Iris Inspired and a Tutorial!


We’re wrapping up our January New Releases at Flourishes and we’ve had a fantastic time showing off these beautiful sets to you this week. Today the Senior Design Team brings you one more round of inspiration using any set from this release that their little hearts desire. We’ve loved the variety this month’s sets have had to offer and we’re looking forward to showing you more!

Did you happen to see Katie Sim's stunning cracked glass iris card for the Timeless Tuesday Challenge this week at Flourishes?  If you haven't, click here.  I was so inspired by it's beauty that I just had to create a cracked glass beauty myself to share with you today!

For the finishing touch on the front I wrapped my little "Festive Fushia" Seam Binding Ribbon with a sparkly gem brad and added some simple pearls.

Above is a close up of my card front eye-candy... I used the beautiful frilly iris image from the new "Flowers for Jan" stamp collection.
I've actually chosen to share a quick and easy tutorial on how to create this beautiful effect with readers over at on the Scrapbook and Cards Today blog.  You can see how I created this little gem by clicking HERE.

I also wanted to show you the other layers of my card.  For my shaped map panel, I die cut a Spellbinder's "Labels 25" shape and stamped my script from the new "Wild Roses" stamp set and also my "Antique Map" image across my Classic Ivory Cardstock.  I used both "Tea Dye" and "Walnut Stain" Ranger Distress Inks for stamping and distressing my panel.

I couldn't leave the inside of my card blank!  I had to match it up with the front so I die cut some pretty details from a piece of Classic White Cardstock, backed it with some Classic Kraft Cardstock and then stamped the script again from the new "Wild Roses" stamp set and I also stamped my iris image along with a pretty sentiment from the "Flowers for Jan" collection.

Take a gander at all the beautiful creations from my fellow Design Team members... don't forget to leave them some love too!

Do you want to win Flourishes’ January Release?

  • If you would like a chance at winning all newly released January sets…you can play in our Get in Shape Challenge – we will have multiple winners there! Deadline for entries is January 13th at 6 PM EST. Check out the link for the official rules!
  • All three of our January sets are available now HERE! Take advantage our New Release Bundle and get 10% off when you purchase all three sets together in a bundle. This discount will only be available through January 17th, so you have to act fast!
  • We’re also excited to offer companion Silhouette cut files for these new sets. Check them out here!
  • And, don’t forget to come back to the Flourishes Blog tomorrow, Saturday, January 11th for the Winner’s Circle where we’ll announce the winners of this weeks’ Mystery Blogger challenges!
Now to finish things off beautifully….here is a look at our gorgeous new January sets:
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Thanks so much for joining us for this week’s celebrations and all your kind comments! We’ve been delighted to bring these ideas to you and hopefully inspire you as you’re creating!

See you back here tomorrow with some lucky winners!

~ Ally ~

Sponsored by Flourishes LLC

stamps: Flourishes (Flowers for Jan, Wild Roses, Antique Map)
cardstock: Flourishes Classic White, Kraft & Ivory, Core'dinations

die cut shapes: Spellbinders (Labels 25, Damask Motifs, Curved Borders 2, Decorative Labels 28)
ink:  Memento, Ranger Distress, Copic Markers
gem brad:  Making Memories
ribbon:  Flourishes
UTEE:  Ranger
tools:  Scor-Buddy
pearls:  Recollections
gold pen: Sakura
other:  brown fine pen.


Rosy Newlun said...

Oh my word. This is so stunning, esp the soft water color-y feel to the irises. And the brown map is great for men and travel themes.

Donna Phelan said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, card, Ally! I love your coloring on the Iris, perfect and the layering on top of the pink really makes it POP. Great Cracked Glass Technique and it's a FUN one for sure! And I just discovered Scrapbook And Cards Today.....this week! TFS!!!

Theresa said...

Beautiful card....great use of the cracked glass technique. Thanks for sharing all this info.

loulou said...

Beautiful card. I love the vintage look of the cracked glass. Wonderful colouring on those gorgeous irises.

Connie MacFarlane said...

Beautiful Allison! Love the soft colouring on the irises and the cracked glass technique.

Nana Griffin said...

I love how this looks like glass and a beautiful job coloring.

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful, the cracked glass is so cool! I like the SB die you used too. Awesome

Iris said...

Gorgeous card and amazing sets.

Marsha J Reed said...

Very pretty card, Ally. I have got to try the cracked glass technique.

Frances Krug said...

I love everything about this card. Thanks for sharing the inside also.

TLady said...

THIS IS GORGEOUS ALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! I THOUGHT that was the ANTIQUE MAG behind there!!!! :) IT IS STUNNING with this!! :) AND I LOOOOOOOOOOVE the technique you've used!!! I'll have to LOOK FOR the UTEE! I've done this before but had to add MANY LAYERS of regular clear embossing powder! AND I DIDN'T KNOW to add a stain AFTER you do the cracking!!!! I LOOOOOOOOOVE the INSIDE TOO!!!!!!!!:) TOTALLY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

D- said...

Ally you did it again. I love your card.
Thanks for sharing.
Crafty hugs,

ChristineCreations said...

You really did such a beautiful job with this card Ally, the inside is just as lovely too!

Lynne said...

Love the cracked glass. Made it a long time ago, guess it is time to try again. Your card is beautiful and the new flower stamps wonderful. No one does flowers like Flourishes.

Silke Ledlow said...

Ally, the cracked glass look with this design looks fabulous! I just bought some of the enamel too...have to remember to use! You rock GF!!!

Heather Jensen said...

This is stunning! I love the cracked glass effect. :)

Sue D said...

very pretty--love this technique.

Julie Koerber said...

So very gorgeous Ally!!! I love that technique and man --- what an honor to be on S&CT's blog! You're a superstar!! ;-)

Janis said...

I saw your gorgeous card over at SCT and was totally in awe. It's so beautiful and the technique actually looks like something that I could do! :) TFS.
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Sharyn Polesel said...

Beautiful coloring on the Iris, and I love the cracked pretty!

Jean Bullock said...

Beautiful card! Inside AND Outside!

Lagene said...

Allison, this over the top GORGEOUS! Thanks for the tutorial!