Flowers have the power to reflect our deepest emotions. They are used to convey love, gratitude, to celebrate and to mourn.
Today I chose the hydrangea and peony to express sympathy and support for those who grieve right now, for even at times of loss the beauty of flowers can provide solace and bring joy. The hydrangea represents heartfelt emotions, the peony stands for family honor and love.
Step 1 – Create a 6 x 6 top folding card base from White Soft Finish Cardstock.
Step 3 – Color a piece of cheesecloth with permanent green ink or paint, scrunch it a bit and adhere to the card front.
Step 4 – Using the Garden Notes – Hydrangea 2 die set, die cut enough petals & leaves to create three flowers. Shape the petals & leaves using the metal tool set. Color flowers using PanPastels. Assemble the flowers and adhere yellow/orange Prills to the stamens.
Step 5 – Using the Garden Notes – Peony 2 die set, die cut enough pieces to create three flowers. Color the petals using Rose Madder and Buttercup Archival Ink and the leaves with Fern Green Archival Ink. Use the tools from the metal tool set to shape each of the petals and leaves. Assemble the hydrangea heads and add three or four yellow/green Prills to the center of each floret.
Step 6 – Arrange all the flowers and leaves onto the card base; adhere into place using Kids Choice Glue.
Step 7 – Add additional yellow/green Prills to the card base, referring to the photo above for placement.
Step 8 – Add some Nuvo Gloss Crystal Drops in green and yellow randomly around the card.
Step 9 – Stamp the “Thinking of You” sentiment onto white cardstock, adhere to the top right corner of the card using foam tape. Note that one leaf overlaps the stamped rectangle while another peeks out from behind it to tie the sentiment into the composition.
I hope this card will ignite the spirit of unity and love in everyone’s heart.
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Inks – Rose Madder, Buttercup and Fern Green Distress Ink
Nuvo Gloss Crystal Drops – Green and Yellow