As I die-cut the flowers, I thought the EXpandIT might get flattened passing through the machine but it held its shape very well. With some coloured EXpandIT left over, I die-cut more flowers and used a paint knife to spread the EXpandIT on the stems.
For the flower heads, I mixed different colours of Brusho Crystals into the EXpandIT and it took the colours beautifully to give lovely bright tones. I used Gamboge for my orange flowers, Sunburst Lemon for my yellow ones, then Violet, Alizarin Crimson and a little mix of these two colours for my other flowers. I applied the colours with a paint knife again and deliberately applied it thicker and more uneven than on the stems. Here are the flowers before heating:
and after heating where the flowers have 'bloomed':
I loved the flowers so much I gave some card blanks a very simple wash of Leaf Green Brusho diluted with water and let this dry before gluing on the flowers. I haven't added text to most of the cards yet: I can do that later according to the occasion.
Here you can see one flower where the stem had the EXpandIT applied with a paint knife:
and here is a flower on a brayered stem. I love both effects but I think this is my favourite as it has texture all over and more contrast between the stem and flower heads.
Isn't the texture and colour fabulous? I think without text these could make a lovely set of notecards to gift to someone or can be used as individual cards for a variety of occasions. I hope you like them. I am going to be making lots more as they are fun to do too.
If you do make some or want to show other ways you've used EXpandIT, please leave a comment with where we can view your work: I'd love to see.