I also celebrated a birthday last week and received some wonderful crafty presents. I also treated myself to a set of Heartfelt Creations coordinating dies and stamps. I chose the Arianna Blooms set. I really love the fact you can stamp and cut 5 flowers at time. I am always put off the flower building dies due to the amount of individual petals you have to cut to build one flower, so this is great for the impatient stamper /die cutter like me.
There is something else I love about these dies too but I'll come to that in a little while.
They are very easy to use. First you stamp the flowers then you place the die over the stamped image and tape the die down to prevent it moving and run it through the die cutting machine. It's as simple as that.
Now this is the other thing I love about these die and stamp sets.
Take a look at the photo of the die below.
Notice the cutting edge of the die is on the edge of the die. That means the white border around the image is minimal.
I have never liked dies that leave the wide border around the images. But when I saw how close these dies cut I knew, I just had to have them.
Once cut out you can colour and assemble any way you like . Here are a few examples.
For the purple one I used SU's Pale Plum and Concorde Crush to colour this one. I chose cream stamens and pearls for the centre of this one.
I used SU's Hello Honey to colour this one and black stamens for contrast and one of those flat back gems that look like Jelly tots.
You can colour these or stamp them on any colour card, add as many stamens as you like, add gem stones or pearls. vary the stamen colours, heat emboss the stamped image. stamp them on Vellum. The possibilities are almost endless.
There is one more thing I have not yet mentioned and that is the shaping of the petals.
for all of the above flowers I lightly sprayed the back of each layer with water and crushed/ pleated each petal length ways down each and every petal and allowed the petals to dry off a little before opening them up and layering up.
You can shape each petal with a ball tool instead for a more rounded look flower. It's great to be able to get several different looking flowers from one die set.
I favour the crushed petal version.
The rounded version is slightly quicker to make.
If you want to see demos on making these flowers go to ... YouTube and watch Heartfelt Creations Emma Lou 's flower shaping videos.
As you can see .....I got carried away.