ID: VSN September 2010 - Movers  - Flower Gears
 x 7"h

Created: September 5, 2010
This is another submission for the Vamp Stamp Magazine for the November 2010 issue with the theme of "Moving cards".

OK so this is a bit more complex...  Tried it out die cutting the gears from mat board and mounting them to chip board. Worked well. So I though I'd try die cutting them from chip board, didn't work as well. The chip board is a little flimsier and the layers of cardstock separate more easily. So back to mat board. I used Tim's Sizzix Gadget gears and die cut a large one, a small one and 2 medium ones. (keep all the little fall out pieces)

The white chipboard is sponged with Distress Mustard Seed, stamped with a leaf design (Autumn Leaves Stampology "Fine & Dandy") and clear embossed. Cut out the scallop opening.

I glued the centers back into the gears and glued a small 3/4" circle of cardstock as a supporting piece on the backs. Found the centers of each gear and pierced a hole with an awl. All the gears were painted with Making Memories Specialty Glaze Amethyst. The large gear was also painted in the gear area on the back.

The decorative cardstocks are all done on white, sponged with Distress in various pinks and purples, some embossed with Swiss Dots folder, some stamped with a flourish design (Quietfire Design), some thermal embossed with gold or clear to accent the stamp color, some flourishes done with a resist technique. Also created a yellow/orange piece of cardstock for the centers of the flowers.

Lower left gear: McGill "Floriana" punch 2 1/8" - punch one and a half flowers (to get 7 petals) from a light pink background, cut the petals at their juncture and adhere evenly around wheel overlapping them and leaving the sprockets free. Punch another flower and sponge some dark purple on the edges and adhere to first layer in the center. Punch a yellow medium sized 3/4" Sakura blossom, adhere to center. When layers are dry, using the hole made from the awl, pierce through all layers.

Large gear: Die cut one and a half of the largest tattered flower from Tim's Sizzix die from dark purple. Cut between the petals (to get 10 petals) and trim off the points. Petal shouldn't be larger than 1" or the center will build with too much bulk. Adhere to gear overlapping them. Die cut  the next size of flower and adhere center of flower to previous layer. Die cut a small flower from yellow and adhere to flower, let dry and pierce hole.

Upper left gear: Punch 10 hearts from a pinky background, adhere to gear, overlapping them. Punch out another 10 hearts from dark purple, adhere to center, overlapping them. Punch out 2 daisies from the yellow and adhere. Let dry, and pierce with awl.

Smallest gear: Marvy Punch  6 petal flower (1-1/8"w), punch out of the pink resist background, adhere to gear. Die cut the smallest flower from a yellow background, then a resist pink Sakura flower, then the smallest Sakura from yellow. Adhere these layers at the center, let dry and pierce hole.

Using the template, position the largest gear, pierce hole and attach with a long leg brad. Position the left bottom gear, pierce hole and attach with brad. Continue in same manner with upper left gear, and smallest gear.


Check the movement after each gear is in place. If the gears don't interact properly, move the smaller gars closer to larger gear.

When all gears are attached, die cut a small tattered flower from mat board and from yellow background, glue pieces together. Punch out a couple mat board centers, glue two together and  to the center of the flower, let dry. Pierce hole through all layers. Place the small flower so it covers the large gear and the two adjacent gears slightly. This will help when turning the gears so the gears won't skip over the sprockets. Glue the dot to the card and attach with a long neck brad.

Butterflies were created with Angelina fibres in various pinks and white and ironed between craft sheets until fused. Punched with a Paper Shaper large butterfly punch (1.75"w) and adhered to flowers.

Words were written with a Micron pen.

"In my Thoughts" "Autumn is a season followed immediately by looking forward to SPRING". Doug Larson


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