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Thursday, January 30, 2014

White Core in the Spotlight


For the Heart 2 Heart Challenge, "In the Spotlight," I am going to spotlight one of the advantages of the white core in Close to My Heart's cardstock.  As soon as I saw this Atlantic Hearts Sketch, I knew I wanted to feature a flower like the one I used on a card for my husband last year:

 Now in order to make this flower pop, you have to sponge the edges of the petals to give them definition and then shape them.  The issue was that I wanted my flower to be Indian Corn Blue with Hollyhock edges for this week's Color My Heart Color Dare and Hollyhock sponged over Indian Corn Blue would just show up as purple.  This is where the white core of CTMH's cardstock is a real advantage.  I used a file (to be retired January 31, but you can also use a nail file or small piece of sandpaper) to remove the top layer of blue around the edges so that I would be sponging Hollyhock on to the exposed white the white core which would not distort the color.  Then I shaped the top three layers by putting my thumb and index finger below each petal and pressing the nail of my other index finger into the "V" much like I was crimping a pie crust.  That made a crease in the middle of each petal with the edges curling to the side like a three dimensional heart.  I then wrapped the bottom petals around the handle of my paper piercer to make them curl down.  After stacking them, fastening them with a Filigree Charm brad embellished with a Pink Glitter Gem, I attached it to my card with a piece of Foam Tape.  Here is a close up:

I wish I had posted this Tuesday night when I finished the flower because on Wednesday I saw that not one, but two, members of the Atlantic Hearts design team had made layered flowers using the same shape cut with  the Art Philosophy Cricut cartridge.  I guess that cliché about great minds thinking alike is true.  
Thanks for dropping by!  Until next time, Hansi
Materials used, all Close to my Heart unless otherwise noted:
Paper:  Indian Corn Blue, Hollyhock, and White Daisy cardstock
Ink:  Hollyhock
Stamps:  Twirls Around
Embellishments:  Filigree Charms (retired), Pink Glitter Gem, Bouquet Assortment (retired)


  1. Hehe, just like 3 members of the design team all had Doily's on the brain. It is fabulous, and the colors really pop when used together. Thanks for playing along with us at AHSC.

  2. Very pretty card. Really like how you sanded and used Hollyhock ink on the edges of the flowers. Striking!

  3. What a great tip to sand the edges before adding the edging color! I was wondering how you got the Hollyhock to really pop! Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. I love how the swirl comes out of this flower and the Hollyhock edged flower! Great job combining the Color Dare with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch. Thanks for the inspiration!
    :) Marie

  5. Wow, I never would have guessed how you did that outlining! I would have thought it was embossing for sure! Great take on this week's Color Combo, Hansi! Thanks for playing this week at Color My Heart.


  6. Absolutely gorgeous card, Hansi! I love the petals, and the dimension you created!

  7. This is so cool. Love the look of the flower, Guess it is time to get out the machine again and play. Thanks so much for sharing with us again at AHSC

  8. stunning. I think this is awesome, and your instructions super to follow. Great work. Thanks for sharing with us at AHSC

  9. Very pretty, I love the card, so cute. I also love the colour combination, unique but great! Thanks for playing along with H2H challenges and AHSC!

  10. beautiful card, love the flower technique, got to try it. thanks for sharing with us @ AHSC