Thursday, June 17, 2010

Silent Beauty

It still feels like “April Showers” here in the Snoqualmie Valley and that means I am still waiting for my potted flowers to really make their magic.  Thankfully I had this card from PWA designer Jean Sunderman to brighten a rainy day!

Jean’s creative floral centers made from mico beads and masks really make magic happen on this card:

Jean Silent Beauty

Silent Beauty by Jean Sunderman


Micro beads: Copper Opaque, Silver, Dark Rose Opaque, Light Green Opaque, Gold

Cardstock: Orange, Green and White- Stampin’ Up!

Stamp: Li’l Davis Designs

Brilliance Inks: Lime and Yellow

Colorbox Chalk Ink: Pansy, Green and Tangerine

Bottle Caps

O’So Sticky Tape Sheets

1” Circle Punch

Plastic stencil of flower


Once you have it all together, here’s the how to:


Create a card to fit a regular business size envelope. Card should measure 9 x 4 or so.

Cut patterned paper ¼ inch smaller. Mount to green cardstock and trim. Attach to front of card.

Jean has a clever way to create a perfect shadow image from just one unmounted stamp!  Here’s what she does: 

Attach the clear stamp to block the stamp face down on the block (flipped over from “normal”.   Now use the back of the stamp to create a “shadow” on white cardstock. Clean off and attach stamp the correct way with the stamp face up. Stamp in a darker or coordinating color to create the outlines of the design.

Stamp three flowers and cut out as shown.

Flatten 3 bottle caps. Remove any rubber on the inside. Punch out three 1 inch circles of the O’So Sticky Tape Sheet. Stick to the inside of each bottle cap. Peel off backing and lay flower stencil on the sticky sheet. Cover with beads. Remove stencil and cover the rest with another color.

Attach all bottle caps to flower centers. Add flowers to front of card with one flower raised with 3D foam tape. 

Here’s a close up of one flower that shows the neat contrast inside the bottle cap:

Jean Bottlecap Flower Close Up 

To finish the card stamp a quote on white cardstock. Mount to orange cardstock and trim. Add to card front. Stamp a small flower, add beads to center and attach with 3D foam tape.

Be sure to visit Jean’s blog where you can see even more of her artwork: