Timeless Tuesday #229: Make It Mini!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Happy, Happy Tuesday! And, Welcome to another Timeless Tuesday Challenge

Jenny is our hostess this week, and she has a simple and FUN challenge for us--Make it Mini!  Create three miniature cards sized 3" x 3" or close to it... just smaller than your typical A2.  Ooooo, I just love making mini card sets! 
This is a photo-heavy post, so, as difficult as it is for me, I'll try to keep my words short. ;) 
When I make a set of cards, I almost always make some kind of container for them. I went with a very simple box for this set, because I wanted the gorgeous images to take center stage. The box measures 3.5" square, and is 1.25" high. The images here are both from the Tulips for Friends stamp set. I used Copics to color the single tulip on Flourishes Classic White Card Stock, and the vase of tulips was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on script text dp. The edges were sponged with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. The bling on the vase are Swarovski crystals.
The box stays closed just fine without any kind of tie, but I wanted a soft bow on it somewhere and didn't want to cover any of the top up, so I punched the center of each side of the box top with a Footlights Martha Stewart punch and threaded seam binding through the two outer holes on both sides. The ivory seam binding, which I crinkled and dyed with Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Ink Reinkers, runs under the bottom of the box, and secures the top beautifully. 

The cards are 3" x 3", so it may look like the box is too wide, but I wanted to include envelopes, too. Since the cards are smaller than the top of the box, I made the single, colored tulip just a little bit shorter by clipping the stem slightly below the flower and moving the flower down, closer to the first leaf. It's barely noticeable!

Did you think all the cards were going to look the same? No way! Flourishes has so many beautiful floral stamps, it was easy to choose several for this set. I love that so many of their sets have large floral images and accompanying smaller images, also. I especially like the ones that include the bulbs. 

Here's a closer look at each individual card:
This is the Tulips for Friends stamp set. To mix things up a little, I used dictionary print dp instead of the script dp I used on the box top. I did just a little zigzag sewing along the left edge of each card. My machine did something wonky on this one, but since it's distressed, I felt that it just added to the look I was going for. :)
This is from the Old Tea Rose stamp set. Being botanically illiterate, I didn't know what the smaller image was, so I did a little research and found out that it's a rose hip. I like learning new stuff. ;) This image didn't have a bulb attached, but I think the bulb shape of the rose hip worked well for the set. I added a few Swarovski crystals to each card.
And, finally, this is from the Paperwhites stamp set. I sure did enjoy coloring all these pretty images!
I usually make vellum envelopes for 3x3 cards. Since they won't be mailed, the front can stay clean, and I like that the recipient can get a peek at the front of the card before they even take it out. 

I used a Spellbinder Medallion Two die to cut the sentiment panel for the inside of the cards, and sponged Frayed Burlap around the edges.

Whew! Thanks for hanging in there with me! I hope I have inspired you to make your own mini card set, and I can't wait to see what you create! Then, link up your own mini card set on the Flourishes' blog for a chance to win! You can find all the details here. Be sure to check out the beautiful mini sets from my teammates, too!
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful week!

~Hugs,
 
Supplies: 


Plus these additional Copics: R21, R22, YG00, YG01, YG03, B39, B41, E23, C2, C4

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19 comments :

TLady said...

WOW!!!!! WHAT A GORGEOUS GIFT for someone!!!!!!!!!It's ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!:) I too LOVE Vellum envelopes!:) ABSOLUTELY PERFECT!!!!!!!!:)

Debbie said...

These cards and box are gorgeous!! I love the vintage look to them all and with the muted DP and black image, the colored one really pops!!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Cheryl these are just plain gorgeous! I love the matching box, fabulous idea and creativity!

Allison Cope Israels said...

Incredible card set Cheryl! I am blown away! I love the vintage feel of your papers layered with your black images with the delicate pops of coloured image! Absolutely stunning!!!!!!!!! May just have to borrow your idea of design... WOWSERS!

Becky said...

your cards are just exception, Cheryl. I always love things stamped on script. Each one is special !!

Petti said...

TOTALLY STUNNING!

The Rubber Maid said...

Beautiful set and the box it just a wonderful plus. Pat Adam

Conniecrafter said...

Such a Beautiful gift set, the box is just lovely and a wonderful idea to use ribbon but not hide the gorgeous stamping. I just love the text background with the stamping and gorgeous coloring, the stitching on the side is a great touch!!

Heather Jensen said...

What a beautiful boxed set! I love how you designed each card and handmade special little vellum envelopes. :)

Hugs~

stampqueen said...

Beautiful!!! Love the box!!!

Diane said...

What a gorgeous set!!! Lots of beautiful details!!

Cheryl said...

Wow, LOVE this Cheryl!! What a gorgeous box filled with those beautiful goodies, what a great gift idea!

Leslie Miller said...

Love these minis and the cute little box you made for them! Very creative the way you combined the images on each card. I've always had this idea for "petite florals" in my head for some of my small Flourishes image. This may be the inspirational push I need to get started!

Maria said...

Wow!!! What fabulous creations with the cards and box, Cheryl! I'm in awe with your stunning creativity! Very well done!!!

Margaret said...

What a great gift to give. Your project is stunning.

Broni said...

Wow, Cheryl! What a fabulous card set and you WOULD have to make a box too, huh?? Absolutely fabulous! I love the design so much I just had to pin it!

Deborah Anton said...

WOW!! These are fabulous Cheryl! You went all out and every detail is fabulous!

Katie Sims said...

Cheryl, these are just over the top! I can't imagine how much time it took to make every detail perfect....and your coloring is amazing!! I believe I'll take a set of those, please! lol! You knocked this one outta the park, girl!!

Jenny Gropp said...

WOW Cheryl... these are beautiful!