Distress Stickles (for some Sparkle), a mulberry paper flower tinted with Copic Markers to match, and a simple gemmed brad to hold it all together.

In my head, you see, I was picturing a layered flower with shabby vintage charm, dripping with sparkle and texture, but still postage-friendly.  Let's not forget, after all, that cards are for mailing!

I paired my new-found blooming beauty with Botanical Paper and Vellum from PSX, scrolled leaf die-cuts, and ribbons to evoke a feeling of a wrapped present.  

I have to admit, my creative process on this piece was just a bit backwards >.<  I first assembled the fabric flower (it was, you may recall, stuck in my head) and then hunted through my stash to find papers and sentiments that I thought would complement it.  Heck, I didn't even know what kind of card this was going to be until it was mostly assembled.

It's amazing how one embellishment or accent piece can be the driving force behind an entire project. Thank goodness it just so happens that this particular bit of inspiration struck in a color scheme that was well within my comfort zone.  If these flowers had been Neon green, i'd have been in trouble ^.^ 

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