Hello! The November A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge has begun and my inspiration uses the Red Christmas Poinsettia Pack from sponsor, Fred She Said.

I’ve always wanted to create a “flower pot” card but I struggled to find any templates online that fit with my perceived idea of making one. I searched for a quite a while before coming to the conclusion it would be easier to just create my own.

My template is a combination of a simple flower pot shape with a semicircle at the top. I started by cutting two of these shapes from kraft card and scored across the top of the pot section of each piece. I then glued both semicircle sections together with liquid PVA and allowed it to dry fully before I opened the card, bending just the back panel along the score line. In essence, I created a hinged card base from the two pieces of hand cut kraft card. And, only bending the back section to open the card allows the front to a remain flat surface to add all the embellishments to. Bending the front of the card as well could damage the large flowers but I still scored the front panel as a reference point for the embellishments I was planning to add.

So you don’t need to do all the work of measuring and designing your own template, I drew around my card to create a template. I quickly took a photo of it and added it here for you to download free. To get the best quality image, make sure you open the image in a new browser tab and save the full sized image.😉

This template can be used at any size you want but I made mine to roughly 5″×7″. This gave me ample space to use the Red Christmas Poinsettia Pack sheets of flowers printed at a full A4 size. That just made things easier for me because I didn’t need to try and resize the flowers to suit a smaller card base. I simply needed to fussy cut all the flower elements ready to assemble; such a relaxing thing for me to do. If you don’t find fussy cutting all that relaxing, check out this post about the tips I use for the fussy cutting technique so enjoyable.

Before I started assembling my elements, I cut two thin rectangles from kraft card to use as the top lip of the pot on both the front and back. I also die cut a frilly edge white piece to place beneath them. I simply glued the kraft card rectangles onto the white lace edge pieces, trimmed them at either end so they’d fit on the pot and glued them directly onto the card. I deliberately didn’t use any foam tape because the raised section would have inhibited the Poinsettia flowers from sitting properly on the top, semicircle section of the hinged card base. Had I been using different, smaller flowers, I may have used foam tape to add dimension but, for this card, that just wasn’t necessary.

Once I’d fussy cut all my flower elements, I spent a little time arranging them on the card baseto work out what worked best. I then glued all the elements together and added each assembled flower to my card. Instead of leaving the flower centres plain, I glued small gold flat backed pearls (sourced cheaply from nail art departments of generic online sites) to the centres of each flower. These tiny sized pearls don’t come with glue attached so I used dots of Ranger Multi Medium Matte Adhesive for a really secure and invisible finish.

To finish off, I cut a gold edged tag, using the Tim Holtz Vintage Labels die set. These dies can be hard to use because the deep embossing lines tend to cut the cardstock where they should just emboss, depending on the cardstock you try to cut. This was the case with the gold card but that worked in my favour as I was able to addthe white centre to the tag and use a small Christmas peel off sticker sentiment. I still prefer to use the high gloss word stickers rather than heat embossing simply because they match in with reflective gold cardstock so much better. While gold embossing powder looks fine, it just doesn’t have the mirror like finish the peel off stickers have. Once the tag was assembled onto a small piece of white backing cardstock, I added the tag directly onto the pot.

Once I’d finished, I felt the bottom of the card was a tad bare. To correct this, I decided to score a single line across the bottom of the pot and add two strips of peel off sticker border either side of the score line. The score line not only added interest to the bottom of the pot, it also allowed me to keep the birder stickers straight, something that isn’t always easy to do.

I hope you get time to stop by the November A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge and add an entry or two. This Red Christmas Poinsettia Pack is just one of the prizes up for grabs this month. Thanks so much for spending time with me today, I look forward to next time! 😊

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