Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mum Tutorial using Susan's Garden Dies

Don't you love Autumn with all the beautiful mums, colorful leaves and pumpkins!   Today I have added all these to my card, plus I have a tutorial below on how I created the mums.  The background paper is from the Bazzill "All Hallows Eve" design paper pad.  The pretty lacy pumpkin background was die cut using the Cheery Lynn "Fall Harvest" die.  It was backed with a piece of light yellow card stock that was sponged around the edges with a darker yellow.   

Two different sets of pumpkin dies were used; the larger pumpkins were die cut using the SB pumpkin dies and the smaller pumpkins were die cut using the Cheery Lynn "Fall Pumpkins" die.  All pumpkins were die cut using orange card stock and sponged  to give them additional texture.  The two crows were cut out of a piece of design paper from the Webster's Pages "Once upon a Halloween" design paper pack.  For the leaves, I used SB Fall Leaves dies.   The sentiment is from GKD (Theresa Momber) "Life is Good" stamp set and was die cut using SB Romantic Rectangles.  The Mums were created with the Susan's Garden "Mini Lily" dies and leaves under them were die cut using Marianne Design dies.

Here is a tutorial on how I created the mums using a mini lily die:

Did  you know you can create pretty little mums using the Susan's Garden "Mini Lily" dies?   Don't you love it when you can use your dies for more than just one purpose!  It was not hard at all; I created three different colors of mums for this card. 

I used both the "leaf" and "petal" plates from the Mini Lily die set for petals for the mum.  The outer petals are a little wider and I used the narrow "leaf" petals to form the center bud of the mum.  Because I am l creating 5 layers to create this flower, I die cut the base (calyx) piece in yellow (or same color as flower) so it won't show.  

 All the petals were shaped with the small end of the loop tool from the Susan's Garden Flower Tool Kit. 

The calyx (base) that comes in the Mini Lily die set has 6 points.  As I have stated before, I always attach a petal to every other point then go back and add the remaining petals.

After the six petals were dry, I added additional petals inside because I want a very full flower - alternate petals as you go around.  Notice that all the petals are shaped curling up rather than down.  For the very center of the mum, I created the bud using the very narrow petals.  When creating that center bud, it is easiest to add the six petals to the calyx, let it dry, then add additional petals to the bottom pushing up to get a closed center.   Once all the layers have dried, I layered (glued) them on top of each other, pushing the petals up to form a closed flower.  Once it was dry, I pulled some of the petals out to shape the mum.

I hope you enjoy having another tutorial showing you how to create a totally different flower with your Susan's Garden Mini Lily dies.



Olga said...

looks like a lot of work but man, it's gorgeous!!!!

Desire Fourie said...

Stunning design and I love the decorative fall background. Great tutorial as well, thanks for sharing.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Rita said...

How Marvelous is this card. Selma, you have so much patience and all your flowers are so beautiful. But I just love these Mum's, in fact they look quite real. Hugs Rita xxx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous. I love coming to your blog to see all your tutorials on how to create beautiful flowers with dies. Your work is always stunning. I had no idea you could create mums with these dies. Off to my studio to give this a try. Thanks for the tutorial.


Bonnie Weiss said...

Wowzers, what a pretty card ... and great tutorial, Selma.

Glenda Brooks said...

Selma, this is stunning and the one right below as well. Been a little under the weather with a bug but I will get caught back up. Love your tutorial!

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Thanks again Selma for another great tutorial. This is a gorgeous card and you did great with those flowers. Check out my YouTube videos at Also, you might find some of my tutorials and videos helpful on my blog.

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