This card is simple to make, and always looks great. The flower is made from Japanese washi paper (not the kind with adhesive on the back). You could use origami paper as an alternative, but be sure that it has the texture of handmade paper.
Start by cutting three circles from the washi paper. You can use straight circles or scalloped circles of any size that you have readily available — the largest circles should be 1/4″ apart, and the smallest circle should be 1/2″ smaller than the middle one. My scalloped circles were 2″, 1-3/4″ and 1-1/4″. Edge the cut circles with a little ink to add some contrast (so that when you stack the circles together you can see the 3 layers). Now the fun part — crumble each of the circles into a small ball (as tight as you can). Let them rest crumbled up for about 5 minutes to “set” the wrinkles, and give your flower texture and dimension.
Cut a background layer 4.25″ x 5.5″ from a green paper (lightly patterned paper works nicely). This will serve as your card base, and you will also cut your leaves from it. Use the Memory Box “Fresh Foliage” die to cut the leaves from the center of your background paper. Try to center the die, and avoid cutting too close to any edge. Cut a piece of ivory cardstock 3-7/8″ x 5-1/8″. Use a glue runner to attach the ivory cardstock to the green card base (the ivory card stock will fully cover the area where you cut the leaves). Use little drops of glue to attach the leaves to the ivory layer, keeping them somewhat loose on the card so that the leaves can pop up as desired.
To assemble the flower, carefully open the crumbled layers. Do not flatten the circles too much — you will want them to remain wrinkled. Place a small drop of glue in the center of the largest circle, and adhere the middle circle to it. Place a small drop of glue in the center of the middle circle, and adhere the small circle to it. Finish the flower by adding a larger rhinestone or pearl. The finished flower can be centered over the shorter of the 2 branches of leaves. Use either a small drop of glue or ScorTape to attach the flower.
To finish the card, I added some ribbon and a bow at the base, and the sentiment, “I’m so thankful” at the top. Then I attached the card front to an ivory card base and stamped the OWH logo on the back.
1 – 6×6 sheet of washi paper or origami paper (not the kind with adhesive on the back)
Cardstock – ivory, green (with light pattern)
Memento ink – I used pistachio to edge the circles and to stamp the sentiment
adhesive – ScorTape and Scotch Quick Dry Glue
8mm pearl sticker
Memory Box fresh foliage die
Cheery Lynn Designs – XMC-5 Scalloped Window Stackers
Ivory sheer ribbon
Paper Smooches “Many Thanks” clear stamp set