Today's inspiration came from Virginia's View @ http://www.lilypad.inlinkz.com. Virginia shares a beautiful photo of poppies that I found very inspiring. So, I set to work making 3d poppy flowers for a card. I created them from scraps of red cardstock from my stash. After cutting out the petal shapes, I used Page Craft Chanti red pigment ink to ink around the edges (that doesn't really show too well in the photo). I then cut a slit in the bottom center, of each petal and folded the petals accordion style to give them some dimension and texture. I pulled the slit sections together at the base of the petal to form a "cup shape" petal. I glued three of these petals together in a circle, closing the cup shape. Afterwards, I glued the remaining petals around this cup shape. The centers of each poppy are yellow-orange and were made from small circles that I snipped along the outside edge cutting towards the center of the circle. I also inked around the edge of these with the Page Craft Chanti red pigment ink. I curled the narrow strips under by wrapping them around a skewer and glued them to the center of the poppies adding a small red circle made the same way. I cut the leaves from scraps of green paper and inked around the edges. As I inked the around the edges (Anna Griffin green ink), I did this on the front my 6"x6" white card, leaving leaf images on the white cardstock. Using the same green ink, I inked around the outer edge of the card. I used a green colored pencil to add a vein line in each leaf and creased the leave along the vein line and glued them around the poppies. I adhered the poppies to the card base and added narrow strips of red cardstock in each corner. I decided not to use the dark center normally seen on a poppy because I loved the combination of the yellow-orange and the red cardstock. I had a great time creating these flowers....Thanks for the inspiration Virginia!
This is a close up of the poppy.