I was watching Susan’s Garden Club live last Wednesday, she was creating the new Calendula and mentioned that not only was it beautiful, but its edible! In fact, it can be steeped in tea!
This inspired me to create a gatefold card depicting a Calendula cup of tea in a lovely cracked aged china Victorian tea-cup.
1. Die cut:
Two of the Garden Notes Victorian tea-cup & saucer and adhered them together with ECD double sided adhesive
Three each of the flower pieces from soft finish cardstock
Four of the flower centers from brown cardstock Frames
One of the 2nd and 3rd largest frames in the Frame It Stitched Rectangles to surround your patterned paper out of pink
2. The tea cup and saucer:
(I used used a beautiful petal pink chalk ink and sponged it on.) Then, attach the saucer to the teacup using a foam dot.
The colored tea-cup is then covered with VersaMark ink and covered it with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel). Melt with the heat tool melting until a thick glaze. Repeat this process three times, allow to cool-to-touch in between each application. After the last application, you should have a thick shiny glaze over the entire piece. Put it in the FREEZER… yes freezer… for about 5 minutes. When you take it out it will be very stiff. Begin gently bending it until you hear and see it snap. This process creates a cracked ceramic look on your project!
After it has cooled, adhere it to the assembled card with foam dots and you are ready to fill it with your freshly made Calendula flowers😘
3. Creating the flower:
These flowers are as easy to create as they are beautiful and delicate. The color I chose for the flowers in this project was inspired by a Strawberry Pink Calendula I found on Google images. I colored the flowers using Copic color R20 and R81.
Using the small scissors to cut each of the little legs in half just short of the center. Then, using the smallest ball stylus, “cup” the centers on the molding mat. Then dip each leg into glue then into brown pollen.
To shape the petals, use the small loop tool the gently pull toward the center curling the ends of each petal on the molding mat. Repeat this for all flower pieces.
Use the small end of the ball stylus tool to round out the center of each one.
Next, use tweezers to crease the petals to a natural shape.
Using the Beacon kids choice glue I adhered the centers of the flowers together, slightly offset from the one before, int he order of biggest to smallest. Place the centers into flower. Done!
4. The leaves:
I colored the leaves with Copic color G94. Shape the leaves on the molding pad, using the leaf tool, then highlight the the venation with the PanPastels Bright Yellow Green.
Arrange in your tea cup as you’d like and add foliage. (I used the Garden notes pinecone pine boughs and filled in the space.)
I hope you like this project! Let me know what you think in the comments below. You can find a list of the products I used below.
Good morning all!! Kathy here, with two of the wonderful new dies just released in Susan Tierney Cockburn’s newest collection –– Lupines and the Garden Watering Can!
Lupines come in so many beautiful colors, it was fun to pick these three! You could also make Texas Blue Bonnets with this die if you’d like!
The Lupines are very easy to make, and aren’t they such pretty and happy flowers? Makes you realize Spring IS right around the corner!
I’ve used several colors to give character to the Watering Can, and added Ladder Fern, Baby’s Breath, and Ivy as fillers; all on an embossed piece of decorator paper. The Watering Can is sitting on paper from the Wood Effects paper. And, of course, all of these flowers were put together with the Kid’s Choice Glue.
Again, don’t forget to add the ladybug to one of the leaves!
Hello Paper Gardeners, Diane here with a spring card for you!
Winter is still roaring pretty strong in my part of the world, even with February behind us. The sunlight as been shy and we are longing for wonderful warm days. With this card, I thought I would make an offering to Mother Nature and let her know that we are ready for a change in scenery! Anyone want to join in?
Step 1: Background
For this card, you will need a 6 inches X 12 inches piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb), score and fold in half to make a 6 X 6 inches card.
From a lavender cardstock, cut a 5 3/4 inches square.
Out of the White Soft Finish cardstock (90 lb), cut a 5 1/2 inches square.
On the 5 1/2 square piece of white cardstock, spray some lavender and yellow inks. Allow to dry or use an embossing gun.
Over the layer of sprayed ink, dab some Lilac and Yellow Distress Oxide. Make some different intensity of colors by putting more or less pressure on the dabber. Again let dry.
Cut out a stencil using the Circle Background (#1262) die.
With the stencil and a make-up applicator, apply some White PanPastel, here and there to draw some white circles.
Adhere all layers, one on top of the others, with some Double Sided Tape.
Step 2: Egg
Die cut the Elegant Easter Egg Large (#1628) using some White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb) covered with some Clear Double Sided Adhesive.
Peel-off the protective sheet and cover with some Lavender (620) – Silk Microfine Glitter.
Rub the glitter with fingers to make it really shine.
On a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb), cut the outer part of the egg.
Glue the glittered part of the egg on the white egg using Kids Choice Glue.
Using a lavender ribbon, tie a bow around the egg.
Glue the glittered egg on top of the card base.
Step 3: Tulips
Using the Garden Notes – Tulips 2 (#1296) dies set, cut 3 times the 2 petals dies and 3 time the pistils die, out of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb).
Out of a green cardstock, cut out 3 stems, a couple of individual leaves and 3 calyx.
Color the tulips using some ink marker in a variegating manner. Leaving the middle white, brush on light strokes of lavender. Use a green marker to color the center of the tulips and the pistils.
