Monday, February 22, 2016

Pink Magnolia Tag

Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

The Susan's Southern Magnolia dies make wonderful, realistic magnolia blooms. It's also one of the easier flowers to make (compared to her other designs) since there are not as many pieces to assemble. I couldn't help making this into a pink magnolia flower - one of my favorite colors! On the real flowers, the color is mainly on the outside of the petals with white inside. Some color does come through to the inside though. Be sure to Google "pink magnolia" for some image examples.

Making the Card

1. Cut teal/white striped paper and cardstock to about 3 x 5 1/2 inches - paying attention to the pattern if you want to be precise. Ahere together. Using Flourish Tag die, center and cut near top. Trim excess so final tag is just under 5 inches long (width determined by die; trim sides flush). Optional: use a corner rounder on the bottom two corners.

2. From white cardstock, die cut magnolia petals, two copies of the small triple petals and one copy of everything else. Die cut two flower centers. From green cardstock, die cut magnolia leaves: two small plus one large. Color with pink pastel pencil on outside of petals: start lines at the base and go towards but not all the way to edge of each petal. Smudge/blend with makeup applicator or stump (you could also use your finger; it's just messier). Add light smudges inside as well, but don't use the pencil directly. You could also use alcohol markers or even watercolor pencils, water, and a paintbrush to achieve a similar look.

3. Add pink to bottom of both flower center pieces, but not to the top part... use yellow Pan Pastel on the tops. Color leaves and shape everything as shown in the video. I drew and smudged vein lines with dark green pastel pencil before adding the rest of the color and shaping.

4. Die cut the three Banners from pink triangle and turquoise papers (see Supplies) as shown. Fold, glue, and adhere to card as shown.

5. Adhere silver foil cardstock to thin craft foam. Die cut Dream, Hope, and Joy. Adhere as shown. Adhere magnolia where shown. Tie two pieces of pink/white twine through tag hole.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: White, Green
  • Paper: Heidi Swapp 6x6 Paper Pad Favorite Things 01163, Silver Foil Cardstock (e.g. Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection by Core'dinations)
  • Pastel Pencils: Stabile CarbOthello 335 (Magenta/Pink), 595 (Dark Green)
  • Distress Embossing Powder: Mustard Seed
  • Petroleum Jelly
  • Craft Foam (I used the thin version)
  • Beacon Kits Choice Glue
  • Twine: Pink/White
  • Optional: 1/4 inch Corner Rounder
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Monday, February 15, 2016

Textured Watercolor Valentine's Day Card

Made as part of the Imagine Crafts Artist in Residence Team

I made this card for my husband for Valentine's day (which is why it posted after instead of before... he reads my posts!). Not only was the image fun to color, the flowers were fun to make too - and really easy. The only tricky part was drying them with the heat tool. Next time I think I will put them in a box so they won't blow around so much!

Making the Card

Card base: cream cardstock 5x7 inches (cut 7x10 inches, fold in half)
Brown paper: 3 15/16 x 5 3/16 inches, 4 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches, 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches
Striped paper: 4 1/4 x 6 inches
Newsprint paper: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

For a step-by-step, watch the video below!


Imagine Crafts Supplies
  • Memento Markers: Angel Pink, Summer Sky, Dandelion, Danube Blue, New Sprout, London Fog
  • Memento Dew Drop Inks: Desert Sand, Toffee Crunch, Peanut Brittle, Dandelion, Rich Cocoa
  • Ink Potion No. 9
  • VersaFine: Onyx Black
  • Embossing Powder: Black
  • Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Sparkle
  • irRESISTible Pico Embellisher: Shimmer
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Cream, Brown
  • Glossy Cardstock
  • Stamp: Lily of the Valley Love Balloon
  • Patterned Paper: 6x6 Pad Lost & Found Madison Avenue
  • Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Petaloo DIY Paintables (Bulk Packs)
  • Optional: Half Pearls

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Colorful Pansies Cheers Card

Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

Pansies come in so many beautiful colors. I thought it would be fun to make a card with some of the varieties against a fairly monochromatic background to create a striking contrast.

Making the Card

1. Cut purple cardstock 5 1/2 x 8 1/2; fold in half for a 4 1/4 x5 1/2 inch card base.

2. Die cut blue cardstock with Garden Patch die (keep the squares for another project, you will only need the frame for this card). Adhere to front of card as shown.

3. Die cut squares of wood, stone, and cement papers with Garden Patch die. Adhere squares in frame.

4. Using alcohol marker friendly cardstock, die cut 7 copies of Pansy petals and a few of the leaves, including a couple of the ones on the stems (but cut off the stems). Color pansies and leaves with alcohol markers (Google "pansy" then check out the images if you need some models).

5. Shape flowers with Susan's tool set and molding pad. See the video below for shaping.

6. Adhere silver foil cardstock to thin black craft foam. Die cut with Cheers sentiment. Adhere where shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Blue, Purple
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copic)
  • Alcohol Marker Friendly Paper (e.g. X-Press It Blending Card)
  • Kids Choice Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
  • Craft Foam: Black (I used the thin type)
  • Silver Foil Cardstock (e.g. Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection by Core'dinations)
Copic Markers Used
G43, G28, YG67, R22, R27, R29, Y08, R89, RV09, RV04, V04, V09, B79, B29, B69, B28, B23, B21, B91, YR68, YR82, YR65, Y08, Y06, Y11, Y00, Y000

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Elegant Golden Roses Birthday Card

Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

I recently bought some FineTec mica watercolor paints. I was amazed to see how incredibly shiny and beautiful they are. The gold makes the card look really elegant. Just be aware that the paint may flake off on smooth cardstock so be sure to shape the flowers before adding the watercolor. This card could easily be made into a wedding or anniversary card just by changing the sentiment.

Making the Card

1. Cut white cardstock 5 1/4x10 inches; fold in half for a 5x5 1/4 inch card base. Go around outer three edges with Tibet Gold FineTec Artist Mica Watercolor.

2. Die cut two copies of Grapevine Wreath from white cardstock. Add Tibet Gold to parts of one. Shape by rubbing ball stylus along outside branches on both copies. Adhere copy with gold to card base then adhere white copy on top (in a different orientation so the branches will be offset).

3. Die cut label (Katie Label Pivot Card) from white cardstock. Go around edges with Tibet Gold.

4. Die cut 5 or 6 copies of Happy Birthday from white cardstock. Glue all but one copy lined up on top of one another to form a thick stack. Paint edges with Tibet Gold (try not to get any gold paint on the front or back of the words - the glue won't stick to it well). Adhere final (white) copy to top of stack.

5. Die cut roses (Garden Notes - Rose 2, Garden Patch - 1 1/2-inch & Mini Roses) from white cardstock. If you want fuller roses, just cut some extra petals. Shape petals and leaves as shown in the video below (cut leaves off stem - discard stem) and assemble flowers. Paint edges of petals and leaves with Tibet Gold. Adhere flowers and leaves as shown. Note: I used Kids Choice Glue - it works really well.

6. Adhere gold beads as shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: White
  • FineTec Artist Mica Watercolors Set of 6 Metallic: Tibet Gold
  • Gold Beads
  • Kids Choice Glue (Beacon Adhesives)
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