Detailed Cards Made with Punch-Ins and Crocheted Flowers

Detailed Cards Made with Punch-Ins and Crocheted Flowers
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About a year ago, I was at a rubber stamp store and was intrigued by two thin books titled “Punch-Ins” and “Punch-Ins Book 2” from Make An Impression. Take a look at them if you ever see them and if you run across the Make An Impression booth at a craft show, by all means visit it!  The beautiful art they create by manipulating punched paper is incredible.

I’m so happy I picked up both books at the Heirloom show recently.  It was very easy to make these beautiful (but time-consuming) cards by following instructions for the flowers and leaves.  Here are the cards I made for some special ladies.  I used my Cricut Expressions machine to cut vases, used K & Company background paper, and various ribbon scraps.  I would have never thought to make the punched paper look 3-dimensional, so these books have really helped get my creative juices flowing.

Flower "Punch-Ins" Cards

Flower "Punch-Ins" Cards

Here is a close-up of one of the cards, so you can see the flowers.  I made them round by running a rounded end of a card creaser (similar to a bone folder) over the flower on the back of a mousepad.  Then with craft tweezers, I folded back the petals of the larger flower and used colorful gems for the center of each flower.

Close up of my "Punch-Ins" flowers

Close up of my "Punch-Ins" flowers

Finally, here is another special card I made today, using some gorgeous flowers my talented Grandma B. made for my card-making!  This is going to a very special past client who became a friend of mine:

My Crocheted Flower Card

My Crocheted Flower Card

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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