I had some fun and challenges with this card. I found this little cherub at a local thrift store and decided to use it on one of my Valentine's cards.
Please read the tutorial below on how I made my rose buds using Cherry Lynn dies.
The larger 2 white flowers are from the Cherry Lynn Small Gardenia die and the white rose under the branch is from Cherry Lynn Tea Rose die. I love the Small Gardenia flower die and have used it almost on all of my cards with roses. I cute out the pink tea roses with white/gold shimmer paper and sponged the petals with pink ink. I crunched each petals with my fingers to give it the tea rose appearance before gluing it together. This time, I used the hot glue gun instead of fast tacky glue which helped keep the flowers in the shape that I wanted.
The tiny white flowers with the pink and white hearts are from the Cherry Lynn Baby Breath Flower Kit. The pink hearts came from the Cherry Lynn Cape Cod Doily die. I used the Cherry Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip and Cherry Lynn Ivy Strip.
The inside is from Spellbinder's Majestic Element. The embossing is from Cuttlebugs. The scallop hearts are from Martha Stewart heart punch. The stamp is from Stampin Up.
Many of my friends asked he how I make my rose buds from the Cherry Lynn dies.
I prepared a small tutorial that I think would be useful for how I make my rose buds.
Note the commercial
Rose Bud that I added to the tutorial will give you an idea how close my rose buds look to the commercial rose buds using a single flower.
I will use three of Cherry Lynn flower dies to show the difference of rose buds along with adding one flower or two flowers to form different size buds since to look like the rose bud is blooming.
On the right, I used the Cherry Lynn Miniature Rose, Cherry Lynn Large Rose and the Cherry Lynn Tea Rose Small.
I like using a foam pad and this stylus formed these rose buds. Use the stylus only on the tips of each rose petals and leaves (knows as the sepal). I like using the Cherry Lynn Miniature Rose leaf for rose buds because it is small enough to show off the rose bud. I found the larger leaf dies will hide most of the rose bud.
NOTE: If using paper with one side that has texture, make the texture side the inside of the flower and not the outside of the petal or leaf. I have found it doesn't make a nice looking rose bud when the texture is showing. Therefore, shown on the right, I am forming the flower on the textured side and will be gluing together only the tips of the petals. After the rose bud is formed, the smooth side will show.
Flowers have a shimmer look to the petals. I prefer shimmer paper to create my flowers and rose buds. I use white or cream and then sponge the petals with color ink. It will still show the glimmer to the flowers afterwards and bring a light to the flowers and rose buds.
Adding a green wire serves two purposes besides adding a stem to the rose bud. It is easier to hold while making rose buds and it is easier to stay on the card.
I used this tool and curled the end of the wire large enough so that it won't come out after sliding it through the hole of the flower.
Make sure you only glue the tips of each petal and then squeeze the tips together with your fingers until the glue dries.
Normally, I like using the hot glue gun when making flowers but when using it to make the rose buds, it was drying too fast and it left a lot of glue on the outside of the rose bud that didn't come off and didn't look good.
After the glue on the rose bud is almost dry, just slide the leaf through the wired stem and only glue the tips of each leaf onto the rose bud. I used my fingers to hold the leaves on the rose bud until the glue dried. If you get a little glue that shows on the leaf, just use a colored marker to hide it. Sometimes, I don't always bring the leaf right up to the bottom of the rose bud and glue the tips of the leaf right in the middle of the rose bud. It shows off the rose bud a little more when you want this look. Note the small space below the rose bud is open but won't show when glued onto the card.