It's Fresh Vintage Blog Hop day! Today's die is the Fringed Flower, by Eileen Hull.
I should start by explaining that my first set of fabric flowers had black satin on top and some cream lace sandwiched inside. I was showing the card to John when Karl strolled by and took a look.
ME: What do you think of this? It's for the Blog Hop on Thursday.
JOHN: I like it. Very classy.
KARL: What's with the black flowers? That's pretty morbid, isn't it?
ME: No, it's elegant. John, do you think it needs anything at the bottom here?
JOHN: No, it doesn't need anything.
KARL: Yes it does need something. It needs an apology across the bottom that says "Sorry for the black flowers of death!"
Of course I couldn't stop thinking about the black flowers of death, so I ripped the flowers off the card and re-did them with burlap on top and the black satin sandwiched inside.
ME: Look, Karl - is this better?
KARL: Yes, it's much better, but you didn't have to redo it - that was just my opinion.
So let me tell you what I created. I wanted to use my new Pull Tag die, which (as the name implies) has a TAG that you PULL to raise up a decorative frame. For this card, though, I thought it would be fun to let the card do all the pulling. I added an extension to the end of the Pull Tag that is then connected to the bottom flap of the card. When you open the card, the extension pulls the frame up for you!
For the Fringed Flower, which is the star of todays' Blog Hop, I used the die to make the burlap/fabric flowers as well as the center buttons, which are die cut from shrink plastic and fused together.
- Create a 5x7 card from brown cardstock that has a 0.5" spine at the bottom and a 9/16" spine at the top. My top flaps are 3" and 6" in length.
- Add strong magnets to hold the flaps closed. Then cut papers to fit each panel with a small border of brown showing.
- Punch a hole in the top flap and string a beaded chain through it. Hang a key charm and a stamped layered sentiment onto the chain.
- Assemble the Pull Tag die according to the package instructions. Hang a decorative heart charm inside the frame. Stamp a greeting on the end of the Pull Tag.
- Die cut a second tag and trim the length to 4". Fold the trimmed tag at 1.5" from the top (decorative edge) and then glue the tag behind the Pull Tag with the fold lined up with the end of the tag and the decorative edge at the bottom.
- Adhere the base of the Pull Tag inside the card approximately 1.75" from the first bottom fold.
- Collapse the Pull Tag flat inside the card with the foldover extension folded flat on top of it. Add a strip of strong adhesive behind the decorative edge of the foldover extension and carefully close the bottom flap of the card, attaching the decorative edge to the bottom flap of the card in the correct position.
- To make the Fringed Flowers, first die cut two of each size flower using three colors of Shrinky Dinks and shrink them using a heat gun, allowing the fringed edges to stick and overlap others as they shrink.
- Set the smallest flowers aside (in my case, the brown ones) and make two layered stacks of the other two flowers in a glass baking dish. (In my case: black on the bottom, cream on the top) Fuse the pieces together in a hot oven (450F). After removing from the oven, immediately press the small (brown) flower to the center of the fused stack. Add a rhinestone to complete the button.
- For the burlap/fabric flowers, each flower will need four burlap and four black satin flowers. (I used the largest flower size on the die) Place a black flower over a burlap flower and fold the stack in half and then in half again, making a layered corner. Arrange four of these corners into a circle and stitch or staple them together. Cover the center with a Shrinky Dink button. Repeat for the other flower.
- Adhere one finished flower to the front flap of the card and the other to the Pull Tag inside the card. To elevate the flower higher than the frame, add a scrap of cardboard or matboard behind the flower and secure it just to the front of the frame. Also die cut two Scroll sets and glue them to the sides of the frame. Embellish with rhinestones.
Ready to see some more projects using this die? You can find links to the other projects on Eileen Hull's blog post. Also make sure you check out the Oh My Crafts blog, where you can enter to win a Flower Layers #9 die! (Valid only during the blog hop dates, September 27-November 3, 2011)