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I’m sure you’re all familiar with the Flower Pot Card – it was wildly popular early on in the year (January/February) – and featured on blogs all over the place.  I was checking out a few of the many samples posted and came across a tutorial on Stephanie Luman’s Blog. As I was reading through her great tutorial, I was suddenly hit by a thought – what if, rather than having to carefully measure and cut the angles on the flower pot base, I created a printable template? 

Why a printable template? I’ve found that in my classes, when dealing with a finished project that has angles, mistakes are less common when I used printable templates, plus they’re a lot faster. So that’s what I’m going to share with you today.  I drew out a template for the flower pot base and then put two on 1 page.  The template is true to size which means that you don’t have to shrink or enlarge it – it’s already at the finished size. All you do is print it out directly onto your cardstock or designer paper. Each 8 1/2″ x 11″ page you print will give you 2 flower pot bases. Below I have a picture of the base and the insert shown separately.  My color choices, stamp set and DP inspiration came from THIS gorgeous card created by Brenda (don’t know her last name but she is known as Qbee on Splitcoaststamperes). You can see her blog HERE.

Now if you want to make a lot of these cards you’re probably not going to want to do all the cutting out of the flowers that I did, so that’s where your flower punches and/or Big Shot flower dies would come in.

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First thing you’re going to need to do in order to make this card is to Download the Template HERE and save it to your computer.  If using DP you are going to want to trim your DP sheet so that it is 8 1/2″ x 11″  (I left mine at 8 1/2″ x 12″ because my printer can handle it).  Make sure you check the options on your printer and if you can, change the paper type to cardstock.  Open up the template pdf and print out the template – BUT – if using DP make sure that you print on the REVERSE side of the pattern you want to be on the outside of the pot.

flowerpottutorialpic1Now just a quick note – I adjusted the template after I printed mine by placing a dotted line in the center of the two pot “bases” to make it easier to score. So that’s why you’ll see the dotted line on the template, but not in the picture to the left.  Once you’ve printed out your flower pot template, you then want to cut it out.  As you are cutting it out, make sure you cut just to the INSIDE of the black lines so that you don’t see them.  Dont worry about the line at the bottom of the pot “lip” as that will be covered.

flowerpottutorialpic21Next thing you’re going to do is to score along the bottom “lip” of the pot (directly on the line) and along the dotted line in between the two angled portions. Once you’ve done that you’re going to fold along the score lines.

flowerpottutorialpic2aNote that you want to fold the rectangular flap portion in a “mountain” fold and the center score line in a “valley” fold – the dotted line will be hidden on the inside of the card. The picture to the left shows you a side view of what it should like like.

flowerpottutorialpic3Because I wanted a solid color for the “lip” of the pot – I cut a piece of Kraft CS at 1 7/8″ x 3 3/8″, so that it was slightly bigger than the lip of the pot.  I then scalloped along one 3 3/8″ side and sponged around the edges with Creamy Caramel Classic ink and a wedge of Stamping Sponge.  I stuck the Kraft CS onto the lip of the flower pot with Snail adhesive.

To create the insert you will need a 2 1/4″ x 4 5/8″ piece of Whisper White CS and a 2 3/8″ x 4 3/4″ piece of Kraft CS.  I sponged the Whisper White CS with Baja Breeze Classic ink and stamped the greeting “Wonderful” on it in Basic Black ink.  I centered and matted the Whisper White CS onto the Kraft CS.

flowerpottutorialpic4I stamped and cut out a whole bunch of flower images from the Petal Pizzaz stamp set in three different colors: So Saffron, Riding Hood Red and Baja Breeze Classic ink. My leaves were stamped in Kiwi Kiss Classic ink.  I then pulled out three different button collections (Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons, Button Latte and Button Bouquet). After that I just played with the flowers and leaves until I liked the final look.  Tip: place your flower pot with insert onto a sheet of grid paper, or have a ruler beside it because as you are arranging your flowers you want them to stay within the bounds of a regular card size so that they will fit in an envelope. As you can see in the picture, I used paper clips to hold my flower pot together as I slid my “tag” insert in and out to see what it would look like. For the buttons I used a small sliver of CS to create the look of a coordinating thread (what I call “faux thread”) and then stuck them onto the flower center using a mini glue dot. 

Once I was done arranging the flowers the way I liked I stuck them on using a combination of Stampin’ Dimensionals, 2-way glue, mini glue dots and Snail adhesive. Once you’re done creating your tag, insert it into the card.  Take a 14″ piece of Baja Breeze satin ribbon and tie it in a knot around the flower pot to hold it closed. You can see a close-up of the flowers below. I should mention that the finished size of this card with insert is 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″, so it does fit inside a medium Whisper White envelope.

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I hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial and have fun with the template!

 andreasiggy
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Stamps: Wonderful Favorite (115144), Petal Pizzaz (113417)
Ink: Basic Black Classic Ink (101179)
Paper: Sweet Slumber Specialty (114037), Kraft CS (107070), Whisper White CS (100730), Baja Breeze CS (111352), Riding Hood Red (111348), So Saffron CS (105118)
Accessories: Button Latte (114333), Button Bouquet (112092), Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons (114344), paper snips (103579), Snail Adhesive (104332), Mini Glue Dots (103683), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), 2-way Glue Pen (100425), Ribbon Originals Valet (114318)

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