Pam's book invites you to select a palette from paint chips. The catch here is you must select a color whose name begins with one or both of your initials. I poured through many paint chips hoping that I would stumble across a color that I'd never used before that began with an "L" or a "G." I was immediately drawn to a deep purple called "Love Letters" and a beautiful green called "Luau Green."
I considered doing a very literal interpretation for this book--purple love letters--but the visuals that I was coming up with did not excite me. I should add that Pam's book is cut into a circular shape. I knew that I would want my spread to compliment and work with that shape. These two colors naturally lent themselves to a plant or flower. Yes, a simple, but exquisite flower.
This is when I got the idea to create a pop-up lotus flower. I had seen different variations of these pop-up flowers. After some research, I found the technique I wanted to do. This particular pop-up does not require any special paper. I decided to use vellum which creates crisp creases but also has a delicate feel to it. I used Seedless Preserves Distress Stain to color my lotus petals. Applying the Distress Stain caused the vellum petals to curl, so I had to weight them down with a book so they would dry flat. The background paper serves as my Luau Green.
I used 10 sheets of vellum to create this flower. Once assembled, I think a heavier weight vellum would have given it more body. This vellum was quite thin and the petals are a bit floppy, but they still stand up. I just love the simplicity of the spread!