Friday, February 11, 2011

More Romancing the Paper...

Today has to be coldest day yet this year. It may reach double digits if we are lucky. I can not think of a better way to spend the day than "romancing the paper". On my last blog entry i wrote about preserving nature's delicate flowers and blooms. It was a great day to use some of these lovelies and incorporate them into cards.

The flower on this first card is heather. The purple on its stems is so rich and colourful, perfect for lifting our spirits in the depth of winter. I used a beautiful handmade paper with thin strands of silver embedded into the pulp. Its torn edges helps to give it a romantic feel. I only have a tad left but as soon as the weather warms, I am on my way to Paper Source to buy more. I was thrilled to see a new store opened here in the Chicago suburbs. I chose to use the "journey" stamp on this piece because this winters' class has been a wonderful journey for me.

My next card was also made on the same handmade paper. Unfortunately I do not know the name of this flower. When i went to the florist looking for blooms to dry, the women there said that it could not be done, its flower was too delicate. I loved its beauty and decided to give it a try in the microfleur. It worked, especially once i strengthen its back. I know it is hard to see in this photo, but i used a little iridescent pearl to its petals, just enough to give it alittle glow. The sentiment on this card says it all. I truly believe that one can find beauty everywhere; whether it is a dried bloom still hanging on from the summer, or a bare branch just waiting for its bloom.


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