Thursday, May 14, 2009

altered crochet flower

Happy Birthday! to ME! God has blessed me with another year to count. I got some toys from my hubby for my birthday and was going to play with them, but ended up using some others instead.

As you know, I've been crocheting these little flowers for cards and I wanted to try inking just the edges of the flower.

First I tried using a sponge dauber. It worked OK, but only got ink on the top of the stitches, not down in between the threads.

I have some Copic markers, but don't have an airbrush system, which I think would work. Well, a week or so ago, I was doing some blog reading and came across the coolest trick -- using Copic markers in my color spritzer tool. Here's the link.

Since I only wanted to color the edges, I figured I better mask out the center of the flower, or I would end up coloring the whole thing. So I took a medium flower punch (EK success) and pinned it to the flower on a piece of corrugated cardboard and went ahead and spritzed. I got exactly the look I wanted and made it into a card. (Doing a happy dance - *grin*) I started with a peach flower and spritzed the edges with cadmium red (I think that's R27).

For the card, I used a ruby red base, blush blossom background embossed in my cuttlebug textile embossing folder and sponged a bit with chocolate chip.

The image is flower wood grain background from Hero Arts, stamped on celery with chocolate chip. I layered that on ruby red and chocolate chip.

The small flowers are punched with my boho blossoms and trio flower punches. I added brads to all the flower centers and darkened the stems with chocolate chip marker.

For a little accent, I punched a couple of word window punches, folded them over and punched holes with my crop-a-dile and added the celery ribbon.

What's in it?
stamps: flower wood grain background (Hero Arts)
ink: chocolate chip, ruby red
paper: ruby red, chocolate chip, blush blossom, certainly celery
other: cuttlebug, Sizzix bigz dies, boho blossom punch, trio flower punch, word window punch, piercing tool, brads, crop-a-dile, celery grosgrain ribbon, crochet flower, color spritzer tool, copic marker (R27), sponge dauber, CB textile embossing folder

If you want to purchase some of these crochet flowers, Lindsey over at Jacksonbelle Embellishments is having a presale until tomorrow the 15th, so hurry on over there to get yours.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a blessed day.


Jackie said...

What a great idea! I love your card, too, it's beautiful.

Busym1 said...

Love your flowers and card! I crochet my own flowers too, I have a sample of some glued to a note holder on my blog. I love to see what others do with thier flowers! Love your's! hugs, michelle

Sherry Cheever said...

Happy Birthday my friend! By the way I so love those crocheted flowers. I've asked my aunt to make me some or to teach me, but alas no pattern.

Starla said...

WAY cool!! What a clever idea!

specialcraftmom4 said...

Gorgeous card! I so want to learn to crochet. Happy Birthday to you. Thank you for my sweet happy birthday wish on splitcoast! Have a great day!

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Dude this is awesome...I really wish I could crochet these little flowers!