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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Foil Flower at Creative Inspirations


Today I'm going to share a fun, recycling idea.  Earth Day was April 22, and many of the challenges for the past couple of weeks have centered around recycling household objects.  I was sharpening one of my punches using 8 layers of aluminum foil, and as I was looking at the punched pieces, an idea began to form:  scallop circle = flowers!

First I embossed the shapes for texture, then colored one with alcohol markers but wasn't really happy.  (That's the flat one in the center.)  I knew Creative Inspirations Paints would be better, so I first connected each set with a brad and then fluffed the layers bit by bit.  Fluffing that many foil layers is a bit tricky because each layer is so light and fragile, but the end result is rather fun, especially when you see the before and after.  After fluffing, I started painting using solids on some and blending colors on others (red and yellow)

I had a bit of misfortune when stamping the greeting.  I stamped it incorrectly the first time (crooked and too faint), but rather than put the piece in the scrap bin, I turned it around and stamped it again.

I also dry embossed the layer with a striped embossing folder, but, er, um, it doesn't show up.  Gee, I wonder why...

The red panel with yellow borders covers the stamping goof right up.  Seen from this angle, you can see the dimension of the foil flower and how the entire layered piece is popped up on the base of the card.

And here's a close up of the flower.  I love how the silvery foil contrasts with the paint colors on the various flowers, in this case blue.  I used a blue Metallic Inspiration in the center and some red ones along the yellow borders.  A little baker's twine and some Jeweled Inspirations at the top complete this card.

Thank you for joining me and I hope you'll visit the Creative Inspirations store to see all of their shimmery, glittery offerings.  And don't forget to visit the Creative Inspirations challenge blog as well - this fortnight's theme is Inspired By: Anything Goes.

Happy crafting!

Challenges entered:

Love to Create #63 - Punches and/or Dies
Simon Says...Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz Challenge #16 - Polka Dots
Crafty Ribbons #44 - Anything Goes w/Ribbon (does twine count?)
3 Girl JAM #17 - Anything Goes w/Ribbon (does twine count?)
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes

StampNation Challenge #5 - sketch



Tammy Ortiz said...

oh stunning hun
great job
Hugs Tammy
Owner of Tammy Scrappin Corner

Sue - bearhouse said...

WOW!!!! You are so creative Shea. Your foil flowers look amazing and the card you have made is gorgeous, I love the cheery colours
hugs Sue xx

Lin said...

Wonderful idea to use aluminum foil for your flower; love the result! Thanks for playing with us at the Simon Says Stamp challenge!

Kristie Goulet said...

How awesome is that flower! I love it!!!
Great card!

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Glad to see all the recycling going on. So happy you didn't scrap the boo boo. It all turned out beautiful. Really cool idea using the aluminum foil and I just learned something from you again--how to sharpen up your punches. Thanks for the tip. Love how the flowers turned out painted.


Deb Ochs-LaGrone said...

What a fantastic idea! I've used all kinds of things for flowers but never tin foil, thanks for the inspiration! Yours turned out gorgeous!
CDAC DT Member
A Look Through My Eyes

Sarah said...

Sweet card, love your layout and colours, thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz, hugs, Sarah x

Anonymous said...

Awesome flowers Shea. Lovely card :)

Mian said...

Good morning Shea, woow those flowers are fantastic, so perfect! Great design and fab use of dies/punches.

Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

Hugs Mian
Love to Create Design Team Member

Kristi said...

So lovely Shea! I would have never thought to use foil as a flower,but these are so clever!

Deanne Clarke-Saunders said...

What a pretty card!! Thanks for participating in our Love To Create challenge!! Hope to see you again next week!

A Little Bit O' Paper

jessica said...

I love this too!!! Awesome recycled flower and it does look awesome with CI Paint :)
Thanks for sharing and linking this up over at the 3GJ challenge blog for our Anything Goes w/Ribbon Challenge! Hope to see you back tomorrow for a brand new challenge :)