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Projects by Sharon M. Reinhart

This is the time of the year when weddings and showers are happening in abundance, and you may find yourself in need of cards for these special occasions. Or, as a card maker, you may even be asked to create wedding and/or shower invitations with your supplies and skills. All of the cards in this issue make use of some type of flower and flourish. Each one would make a beautiful invitation or card -- just customize it with the sentiment. "Congratulations" is the perfect sentiment for both wedding and shower cards. For an invitation, simply use the words "You Are Invited" or you can leave the front free of words and place all of the information on the inside. Let's discuss these beautiful cards a little further!

Flowers are synonymous with weddings, and the flourish element is a wonderful way to add an elegant touch to cards. The bonus here is that these two motifs work very well together.

Creating paper flowers has never been easier. There are many die templates available that cut flower shapes, often in varying sizes. There are even flower rubber stamps that have a coordinating die template to cut out the stamped flowers. Another option is to use flower stamps that have coordinating punches.

Flowers can be made full of dimension by gently shaping the petals, or they can be left in a flat state to help with the mailing process. Now if your heart is set on a flower card that is full of dimension, just get creative with the packaging and be prepared to pay a bit more for postage. A great way to send a dimensional card is to place it in a jewelry-style box or to use a padded envelope. The wonderful thing with wedding and shower cards, though, is that we often hand-deliver the card as we attend the event.

Let's take a look at Project 1. The flower on this card is made with the Anemone Flower Topper die template by Spellbinders. The flourish used here is created in two different ways. The embossed design on the card front is a flourished frame created with an embossing folder and a die-cutting system. The embossed frame is the perfect area to place the flower. The second flourish used is a pink cardstock flourish created with the Tim Holtz flourish steel rule die template. Just like flowers, flourishes can be created with many different products, as you will see as we discuss these cards.

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Project 1

In Project 2, a dainty flower has been created using the Delicate Asters Die template from Heartfelt Creations. The backdrop for this delicate bloom is a die-cut heart with an intricate flourish center. The heart template is the La Rue Heart from Memory Box Inc. The flower complements the intricacies of the heart flourish without overpowering it. To add a bit of texture to the top and bottom of the card, strips of cardstock have been embossed using an embossing folder. Only a small portion of the design is visible; therefore, any embossing folder with a delicate design would work wonderfully.

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Project 2

Project 3 brings one more way of creating a flourish into play. The beautiful flourish frame created with the Delicate Deco Square stamp from Creative Expressions pairs beautifully with the Striped Sun Kissed Fleur by Heartfelt Creations. Both have been stamped and then heat-embossed. The flower is one of those stamps that has a coordinating die template to cut out the flowers. It just can't get much easier! For a slightly different effect, this flower has been created with silver vellum, adding a bit of opulence to the card.

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Project 3

Project 3 would also make a perfect invitation. The flower sits a little flatter, and the pearl embellishment could be changed to a less dimensional flower center, possibly a glitter dot or even glitter. The other bonus here is that the shape and size are often desired for invitations. The event information can be computer-generated on text-weight paper and adhered to the inside. Or if you are handy in penmanship such as calligraphy, it would be a beautiful way to invite your guests. If calligraphy is something that you have always wanted to learn, I would recommend taking a look at Annie's online classes, in particular, the Modern Calligraphy Made Easy class by Kristara Schnippert. Kristara takes you through the process step by step, discussing supplies and techniques. She even includes four exclusive projects like the Black & White Dessert Toppers project.

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