Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Dahlia Fold

Splitcoaster New Technique Challenge TLC153 – Dahlia Fold

Well judging the size of things obviously is not my strong point as I created my 8 circles and didn’t realise quite how bit it was going to come out **note to self to work this out before starting in the future**

I used Cardstock instead of paper (I do like to make my life difficult!) – the cardstock for the flowers is from The Pocket Full of Posies by DCWV – I love this cardstock but I have used all the ‘easy’ ones and now I have to get creative with the less obvious ones! I cut out the circles using my circle Nestablities die in my Cuttlebug. I then folded the card stock using the pattern that can be found here. Once all the pieces where shaped I flatted them down on some paper and started to play with my Adirondack Alcohol inks in Butterscotch and Wild Plum and a touch of blending solution. This is the first time I have used alcohol inks in this form and it was fun!

Once I had assembled the folded pieces and added a bit of glitter I realised just how big it was going to be….so I had to come up with a solution as I loved what I had created….the flower itself is just a shade under 61/2 inches wide, so I used some newly acquired 12x12 cardstock in a beautiful muted dusky pink, now even my maths is good enough to realise that 61/2 doesn’t go into 12 very easily, so I used some more of the The Pocket Full of Posies cardstock and inked it again with the alcohol inks and created a ‘feature edge’ on the inside of the card, anyone would think that it was supposed to be there *wink*

I felt the middle of the flower needed a centre so I punched a small circle out of the cardstock and using the wild plum ink I inked up the circle, added some crystal lacquer for some dimension which I distressed and finally added some glitter.
The flower was then mounted onto the same dusty pink cardstock, then more Pocket Full of Posies cardstock, which I had glittered, and then onto the base card.

This card is for my sisters birthday in February, so the pressure is on ‘cause all the relations in Ireland will see it **yikes**…its at times like these that I wish I could just send a shop bought card but if I did that I would be excommunicated from the family lol!


chelemom said...

This is gorgeous!! Wow!

Petal said...

not laughing at the size - no not laughing.... ok only a small bit but in the squeeze you with a big hug sort of way!!!! It is blooming gorgeous - might have to have a go at this challenge myself. Well done.

Michelle said...

flipping 'eck missus - this must have taken ages!! It is stunning though, even if it is a tad on the - ahem - large size ;p

craftyscot said...

they say big is beautiful and this is both- it is gorgeous, I love the colours

Mee said...

WOW. Fantastic effect with the alcohol inks.

She said...

Beautiful. Well done you! xx

Angie C said...

It might be big, but it is stunning - I love what you have done with the inks too

Lisa's Blessed A Latte said...

Wow...I so love this...As always your work is terrific!!!

Andrea, said...

Fabulous card, the flower is stunning