I love rubber stamping, so it probably goes without saying that I have LOTS of rubber stamps, but I'm also fascinated with punch craft, and have LOTS of punches...
Enter Paper Bouquet, a punch craft book by Susan Tierney Cockburn which has apparently been around since 2008, but which I only recently discovered, and purchased at a local bookstore... As the title suggests all the creations in the book are flowers -- gorgeous flowers! Flowers which have the ability to compliment many a stamped creation, and transform it from basic to beauteous.
Anyhoo, this week, I decided instead of just turning the pages, looking at the pictures, and drooling, I'd actually try a project. Here I must confess that I also opted to do something very unlike me -- instead of reading every word of the introduction pages about tools and basic techniques, I simply dove into the project. Of course, things would probably have taken less time, and come together more smoothly had I read the intro. material first, but all in all, completing a couple of asters wasn't too bad, and although not perfect, I was still pleased with the results.
So why did I choose the aster? Well, it looked 'friendly' for a first go, all three of the required punches were in my collection -- daisy, sun, and chestnut leaf, and I already had a made-from-leftovers card waiting for embellishment. Note: I'm still not sure if my punches are the suggested sizes, but again, I was pleased with the results, so no worries.
Since the instructions are copyrighted, I don't feel comfortable with fully explaining them here, but if you look at the close-up, and take out your scissors, you may be able to duplicate Susan's effects without too much trouble. It may also be helpful to know each flower uses 3 daisies, 3 suns, and 3-4 leaves.
As for the card itself, it's as basic as basic can be: A stamped verse from HS-072 Dogwoods, a stamped paper strip, and a bit of layering.
Down the road, perhaps I'll feature some additional flower projects from this book, and possibly share a few tips that I've devised to help myself with the creating process, but in the meantime, if you happen to have lots of punches, and want to create some very pretty floral embellishments from little more than paper scraps, you may want to consider locating your own copy of Paper Bouquet (ISBN 13: 978-1-60059-059-7). At $14.95 it's a whole lot of punch crafting inspiration!
Until next time,