Welcome to you! I'm so glad you have joined the North Carolina Demo Blog Hop! We're celebrating Christmas with some great ideas for you! I hope you visit all of us. I know you will be glad you did! You might have just come from Tamra's blog. She has such great creativity!
This month, I have a Christmas frame for you. I used the Leaf Punch and Painted Harvest to make poinsettias. This art work is 9 x 9 and fits into an Ikea frame. Because there is dimension to the frame, I had a hard time getting a picture without a shadow at the top.
So I'm going to show you a better picture without the frame.
This project is a lot of fun to make. I will warn you that I have a lot of pictures to go with this to show how to make the flowers. Here's a close up of one of the poinsettias.
I will say that I was inspired to make the flower after seeing a card by Debbie Henderson. You can see that post here. I'll go over how to make the flowers and then the rest of the frame.
Use Cherry Cobbler ink and stamp 6 complete leaves from Painted Harvest and 6 leaves without the stem on Whisper White card stock. Punch these out. Trim any stem to where the leaves start on the last 6.
I did curl all the leaves with my bone folder. Be careful!
Punch a circle with the 3/4 inch circle punch. I used the Thick Whisper White, but it won't be seen. Add adhesive to the circle. I used the Multipurpose Liquid Glue, but choose what you like. I placed two of the leaves opposite each other and then filled in two leaves between the two on each side for a total of 6. Let this dry a little. You might want to hold the pieces in place for a moment.
I did use glue dots to add the shorter leaves. I tried to place them between the stems of the first layer.
Stamp three of the leaves in Garden Green and punch out. Curl these leaves with your bone folder, too. Using glue dots, adhere these to stick out where you please. I used a regular hole punch and punched out a lot of dots from Daffodil Delight card stock. Sponge around the dots with Cherry Cobbler ink. Add with glue dots to the flower.
You will need to make three flowers for this frame.
The background paper used for the frame is the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper cut 9 x 9.
For the pot, use the new Champagne Foil Sheets. Cut a rectangle 3 x 4 1/2. From the top corner cut down to the bottom inside 1/2 inch to make the diagonal. The top of the pot is 3/4 x 5. Emboss both pieces with the Holly Embossing Folder and sponge lightly with Basic Black Archival ink. Adhere the top to the bottom with Fast Fuse. Add a ribbon of the 7/8 inch Striped Ribbon from page 12 of the Holiday Catalog. That bold black and white stripe is so striking! Add a knot made with the same ribbon on top.
The tag is made using the Merry Cafe stamp set. Stamp the Christmas first in Garden Green and then add the Merry in Cherry Cobbler. Cut this out with the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies. Add with dimensionals.
Adhere the pot to the background with Foam Adhesive Strips.
Stamp 8 or 9 leaves using the Vintage Leaves stamp set on Whisper White card stock. Stamp these in Garden Green. Use a sponge dauber to color in the leaves. Cut these out using the Leaflets Framelits. It might help to curl these leaves a little with the bone folder, too.
Cut out the Basic Black sprigs using the Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies. I used 5. I felt like I needed to pull in a little more black to go with the ribbon.
I'm not sure I can tell you exactly how to do the rest of the frame. I can say that I started at the bottom and worked my way up filling in around the flowers. Many dimensionals were used! It's easy to add extra dimension to the larges leaves by pulling up on them and then sticking. Just play around with the pieces until you are happy.
Finally, play around with the flowers just a little more and curl and lift some of the petals to add a little more interest.
If you are thinking of making this frame for a gift, you just might need a card to go with it. Use a 3 x 6 piece of Thick Whisper White and score at 3. Add another flower to the front.
The Merry is from Merry Cafe. To make it a little more special decorate the flap of the 3 x 3 envelopes found on page 44 of the Holiday Catalog. Just trace around the flap onto the patterned paper, cut out, and adhere to the flap.
I do think this would make a great gift. One of my team saw this and immediately asked for a class! We are thinking a pot with spring flowers! Think about it.
Next on the blog hop is Tracie. She will have a fantastic project. You will not want to miss it! Thanks so much for stopping by today. I'm so glad you did.