Monday, January 25, 2016

Wishing Well with Flowers Card

Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

I used a few of the new dies by Susan Tierney-Cockburn to make this well wishing card (pun intended). The 3D flowers are super cute and really look great. I had fun coloring the pieces, which all started as white! Hint: do a Google image search if you need a model for coloring.

Making the Card

1. Cut green cardstock to 7x10 inches. Fold in half for a 5x7 inch card base. Cut black cardstock 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Attach to front of card. Cut light green patterned paper to 4 1/4 x 6 inches; attach to card lining up at top. Die cut darker green patterned paper with CountryScapes Grass edge, about 1 1/4 inches from bottom, then trim to 4 1/4 inches wide. Adhere to card as shown.

2. Die cut grass (Garden Bench set) from darker green patterned paper or use extra grass from step above. Optional: add shading with alcohol markers. Die cut "Well" (Get Well Soon): one copy from darker green patterned paper, two copies from black cardstock. Glue black copies together, lined up. Glue green copy on top but slightly offset so black will show as a shadow.

3. Die cut the following from alcohol marker friendly cardstock: well top, base, bucket, stones (CountryScapes Wishing Well), vase, leaves, 2 sets of flower petals (CountryScapes Backyard 2), basket, leaves, flowers (CountryScapes Flora 5).

4. Color each with alcohol markers (or whatever else you would like to use). I used Copic markers (see list of colors at bottom of Supplies).

5. For each rose, put a small strip of glue down the inside spiral; roll using tweezers. Shape "cosmea" flower petals with small ball stylus on molding pad. For each flower, layer two offset from each other. Optional: add a small dot of Daffodil Liquid Pearls to centers. Shape leaves by rubbing with medium ball stylus (also rub on back of base of large leaf clump to pop it out a little). Glue cosmea flowers to large leaf clump as shown.

6. Shape vase and basket by rubbing behind them with medium ball stylus (you may want to add a little shaping to the bucket too). I also cut the basket handle away from the back side of the basket so I could pop it forward.

7. Adhere well, top, bucket on hook, grass, vase, basket, and flowers as shown. If you cut the handle away from basket, use dimensional tape to pop it forward, as well as the basket.

8. Type "Wishing You" in word processing program; print on dark green patterned paper. You may have to temporarily attach it to a full sheet of paper to run it through the printer - use adhesive along the top where it won't be printing; don't use tape. Trim to a strip. Cut flag tails ("V" shape) as shown. Adhere to black cardstock, trim around. Adhere to card where shown.

9. Adhere "Well" and coin as shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Green, Black
  • Patterned Paper: Authentique Renew 6x6 Pad (Light Green and Darker Green Distressed Sheets)
  • Alcohol Marker Friendly Cardstock
  • Alcohol Markers (e.g. Copic)
  • Glue (e.g. Beacon Kids Choice Glue!)
  • Liquid Pearls: Daffodil
  • Coin
Copic Markers Used: Grass G85, BG90, Roses R29, R59, Leaves G28, YG67, Flower Vase C0, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, Cosmeas RV02, RV06, Basket E55, E57, E59, E47, E49, Well/Stones E44, E55, E57, E47, E97, E99, T1, T2, T3, W2, W4, W6, W8, N3, N5, Roof/Bucket E31, E34, E35, E37, E44, E47, E49, E57, E59, Bucket Metal/Hook N5, N6, N9

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Monday, January 18, 2016

Flowered Grapevine Wreath Oval Thank You Card

Made for the Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

The new papers from Elizabeth Craft Designs are the perfect backdrops for cards. Here I used a couple of the new releases by Susan Tierney-Cockburn to make a colorful three dimensional thank you card.

Making the Card

1. Cut cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half to form a 5x7 inch card base. Cut shown Stone paper to 4 1/8 x 6 inches; cut black cardstock to 4 1/4 x 6 1/8 inches. Adhere Stone paper to black cardstock then adhere to card base as shown.

2. Optional: add double sided adhesive to the back of kraft cardstock before die cutting. Die cut Grapevine Wreath Oval from kraft cardstock. Adhere to center of card.

3. Using Mini Botanicals Primrose dies, cut the 4 leaf sets from dark green cardstock. Die cut one set of small Primrose flowers from red, purple, fuchsia, and blue-violet cardstock. Add a dot of Daffodil Liquid Pearls to the center of each. Watch the video below for shaping and assembly.

4. Using Garden Notes Zinnia, die cut 2 large and 1 small petals from both red and fuchsia cardstock. Die cut 4 filaments (looks like a comb) from burgundy cardstock and 2 sets of disk florets (tiny flowers) from yellow cardstock. Die cut 3 large and 2 small leaves from green cardstock. Shade with ink or alcohol markers (Copics: G46 leaves, RV29 and RV55 petals). I drew a couple lines down the middle of each petal and colored about half of each leaf for some subtle shading.

