I made a sympathy card for a friend whose father passed away this week, and took inspiration from a few challenges. One was the black magic technique on SCS, and another was the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge to make our own flowers.
I am not one to use flowers on my cards very often. The reason for this is that I don’t like a lot of bulk on my cards, and I always find flowers to be so thick. I mail a lot of my cards and in Canada the postage is not only expensive, it is also very finicky about shape and size etc. So, I just try to steer clear of bulk. However, yesterday I decided to try making a flat fabric flower to see how it would look. 🙂 I’ve tried fabric flowers before, but cutting them was always a challenge. I think the trick is to use a very light weight but still sturdy material. I am going to play some more with different materials.
I used very sheer polyester fabric that I was pretty sure would cut using my cuttlebug and dies. I tested it and found that by passing it twice (once forward then reversing the direction I was turning the handle, for a second cut) it was quite cleanly cut and just needed a few snips with my scissors here and there to release the shape from the fabric. It even embossed the edge of the fabric, giving it more definition!
I lined up the smallest 3 sizes of Blossom Nestabilities cutting side up on my C plate (on top of the white A plate). I added two thin shims under the C plate so it would pass snugly through the machine since the material is thinner than cardstock.
The fabric goes on top of the dies with the B plate on top of the fabric. Now it is ready to run through the bug. I ran it through forward once, then reversed the rotation of the handle to run it back out for a second cut.
See how the edge looks finished? It’s embossed without having to pass it through the cuttlebug another time with the embossing mat! This happened because of the snugness of the layers passing through and the sheerness of the material I think.
That’s it for my no bulk flower! If you are looking for a little less bulk on your cards too, you may want to give this flower a try. I think it’s quite pretty and it can be coordinated with any color by using the copics, or it can be left sheer and your card stock colors will show through.
Let me know what you think!