Hello, Joyce Schmidt here! Today, I’m using Susan’s Gardens New Spring 2019 Release to create a beautiful card for you.
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.
Now I’m off to try Calendula Tea!!!
- Patterned paper of your choice
- A paper doiley
- Ink color of choice
- Copic Markers R20, R81, G94
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!
Keep checking Susan’s Garden Club for her Live tutorials of her new release!
Hope you enjoy making these lovely new flowers as much as I have!
See you soon!
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.
- For a complete demonstration on how to make the Tulips, please watch Susan’s video here.
Step 4: Feverfew-1
- Using the Garden Notes – Feverfew-1 (#1589) cut the following:
- Out of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb), cut 5 little flowers.
- In some yellow cardstock, cut one plate of each of the 2 sizes of centers.
- Using some green cardstock, cut 4 times all leaves.
- Again, with the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set, shape the little flowers and the centers.
- Shape the leaves with the tool set and shade them with a dark green ink. You can watch this video to see how Susan Tierney Cockburn does it!
Step 5: Grecian Windflower
- Die cut 3 flowers from the Garden Notes – Grecian Windflower (# 1590) out of White Soft Finish Cardstock (90 lb).
- Die cut 6 times the pistils and 2 plates of centers out of the same cardstock.
- Color the petals with a purple ink marker leaving the center white. Color both sides of the petals.
- Shape the petals with the Loop Tool and the Reverse tweezers (both part of the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set).
- Using the Fine Pointed Scissors, cut in half each pistil.
- Dip the tips of the pistils in Kids Choice Glue and then dip it in the Yellow Pollen. Let dry.
- Using the smallest Ball Stylus of the 4 pcs. All Metal Tool Set, cup the middle.
- Using a toothpick and a carving block or eraser, cup each little center.
- Susan Tierney Cockburn has a great video showing how to make those beautiful Grecian Windflowers.
- Using the Kids Choice Glue, assemble the flowers on the card as shown in the picture below.
I hope you enjoyed that tutorial!
Have you joined the Susan’s Garden Club #BeGordeous Challenge yet?
Here are the details:
1. Create a project with the French Pumpkin
2. Upload your project to the Elizabeth Craft Designs Family page, Instagram, and/or Twitter with the hashtag #BeGourdeous
3. We will pick 5 winners! Winners will receive one die from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s upcoming collection!
Challenge ends March 6.
We hope you’ll join!