April 25, 2010

Cherry Blossom branches



Greetings! This post is for the Blog Hop with Papertreyink. The theme is TISSUE PAPER!
I remember making really funky things with tiny tissue paper squares in elementary school. We squashed them up around a pencil eraser, dipped them into glue, and placed hundreds of them into a drawn shape.


Instead of smooshing them all together into a shape, I decided to see if I could make cherry blossoms on the branch from Take a Bough. I'm really pleased with how they turned out. So pretty! Paired with a strip of PP from the Pretty Pastels collection, some thin silk ribbon, a sentiment from Communique Sentiments, a few buttons, some stitching, and lots of inking...it turned out well, don't you think?

Here's a simple photo tutorial on how I did it in case anyone is interested. Add some color to the tissue paper, crinkle it around a pencil or large stylus, dip in glue (I used Mod Podge), and place on your cardstock.

Thanks for stopping here on your Blog Hop journey this evening!

101 comments:

Jennifer Carter said...

Gorgeous!! I love it! What a fun and creative idea!!

Kara said...

So cool.....really beautiful!
Kara

jen said...

OMG, Dana! This is STUNNING!!! The combo you used is really gorgeous! I love the blossoms! Great (I mean GREAT) job!!! :)

Taheerah said...

Wow!! One word Dana - *stunning*!!! I *love* cherry blossom and your little flowers are a perfect representation!! So, so pretty, and original too!

megspaulding said...

So gorgeous Dana! What a clever, clever idea! Love it so much!!

Amy said...

Wow, I forgot about using tissue paper to do this! This turned out soo beautiful!! I just got a "branch" set (non PTI) and I'm going to have to try this!

Laurie said...

I love this Dana!! Gorgeous!! Those flowers are so pretty!!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Pretty card with those tissue blossom flowers.

Sasya said...

wow, Dana, this is so beautiful and soo creative!! loving these cherry blossoms!!

..::Paulina::.. said...

Oh my goodness, Dana, this is gorgeous! You made using tissue paper look effortless!

Caryn said...

Oh wow - what an AWESOME idea - I LOVE it. Love the stiching and distressing too.

Hugs,
Caryn xxx

Anika said...

You just gave me an idea for Mother's Day cards for my Kindergarteners! So pretty, I love it!

Anna said...

This is SO gorgeous! So delicate and real looking! Well done!!

Nancy L. said...

super pretty!! your card is sooo pretty!

Leigh Ann Baird said...

Well done, Dana! Oh my goodness, you are so creative! This is beyond beautiful!

Marge said...

Wow, simply STUNNING!!! Sooo beautiful and creative!!!

Janelle said...

Beautiful, Dana! Love your cherry blossoms! Did you use paint on the edges of your panel? Looks too thick to be ink. Wonderful card!

Mariana said...

Loving the cherry blossoms!! How pretty and cool card!

Jessica said...

So fun! I remember doing that in school too. Your card is just beautiful.

Diane Jaquay said...

Dana, this is absolutely beautiful and incredibly creative!! I never in a million years would have thought of making something like this, you ROCK girlie!!

Sara Mac said...

Thud! That's my jaw hitting the floor:) LOVE this idea Dana. I forgot all about this little tissue paper craft. We used to do these all the time in school. Anyway, your card is drop-dead gorgeous!!

Chris Simon said...

Wow! Those cherry blossoms are just perfect. What a great way to update a childhood project into the grown up art world!

Karen B. said...

Lovely lovely card. I remember doing this as well, way way back when! I can't believe I haven't joined your bandwagon until now, so I just became a follower after so many visits. Sheesh...

Liz said...

Great job! I did something similar..it was fun to bring back something I did growing up!

Silke Ledlow said...

Fantastic card!!! Love the blossom idea and tutorial!!! WTG hugs ~S~

Lindsay said...

This is just too beautiful! Great job!

Lauren said...

Oh.My. This is AMAZING!!!!! Just gorgeous!!!

Rebecca said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Stamper for fun said...

Absolutely beautiful, Dana

Victoria said...

These are lovely. Definitely look like cherry blossoms. I will have to try this technique sometime. Thanks for the inspiration!

Michelle said...

They sure do look like cherry blossoms - what a great idea and so well executed.

Lynn said...

what a great idea! So creative...I am very impressed!

Tonya said...

Pretty color combo!

Sofia said...

Amazing idea!! I'll be using it soon!!!

Cammie said...

So creative! Your card design showcases this beautiful tree!

Maureen said...

gorgeous!! Cherry blossoms are my favourite...and you've really captured their loveliness here :)

Deb C said...

Dana, your cherry blossoms are just darling. LOVE it!

Keva said...

This is so soft and pretty. I love cherry blossoms. Really beautiful, Dana.

Baseret said...

This is awesome! I love your little cherry blossoms. What a great idea.

Mindy said...

Oh wow, I LOVE this!!

Nerina said...

Gorgeous blossoms - and so delicate with the distressing you've added to the card! Yum!

Kelly S. said...

Oh Dana that is SO COOL! Awesome layout and love the distressed edges with the pops of pink blossoms...gorgeous fab and wonderful, tooooo!

peggysue said...

Soft and lovely, we are going to call you the tissue paper queen I think, great job with those blossoms. Pretty embellishments with the edging and the buttons.

sarahmartina said...

Oh how pretty! Great idea! :)

Sarah said...

What a perfect card for this time of year.

Alyssa S said...

This is fabulous! Love the layout and everything!

