The use of a "flourish" on a card or scrapbook page is trendy right now. But, if not done properly, a flourish can weigh down or clutter a project. A flourish, like any other embellishment should help the eye move across the project and highlight the focal point.
For this card, I used the largest flourish stamp found in the Close To My Heart set called "Cherished Flourishes." I purposely stamped it (Sorbet ink) on an angle so that it would be a base for my focal point. The frame for the sentiment was stamped in Tulip ink and cut out. Thank You was also stamped in Tulip. It was attached just slightly overlapping the flourish. As a small embellishment I used the rock and roll stamping technique for the small flower (Creme Brulee and Sorbet inks), cut it out and added a small Tulip brad to the center. Using a pop up dot, it was attached to the corner of the sentiment frame. I added the Tulip ribbon to the bottom as an anchor for the flourish.
Supply List (All Close To My Heart Products)
Card Stock: Colonial White, Tulip, Creme Brulee, Sorbet
Inks: Tulip, Creme Brulee, Sorbert
Stamp Sets: Cherished Flourishes, Unity, Tag the Occasion
Accessories: Tulip Ribbon, Tulip Brad and Pop Dot
A flourish can be used to add motion, as an accent or to highlight the main focal point on either a scrapbook page or card. Don't be afraid to give a flourish a try. For Now, Happy Crafting!