Thursday, April 21, 2011

Clematis 'Bourbon'

Gardening has always been a great hobby of mine.  Years ago in my BC (Before Children) era, Randy and I planted all kinds of plants - mostly herbs, vegetables and flowers.  When I was pregnant with Bradley, my college roomie Sue came to visit for a weekend.   At the time, Randy was out to sea.  A hurricane had just blown through the east coast and knocked down some our our fencing and the trellis that 'Henryi' climbed.  I have some great photos of my eight-months pregnant belly and Sue trying to fix things.  (I'll have to figure out how to scan the photos into the computer later.)  We laughed really hard over that one because we were absolutely no good at construction work.  I was so sad to leave my Clematis 'Henryi' when we moved from Virginia to the Netherlands.  Wonder if it's still there.

A few days ago, I stopped by the house of my friend and downline, Linda.  She was in need of some card stock for her upcoming Blossom Petals punch class.  While I was there, I got to see a paper clematis that she made using the punch.  Too cute!  (Maybe I can get a photo of her card to post.)

Today, amidst the chaos of having four kids inside the house, I browsed a few gardening sites and found clematis 'Bourbon' and decides to recreate it.

Single 5-inch neon-red blooms with a darker red edge on miniature climbing plant 4 to 6 feet tall. Clematis Bourbon™ is deciduous. 

(This photo is a little bright and doesn't capture the card's true colors.)
The petals are made out of Melon Mambo card stock.  I added two veins in each petal with my bone folder, then sponged each petal with Cherry Cobbler ink.  (I tried Real Red ink and it didn't look right.  Rich Razzleberry might've worked, too.  But I didn't try it.)  I cut the width of the ribbon down and fringed the edges. It kinda mimics the center of the flower.  And here's how I did the center:

The piece was about three inches long and 3/8" wide.
I cut very tiny strips about 1/4" down the length of the strip.

Linda shared a little "trick" with me.  Instead of using Tombow monoadhesive to hold all of the petals together, she used a brad.  It's covered up by the center of the flower.  I put a glue dot in between the flower and the flower center, then adhered the flower to the card with a dimensional.

Stamps: none
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Paisley Prints designer series paper
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Blossom Petals punch,  corner rounder punch, sponges, 1 1/4" striped Pumpkin Pie ribbon, glue dots, Tombow monoadhesive, dimensionals, 1/16" hole punch, brad, bone folder

That card got me to thinking about how I miss the gardening that I used to do.  I haven't planted too many things since we moved into our new house six years ago.  One thing we did plant was a clematis.  Some day I'll get my hands dirty again.  For now, I'd rather be taking care of the kids and getting my fingers a little inky!

Happy stamping and happy Easter!



Martha said...

Beautiful job, Susan! I love the colors you put together and I LOVE the way you created the clematis. It looks pretty close to the real thing!!

bensarmom said...

Susan I love your card and your story. I got lost in it and started to think about my garden. Since we've had kids Mother's Day is about planting the flowers the kids and Tim get for me. Will have to try your flower too. Easter Blessings to you and your family.

Ann Schach said...

Beautiful, Susan! You did a fabulous job recreating the flower!

Oops a Daisy Designs said...

So pretty - I love that flower. Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts.