Sunday, May 22, 2011

Handmade Vintage Paper Flower -- Elegant Monochromatic Card

I had an anniversary theme in mind when I made this card, but it would do just as well for a wedding or special birthday.  Sometimes I find it's nice not to lock myself into a specific sentiment.  I always enjoy making cards that can 'speak for themselves', becoming versatile for any occasion.
You can see more uses for these vintage book flowers on my last few posts this month.
I make the flowers by punching ten 1-1/4-inch circles with my EK Success punch.  I've also made smaller ones with the 1-inch punch.  Remember, though; when you're planning your layout, you should allow for double the width of the punch you're using, plus a little.  The flower you see pictured is the width of my four fingers; so, a very strong element in a compositional sense.
After you've punched the flowers, fold the edges over each other at an angle, so that they meet in a point on one side and have an open scallop shape at the top.  I fold five with the left edge on top, and five with the right edge on top, so that I can form double petals.
When all your pieces are folded, use a marker on the edges to give more definition, and then glue them to a scrap piece of sturdy cardstock for a base.
Here are the challenges:
Shabby Tea Room #62 "Monochromatic"
Truly Scrumptious #57 "Anything Goes" -- I am also applying for the DT but I forgot to mention that in my previous entry.... oops....

Papertake Weekly "Bloom and Grow"
Ooh La La Challenge #80 "Fancy Folds"
Crafty Creations #119 "May Flowers"
CCEE #1120 "May Flowers"
Double Dutch #68 "Vintage"
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #135 "Anniversary"

Materials Used on this Card:
Cardstock {Papertrey Ink}
Papers {Vintage Book pages}
Punches {EK Success (circles, corner rounder), Martha Stewart (arches)}
BIC Markit Marker -for edges
Paper rose {Recollections}
Gold superfine embossing powder {Ranger}
ZIG Glue pen
Vintage lace {Spare Parts}

And before you go, friends, don't forget to enter for my Spring Giveaway!

Have a wonderful week ahead,


  1. So very lovely ... thanks for joining in at the Tea Room x2!!

  2. Love your entry! Beautiful dp and flower on this vintage creation.

    Thank you for playing Crafty Creations Challenge with us this week. Do come again, we love to have you join in the chance to win beautiful and practical prizes for a cardmaker. :)Peggy

  3. Love your card. Thank for joining us at Truly scrumptious

  4. Love your vintage feel creation. That flower is just gorgeous.

    Thanks for joining us at The ABC Challenge.

    Lin xx

  5. Stunning - love the layered effect

    Thanks for joining our "Anniversary" challenge on SECRET CRAFTER SATURDAY CHALLENGE this week :)

    Hugs Jane x

  6. Gorgeous creation!
    Thanks for playing along with this weeks ABC challenge.
    Hugs Sue x

  7. Such a wonderful card,lovely layout and the flower is beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week at Truly Scrumptious...
    Mandy x

  8. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at the SCSC!
    Helen x

  9. WOW! Kathryn I love that card..sepecially the flower

  10. Very pretty-love the big green flower!


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