ID: DT Blog Hop Apr/11 - Cola Flower - J Ross card
4"w x 8.5"h

Created: March 27, 2011


This card uses a quote by Quietfire Design

I die cut the large part of the Renaissance Pendant from the silver part of the inside of a Cola can. I added extra clear plastic shims and used my rubber mallet in the stubborn areas of the little curls.  I then pounced alcohol inks all over (Willow & Shell Pink, then Butterscotch and a touch of Stream). Cut between the designs to about 1" from the center point, then curled my petals a bit.

Bottom layer of flower and side view

3rd Layer of Flower

I applied some Tumbled Glass onto my craft mat, misted with water and smeared my white cardstock through it, doing it again till I got a nice tone. Dried it then die cut 5 hearts from the Renaissance set. I touched the high points with Chipped Sapphire and clear embossed. I also die cut the smallest circle from the Beaded Circles set and sponged with the Chipped Sapphire. I adhered the hearts to the circle, then bent them upwards to shape and curled the tips.



I die cut 5 petals using the 3rd die up from the Labels 6 set, ran them through again to dry emboss, then sponged Chipped Sapphire all over and embossed with Tanzanite (a purple-y embossing powder), rolling the petal over a pencil while the embossing was still warm but touchable. I adhered them to the 3rd layer.

Poked a hole through all 3 layers and attached with a large beaded brad.

2nd and 3rd layer assembled and full flower


I smeared some Shabby Shutters & a touch of Pine Needles on my craft mat, misted with water and smeared my white cardstock through it. Dried it then die cut using the smallest Nested Heart die. Run through my embossing machine again with the Flourishes embossing folder from the "Love is in the Air" set, positioning the flourish so it creates veining. Touched the high points with the Pine Needles pad and clear embossed.

I love the shape of these kind of leaves....

The yellow toned piece is a beautiful silk material I picked up recently, adhered to a piece of white cardstock using light weight Heat 'n Bond and my iron. I die cut it with the largest of the Labels 17 Nestabilities die. For this one I needed to use my mallet because I wanted a really long die cut. I first cut out a normal piece to use for placement of my die. I then used my mallet to cut the upper portion of the die to the first notch, making sure my cardstock was sitting over a leg of the table for stability.

Note: My die is resting on my table, cutting edge facing up, my decorative cardstock is face down on it, and I'm hitting my die straight up and down (not at an angle). My mallet is a hard rubber. DO NOT use a metal hammer.

I then placed my template where I need my die to sit to create the next notch. Hit with my mallet. Continued this way until I created 3 notches extending my die cut by 2.75". So my overall height was 7.75"

For the quote piece I wanted a slightly smaller die cut, but I also wanted the width of the larger die, so again I brought out my trusty mallet, using the drop out as a template for starting and stopping where I have to hit.


My Main card is white which I layered with A Bling Deep yellow cardstock, then my Die cut silk and then all the embellishments. I added some hand drawn scrolls with a Micron pen.

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