Step By Step Saturday with Laurie Schmidlin

Happy Saturday!  It’s my turn to share a project (complete with lots of photos) with step by step instructions!

Today, I’m going to share how to create a couple of my most favorite handmade embellishments!

Hello There

I love to add dimension to my cards!  From layered and stitched focal images to glittery paper flowers, I’ll share how I make them…all using some of the brand new Glitz goodies!

Layered Hearts1

To start, I cut out several hearts using three different patterned papers (from the Color Me Happy Collection) as well as two vellum ones.  I used my electronic cutting machine, but you could cut these out by hand (there are lots of free templates available online) or your favorite nesting dies.

Layered Hearts2

I added adhesive only to the center of each heart (because I plan on curling up the edges for added dimension) and then stitched down the center.

Layered Hearts3

To finish it off, I added one of the new Color Me Happy Giant Rhinestones to the center.  It’s so bright and happy, don’t you think?  :-)

Layered Hearts4

Here’s a peek at it with the edges all curled up a bit.  I really like the added dimension this gives!

Hello There

I added my layered heart on some other coordinating Color Me Happy goodies, and then added some ribbon, a Journaling Sticker, and a bit of Woodgrain Tape.

Gift Bag

Up next, I’ll show you how I like to make paper flowers (like the one on top of the cupcake)!

Rolled Flower1

First, I cut out a rolled flower shape using some new Love You Madly paper.  Again, I used my electronic cutting machine, but there are templates available online that you can cut out by hand or use your favorite die).

Rolled Flower2

Next, I like to ink up the edges (you only need to ink the scalloped edges).  I think it gives the flower a little bit more depth.

Rolled Flower3

Next, I roll up the flower.  I like to use a thick handled paint brush, but a pencil will work as well.

Rolled Flower4

After the flower is all rolled up, remove your paint brush (or pencil) and let go of the flower.  It will spring back a bit.  Depending on how tightly rolled I want my flower, I might leave it as is or unroll it a bit more to open it up a bit.  The next step is to glue the flower down.  I like to use my hot glue gun because, well…I like the instant gratification!  :-)

Rolled Flower5

Next, I curl some of the petals down.  Another option would be to curl them before you roll up the flower (this gives a more dramatic effect).  If you do that, make sure to be very gently while you are rolling so as not to tear the paper.

In this photo, you can see the hot glue that I used to secure the flower.  You can hide this by adding glitter, micro beads, or pearls.

Rolled Flower6

I wanted a sparkly flower, so I opted to add glitter to not only the center, but the petals as well.

Gift Bag

After the flower was dry, I added it to the top of a cupcake that I created using more Love You Madly goodies!  I stamped the numbers 1 and 7 on the cupcake (using the new Love You Madly rubber stamps) as I plan on giving this to my daughter for her 17th birthday!  :-)

I’m so glad you joined me here today!  ~Laurie

Hello There Card
Glitz Design Color Me Happy Papers:  Hearts, Stripe, Woodgrain
Glitz Design Color Me Happy Journaling Stickers
Glitz Design Color Me Happy Whatnots
Glitz Design Color Me Happy Giant Rhinestones
Glitz Design Color Me Happy Title Stickers
Glitz Design Color Me Happy Woodgrain Tape

Gift Bag
Glitz Design Love You Madly Papers:  Stripe, Ampersand, Hello
Glitz Design Love You Madly Giant Rhinestones
Glitz Design Love You Madly Lace Tape
Glitz Design Love You Madly Tiny Roller Doodle – Lace


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