I'm playing along again with Unity's BRO Challenge Week 5. This time we've been asked to bring it home--use something from our HOME that we typically would not use in a papercrafting project and use Unity stamps. I've recently seen some fabulous flowers made with zippers so I thought...hmmm, I've never used a zipper on one of my projects.
The most attractive ones use vintage coloured zippers, which I didn't have...so I used two white zippers (one complete 40cm and one half of a 45cm zipper) I had and coloured the twill with copics in the colours I planned to use on the card. My daughter Morgana thinks it's pretty cool but I can't imagine mass-producing these. My fingers actually hurt from handling the teeth and sewing through the thick layers!! Because the flower is so heavy and is meant to be a brooch, I fastened it to the card with two small silver library clips.
The card itself is simple--I stamped the leafy swirl from April KOTM-fresh beginnings and "enjoy your day!" sentiment from May KOTM-another sweet day; cut the scalloped edge with my EK Success Cutterpede (I'm still searching for the perfect trimmer!); trimmed around the flowers in the Me & My Big Ideas Fashion District paper pad; and zig-zag stitched around the card.
I think the card is pretty enough on its own, but the flower makes a unique little gift. Obviously other people think so too--you can buy a Kate Cusack zipper flower for $85!!! Halvorsons on ETSY are $28. Hmmmm.....
Why not try making one yourself. New York based Annie Mistak has provided the Zipper Flower How-to on Martha Stewart.com.
~Thanks for looking.
Here are my other BRO Challenge entries if you're interested:
Challenge #1-Date night
Challenge #2-skipped it
Challenge #3-Polka dots and plaid
Challenge #4-Sex in a Pan recipe