May 30, 2012

Messy but fun ...

This tutorial was one I added to the Card Making Magic website a few years ago and it is very messy ... but the effect is different from any thing else.

The   Crushed Flower Tutorial   got many comments.

One lady wrote to say that it took her a long time to realise that I was actually using real flowers and leaves. 

You will need a die cutting machine to roll the flowers through, and  pick your flowers when they are just going off.

The flowers for both of these cards are from a beautiful pink Hydrangea that is in my garden and the leaves from my Virginia Creeper.

But the result at the other end is nothing like the original flowers that I used.

I have Watercoloured the flowers with a Big 'N Juicy ink pad.

These inks have several different colours in the one  pad and I have  used a different area of the pad each time to create the shading and defintion to each flower.

I have sprinkled Glamour Dust on the petals and added  small pearls to the flowers centres.

The photos don't really show you just how pretty this effect is but you will be very surprised with what you get if you give it a try.

Don't be surprised though when a pink flower produces a completely different colour at the other end's all part of the fun.

Hugs xx



  1. What a lovely idea Christina. I am going to go out to my garden and collect some flowers and then have a try at this technique this evening. Thanks for another great inspirational idea. x

  2. GORGEOUS cards!!! Wow, I just love this technique and the end results-just beautiful!

    Sherrie K

  3. what a lovely technique and your cards are beautiful the flowers look so delicate and pretty x

  4. What a great idea, these cards are amazing. I will give this a go during the summer.
    Suzie xx

  5. Wow, these are absolutely gorgeous!! I have several flowers in my garden I want to try...thanks so much for the inspiration!! :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  6. I used to do this with a rolling pin. A diecutting machine would be much easier. Lovely!!

  7. This makes the cards very personal and never to be exactly reproduced again. How wonderful.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Love and hugs

    Annie xxx


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