Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Flowers Add Pizzazz

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means - Technique and Tutorial Day at QKR Stampede and Eureka Stamps. Today, I'm taking a look at how flowers add detail and interest to our creations.

I've always been intrigued by the meanings we associate with flowers - with different flower varieties and different flower colors. According to Wikipedia, "Sending flowers was a Victorian-era means of communication in which various flowers and floral arrangements were used to send coded messages, allowing individuals to express feelings which otherwise could not be spoken. The nuances of the language are now mostly forgotten, but red roses still imply passionate, romantic love and pink roses a lesser affection; white roses suggest virtue and chastity and yellow roses still stand for friendship or devotion." Wikipedia offers an entire chart for the meanings of various flowers. It's fun to have a look. Besides the color of our eyes or the width of our hips, I guess we can thank our grandmother's grandmother for our continuing fascination with flowers.

Here's a thank you card done in American Crafts cardstock. It's cut at 5 1/2 inches square. I've run a line all around the face of the card with the Scor Pal tool.

Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Squares was used to cut and emboss two layers. The centre is stamped with QKR's Werdz set  Best Wishes in Distress Ink and heat embossed.

I thought it looked a little plain, so I embossed two lines close to the greeting with Spellbinders Classic Edges 2. Liquid Pearls dot the squares.

I'd be proud to send this card, but...

look at how much interest is added when flowers come into the design.

These are the  Purple Flower Assortment available from QKR.

I've also cut two sets of leaves with the Spellbinders Foliage dies.

The pearls in the centres of the flowers were white self-adhesive pearls, but I tinted them to a matching shade with Copics.

These two photos were taken on the same day, but at different times. Isn't it amazing how the natural light coming into the room makes a difference in the color we see in the photo?

Here's a look at all the flower types, sizes and colors you'll find in the purple assortment.

You get five of each flower, so that's pretty good selection and should carry you through any design.

Two week from now, I'll share some ideas about how to color your flowers if what you have on hand isn't exactly the color you need.

I'll see you next week with a technique for adding a Eureka design to a candle.


  1. Wonderful tutorial my friend. I love how you have shown the way the flowers add so much texture and design to the card. Wonderful explanation also. Lovely card, Deb. joann sassy raggedy

  2. the chart, fascinating! Your card is utterly stunning!!!

  3. It looks good on its own, then wow the pop with the flowers, I too have such a difference with my lite in my room, thanks for sharing..