Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Art Nouveau Blossom Petals

Do you ever end up with card parts just lying around? I do, I have little pieces and parts that pop up every now and then. One of the pieces that has been lying around for awhile is the largest flower petal from the Blossoms Petal Builder punch. Everytime I saw this little piece I kept seeing it as the focal point of some kind of Art Nouveau'ish type card. As I googled Art Nouveau images, the colors and the card began to emerge.
So what is Art Nouvea? Here's Wikipedia's definition: A style of decorative art, architecture, and design prominent in western Europe and the US from about 1890 until World War I and characterized by intricate linear designs and flowing curves based on natural forms. (Hmmm...that sounded to me like the flowing curves on the Blossom piece I was thinking about.)
So what I actually did was repunch the largest Blossoms Petal in Shimmery White CS. I used one of the little wooden tools that come with SU's rub-ons, and placed my punched petal on a piece of cardboard to dry emboss some curves onto the petal. I used the Reinker Spread technique (click on this video for a quick how-to) to create the light and dark areas on the petal. The embossed lines acted as little reservoirs for the ink to flow down into...kind of cool. The Old Olive leaves are punched from the Blossoms Petal punch, as well. I folded them in half and ran each one through the crimper, sponging Soft Suede over the surface and edges of the leaves and large reinker blossom. What a great tool the Stampamajig was to accurately place the small Charming medallion stamp around the perimeter of the circle.The rest of the supplies I used to create my card are listed below. Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies Used
Cardstock: So Saffron, Old Olive, Basic Black, Shimmery White,Calypso Coral
Punches: Blossoms Petal, 1-3/8" circle, 1-1/4" circle, Itty Bitty scallop
Stamp Set: Charming
Ink: Calypso Coral (and Reinker), Peach Parfait (and Reinker), Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Big Shot: Scallop Circle; Ovals #2
Accessories: Jewels-Pearls, Circle Cutter, sponge dauber, Crimper


Anonymous said...

This is one of the most beautiful creative cards that I have seen in a very long time! Great job! - Mary R. (scs #1volunteer)

Chris said...

Wow...this is one of the most beautiful and innovative cards I've seen! Just gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

That card is amazing. I just couldn't take my eyes off of it. Hopefully you can do a tutorial on how you did this beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

Carol said...

Fabulous card that deserves a real WOW comment!

Terry said...

The card is definitely a work of art. You did a magnificient job. I read your welcome message and want you to know how much your sharing means to those of us who don't have that creative gene. God Bless!!

Two Happy Stampers said...

Wow...well, thanks so much for your kind comments! They are appreciated.
:-) Heidi

Jayne Stenstrom said...

This is such a gorgeous card! Thanks for sharing!

Carol Carriveau said...

Fabulous card....TFS! I agree about sharing your tutorial...