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The feminine side of me really likes the new Stretch Ruffle Trim — the sweet, soft ruffle, and the pretty new In Colors make it one of my favorite new accessories. However, I have discovered that it is not really meant for tying a “traditional” bow, and I’ve wanted to use it in other ways. More like an embellishment, or an accessory. This is a card we created at our Club Class for August, but the original idea came from my friend Dee. I liked it so much — and she agreed to let me case it for our class. I’ve seen several similar versions on Pinterest, as well. So, thanks to all who created this idea for me!
To create a flower like this, you will need to get your supplies ready first. Cut out a circle of cardstock about the size of a dime and cover it with sticky strip. Or, if you are lucky and still have some of the giant sheets of adhesive that we used to sell, then cut out a circle from that. I had everything ready for class before I realized that fantastic paper isn’t in the catalog any more! Peel off the backing of the sticky strip, and have it ready so that once you roll up your flower you can immediately press it onto the sticky surface. Trust me, you need to be ready!
You will begin to roll up the flower in between your fingers and keep going. Keep it really tight and wrap it around in a circle until you get the base of the flower about the size of a dime (your circle that is waiting). Press it down firmly onto your sticky strip. On the front side of the flower, go ahead and “open up” the flower a little by pressing the ruffled trip out and fanning the center out. It will now be about the size of a quarter, give or take. The Pansy Punch is used for the two layers of Vellum that you see on this card, and the leaf is actually the wing of the Two Step Bird Punch using Always Artichoke Cardstock.
This second card uses the Crisp Canteloupe Ruffled Trim — I can’t decide which I like better! They are both so pretty!
Carstock: Pacific Point, Always Artichoke, Crisp Canteloupe, Strawberry Slush
DSP: Modern Medley Designer Series Paper, Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Black StazOn
Punches: 2 1/2″ Circle Punch, Pansy Punch, Bird Builder Punch
Accessories: Ruffle Stretch Trim, Sticky Strip, Dimensionals, Modern Mosaic Embossing Fodler