On a Molding Pad and using the Loop Tool (from the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set) , shape the tulips to give them dimension.
Work the leaves using the Leaf Pad and the Leaf Tool from the from the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set.
Shade the edges of the leaves with some green ink and the vein with some Yellow Bright PanPastel.
Finish the leaves with the Medium Ball Stylus also from the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set to give some dimension.
Do you make more cards than you can send out? I certainly do –– especially now that I am trying to make more than one card at time when I try a new layout or product.
I normally make a little box or just tie a ribbon around a few as a gift but I’ve discovered that the Leaf Pocket die is PERFECT to make a small tote! The front side is a bit bigger than 4.5″ x 6″ so it can perfectly fit as many A2 cards as you want – just change the thickness of the side base. This will make more sense in the instructions below.
Start with 2 strips of white card stock 2″ x 10 5/8″ and diecutting 2 leaf pockets. Score the two strips at 4 1/2″.
2. Fold along the score lines of the leaf pockets and the strips of paper. The shorter piece of the strips of paper are glue together as above.
3. Add glue to the flaps of the leaf pocket and adhere them to the inside of the pieces from the previous step. I found it helpful to lay the pocket flat and secure the bottom flap first. By keeping the leaf pocket flat, the sides of the tote will be flushed to the front of the tote.
4. Now you can embellish the tote as is, but I decided here that I wanted a liner against the leaf side to strengthen the tote and to better see the die cut. In hindsight, it would be have been easier to add a liner first before gluing all the pieces together. However, the process is the same before or after.
5. To add the liner, cut two sheets of cardstock 4.5″ x 6″. I penciled in where I needed to cut out a half circle out. As it happens, the circle die in the Love Live tag is the perfect size for this step. You can also use a punch or any other circle die you have.
6. I nestled two circle dies together to make an open circle as a handle for the tote. Die cut 4 of these and glue them on the inside and outside of the tote for a finished look.
7. I used the Love, Life Tag as a simple embellishment for this bag. The A Way With Words “for you” was die cut 3 times and glued together. You can be done here, or add something to the other side like I did. I had just received the bougainvillea die so I was itching to use it!
8. The bougainvillea was made with pink and green cardstock. I touched the center of the tiny flowers with an yellow-orange Zig markers before adhering them the the stamens. I couldn’t help but add a butterfly to the side where the tag wrapped around in the same pink cardstock.
Thank you for indulging in a long blog post! I hope you are inspired to think outside the box with the dies you have. I’m off to make some more of these totes!
Angela here. While February is the month most people associate with Valentine’s Day, for our family it is the month of many birthdays. We have four to celebrate this month including my mother-in-law’s – she would have been 92 this year. This is our first time without her here with us, so somehow it feels right that I post about a birthday card.
This card is quite simple but, I think, very pretty and features one of the two February birth flowers, the violet. (The other is the primrose.) The violet represents faithfulness, loyalty and watchfulness. The Garden Notes Pansy (1089) is the first and smaller of 2 Pansy dies designed by Susan Tierney Cockburn and it is one she has said could easily be presented as a violet. I think it’s perfect. It is a fun and easy little flower to put together and the colours are so bright and cheerful for this cold and snowy month.
Here’s how the card came together:
1- Using 100lb Soft finish cardstock, cut a piece 6 1/4 X 9 inches. Score at 4 1/2 inches but do not fold yet.
2- Using a scoring board or your paper trimmer, score three lines 1/4 inch apart starting 1/2 inch from the card fold score. The lines will be 4, 4 1/2, and 5 inches long. See photo.
3- Create the card by folding on the center score line. Using black ink, stamp a sentiment toward the bottom of the card. Set aside.
4- Cut Pansy die pieces for 3 flowers. Cut 2 stems per
flower as these will be doubled up.
5- Colour flower petals, stems and leaves with Copic markers.
6- Snip leaf from 3 of the stems and glue remaining stem
pieces to create doubled thick stems.
7- Shape pieces using Susan’s tools and mats.
8- Glue flowers to the front of the card.
9- Fill centers with yellow Prills and let dry.
And there you have it. A lovely birthday card for your
February born friends and family.
Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day! Kathy Sabarese here, sharing a 6”x 6” card featuring beautiful Orchids.
Orchids are so lovely and could be a thoughtful gift for Valentine’s Day! So, I’ve put them in a setting for a card for a ‘loved‘ one. I’ve used Susan Tierny Cockburn’s Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid), Garden Fruit Crate, Stitched Circles, Ladybug, Soft Finish Card Stock, Words: ‘Little Words Mean A Lot’, and Kid’s Choice Glue. If you’d like to see how to shape the flowers, you can watch Susan’s video here.
I’ve added some smudges and lines with a gold pen on the background, and Spanish Moss under the leaves in the crate so it shows through the slats. The background inside the circle was done with Ranger’s Oxide Distress Inks stamped on a Teflon mat, a few spritzes of water and then card stock was ‘dragged’ through. Watch the wonderful colors spread!
I shaded the edges of the leaves, then pushed them into a Versamark pad, sprinkled them with fine clear embossing powder, heat dried them.. and voila.. shiny leaves orchids exhibit!
These orchids are honestly very easy to sculpt into real-looking flowers! I thought some words would add to this card and stamped these on a tag.
Don’t forget to add a ladybug to one of the leaves!