Thursday, October 31, 2013

Susan's Garden Poinsettias


 I am excited to show you my new project created using the new Sizzix, Susan's Garden "Poinsettia" flower dies.  I do own a lot of different poinsettia dies, but this by far is my favorite because you can create very realistic poinsettias in different sizes.  It all depends on which poinsettia petal die cuts you decide to use.  You can make large poinsettias for arrangements like the one on this lantern, beautiful poinsettias for gift packages, any size poinsettias for greeting cards, etc.  You can use different things to create your flowers such as 60# or 80# card stock, watercolor paper, vellum, glitter paper, etc. The ideas are endless.  I'm sure you will love working with Susan's Garden poinsettia dies.

This picture shows seven different sizes.

 This picture shows the six different petals in the Susan's Garden Poinsettia plus the calyx (base).  

 Inside each flower package, Susan has instructions on how to create the flower plus very soon her videos will be online to give you more information.  I wanted to show you how I make the petals realistic.  I am using the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit.  It has special tools for creating the shapes needed.  The first leaf on the upper left is just die cut; second leaf shows line drawn down the center, on the back, using the leaf tool and leaf pad.  This pad allows you to get a nice drawn line on your petals when using the leaf tool.  Next I fold the leaf in half (bottom sides together) and crease down the scored line with my finger nails.  This gives that center seam extra dimension to define that center vein.  Next open the leaf, and on the front, draw the side veins with the leaf tool.  You can further shape the petals/leaves by using the self-closing tweezers that are included in the tool kit.

For this tutorial, I am creating the small pink poinsettias.  After the petals were shaped, I applied the light pink Susan's Garden Pan Pastels down the center with the pointed tool.



The two small pink poinsettias are different sizes and to accomplished this I used the calyx from the poinsettia die set for one, using the two smallest petals in the "poinsettia" die set, and the calyx from the Susan's Garden "Mini Petals" for the smallest one using the smallest petals. 

 Susan has great instructions in the package for creating the poinsettias, but I changed it a little for these very small flowers.  I started by adding 3 petals.

Then added three more petals in between the first three.  You can then add as many of the smallest petals as you want to make it as full as you like.

Are are the two small poinsettias completed.

 This poinsettia was created with "The Paper Studio" Glitter card stock.

 This poinsettia was die cut using white card stock.  It was sponged with plum ink then mauve glitter added.

This poinsettia was die cut using red card stock, red and orange Pan Pastels added to middle vein of each petal, then black sponged around the edge of each petal to help define each petal once the flower was assembled.

I have created all the flowers in the new Susan's Garden Collection and will be posting each one individually and doing tutorials as needed.   You can see all the new products in the Susan's Garden Collection at this link.

Products used  available from Ellen Hutson, LLC:
Susan's Garden "Poinsettia" dies
Susan's Garden "Flower Tool Kit"
Susan's Garden "Pan Pastels"
Susan's Garden "Mini Petals"
Susan's Garden new flower collection

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26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Selma, absolutely beautiful as always. Are you still designing for Joan as well?

Thanks for sharing.

Jackie

Cards By Jan said...

Oh Wow...jaw dropping, AWESOME flowers, and lantern upon which they rest!!

tysvm for showing us how to make them, and it looks like a wonderful die to get!! I have the spellbinders one, but if I find this one..it will have a place in my home...
ty again ..
Blessings, from one who loves to learn!

Selma said...

Jackie I no longer design for Joan. I am a designer for Susan's Garden creating flowers with her dies.

Anonymous said...

Wow Selma this is gorgeous. You always make the most gorgeous flowers. It is so nice to know you can make so many sizes with that die set. I love the purple poinsettias. Thank you for sharing your tutorial.

Hugs,
Jennifer

ursula Uphof said...

Just found your blog Selma. Love your flowers and everything here. Have a lot to learn from you. I also enjoy making flowers, and colouring them with Distress inks. Have just started using Pan Pastels, so love to see how you use them. Will be back often. Thanks for the inspiration. hugs, Ursula

Elly said...

Wow Selma, this is sooooo very very beutiful!!!!

hugs, Elly

Antoinette Voorn said...

This is really awesome so beautiful and I think you must not lose your patience to make this!!! hihihih

May said...

WOW...Stunning flowers & amazing tutorial...I need this die....Beautiful creation as always... Hugs May x x x

Sue W said...

How beautiful Selma and such a treat being able to make these seasonal favourites in different sizes.

luvmycrafts said...

Selma, LOVE the poinsetta but mad at myself....I didn't think I would like it that well so this month I ordered (can't remember the name but it looks like a mum kinda) but now I know I will be buying the poinsetta...I almost have Susan's whole collection.I hope she comes out with a gerber daisy or a mum...and then so many others I can think of...lol Also love the Pan Pastel 's' hsb is going to shoot me if I don't quit,but it is so pretty..blessings victoria

luvmycrafts said...

Selma, LOVE the poinsetta but mad at myself....I didn't think I would like it that well so this month I ordered (can't remember the name but it looks like a mum kinda) but now I know I will be buying the poinsetta...I almost have Susan's whole collection.I hope she comes out with a gerber daisy or a mum...and then so many others I can think of...lol Also love the Pan Pastel 's' hsb is going to shoot me if I don't quit,but it is so pretty..blessings victoria

Glenda Brooks said...

Well girl, you definitely have not lost your groove! This project is breathtaking but I didn't expect anything less. Well done!

Olga said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Mihaela said...

Beautiful work, Selma!

Anonymous said...

Simply gorgeous girl. The lantern is stunning with those purple poinsettias. I have not tried die cutting glitter Paper and the red poinsettia is so festive. I didn't know this die could be used for different sizes of flowers. Another one added to my shopping list. Thanx for the tutorials.
Blessings, Darla

annekescardart said...

Beautiful. What allot of work. Thats why it looks so pretty. Thanks for showing Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

Janet said...

Hi Selma,

You are AWESOME!!! I wish I had a fraction of your talent.

What paper do you prefer to work with when creating your flowers please?

Thank you,

Janet

Anonymous said...

Selma - the flowers are wonderful! So glad for your tutorials. Was wondering what glue you recommend
Thx - Elaine

CraftinGranny said...

Oh Selma, this is a gorgeous piece of art. Your flowers are truly amazing and so realistic. Your tutorials are always fantastic and so easy to follow. I think I'm just too lazy to make my own flowers....LOL

Glad to see that you have made some changes and hope you are feeling well. "Hugs"

Anonymous said...

Thank you for inspiring a nation of crafters!

Janet

Payne Holler Cards said...

So beautiful! And I'm lovin the pan pastels(-:

Kittie said...


Absolutely gorgeous Selma! I love Susan's flowers.

Basti Casanova said...

I always loved your blog thank you for this great idea on Christmas Decorations

Basti Casanova said...

WOW , This is amazing this will be my Christmas Decorations thank you so much for this great idea

Suzanne C said...

I just bought this die and made one flower and wasn't happy with mine. Thank you for the step outs now I get it and am going to be able to make beautiful flowers. :)

Suzanne C said...

Forgot to say your project is absolutely stunning.

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