Monday, June 22, 2015

Birthday Border of Purple Daylilies Card

This card, featuring Border of Purple Daylilies, was made especially for my friend, Becky. She loves purple (almost as much as I do!) and had admired another card I had made with lilies. Thus I decided to create a card featuring some sort of purple lilies. I found the perfect flower model at White Flower Farm's website.

Making the Card

1. Cut a piece of purple cardstock 5.75x8.5 inches. Fold in half to form a 4.25x5.75 card base.

2. Line up and center the main Tags & More 7 die at the top the card such that the edge of the folded card is inside the left edge of the die, i.e. you do not want to cut the fold, instead you want to line up the die outside of the fold. Be sure the die top is within a quarter inch of the top. Run it through the die cutting machine. The card should measure about 4.25x5.5 (A2 sized card) - if not, just trim the bottom a little.

3. Using the decorator vine die, open the card and cut the top front, lining up the holes.

4. Cut a piece of yellow cardstock to fit on the bottom of the card as shown, leaving a small margin. Cut a piece of Amethyst Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz to fit as shown. Emboss the Shimmer Sheetz using the Swirly Curves Embossing Folder. Adhere the Shimmer Sheetz to the yellow cardstock with strong double-sided adhesive.

5. Die cut 2 lilies, including stems and leaves from purple and green cardstock. Watercolor lightly with Concord Grape Distress Stain, front and back for shading. When dry, add colored pencil veins as shown. Shape assemble as described in my Lily on Velvet Greeting Card post (there is also a video tutorial), adding yellow Pan Pastel (Kit 1) to center areas as shown. For this card, I added green Pan Pastel (Kit 2) highlights to stems after shaping and used Mustard Seed Distress Powder for the stamen.

6. Adhere flowers to Shimmer Sheetz as shown. Die cut Happy Birthday Stand Up Helper from purple cardstock. Adhere where shown. Glue velvet ribbon around Shimmer Sheetz/yellow cardstock, covering bottom of Happy Birthday Stand Up and wrapping slightly around back.

7. Adhere to front of card as shown. Half color a length of seam binding with Concord Grape Distress Stain: I wet the entire piece first, rolled up the ribbon then dipped half into the stain. I also added a bit of Inktense purple watercolor pencil, with a brush and water, to areas of the ribbon to introduce more blue/purple color so it would better match my cardstock. Carefully dry with a heat tool. Finish with yellow/white twine on front tag and seam binding on back tag.


Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Purple, Yellow, Green
  • Colored Pencils
  • Purple Velvet Ribbon
  • Distress Powder: Mustard Seed
  • Seam Binding Ribbon
  • Distress Stain: Concord Grape
  • Inktense Watercolor Pencils
  • Twine: Yellow/White

Monday, June 8, 2015

Hyacinthe Mother's Day Card

I made this card for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day using Karen Burniston's Oval Accordion (plus decorator) dies and Susan Tierney Cockburn's Hyacinthe flower dies. I love Hyacinthe flowers - I have some purple ones in my yard; they are so beautiful in the spring. Susan's dies really bring this flower to life.

Making the Card

1. Die cut two accordion frames from double-sided cardstock (e.g. K&Company designer paper from Que Sera Sera). Train the folds but do not adhere together yet. Trim tabs on back panel as per instructions.

2. From light pink cardstock, die cut 3 sets of flourish edges (6 of each size). Adhere to all sides except back; see photos.

3. Die cut Hyacinthe stem and leaves from green cardstock. Watercolor with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink. Use tool set and molding pad to shape the leaves.

4. Die cut Hyacinthe petals from light pink cardstock. You will probably want to cut at least 2 sets, depending on how full you would like your flower. Watercolor each petal with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink, a stripe down the center of each petal. Use tool set and moulding pad to shape petals: give them a curve by rubbing down the back side of each petal. From the front side, gently but firmly press down in center of each with smallest stylus to get petals to form a cup as shown.

5. Adhere stem, leaves and petals onto front card oval as shown: keep in mind that the panel will rotate when assembled.

6. Die cut butterflies from black cardstock. Watercolor wings with Perfect Pearls. Optional: add Glossy Accents to give bodies dimension. Gently bend wings up and adhere to card where shown.

7. Die cut stitched oval from medium pink cardstock. Adhere to card base as shown. Die cut smaller scalloped oval from light pink cardstock. Stamp sentiment. Optional: ink edges with Worn Lipstick Distress ink using ink blending tool. Apply Stickles around edges. Set aside to dry.

8. Die cut flourish edge from green cardstock. Cut both side designs off and adhere one to top of stitched oval as shown. Adhere center piece over bottom of stitched oval (hanging over edges) and trim from back. Adhere sentiment oval to center using dimensional tape.

9. Tie a small bow from light pink ribbon. Adhere bow and half pearls where shown. Glue tabs and assemble card as per instructions.


Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other Supplies
  • Designer Paper: K&Company Double-Sided Que Sera Sera 625532
  • Cardstock: Light Pink, Medium Pink, Green, Black
  • Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn, Worn Lipstick
  • Perfect Pearls: Pink Bumball, Sour Apple (Green)
  • Glossy Accents (Optional)
  • The Stamps of Life, stamps4fancylabel (Happy Mother's Day stamps), Black Ink
  • Dimensional Tape
  • Half Pearls
  • Stickles: Tickled Pink
  • Ribbon: Light Pink