Monday, December 13, 2010

Vintage Elegance with Creative Charms December Kit of the Month

Today is my day to share a few things that I made with the Creative Charms  December Kit of the Month "Nouveaux Vintage" on the Creative Charms blog.   Please be sure to stop over to the blog to see what all of the Design Team members have been creating this month.

For this card I created a pleated paper rosette and added an Ivory Vintage Velvet Poppy to the center.  The poppy is the highlight of the card with the elegant ivory green and gold color scheme.  

To make the rosette, I started with a 2 x 12 inch strip of textured gold paper from the Making Memories Autumn Splendor collection.  I scored it at 1/4 inch intervals.  I did this by scoring every 1/2 inch on one side and then flipping the paper and scoring in the other direction at the same 1/2 interval but placing the paper starting at the 1/4 inch mark.  Then I folded it accordion style and creased the pleats firmly.

I cut a rectangle 2 x 3 inches from light green metallic cardstock (DCWV) and put 1/8 inch Scor-Tape on the two flat ends of the pleated paper.  If your folds work out differently you may need to trim one small section from the strip.

I attached the folded strip at the side of the rectangle of cardstock and then connected the other end of the strip to the top of the cardstock rectangle.

Once both ends are connected the paper strip has a tendency to curve up. 

If you hold the rectangle flat to the table the rosette flattens.  When the rectangle is adhered to the card the rosette can be flattened and adhered to the card as well.

I used more Scor-Tape to be sure the rectangle would stay firmly on the card.  This adhesive is very strong.

When the rectangle is adhered, the pleats have a tendency to pop up at the least provocation.

I added some more strips of Scor-Tape to the card front and then gently pushed the pleated strip on to the adhesive.

 I used a large dimensional glue dot to attach the velvet poppy to the center of the rosette.

The sentiment was cut from the Wild Card cartridge using DCWV glitter gold cardstock and multi cut 2 times.  

This screen shot shows the location of the sentiment.  I adjusted the size and shape by entering new values in the Shape Properies box so I could be sure it would fit neatly in the rectangle on the card.

I replaced the pearl brad in the center with one of the round Light Green Vintage Jewels.

The second card I made has a  Grey Vintage Velvet Poppy centered on a medallion.  Does the medallion look a bit familiar?  If you read my blog regularly it should...

It is the "leftover" cut from this card.

I experimented with blue, silver and pearl alcohol inks to see what sort of effects I could create.  (HERE is a link to the original post).

I used the Antique White Gradient Pearl Stickers in all three sizes around the edges of the medallion.  The "Best Wishes" sentiment is a "peel off" sticker.

Here is a closer view of the poppy with the pearl center.

For a different look, you could take out the center pearl brad and use a Gradient Gem Brad in Blue (not part of the December kit).  I  chose to keep the pearl center so all of the embellishments would match. 

Finally, I made a tag for a special gift with plenty of "bling."  For this tag I used another Ivory Vintage Velvet Poppy and five of the Light Green Vintage Jewels.


I used two of the teardrop shaped jewels as "leaves" for the poppy and lined up two rectangles and a circle jewel across the bottom of the tag. 

The teardrop gems are more of the same ones that I used for this version of the "stained glass" card.

I tried a little experiment with my ProMarkers and used the poppy marker to change the color of the pearl brad.  I put the brad through a scrap piece of paper and colored all around the pearl and the metal holder.   Then I used my heat gun on it for a few seconds to be sure it was dry and to "cure" the color.

Here you can see the comparison of the plain white and the colored brad.  This was a quick way to get a splash of color in the center of my velvet poppy and was easy to do.

Here is a closer view showing the altered brad.

There are so many items in the December Kit of the Month.  I can make many more cards and tags before I come close to running out!  The new velvet colors are lovely and can be used for many non-holiday projects so it would be great to add these new colors to your collection while the kit is available at a special price this month.

In just another day or two I'll be picking up our younger son from college.   The older one will arrive next week and we are looking forward to having everyone home for a few days.  I hope that you all will be able to have your families together for the holidays.

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  1. I love this idea of putting the rosette on the corner of a rectangle! I am obsessed with rosettes. FYI I finally used that Lego Muji punch and pics are on my blog.

  2. Increibly beautiful. i will be making rosettes now. Love this, Dee

  3. Great tuto's for those perfect projects !

    Have a great Monday ;-)

  4. great projects. The rosettes are so easy, I haven't tried any yet but I need to do that soon. TFS ! ! !


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