Sunday, 11 October 2015

Christmas Roses

Today I really REALLY wanted to make a Christmas Rose - but I didn't have a suitable die. The only thing even vaguely suitable was one of the dies from the Spellbinders Jewelled floral set, and even then the petals were too pointy. But I thought back to when I made poppies by trimming the petals of a flower, and had a go at converting my diecuts into Christmas Roses - I cut the flower twice for each rose, but didn't emboss it, and then trimmed the pointed end off each petal to round it off. Then I placed the petals on a foam pad and used a ball tool to curve them upwards.

I stuck them together in pairs and used green Wink of Stella to add a hint of green to the centres, and added yellow-gold Candi for the flower centres, so the green just peeps out from the side. Then I added tiny spots of white PVA glue here and there on the tips of the petals, using a cotton bud to make sure I didn't add too much, and sprinkled them with ultra-fine white glitter.

Next I raided my snippets box for shades of brown and green to die cut leaves (yes, I know Christmas roses don't have leaves like that, it's called not having a suitable die artistic license isn't it!), fir cones and branches and ivy. All the dies are Spellbinders except the ivy, which is a Marianne one and was NBUS until today.

I finished it with a greeting from an old sheet of die cuts I had from Craftwork Cards to leave my finished card a stamp-free zone.

I am joining in with the following challenges:

Winter Wonderland - Christmas Flowers
Allsorts Challenge - No Design Papers
Pixie's Snippets Playground - week 198 (got to keep this week's prefect Eve busy!)
Christmas Cards All Year Round - No Stamping   


Eve said...

Hi there Jane!
Thank you for entering the playground with your stunning card.
It is so frustrating when we don't have the exact die or stamp that we want BUT you have created a masterpiece without it!
Eve xx

Lena K. said...

Sooo pretty! And elegant! Lovely card, Jane!

brenda said...

This is so very pretty Jane and your Christmas Roses are beautiful, it's and perfect for our theme this week, many thanks for joining in at Allsorts challenge.

B x

Barb said...

Your card is beautiful Jane. Trimming the petals works perfectly. Barbxx

LesleyG said...

Fabulous die cut card, love how you trimmed the petals to adapt, and who cares if the leaves are'wrong', they look so right! Xxx

Wendy L said...

This is so classy, thanks for joining us at Allsorts this week, xxx

Carol S. said...

Gorgeous card and love the flowers. Thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Hugs, Carol S. DT

Sarn said...

That's a great looking card with your artistic licence in full flow. xxx

AlisonC said...

Those flowers are gorgeous. Well done for being inventive/artistic!