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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pounded Flowers Technique


Hello everyone.....I am really excited tonight because Holly (Toy) has asked me to sub for her Technique Lover's Challenge on Splitcoast...Whoohoo!!! I decided to challenge everyone to make a project with Pounded Flowers!! You can find a tutorial on the Spellbinder's Blog.

I pressed some pink hydrangeas (they turned out a blue lavender color) on two different pieces of watercolor paper. I watercolored over the pressed flower images on one piece with Regal Rose Reinker for my background layer. The second piece was used to make the cutout flowers. I just cutout around the flower images and used glue dots to layer the pieces. Candy Dots from Taylored Expressions fill the centers.

The sentiment was created by watercoloring a piece of watercolor paper with Regal Rose Reinker and while it was still slightly damp the flower image from Gina K's Spring Florals was stamped with Regal Rose. After the paper was dry, the sentiment from the same set was stamped with Regal Rose. The frame from Nina Bracket's Lovely Labels was sponged with Almost Amethyst, Bordering Blue, and Regal Rose. The edges of the background layer were distressed and the ribbon and pearl flourish finish it off.


This is how I layed out my flowers on the watercolor paper: place the flower fronts face down on the watercolor paper so the centers showed up on the finished product. This is the way you will set the paper on the bottom B plate of the Cuttlebug.


I layed a piece of computer paper over the flowers so the liquid didn't run all over my C plate. Because my plates are old and warped, I used one piece of cardstock for a filler under the bottom B plate and used the C plate on top. You may not need to do this if you plates are is good shape.

Peal the flowers off...you may need to use a soft brush to get rid of pieces of the flower centers.


This is how the watercolor paper looked before I watercolored it with Regal Rose. You can also sponge color on or cover the whole piece with flowers to create your own designer paper! Try different colored flowers and different types for a varied look.

If you don't have a Cuttlebug, Big Shot, or another type of pressing machine, you can use a rolling pin. Just be sure to cover the flowers with waxed paper so you don't stain the rolling pin!!


I found some more flowers I wanted to play with...I may not have any flowers left in my yard by tonight...LOL!!!

This is how I layed them out on the watercolor paper...


The moss roses really left a lot of color!! I watercolored the white areas with Regal Rose Reinker, layered with Almost Amethyst, sewed around the edges and then distressed both the watercolored layer and the matting.

The finished card features a sentiment from Rubbernecker's Wildflowers set #465, Prima leaves and flowers, a scalloped border, pink wire mesh (and the cream Primas) from Stampers Dream, and the long clear and white sparkly thingys from Taylored Expressions.

Recipe:
Stamps: Rubbernecker Wildflower Set #465
Paper: Watercolor paper, Almost Amethyst, Vanilla, K&Co. La Boutique dp
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Regal Rose, Almost Amethyst
Accessories: Primas, Leaves, Pink Wire Mesh, Spellbinders Scalloped Die, Pink Crystal Leaves, Nestabilities, Pearls, Sewing Machine, Sheer Ribbon

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have fun creating with this fun challenge!!!

16 comments:

Crystal said...

Oh my word Joan what an AWESOME technique...this is totally gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing I will soooo have to try it!!!!

Joanne Travis said...

How awesome is this!! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful technique. I've tried them like this in my flower press and they ruin my cloth with the staining. I don't know why I didn't think to use that to my advantage this way. well,duh!!
This is really beautifully done, Joan.

Emma F said...

Wowee Kazowee, Joan ... thanks so much for bringing us such a wonderful NEW idea! I've just got back from my trip home to England so shall play along with you all today to take my mind off missing my family :( Thanks for filling in and showing us such a great technique!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh WOWWWWWW, what an awesome technique and such a GORGEOUS, STUNNING, BREATH TAKING card!! Wit Whewwww!

debbie said...

This looks like so much fun! I can't wait to try it!

Bev J. said...

Beautfiul card and technique-will have to try this. tfs

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness! Are you serious? Something we have in our own gardens can create this stunning beauty? WOW! Absolutely GORGEOUS Joan!!! What a fabulous technique!!!! Can't wait to try that. Only problem I have is that I hardly have any flowers blooming yet...rofl! Even my peonia bush is not opened :(

Chriss Blagrave said...

Wow!!!
Joan, this is awesome! I will be scouting the garden this week for sure to try this. Your arrangement of the flowers to make your pattern turned out so very, very beautiful! They remind me of Monet's garden scenes.

Chrissy D said...

Ohhhh what a gorgeous composition. Love the watercoloring!

Julie- justwritedesigns said...

These are beautiful, Joan! Love the flowers you added to your pounded bg. Gorgeous!

Harriet Skelly said...

Wow Joan what an awesome technique! Thanks for sharing how to do this! Your cards are gorgeous!!

Gloria said...

Joan....loved this technique. I haven't had a chance to try it yet...but I will. Thanks so much for the inspiration! Your cards (as usual) are just fabulous!!!

Anne said...

What a fascinating technique!! It's amazing the gorgeous colors that come out of the pressed flowers! Such a cool idea, thanks for sharing Joan!! Love it!!

Jerri Jimenez said...

What a gorgeous work of art Joan, absolutely stunning! I've got to try this technique, it's beautiful!

Melisa Waldorf said...

What a cool technique!! If only I had flowers. Do you think my new neighbor would mind. Texans seem really friendly so far, teehee.

Joanne (jojot) said...

thud.....and thanks for sharing the technique