This card is simple to make but it looks rather complicated. I designed it recently while I was away from home and my die cutting machines. Yesterday I had a chance to test cut one version of my design. I cut this with the Silhouette Cameo and I plan to cut it with the Explore next to compare the cuts. With the Cameo, the tiny triangles cut fully but I had to poke most of them out. I have found the my cuts with the Explore almost always lift cleanly from the mat so I'll let you know if this one works nicely.
The topper with the cut pattern is cut from Core'dinations Pearls cardstock which has a beautiful shimmer. I had some flowers that have been sitting around in my craft room for years so I decided to layer a couple of them with a jewel brad in the center.
Here are all of the pieces for this card. The base is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches (11 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half). The card topper is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 inches with the design centered and cut. I created this design using some "leftovers" from a doily design that got a little too complicated.
I used my very old, but still quite functional, Creative Memories circle cutter to cut the color backing for the inner ring at about 3 1/2 inches. Since this would only show through the inner ring of the design, I cut another circle from the center at about 2 1/8 inches. This is a great way to save paper and reduce the weight of layers on a card.
I put adhesive on the back side of the card topper and set the green ring into position. The ring was cut from a two sided paper with slightly different shades of green.
Once the green ring was set in place behind the card layer, I adhered the layer to the card base. You could use the center area to stamp a sentiment instead of adding the flowers.
Here are the layered flowers on top of the green circle. I thought the green was altering the color of the flowers and that it was distracting.
I punched a two inch scalloped circle and added it between the flowers and the green circle - I think this looks nicer.
After I glued the scalloped circle and plain circle together, I used this pick tool to punch a starter hole in the center of the shapes.
Then I inserted the jeweled brad through the center of the flowers and the circle shapes to hold everything together.
The green circle below the flowers gives the illusion that there is another circle cut into the card topper since it is the same color as the ring layer that is backing the inner circle.
If you missed the photos from the Botanical Gardens in yesterday's post, just scroll back to see them. The final photo was taken somewhere in San Francisco - any guesses where I took it?
Do you have plans for Memorial Day? We will be staying close to home after all of our travels. Happy weekend if you are taking Friday off too as a bonus day!
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