Susan's Garden Club

Chrysanthemum Wishes

August 31, 2017

Hi everybody! Angela Whelton here today with a card featuring Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Garden Notes Chrysanthemum. At this time of year, they are available in all sorts of colours, but my favourites are the white ones. They brighten a garden and on a card, can be suitable for either a man or woman.

Here’s how to make the card.

Step 1 – Cut a piece of White 100lb Soft Finish Cardstock to 8.5X5.5 inch; score and fold in half to make a 4.25X5.5 inch card base (A2).

Step 2 – Using Black Soot Distress Oxide Ink, apply direct-to-paper method (using the ink pad as the applicator) to cover a 5.5X2.5 inch strip of the same cardstock. Spritz with water and let dry to create the background. Mat to black cardstock for the border. Attach the layers to the card using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.

Step 3 – Make the flowers:

Cut 3 each of the small petal pieces, 2 each of the medium and large petal pieces, the stem pieces and 1 each of the leaves and stamen.
Colour the stems and leaves using Copic markers or other colouring medium. Use Kids Choice Glue to layer the 2 stem pieces. Shape the leaves and stems with the leaf shaping tool and the Leaf Pad.  Layer the stem pieces using Kids Choice Glue.

Use Bright Yellow Green PanPastel to colour the centers of the larger petal pieces, the small petal pieces, and the stamen as in the photo.

The large and medium petals are shaped using the leaf tool and tweezers from the Four Piece Tool Kit and the Leaf Pad. With the piece right side up, “stem” each petal then bend up using the tweezers. “Stir” the centers to give the pieces shape. Shape the small petal pieces using the leaf tool on the right side. Because these are harder to pinch with the tweezers, I use a stamp carving block as my surface. This creates the right shape more easily. Use the medium ball stylus to cup the pieces. Create the stamen with the tweezers and Kids Choice Glue. Assemble the flowers.

Create the buds using 5 of the small petal shapes and a stamen. To shape, use the leaf tool on the stamp block and cup using the small ball stylus to create a tighter center. Assemble with Kids Choice Glue.


Step 4 –

Refer to the photos for flower placement. Add a sentiment. I used a stamp from Susan’s Little Words That Mean a Lot, stamped onto the smallest of the Stitched Rectangles which I trimmed a little to fit my card.

The Chrysanthemum is a fun and easy flower to create and can be made in so many colours. I hope you give them a try.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Ink – Black Soot Distress Ink

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  • Reply June Fletcher August 31, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Beautiful design and love the sentiment

    • Reply Angela August 31, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Thanks June! It was fun to make. I love that stamp set too.

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