With Mother's Day right around the corner, I (Vivian) thought I'd show you a quick and easy technique today that you can use on your Mother's Day cards. This technique was inspired by a quilt I saw in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog:
I love the black borders around each flower petal; the black makes the colors and patterns pop against the colorful background. The chevron rug next to the bed is a nice touch as well.
I decided to create a project inspired by this look by using elements from the Farmhouse Flower Sack:
In addition to the Flower Sack, I grabbed some black cardstock and patterned paper from both Farmhouse (the B side of Guest Room) and 9 to 5 (the B side of Coffee Break) and created this card, loosely inspired by the quilt:
As you can see, I decided to turn my flowers into trees against a polka dot patterned paper that looks like the night sky lit up with stars. I added a strip of herringbone patterned paper (this element mimics the chevron rug next to the bed in the image above) and a heart from the Flower Sack, which I also bordered with black. A phrase banner from the Flower Sack completes the card.
To re-create this look with Flower Sack elements:
- Cut a Flower Sack element into "petals," using either scissors or a paper trimmer.
- Adhere each piece of the cut Flower Sack element onto a scrap of black cardstock, leaving space between the petals.
- Cut around each flower, leaving a bit of a black border around the outside edge.
- Adhere black-bordered flowers to a patterned paper background and embellish as desired.
We'd love to see anything you create based on this idea! Please post projects to our October Afternoon Flickr Gallery so that we can take a look!