I have a love/hate relationship with poinsettias. I usually get one or two of them over the Christmas season. They are so beautiful with their scarlet petals and green leaves. They kind of epitomize Christmas for me. However, I always end up killing them. Not on purpose, you understand. I want them to live long, lovely flower lives, I will them to live long, lovely flower lives, but I have not discovered the secret of keeping them alive for more than a month at the most. Usually by January 2 or so, the petals are dropping like crazy and, instead of a lush, colourful floral display, I'm left with the sickly skeleton of its former glory. It's then that I guiltily open my back door and deposit the poor thing in the snow, to be cleaned up next spring. I should never buy them, but the hopeful faces of the kids selling them as a fundraiser always gets to me, and as I bring it home, hope rises once more that I will be able to keep THIS one alive. Sigh!
When I saw the As You See It Challenge #063, I thought,"Odd, to be doing a design with flowers in the winter time." But then I realized I could do poinsettias, and what's more, these would not die on me! Bonus!
Here's Amanda's cute sketch:
And a closer look at my design:
- I used Clear Mount Block C to create the rectangle in the center. I just inked it up with Smoky Slate and stamped it right on the Whisper White. I love the texture you get from doing that.
- Then I got out the Flower Patch Photopolymer Stamp set. It is so versatile. I inked up the small five petal flower in Cherry Cobbler and stamped it right on the edge of the rectangle. Then I inked it up again and positioned the petals between the petals already stamped, and stamped again. I inked it up once again and stamped the single image on a separate scrap piece of Whisper White twice, and this time die cut them with the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits. It left a wide margin of white around the petals, which detracted from the scarlet display, so I hand trimmed them with my Paper Snips.
- The centers are also from the Flower Patch set and I stamped them first in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, then in Crushed Curry, to get that two-toned center look. These were also die cut with the Flower Fair Framelits.
- I assembled the die cut flowers and centers over the ones stamped on the front panel and I think it created two fairly credible looking poinsettias.
- I could not believe that I hadn't yet used my Real Red Woven Satin Ribbon yet. Even though it's Real Red and not Cherry Cobbler, I think it works here. The texture on the ribbon edges reminds me of the texture on the poinsettia leaves and petals.
- The sentiment, stamped in Old Olive ink is from Good Greetings, unfortunately, no longer available.
- A few sprinkles of Rhinestone Basic Jewels and the card is done.
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Have a lovely weekend! Leave me a comment and tell me if you have any secrets to keep poinsettias alive! All information is welcome!
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