Monday, February 21, 2011

How To Make Faux Pressed Flowers

Today's pretty card (designed by Demonstrator Laura Currie) is another of our recent Shoebox Swap cards and it features a super cool (and trending) technique to create a faux pressed flower look on your handmade cards or other craft projects.

The process is extremely simple. In a nutshell, you just layer paper flowers onto card stock, insert the whole thing in an embossing folder and run it through the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine (113439).

For this card, we started with a couple of Pear Pizzazz branches created using the Little Leaves Sizzlits Die (114511) and the Big Shot. These were glued to So Saffron card stock. Next we sponged ink onto Paper Daisies (119243) and layered them over the leaves. TIP: Use an Anywhere Glue Stick (104045) to coat the back of the flowers for great coverage. If you want less coverage (so the ends can curl up or to create more dimension) apply glue to just the center of the flowers as done here.

Once the flowers are glued in place, insert the entire piece into a textured impressions embossing folder. Choose one that has a tight pattern across the entire folder. For our card we used the Square Lattice embossing folder (119976). Run the folder through the Big Shot. The pressure from the Big Shot "presses" all the layers together and creates the appearance of pressed flowers!

To finish the card, we embellished the embossed piece with Pear Pizzazz Stitched Ribbon (119265), and a Basic Rhinestone Jewel (119246) before adhering it to Confetti White card stock (102028). For the greeting, we stamped "happy" and "birthday" using words from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set (W-117002, C-120501), cut them out and adhered them to the ribbon.

This is a fun technique and using different embossing folders produces really unique results. Have fun and try it out today!  Have questions? Ask me in the comments below or email me and I'll be happy to help.


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