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Issue 143 Designer for the Day

There’s nothing more exciting than opening your favourite products and being overcome with endless inspiration for lots of fabulous makes! Our Designer for the Day in this issue, Michelle McCarthy, shares how her crafting hobby grew from a harder time in her life, when her discovery of cardmaking helped in finding a way out. Now, she is taking the papercrafting world by storm so be sure to check out the instructions below to learn how to make her beautiful foam flower card.

Issue 143 Designer for the Day

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You will need:
Dies: Crafter’s Companion Gemini Element: clover, leaves and vines, traditional doily and border, dainty butterflies
Crafter’s Companion Flower Forming foam, green
Paper Collection, Crafter’s Companion Peony 12” x 12”
Ink, Harmony Water Reactive, Frozen Lake
Pearl beads, green

1 Cut black card down to 20cm x 23cm. Score along the longest side at 11cm to create a tent-fold card. Cut peony paper to 10cm x 20cm, matt on to green mirri card and layer onto the front card.

2 Die cut one small butterfly, one doily, three borders and four leaves from black card. Glue the border die-cuts along the top and bottom of the card. Fix the doily die-cut to the left-hand side. Die cut a sentiment from the peony paper, raise it with 3D foam pads, and attach to the right-hand side of the card. Place the butterfly die-cut above it, then embellish the middle of the butterfly with green gems.

3 Using a flower die and flower foam, cut out nine large petals and nine medium petals. Ink the edges of each petal with the Frozen Lake Water Reactive ink. Heat each petal using a warm iron, then fold and roll using your finger. This enables the ink to blend and makes the foam easier to shape.

4 Take a medium petal layer and using hot glue, attach a large pearl bead into the centre of the flower.Apply a small amount of glue onto each petal and secure the petals around the pearl bead. Repeat with two more of the medium petals and you.

5 Take three of the large petal layers and roll the edges to form a rose. Glue each layer onto the flower, building it up. Ensure the glue is only at the bottom so it doesn’t show. Attach the flowers onto the doily and decorate with green pearl beads. Finally, add the die cut leaves to complete.

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