This weeks Challenge over at Crazy4Challenges was to create a birthday card using this sketch as the composition.
Elizabeth Craft Designs had a Mother’s Day Sale! Like any crafter needs an excuse to buy more toys. But a sale………that pushes us right over the budget cliff. One of my top 5 favorite flowers is the Gerbera Daisy. I always have some in pots on my back patio.
Susan Tierney Cockburn with Elizabeth Craft Designs recently released this die set: “1292 – Garden Notes Gerbera Daisy”
If you’ve read previous posts here (and God Bless you) then you know I like to make all the components that will make up my card so I can “audition” them before I whip out the glue. My second rule “Always watch the Designers assembly video before you start a new die set!” In this case however, I couldn’t find one. I did find an older assembly video when Susan had developed a similar set for Sizzix.
I was glad I invested the time to watch because the shaping techniques are applicable. Below are all the components:
Step 1: I used three of each of the large flower pieces for my flowers. I layered them in this order: one large petal piece on top of the other large one but put the shorter petals side opposite of the other Lg. piece shorter petal side. Then one of the larger sort of a star burst shape, then two more large petal pcs. layered as before then another larger star, then the last large petal sandwich, then the two smaller star burst stacked but offset the petals. Then fill in the center with the tiny little flower shape. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with these tiny little shapes so I dipped one edge after I made them cup shaped using one of Susan’s flower shaping tools and her molding pad. I glued them standing up because it looked more like my real ones. But I’m willing to learn something better.
Step 2: I created the circle background for the daisies by cutting circle from a sort of taupe color cardstock with the below die sets: Cut a circle with the third largest die from #1116 – Stitched Circles
Then using ECD embossing folder “Bark” emboss the circle and using PanPastel “Raw Umber” bring out the “bark embossing”.
Cut the largest die from ECD 1254 – Entwined Circles out of brown cardstock.
The above pictures shows all the completed components that will make up the card. I started with a piece of 5.5″ taupe cardstock. From a piece of Kaisercraft “Base Coat” Collection cut a 6 x 2.75″ rectangle and adhere to the left side of the taupe piece. Cut a piece of pink cardstock 5.75 x 6.25″. Adhere your “wood/taupe piece to the pink pc. Now notice above that there is a definite grain line to the embossed circle. In this photo it’s going horizontal. Now do you see the two circles (dots) that are across from each other that appear to be binding the twigs together? I realized quite by accident that if you cut the twig circle at those dots it’s half a circle! What? I love happy surprises! I glued the half twig circle on the embossed circle trying to hide the raw edge of the right half of the circle. Now adhere this to the card with the dots right on the seam as shown in the finished card (the bottom dot is hidden by the leaves added later). Now just add your assembled flowers and leaves as you like them. I added the “Happy Birthday” sentiment with ECD 783 – Happy Birthday. Cut two “happy birthday” and glue together for more dimension. This completed front was then adhered to a card base that was cut from 12 x 6.5″ white cardstock and scored on the long edge at 6″. Make sure you stamp your sentiment on the inside of your base before you adhere the decorated piece to it. I kept mine simple:
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Other Materials Used:
Beacon Kids Choice glue
Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double sided Adhesive, Susan’s Garden Tool Kit and Coffee and Tea Clear Stamps
Fiskars: Make a Wish Quotes Clear Stamps
Michaels: Recollections Cardstock
Sizzix Big Shot Plus