Well, actually I have made 3D flowers before, but this is my first die set from the “Susan’s Garden” collection over at Elizabeth Craft Designs. This collection is from the Designer Susan Tierney Cockburn. I first found Susan on YouTube when I was actually looking for a video on coloring with PanPastels. I was mesmerized watching her turn little bitty pieces of paper into beautiful floral creations. I immediately bought her PanPastel floral kit and the tool kit that has all the tools you need to shape the pieces that will combine to make the flower. As with so many of my favorite Designers from YouTube videos, she soon joined up with Elizabeth Craft Designs.
In November, at the Scrapbook Expo, I got to meet Els and her husband Joep. They are the co-owners of Elizabeth Craft Designs. It was such a thrill. At the Expo I purchased a few of Susan’s Garden Notes Dies. The two I used for this card is “1218 Garden Notes Amaryllis” and “1225 Garden Notes Potted”.
Here is the link to watch the designer, Susan’s YouTube video tutorial on the Amaryllis:
Now that you watched the video, you learned that these beautiful Amaryllis are really very easy to make. My finished card measures 5″ x 7″.
Step one: Score an 11 x 8.5″ piece of cardstock at 5.5″ along the 11″ side. Trim to 5 x 7″. I chose White Soft Finish cardstock by Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have bought a lot of cardstock in a load of brands and have learned a lot. I like this cardstock the best for several reasons. One side is a little bit textured. Not very much, but it definitely is. The other side has no texture at all. The texture is so minimal that it’s barely noticeable. But, I am convinced that it’s that little bit that gives your die cuts extra dimension. All the flower parts were die cut with this same white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. This cardstock takes color very well. I really saturate paper when I’m blending and other cardstocks peel. This cardstock is 85lb. and holds up to molding the pieces to copy nature.
Step two: I loved this designer paper pack I bought a couple of yrs. ago by KandCompany. It’s a double sided “Holiday” paper pack. I cut a piece to measure 4.75″ x 6.75″ and adhered it to my white card base. TIP: I always score my base card in step one so that the textured side is on the outside. That makes the inside a perfectly smooth surface to stamp a greeting or sentiment.
Step three: I used Elizabeth Craft Designs White and True Green Soft Finished Cardstock for my two oval mats. The green was cut with the “Dotted Scalloped Ovals” and the white with “Stitched Ovals”. (both the largest one)
I die cut and colored all of the pieces of the amaryllis dies to make 3 flowers. I added yellow ECD Silk Microfine glitter to the flowers stamen pieces by dipping in glue and then sprinkling with glitter. I cut the pieces of the flower pot and shaded a bit with Black PanPastel. The bow I added to the pot is a decorator die pc. from ECD “Ornaments 3” die set.
Step four: I auditioned my flowers in the pot and decided where the pot should be. Note: I did a little shaping on the pot/saucer for a little barrel shaping. I glued the bottom edge of the saucer/pot piece down on the white oval. I had a small adhesive circle dimension dot on the inside center of the pc. Next I glued the flower stems in place and assembled and glued the flowers onto the stems as in the video. I added the extra leaves and glued in place. Then I placed a little glue to just the sides of the pot and pressed in place with both hands for a second to maintain the slight barrel shape.
Step five: Glue the green oval to the base card leaving enough space for a sentiment. In this case ECD “Merry Christmas” cut with Gold Metallic cardstock by Tim Holtz. At this point I felt this card needed something else. So I added ECD Gold Peel Off Sticker Borders and Corners.
Last step: I adhered the white oval with my flowers to the green oval with ECD Double sided Adhesive. DONE!
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look.