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November 16, 2012

Guest Designer: Caroline Duncan

Happy Fall Card
We have an amazing guest designer TODAY, with a great tutorial! Be sure to PIN it! You don't want to forget this one! But before we dive into our turorial, we want you to get to meet...
  Caroline Duncan!
Hi ~ My name Caroline Duncan and I live in North Carolina with my husband and our pets. I started stamping in the late 80’s and have been an avid stamper ever since! Then I began scrapbooking also in 2000. I’ve seen many styles come and go through the years and then become popular again. I really enjoy a variety of styles from inky to more traditional and I think that is what keeps me continually motivated. I do love getting my hands inky… just shows I’ve had a fun day in the studio! In addition to paper crafting, I enjoy kayaking, hiking, traveling, reading and movies.
It is thrilling to be a Guest Designer for Craftwell!  I’m loving my eBosser!  Fall is in the air and Thanksgiving is less than a week away!  You still have time to make some special cards to send before the holiday.  I want to share an Autumn card and how to make handmade stamped and die cut flowers.  Roses on any card, scrapbook page, or other project are always beautiful. 
-eBosser by Craftwell
-Craftwell Letter Sized Regency embossing folder
-The Paper Company linen textured cardstock
-Ranger Archival Ink (venetian orange, sepia)
-Heartfelt Creations HCPC 3500 Open Vintage Floret stamp set
-Heartfelt Creations HCD 727 Vintage Floret Die
-soft rubber mat
-ball end stylus tools
-Aleene’s Easy Flow Tacky Glue
-Spellbinders Botanical Swirls Expandable Die
-Bazzill cardstock (safari, carob)
-wax paper
-Core’dinations orange cardstock
-Great Impressions Happy Fall stamp
-Heartfelt Creations HCD 712 Bella Rose Die
The card is 6 x 8 inch and left fold.  The orange background is 5.75 x 7.75 inch Core’diantions color core that I embossed using Craftwell’s Letter Sized Regency embossing folder and then sanded to expose the core.   The rest is pretty much straight forward, so here is a mini-tutorial on making stamped roses and cutting them with your eBosser.  
Stamp the Vintage Florets on light weight cardstock such as I used from The Paper Company.  You don’t have to work as hard to shape it and it will hold its shape nicely. 
I have made flowers from heavy Bazzill and Neenah cardstocks, so anything will work, you just might have to press harder with your stylus tools.  You will need 2 of each size of the individual flowers for each finished rose.  If you want smaller flowers, just omit the big stamp.  And you will need 1 extra of the smallest flowers for each finished rose.  To die cut the flowers, you will first need to make a template for each flower die.  Tape each die to some cardstock in a hinge fashion and run through your eBosser.  Remove the die cut blank flower and save for another project.  Now open the hinge and lay the template over your stamped images, lining up edges with the image.  Tape the template into place, but not over other stamped images.  Close the hinge by laying the metal die over the template.  Be sure to turn the entire assembly over so that the cutting edges are facing up and next to your “A” plate.  The Heartfelt Dies are made by Spellbinders and are just like their dies.  I used the following sandwich from the bottom up:  D, B, E, C, die with template, cardstock, A.   Repeat until all flowers are cut out.
Shaping the flowers:  Lay the flowers face down on a soft molding mat.  With a larger ball end stylus, press and rub each petal making it curl up.  The smallest flower will need a small stylus.  Turn the flowers all over except 2 of the very smallest which will make the bud.  Press down in the stamped side  center of each flower to bend the petals  upwards.
Curl the edges of 1 or 2 of the petals on each die cut with tweezers.

 Make the center bud first by applying a line of glue across all 5 of the petals on the blank side and scrunch up the flower with your fingers to form a little bud so that the stamped side is out. 

 If necessary, use a small stylus to put inside the bud to press the petals against until the glue grabs.  I use Aleene’s Easy Flow Tacky Glue in the blue and white bottle.  It’s thin bodied and will not make the paper wrinkle.  It gives you about 5 seconds or so before it grabs so you have some wiggle time. You can use hot glue as well.  Apply glue in the same manner to the other small flower.  Set the beginning bud in the center and scrunch the petals around the bud.  Set aside to dry while you assemble the rest of the flower.  Beginning with the largest flower, apply glue to the center and stick on the next layer, offsetting the petals from each other.  Use a stylus to press down in the center.  End with one of the very smallest on top.  Now glue in your bud.  Set aside to dry a bit and then you can do further shaping of the petals if desired.  Each flower will be unique and gives a really nice look when clustered together.  Hope you will give making your own flowers a try!


Thank you Caroline!

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  1. Wonderful tutorial and a beautiful card!

  2. beautiful card and awesome tutorial! Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. What a beautiful card!!! The tutorial is great and very informative!! You are a very talented lady, I love all your creations!!!

  4. Beautiful flowers, Caroline! Love the card. Congrats on the guest spot! Hugs!

  5. Gorgeous card, Caroline! I just love your flowers on this. I have had trouble making buds, but now I know what to do! Thanks for the great tutorial! Blessings! Kathy


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