Monday, November 28, 2016
Poinsettia flowers always create such beautiful Christmas cards. This is the card I designed for my Susan's Garden Club Design Team Blog Post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog. I designed this card with flowers using Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia and Garden Notes Small Poinsettia dies.
Here is how the card was created.
This is a 6x6 inch card with a piece of the Els van de Burgt Studio Through the Lens - Wood Series card stock attached to the front.
Use Susan's Garden Notes Poinsettia and Small Poinsettia die sets, and white Vellum, to die cut enough petals to create three poinsettia. For these flowers there are two large poinsettia petal layers and two small poinsettia layers. When you combine the petals from the two different die sets, you don't necessarily need to use the small individual petals. It is all a matter of preference on how you want to build your poinsettia. One of the reasons I like having both of the poinsettia die sets, is that you can use the large petals, from the larger poinsettia, for the green petals under the smaller poinsettia.
To shape the petals, use Susan's Flower Tool Kit. Use the leaf tool to draw veins down each petal. You do not need to press real hard on the vellum to see the veins.
To make the flowers "elegant," use a glue pen and add glue around the cut edge of each petal. Dip the petal in Champagne Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Work with one petal at a time. Set the petals aside to dry. Once they are dry, be sure to rub the glitter to bring out the beautiful shine. Assemble the flowers, then add Susan's Prills to the center.
Use Susan's Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pinecone dies to die cut 10 to 12 pine boughs, using white card stock. Use Els van de Burgt Studio Candle die set to die cut four pine boughs. Using both sets gives you a variety of texture in the arrangement.
Use Susan's Garden Notes Carolina Window & Shutters die set to die cut a window out of light tan card stock (a color that will match the wood grain in the background design paper). Back the window with a piece of Shimmer Sheetz. You can use either the Yellow Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz or use the yellow portion of the Light Pink Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz.
Use the Els van de Burgt Studio Entwined Oval die set to die cut the largest Entwined Oval. Use a piece of white card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive attached to the top. Peel off the liner and add Champagne Gold Silk Microfine Glitter to it. Be sure to polish well with your fingers.
Use the Dotted Scallop Oval that is slightly larger than the Entwined Oval (this is the largest Oval) to die cut an ivory cardstock oval. Attach the Entwined Oval to the Ivory Oval and center the window, placing close to the top, inside the ovals. Attach this to the center of the card front.
Arrange the Whitepine Boughs along the bottom of the ovals. Next add the poinsettia, using dimensional glue dots. Add the smaller pine bough below the poinsettia. For a little extra embellishment, I added a few flat backed gold beads.
Use the Els van de Burgt Studio Fitted Frames 1 - Lace Rectangles die set to die cut two corners. Use white card stock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive on top then add Champagne Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Attach to the upper corners.
The Vellum poinsettia create a very elegant flower, that combine so well with the Champagne Gold Glitter and Shimmer Sheetz backed window.
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