Monday, March 25, 2013

Papertrey March Blog Hop Challenge - Sequin Vase

My first attempt to make a card with sequins, for today's sequin-themed Papertrey Ink March blog hop challenge on Nichole's Capture the Moment blog.  This card is lovely in real life, but it wasn't easy for me to capture as an image.  Lots of shiny reflections and shimmery sparkle!  A silvery gray vase and bright silver threads complement the theme.

Technique:  My flower stems are hand-drawn.  Here's how I do that.
  • Place the flower shapes (die cuts or, in today's card, sequins!) as desired on the card base, without adhesive.  
  • Mark a tiny dot on the card base for the center of each flower.  Super-easy with the sequin holes!  
  • Remove the flower shapes.  
  • Draw stem lines between the vase and the tiny dots, including some curves and branching for a natural effect.  I usually start with the outermost lines, then the tallest lines, to avoid criss-crossing.  
  • Adhere the flower shapes. 
Card details:
  • Card stock is Papertrey Ink (PTI) aqua mist, silver shimmer, and bitty dot print from aqua mist pattern pack.
  • Flower stems are drawn with Copic turquoise and cool gray 0.3 multiliners.  The turquoise ink looked too bright on its own, so I added cool gray over/ beside it.
  • Flowers are silver, aqua, and turquoise 3/8" sequins.  Thank you again, Emily
  • Adhesive note:  In the end, I used Scor Tape to adhere the sequins.   At first I tried Glossy Accents, which typically works well for me, but when it was dry, the sequins easily popped off the paper.
  • Dies are PTI mega gracious vases and cover plate: twist (used for the embossing).  
  • The vase is popped up on foam tape.  
  • Thread is DMC argent (silver) metallic. 
  • Sentiment "Thinking of you today" is computer-printed in turquoise with Handwriting Dakota font, expanded spacing.
Almost all my cards are created for Operation Write Home, "supporting our nation's armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them."   But I'm not sure how mailable this card will be.  So to be sure everything stays in one piece, I'll do a test mailing before I use sequins for OWH.   (270)


Anonymous said...

Fantastic! You found the perfect stamp for that flower sequins!

Karen C. said...

The little bouquet of flower sequins is so sweet!!

Crafty Kate said...

I am loving these dainty little flowers! I also love how you put the gold ones on the vase! Clever!

Marybeth said...

Cindy this is gorgeous! What a great way to fill a vase!

Leigh said...

So sweet and pretty! What a great way to incorporated the sequins into your card!

artful-notions said...

Love the sequin shapes you used! Looked everywhere for a non-traditional sequin, not too much luck. Your flowers are darling.

Joyce Casaldi said...

Very pretty, love the vase.

Cindy H. said...

This is soooo pretty! Love the flower sequins.

victoria h said...

The sequins make a lovely bouquet.

Jacquie Southas said...

Love your vase of sequins flowers & the hand drawn stems!

Lynne said...

Your card is awesome and thank you so much for the tips on how to do it.

Joyce said...

Just beautiful. I'm so impressed wtih your hand drawn stems--those sequins make wonderful flowers.

Steph Hilt said...

A very sweet and balanced card. I love your little hand-drawn bouquet. Hope it mails successfully. You are doing good work with OWH!