A few months ago, the Create and Craft team joined a monthly card swap at Red Letter Journal in Grove City. Each month, the club meets to create a card using a specific technique. Over the next month, each member makes a set of 6 cards using that technique. The cards made over the previous month are divided amongst the participants, and each person leaves with one of their cards and 5 others. It’s a fun way to learn new techniques, meet some new friends, and have a little fun!
For the June swap, the technique was handmade flowers. Using punches, stamps, scraps, and more, the group created beautiful flowers perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, or gifts.
Joe Rotella used SCAL to create this amazing flower. He started by attaching several skinny ovals to a long thin rectangle. After cutting the long strip of ovals out of textured cardstock, Joe used ink to add some extra color. To create the flower, the strip of ovals was tightly rolled with the end piece being glued to the roll. Once the glue was dry, Joe simply pressed the petals down and added a pearl embellishment to the center. A white embossed stamp was used to draw the eye to the flower making the card pop with the feeling of summer. Joe left the bottom part of the card blank to allow the other members to add their own sentiment.
Amy Day did a similar technique on one of her two cards. Using a very narrow strip of paper and an x-acto knife, Amy cut tiny strips into the paper, rolled it tightly, flattened it, and added some light yellow Flower Soft to the center. The inspiration came from the oh-so cute Riley Sunflower stamp. For her second card, Amy used a Close to My Heart stamp set. By cutting out the flowers and using different size pop dots, she was able to add dimension to the card. Adding a coat of Glossy Accents really made the colors pop.
Joe Morgan also did two sets of cards. For his first card, he used a large flower stamp which he stamped several times, colored with chalk, cut out, and layered with pop dots. To create the amazing center, Joe used yellow Stickles which he covered with a coat of Glossy Accents. Some chunky Martha Stewart glitter and yellow micro beads really made the flower beautiful. For his second card, Joe continued to wow the group by using a flower die cut and his Vagabond to cut flowers out of pop cans. To add color, he spritzed the metal petals with Perfect Pearls. A nice large brad pulled everything together.
Last but not least, Betty created her dainty and delicate flowers using a small punch. Using a padded mat, Betty presses into the center of the flowers to make them pop up and open. Betty finds the most amazing stamps to accent her flower creations, and her Adirondack chair stamp is perfect for summer. Betty used several types of markers to color the stamp, but what you cannot see is the sparkle from the Spica markers. Those receiving Betty’s cards do not know how lucky they are. Betty’s cards are for sale around the city at the Franklin Park Conservatory, the North Market, and Baker’s Garden Center.
The theme for the next swamp is coloring black lined stamps. For our make and take card, we used Prisma pencils to color the ice cream cone. To blend the pencils, we dipped paper blenders in to Gamsol liquid and rubbed over the colors creating a smooth look to the ice cream. We can use anything to color the stamps – colored pencils, crayons, ink, Copic markers, anything.
If you want to join the Create and Craft team at Red Letter Journal, send us a message, and we’ll get you in touch with the group leader – Heather. The club meets the first Sunday of the month at 3pm.