Friday, July 29, 2011

Inkspirations Challenge #80 - Blooming Step Card

It's Friday again, (best night of the week), & it's Inkspirations time!  This week Keesh has set these fun colours:-

I've gone a bit OTT this week, & made a very "full" step card, lol:-

Here's what the steps looked like, before I started adding flowers & grass:-

 & this is what it looked like, before I decided to add a couple more flowers to accentuate the sentiment:-

Someone, somewhere in the world has probably used the scallop edge punch to make grass before, but if you are interested, here is how I made it:-

Firstly punch a strip of cardstock with the scallop edge punch:-

Then, with your punch turned upside down, place the strip back in & offset the bumps of the scallops on your cardstock between the dips of the scallops on the punch (don't line them up perfectly in the centre as you will have quite "chunky" grass):-

Your edge should look something like this (maybe not as blurry though, lol!):-  

As you can see above, it's not an exact science & you don't have to be too particular, seeing as grass can be a pretty random thing.

Next you need to put your cardstock strip back in the punch again, lining up the thicker blades of grass in the dips between the bumps on the punch.  This will be the result:-

As for the sentiment panel, I cut a 1" strip & achieved the fancy edge by using the piece on the outside of the punch (which would usually be waste).  I turned the strip around & punched the other end to match.  :)

Hope this has given you some ideas to play with.  :)

If you would like to play along in the challenge & see the awesome creations that that rest of the DT have provided, please check out the links:-
Card Components
All SU - please drop me an email if you have any queries.  :)


Sarah Milbourn Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator said...

This is so lovely Helen! So clever and it looks great! Thanks for the tip on the grass. I always hand cut mine!

Christine Blain said...

LOVE all the gorgeous flowers, Helen. How terribly clever of you to make the sentiment panel that way - I'm in awe! Beautiful project, my friend xx

Makeesha Byl said...

My OH My Helen....this is nothing short of AMAZING! Love how you have worked this step card, all those flowers look fabulous! Thanks so much for your inpspirations this week, Love Keesh x

Lynne Armstrong said...

You are such a clever little vegemite my lovely friend :) Lucky we can pick your brain for brilliant ideas!! This is FABULOUS...both ways...and the grass with the punch is a great idea. You really do need to move to Tassie, somewhere near us, so we can visit often :) :) :) Our visit was way too short :(
Hugs xx

Kim S said...

Thank you for all the tutorials in this post - I have never done any of them and look forward to using them. The card itself is fantastic!

Cindy Major said...

Lots of work on this one!! I had never seen the sidestep card done with lots of cuts like that. Most awesome work you did there, Helen!


Paula said...

Totally blown away by your creativity Helen! Love the quick little tutorials on how you achieved all the little elements. I have never done the grass that way either, and boy, will it save me tonnes of time! Love all the flowers too - a FABULOUS card, my friend!

Andrea L - EnchantINK said...

Wow! Will you share some of your mojo with me??? I am so tired ... I can't seem to find mine anywhere ... and it looks like you have ooodles to spare!!! This is sensational, Helen! Hugs xxaxx

Fiona Harrison said...

That is amazing, and such creative use of a colour challenge. I'm in awe!!!
Fi x

Carrie Gaskin said...

SUPERCUTE! This is awesome, Helen. So many little details and thanks for sharing how you achieved this amazing creation.

keeleykats said...

Wow! This is so cute! I would love to have a template for the base. So many possibilities!

Anonymous said...

This card is so awesome! I have never seen your "step card" design before. I would love to have the measurements.

Thank You!