Pam W. said...

WOWZER! This is so very pretty.

resmith said...

Such a perfect idea for cherry blossoms. Great card!

Shay said...

Utterly stunning card and use of tissue paper! The colors are delightful too.

Kerri said...

Love, Love, Love it!!! Absolutely beautiful!!!

Pat said...

Love the cherry blossoms!

Karen C said...

Love the copics on tissue paper! What a beautiful card!

Emm said...

Beautiful card!

Amy said...

Wow! This is stunning!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Simply gorgeous!

Terri E. said...

What a good idea with the cherry blossom! Way to rock the tissue paper challenge.

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Wendy said...

What a great idea.... perfect way to use the tissue paper!

Dana said...

Dana this is gorgeous. You always have such awesome cards this is one of my favorites, such a great idea and brilliantly executed.

Melissa said...

How beautiful! What a fab idea...my kids do this all the time at preschool, but I doesn't turn out quite so elegant!

Kimberly said...

Love this! The two-tone coloring is perfect.

Tracey Cuccia said...

Absolutely beautiful Dana!! WOW -- love what you did here...will have to give it a go!

~kelly marie~ said...

Gorgeous cherry blossoms!

BethieJ said...

Dana this is STUNNING!!! I love it! and I sooo remember doing that when I was in school! :)
Happy Hopping!

Gayatri said...

Sooo cute cherry blossoms! Clever idea, Dana! I have give this one a go! Beautiful card!

Daniela said...

Beautiful!

Courtney Baker said...

TOTALLY FABULOUS!

Shirlann said...

This technique is always a keeper..love it!

Cheryl said...

I did the same thing with Take a Bough. Your card turned out so beautifully! I love how you colored part of the tissue so the blossoms could be pink and white. So lovely!

Christi said...

so very creative!!

Kim said...

Too cool! I love the coloring technique your used.

Anonymous said...

Very creative use of tissue paper and beautiful card.

Rhonda said...

Dana, love the cherry blossoms.

Babies- Beth said...

Tissue flowers on OOAL is just perfect; love it!!

Jackie Pedro said...

What an amazing card, Dana!! I remember doing this when I was a kid...just not this beautiful!!! LOL!

Sue Ann said...

I did not do the HOP tonight but I had to stop by and tell you how beautiful this card is Dana.... AMAZING!! Love it Dana ....... GREAT take on the challenge!!!

mamareebs said...

Wow! This is gorgeous.

Charlene Austin said...

STOPPPPP IT!! Amazing Gorgeous Brilliant Fabulous Wonderful. I could go on. If this were a contest YOU WIN!

Linda W said...

Really pretty. Very realistic. Love it!

Jennifer K said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Dana, you've outdone yourself. This is drop dead gorgeous. I love every single thing about it - the cherry blossoms, the inking, the ribbon, the stitching. Fab job!

Jennifer K said...

Oh. My. Gosh. Dana, you've outdone yourself. This is drop dead gorgeous. I love every single thing about it - the cherry blossoms, the inking, the ribbon, the stitching. Fab job!

Karen H. said...

Beautiful!

Daniela Hendea {PurpleD} said...

Beautiful!! I expected a lot of flowers for this blog hop, but yours were a lovely surprise.

pattylt said...

Dana, this card is beautiful. It is so serene and just lovely. Thanks for the tutorial so I don't have to sit and scratch my head trying to figure out how to do this. It looks quite simple but what amazing results. Well done!

Sherry said...

STUNNING!! These look JUST like cherry blossoms! I just love your colors and the card layout....just wonderful all around!!

Katie {choc0holic} said...

I love the cherry blossoms...those are just gorgeous! I am falling in love with tissue paper more and more!

Theresa Tyree said...

Dana, I just love the sweet little blossoms. I wanna do that too!

Lori said...

So pretty! Just perfect for spring!

Julie Campbell said...

Wow! You are SO incredibly talented! The blossoms are PERFECT!!! I really love your inking/stitching too. Your details make me giddy!

Terri said...

I think it came out great too! Love the colors. I am going to have to give it a try now too!

Lee said...

Beautiful Dana. Thanks for the photo tutorial. I am a visual person so this really helps!

Lisa said...

Dana these are fabulous!!! I remember doing this back in the day .... Thanks for the reminder. Your card is beautiful!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Oh my word, Dana, this is STUNNING! I LOVE the touch of marker to give the tissue the look of cherry blossoms! Awesome work!

Sue said...

This is just wonderful! Just amazing!

Ted said...

Dana, this turned out absolutely beautiful! I remember doing that as a kid and you really knocked the socks off the technique! I can almost feel those blossoms. :) Quite nice!

Banu said...

WOW..this is just awesome. Loved it.

Mary said...

Not being overly artistic, the tissue-paper squares around the pencil craft was one of my faves in elementary school...no matter your skill level, they always turned out pretty...my fave was an eagle I gave to my grandpa one year for father's day...anyway.

You totally took it to a new level with this card! WOW! So unique! And inspirational...I just got a GREAT idea for a craft to do up and hang on my wall...LOL!

colleenk said...

This is sooooo pretty! I love the tissue blossoms!

anya said...

Outstanding, Dana! This is so gorgeous!

Chris said...

Goodness gracious! What a beautiful card - I just love your blossoms as they are so very pretty!

Rosanne said...

Lovely!

Jessica said...

Wow, Dana, 100 comments on this one! i love this - super creative, and thanks for showing how you did it!