Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lili of the Valley Greeting Card

This is a card I made for my cousin who has been so kindly supportive of my work. So often she has taken the time to comment on my blog and Facebook page. I wanted to send her a special card to thank her for her thoughtfulness. The main image is from Lili of the Valley, which is one of my favorite stamp companies - the images are so adorable. For embellishments, I added a tree and colorful flowers using the new ECD dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn.

Making the card

1. Cut dark purple cardstock 7 x 10 inches. Fold to create a 5x7 card base.

2. On watercolor paper, stamp the main image in a black waterproof ink. Watercolor the image using watercolor paint, Distress Ink, or Distress Markers. I used the latter by scribbling some on a craft sheet and using them with a brush like watercolor paint. If you want the layers/strokes to show, start with the lightest color and let each layer dry before adding the next darker color, for example, in the hair and shoes. Trim paper down if necessary. Ink around the edges with Distress Ink, Brushed Corduroy, using a blending tool. Sand edges lightly. Adhere to light purple cardstock. Stitch around the edges.

3. Die cut tree and mushrooms from Country Scapes - The Woods 1 and some leaves from Garden Patch - 7/8-inch & Mini Leaves (I added larger leaves to make the tree look fuller). Die cut two copies of the mushrooms/grass, one from green and one from cream cardstock. Add watercoloring as desired; I also used colored pencils to draw in finer details. Use just the cream mushrooms (cut them off after decorating) to glue on top of the green.

4. Die cut flowers using Garden Notes - Rose 2, Garden Patch -1 3/8-inch & Mini Daffodils and Susan's Garden - Anemone dies. I cut all but the daffodil petals from colored cardstock. I used white paper for the daffodils (watercolored areas shown with yellow). Add shading with watercolor or Distress, and details with colored pencils. Shape petals/leaves by rubbing and drawing down them using an embossing stylus or die pick over a mouse pad (I use the back end of the die pick to rub before drawing veins with the pointy side). For the center of the Anemone, I used yellow Liquid Pearls. I used yellow Flower Soft for the fuzzy part of the stamen.

5. Die cut banner (Lots of Pops), or cut one with scissors, from cream cardstock. Ink edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. Die cut Hello; ink bottom with purple Distress Ink. Adhere Hello to banner as shown. Die cut one of the Oval Flourish Frame Edges from light purple cardstock.

6. Cut a length of seam binding for ribbon. Color with Distress Inks: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves. I usually put the inks on my craft sheet, spray with water, then run the ribbon through it. Crumple and dry. Tie a double bow. String a small metal key charm on a short length of jute. Tie around bow as shown.

7. Cut brown gauze paper and adhere to slightly larger light purple card stock as shown.

8. Adhere everything to card base as shown. I popped up the Hello banner with some dimensional tape only at the top then angled the bottom down under the flower leaves.


ECD Supplies
  • 992 Country Scapes - The Woods 1
  • 998 Garden Notes - Rose 2
  • 1002 Garden Patch -1 3/8-inch & Mini Daffodils
  • 1005 Susan's Garden - Anemone
  • 1004 Garden Patch - 7/8-inch & Mini Leaves
  • 777 Oval Flourish Frame Edges
  • 778 Lots of Pops
  • 787 Hello

Other Supplies
  • Lili of the Valley Stamp (or other image)
  • Black Waterproof Ink, e.g. Ranger Archival Ink or StazOn Ink
  • Cardstock: Dark Purple, Light Purple, Brown, Cream, Red, Pink
  • Paper: White
  • Die Cuts With A View, 6x6 Gauze Paper Stack: Dark Brown
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Distress Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Flower Soft: Sunshine Yellow
  • Liquid Pearls: Daffodil
  • Ink Blending Tool, Foam
  • Distress Ink: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Brushed Corduroy
  • Seam Binding: Hug Snug White
  • Key Charm
  • Jute

1 comment:

  1. Yes I am the lucky cousin who received this amazing card... I was so surprised and excited to get this in the mail.. Mary does outstanding work and is so very talented and she has such a creative and amazing eye for color!! I love looking at new projects and I am never disappointed... I am always looking forward to her next project.... always well done!!


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