Miscellany

Artist Trading Cards - Flowers

By  Laura Nicholas  for  Hot Off the Press

size: 2-1/2"x3-1/2"

  • Flowers

Materials

  • White cardstock
  • Patterned: Bohemian sarapapers (butterfly); Chocolate Use ‘Em for Anything (floral outline)
  • Bohemian Embellish-abilities Kit
  • Bright Brad Pack

Tools

  • Stamp sets: Flights of Fancy; Journaling
  • Acrylic block, 2”x6”
  • StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad
  • Colored pencils
  • Circle punch, 3/4”
  • Butterfly ATC
  • 1. Cut white cardstock to 2-1/2"x3-1/2". Cover both sides with pink/light blue circles paper.
  • 2. Cut 2"x3-1/2" piece from brown/circles paper. Fold back top right corner; cover flap with light blue paper. Glue to card, even with right edge.
  • 3. Cut thin strip from pink paper and thread through small pearl button; adhere to blue flap with adhesive dot.
  • 4. Stamp heart onto light blue paper and punch with 3/4" circle punch. Ink edges black and adhere to center of extra-large pink brad. Insert brad in center of small brown silk flower.
  • 5. Stamp butterfly near top of brown dots paper and a set of small wings near the bottom. Glue lace over seam between pink and brown papers and trim even with card top and bottom. Adhere silk flower over small wings with foam tape.
  • 6. Ink card edges on both sides. Decorate back in similar way.
  • Designer Tip - Butterfly
  • 1. These small wing stamps are very versatile. See where the silk flower is placed in the bottom left corner? I layered the flower over the stamped wings to give the look of swirls extending from the flower. This adds interest and dimension, just like the folded corner with the pearl button.
  • Floral Outline ATC
  • 1. Cut white card stock to 2-1/2"x3-1/2". Cut two same-size pieces from floral outline paper. Color outlines of flowers, leaves, and vines with colored pencils.
  • 2. Place one floral paper piece on cutting mat; use craft knife to cut around portion of flower shape.
  • 3. Print small photo and crop to 1-1/8"x1-1/2".
  • 4. Cut 1-1/2" length from black grosgrain ribbon, cutting ends at an angle. Fold ribbon in half and attach to right edge of photo with a yellow mini brad. Insert brads through centers of two flowers on paper, as well.
  • 5. Tuck photo behind edge of trimmed floral paper and adhere both to front of card.
  • 6. Stamp journaling lines on second floral paper piece, stamping about 5/8" from left edge. Stamp solid bracket to left of lines. Add journaling with black pen.
  • 7. Adhere panel to card back. Ink card edges on both sides.
  • Laura's Designer Tip - Floral Outline
  • 1. I love the simplicity of this floral outline paper and how it allows me to add my own personal style. I colored over the outlines with colored pencils and cut a slit for a tiny little photo. Journaling stamps give me a quick-and-easy spot to add my information.
  • Tips - What makes ATCs fun?
  • 1. ATCs are such a fun alternative to business cards and the size is very easy to work with. There's just enough space to share your creative flair and interests.
  • Tips - How can you keep ATCs simple?
  • 1. Along with your information on the ATC, simply add a few embellishments, stamped images, patchwork paper, or photos. Don't be afraid to use 3-D embellishments for added texture.
  • Tips - What can you do with ATCs?
  • 1. These cards can be added to a Rolodex that you keep in your office, tucked into a pocket in a card to give to a friend, or added as an embellishment on a scrapbook page about that particular person.