Saturday, April 28, 2012

Cherry Blossom Bling

Before I talk about today's card, I just want to give a huge THANK YOU to all the lovely folks who have been visiting the blog!  I hope you know that I don't take a single page look or comment for granted!  Your kind, encouraging words are so very appreciated!  

Now back to the paper;)  Be prepared to see a bunch of Mother's Day cards here in coming days.  Not only do I have the usual bunch on my list (my mom, mom-in-law, sister, sis-in-law), but I have a slew of aunties around the country that I try to get cards to on that special day!  This card is a twist on the standard petal card.  Instead of leaving 2 pointed ends, I used a star punch to make it a cherry blossom petal!  
For a bit of dimension, this is a 2 layer card.  The top layer has a die cut circle.  I glued the petals around the open circle.  When the two layers are put together, the inner part of the petals (see where the glue dots are in the pic?) are adhered to the bottom layer inside of the open circle.  This gives the appearance of being sunken in like a real bloom.  I probably should have used thicker foam squares to really exaggerate the look.    
The "stamen" flower center was cut using my Silhouette on vellum.  {I believe that the Silhouette design is one of the free ones that came with my machine}  I added the gems to each dot and colored the whole thing with a copic.  I randomly bent some of the stamens so that they pop off the card here and there.  I love the little blingy bits!
Now for the sentiment...I embossed the sentiment in white with every intention of blending some ink over it.  I just couldn't do it!  It turns out that I really, really like the white on white look!  The heart wants what the heart wants, right?

Well, that's it for me today!  It's been a long week and I'm enjoying my free day.  I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend too!   Thanks for taking a peek!
{Aloha, jj}

Paper: Cover Smooth White 100 lb 188091 (International Paper); Berry Sorbet, Vellum (PTI)
Stamps: Rubber Mother's Day Stamp ($1 bin at Michael's)
Ink: Versamark, Copic marker
Embellishments: Embossing powder; gems
Tools: Square Punch (EK Success); Corner Chomper; Silhouette


  1. very creative way to create the petals. love the graphic design.

  2. This is simply beautiful!! LOVE your blossom and thank you for showing how you did it!! The stamen is how you did it in vellum and blinged it...all very pretty:)!!

  3. Oh Wow JJ - another beauty. The stamen is pretty enough on it's own - it looks like a fab antique pin (my 80's background is showing). Your flower is beautiful and so exotic/tropical looking. Great way to line everything up with the open window! You are going to make someone really happy with this one!

  4. Creatively gorgeous as always JJ!!
    Love this...
    the colors...
    those blossoms...
    and love the white on white embossing! :)

  5. Ooh, gorgeous! The vellum starburst at the center of the flower is brilliant!

  6. OK, now, how come I've never found such a score in the $bin? Sigh. That sentiment is beautiful!
    Love how you made the cherry blossom - the star punch? Brilliant! And bling :)

  7. A wonderful card, and an ingenious use of the star punch! Fab card!

  8. you are becoming known by your awesome graphic die cuts! I love this so much. Not only are you good at creating scenes, but making fantastic cards with like 3 supplies! amazing. I also like the explanation on how you did it, saves me time in staring at it for hours trying to figure it out!

  9. Just found your blog -- and I am overwhelmed by such beauty! And this is such an awesome card -- you are a creative genius!

  10. GENIUS! Pure genius! I love your cherry blossom!

  11. Absolutely beautiful, as always. I was so happy to see you featured on the PTI forum earlier this week. You are so talented, and I hope it made you happy that Dawn took notice. You are famous! Yay!

  12. How absolutely perfect JJ, the simplicity is what makes this so striking! I wouldn't want to try and cut vellum on my Cricut....the silhouette sounds an amazing machine.
    I agree the white on white looks awesome, so pleased you went with your heart :0)
    Jenny x

  13. This is amazing. Clean and simple and loads of bling? Is that possible? Gorgeous. And thanks for sharing the tip about "sinking" the centers. Hadn't noticed it at first but what a great idea.

  14. You really are a genius with the die cuts, JJ! I love all the little details that go into making what at first appears to be a very basic card into a stunning piece of art! :)

  15. WOW JJ !!!! I have to just repeat what everyone else probably said this is jut nothing short of stunning! The white embossing is beautiful and stunning on the card.You are blessed with much talent!

  16. Thank you for your sweet comments on my 12 kits post. I believe that the girls stamp is from Stampendous--If you need more info, check with Marybeth, since she put the kit together. Wasn't it great?

  17. Gorgeous! Love your creativity with the punches and that stamen with the gems is to die for! Also love your subtle embossing of the sentiment!

  18. WOW! Totally amazing. Beautiful.


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