5. Shape the petals by rubbing a ball stylus on the back of each on a molding pad, then flip and rub the ball stylus in the center to form a sort of cup. For each color flower, glue the large petal layers together, offset from one another; glue the small petals on top. Press a small ball stylus in the center of each disk floret (yellow). Curve two sets of filaments (burgundy) so they will go inward (run a ball stylus down them); bend the tops of each of the other two sets back. Add glue down the base of one that curves inward and roll it up, then add the one with the bent tops facing outward to the outside of it. Do this with the other set as well. Glue one set to center of each flower. Glue the florets on the outward bending filaments to for a circle around the center. Rub each leaf with the ball stylus on the back, flip, then draw a line down the middle with the leaf tool (pointy end).

6. Die cut 2 copies of the vines from Mini Botanical Clematis. Cut bottom off to separate into two pieces each. You may want to cut one again depending on how you want them to lay. Draw a line down each leaf on the molding pad using the leaf tool (pointy end). Adhere to wreath as shown, leaving leaves free to pop up for dimension (i.e. do not add glue behind them) - there should be a gap where you will put the Zinnia flowers. Glue flowers as shown.

7. Die cut 2 copies of Thanks from dark green cardstock and one copy from light green cardstock. Glue the dark green copies together to form a stack. Glue the light green copy on top offset a little (you may also just glue it on top if it's too tricky). Glue to card as shown.


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Kraft, Black, Red, Fuchsia, Burgundy, Dark Green, Light Green, Yellow, Blue-Violet, Purple
  • Liquid Pearls: Daffodil
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Monday, January 11, 2016

CountryScapes Yorkie Arbor Birthday Card

Made for the ECD Susan Tierney-Cockburn Design Team

I made this card for my husband's birthday. We used to have two beautiful Yorkshire Terriers - mother and daughter. My husband and I adored them. I modeled this one after the mother, our very first pet together. She looked very much like this. They have since passed (they were both very old for Yorkies; the mother lived to be almost 16 years old), but we fondly think of them often.

Making the Card

1. Cut light blue cardstock 7x10 inches; fold in half for a 5x7 inch card base.

2. Die cut clouds (CountryScapes - Clouds & Grass) leaving most space above the die - you will use the top as a stencil to create clouds. Sponge white ink or chalk under stencil to create a cloud line then flip it and create the other side of the clouds. Add some at the top as well.

3. Die cut arbor and 2 picket fences (CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence). Ink randomly with Antique Linen Distress Ink using blending tool. Add lines and shading as shown with colored pencil (Prismacolor Ginger Root). Adhere to card as shown.

4. Die cut two sets of tulips and petals (CountryScapes Garden Edges Tulip) from white cardstock. Color with alcohol markers (see supplies for colors). Shape by running leaf tool (pointy end) down leaves and ball stylus on insides of tulip petals on molding pad. Glue separate petals to flower edge petals at bottom so that they are slightly lower to give them a 3D look. Adhere to card as shown - double offset the rows.

5. Die cut Yorkshire Terrier (Critters 5) from white cardstock; color as shown (base colors in alcohol markers, details with Prismacolor pencils). Optional: add small amount of Tuxedo Black irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to eyes, nose, and mouth using pointy end of die pick or toothpick. Once dry, rub large ball stylus behind dog body and head to give it dimension. Adhere where shown using dimensional tape or silicone glue.

6. Die cut lots of ivy leaves (CountryScapes Mini Botanicals - Clematis, Ivy) from dark green cardstock. Shape each leave by drawing lines down middle and toward points (veins) using leaf tool point. Adhere to arbor as shown.

7. Die cut four copies of Happy Birthday from light blue cardstock and one copy from white cardstock. Glue the blue copies to each other to form a thick stack then adhere the white on top. Adhere where shown.

8. Optional: Add Shimmer irRESISTible Pico Embellisher as shown (upper right corner and below sentiment).


ECD Supplies
Other Supplies
  • Cardstock: Light Blue, White, Dark Green
  • White Ink or White Chalk Ink
  • Distress Ink: Antique Linen
  • irRESISTible Pico Embellisher: Tuxedo Black, Shimmer
  • Prismacolor Pencils: Arbor - Ginger Root 1084, Yorkie - Yellow Ochre 942, Raw Umber 941, Cool Gray 50% 1063, 70% 1065, 90% 1067, Warm Gray Dark 961
  • Alcohol Markers - Copic: Yorkie - E30, C02, Stems/Grass, G94, G99, Flowers - V06, V 09, Y04, Y08, R27, R08, RV52, RV06, RV09, YR65, YR68, Y02, YR82, R17, R27, RV04, V04
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