I have so much fun searching for unexpected crafting supplies at Dollar Tree! How about any of you crafters? Do you often find good stuff at that store?
Shortly after Christmas, when the Valentine's Day stuff was being put out, I came upon these small bags of wooden roses. Some were wood color on both sides, while others were pink or red on one side. Using the pink or red side really limits how you can use them, so I opted to go for the wood-colored side to give me a plethora of color options.
For my card I paired it up with white and subtle purples.
I feel the wooden rose was a perfect focal point, around which I could build a little story by adding embossed leafy fronds, a little ribbon and some bling.
I love the dramatic addition of the deeply embossed branches:
Here is a brief tutorial on how to create a simple card such as this, provided you can find yourself some cool wooden roses.
Highland Heather cardstock
Purple Marbled Designer Series Paper
Die Cutting/Embossing Machine
Wood Rose from Dollar Tree
Just a Note die
Leafy Embossing Folder
White Stitched Ribbon
Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Highland Heather cardstock in half, creasing it well with a bone folder.
Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock and emboss it with a leafy embossing folder. Add this to the card base.
From Highland Heather cardstock, cut a piece that measures 2 3/4" square.
Cut a strip of white stitched ribbon and add it to this piece, about an inch from the top, fastening the ends with tape on the back.
To this layer, add a 2 1/2" square of purple marbled DSP.
To the center of this panel, glue a wooden rose.
Add three purplish rhinestones around the rose. If you don't have the right color of rhinestones, you can use Stampin' Blends to color Basic Rhinestones.
Adhere this finished panel to the card, leaving even edges at the top and sides.
From Highland Heather cardstock, die cut a sentiment. With small dots of glue, add this to the bottom portion of the card.
Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns.
I am thankful that thorns have roses.
- Alphonse Karr -