Dec 14, 2016
Happy Hump Day, crafty peeps! Christmas is on its way (yay!) and we are ratcheting up the creativity around here to bring you some holiday happiness. Today, we are sharing two lovely projects starring that prettiest of holiday season blooms, Poinsettias! Our Creative Team alumni, Joan Ervin and Kendra Wietstock created these very different cards and we wanted to show them off to inspire you to get inky for the holidays.
But first, a few fun facts about poinsettias: The poinsettia is the most popular potted plant in North America! Did you know that the part of the plant that we admire are actually leaves? The flowers are only the yellow clusters of buds at the center! Also, can you believe that roughly 34 million poinsettias are sold here in the U.S. each year and of those, the most popular color is red, accounting for about 1/3 of all sales.
Now on to the projects!
First up, Joan created this stunning embossed beauty…(lucky for us, she’s given us step-by-step instructions!)
1. Cut A2 cardbase from Sugar Cube cardstock and fold in half.
2. Die-cut the following pieces:
a. Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate from TE Premium Watercolor paper – use inside piece
b. Frame in Frame 2 Cutting Plate from Metallic Neutrals – gold paper – use outside frame
3. Watercolor inside piece and stamp sentiment from the Rejoice stamp set with Strawberry Milkshake ink.
4. Adhere the watercolored piece inside the gold frame and adhere to card base with foam tape.
5. Stamp poinsettias and green leaf images with Versamark onto watercolor paper and emboss with gold embossing powder. Watercolor flowers and leaves.
6. Fussy cut flowers and leaves. Adhere layers together for middle flower.
7. Adhere gold twine to cardbase under flowers. Adhere flowers and leaves with foam tape and glue dots.
8. Adhere pearls to flower centers. Adhere sequins under sentiment.
Next up, Kendra gives us this cheerful card that would brighten anyone’s day!
Using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, Kendra chose bright, unconventional colors for her card. She watercolored our Peaceful Poinsettias and used the coordinating die to cut it out before adhering to her embossed background cardbase. Such a simple design, but such a fun pop of color!
Joan’s Gold Embossed Card
Kendra’s Bright Card