Trendy Tuesday – Flourishes
By Colleen Harshaw
Hello my fellow paper crafters! Today I have a fun topic to share with you…..flourishes! So many times I have admired the work of other crafters who could doodle on their scrapbook pages, all the while making them look cute, trendy, balanced and pleasing to the eye. I have always envied those people! It always seemed that when I tried to doodle, it would end up looking squashed, lopsided and messy. Well, I think of the flourish as an embellishment for the ‘non-doodling’ segment of the crafting population….like me!
Flourishes can be found as ready made embellishments, dies for die cutting machines, designs on paper (that you can fussy cut if you choose!), and in the form of stamps. Flourishes are abundantly found on the market right now.
As usual, I have found some beautiful samples to share with you to inspire your creative side! There is so much to be found out there on the web, I can’t imagine what crafters did before its invention!
This first sample is a card with a very large flourish that was created using a die cut from MFT stamps. I think due to the size of this die cut, it would also be great on a 12×12 scrapbook layout!
Card by Karen Giron for MFT Stamps
Photo courtesy of mftstamps.com
This next sample uses something I have in my very own scraproom….a blingy flourish! I have never used mine because I was a bit intimidated by it. Have you ever had one of those products…you love it when you see it used on other’s work, but you just don’t quite know how to go about using it yourself? I feel that way about large bling elements. Barbara has done a great job of using her blingy flourish here on this sample. Maybe I can use her sample as inspiration…..
This next sample uses a nice little flourish….much less intimidating for me! I could handle this cute little flourish, even if it was blingy!
Moving away from the card samples, I have a beautiful three dimensional project to share with you. This Christmas wreath incorporates die cut flourishes in the most beautiful way! This is the reason I love writing these articles for the Paper Crafter’s Library….I learn something new every time I research a topic. I never would have thought of this creative use of flourishes!
Julie also created this decorative Christmas flower pot to go along with her wreath, above.
Next I have a scrapbook page to share with you. This is where I am in my element! I am a scrapbooker first, and I came to stamping and card making later. I love browsing the layouts of others in order to get inspired!
Here is another way to use flourishes. So many of us celebrate the holidays with the exchange of gifts, that tags always come in handy!
This layout contains a flourish above the main image, while the subtle pattern on the background paper has a flourish-like appeal to it too. It is a simple but beautiful layout!
I really love this last layout! The colours really appeal to me, as well as the balance of embellishments. The grouping of flowers in the bottom left balances the large title, and the flourish is perfectly placed!
Now, where can you buy some of these lovely tools for making your very own embellishment flourishes, you ask? MFT Stamps has a selection of dies for those of you with die cutting machines. They have Fancy Flourish Dies in three different sizes, seen in the photo below.
They also offer Framing Flourish Dies in two sizes. These are ideal for framing your photos on scrapbook layouts.
Lastly, they offer three different sized Leafy Flourish Dies.
Next I would like to show you a Sissix Bigz Die by Tim Holtz. I like that this set offers a longer flourish die along with a more rounded flourish option. This set also strikes me as a bit more masculine because it has fewer ‘curly cues’.
Although I don’t have a picture to share with you for this next product, there is a SingleKutz Die available for the Quickutz Revolution in a flourish as well.
Next I have a stamp set to share with you. I love how this set of journaling block stamps from Basic Grey incorporates flourishes as part of the borders.
Now, on to the paper! Paper is my little addiction. I tend to hoard it. It just seems too pretty to cut into sometimes. I know there are a lot of you out there who can sympathize with my plight!
This is a paper stack from Paper Studio that contains several papers with flourish patterns. The colours look amazing too. This is my favourite palette!
I wanted to give you a digital paper sample to ponder too. This one is from a site called VanDenBerge Design. It contains beautiful neutral colours and floral and flourish design elements.
That brings us to our conclusion. I hope these project samples and product suggestions have given you some inspiration. That is really the purpose of these articles…to inspire you to have fun being creative!
Until next time…..