This puppy is a pizza-ish box for those of you who might wanna make note card sets as gifts for the holidays, but who find 3 x 3 too small. It's a 4 2/8" square box made with 12 x 12 cardstock. (No printable template for this one, due to its size, but hopefully the instructions are clear. If not, lemme know. :O) It's really easy one you try it once.)
Stamps: Melanie's loverly A Year of Flowers stamp set (Love how they can give you so many different styles) :O)
Paper: 12x12 cardstock: Textured In Colour Cardstock (River Rock-retired); Naturals White cards, river rock cs, black cs. Vellum cardstock. Patterned gesso cardstock.
Colour n Schtuff: Stems: River Rock ink, Versamark, Clear embossing powder, Pencil & eraser. Flowers: River Rock ink, clear ep, Black Craft ink, Black marker, Black Embroidery thread
Goodies: Beads, Cuttlebug border Frills embossing folder
The box opens like a gift box. Rounding the corners means the flaps can tuck inside it for a tidy look. :O) Of course, if they're misbehaving, you can always trim 'em a little to make them squeeze in there.
Makin' the Flowers 'n' Stems:
(and the cards)
Step 1) Emboss flowers from A Year Of Flowers onto vellum.
The neat thing about vellum cardstock (SU) is that you can emboss regular (dye-based) Classic inks if you're speedy with the embossing powder. This is with clear e.p.
Step 2) Swipe on ink. This is black Craft ink. I like the smoothness of Craft ink (pigment ink) but other inks that you use for resist would work too.
Step 3) Wipe off the excess ink. You may want to let the ink set for a little bit first (10-20 seconds)
Step 4) Reheat it. A secondary quick heating up with the heatgun will restore the gloss to your embossing.
Step 5) Add depth by shading with marker. This is a Black Close to my Heart marker.
Step 6) Cut out the flowers
Step 7) Emboss leaves from A Year of Flowers onto patterned gesso cardstock. The gesso lets you emboss the River Rock classic ink. You could also use any vellum or glossy cardstock that lets the ink stay wet long enough to powder it.
Step 8) Draw in stems with a pencil. This is SO cool... you can use an eraser to pick up some of the pencil & then draw with the eraser onto the embossing. It smudges and creates a kind of pastelly or charcoal blended look. Different pencils & erasers may work differently... the gesso is what seems to make this work
You can also use a Copic marker to pick up the pencil (or go over it and make it permanent.) The Putty YG-91 colour goes perfectly with River Rock ink.
Step 9) Adhere the flowers to the paper & pierce holes in the center for knots
Step 10) Sew in knots for centers
Step 11) Add image to mat & sew on beads
Step 12) Cut cardstock to measure 4 2/8 by 8 1/2 inches and fold in half to make 4 2/8 square cards (love that size, not too big not too small.) :O)
Step 13) Emboss the bottom of the card with flowery Frills embossing folder
Step 14) Adhere matted image to the card
And that's all she wrote. Hope it was useful to ya!