Today I wanted to create a card using two beautiful Marianne Design products for a background for a pretty Susan's Garden poinsettia. I used the Marianne Design, Anja's Decorative Rectangle (DF3406) embossing folder on the bottom of this 6x6" card. At the top, I added the Marianne Design, Anja's Border, die cut.
To stay with traditional Christmas colors, I created a red poinsettia using Susan's Garden Poinsettia dies. These poinsettias always look so realistic. Under the poinsettia, I added some Tim Holtz Tattered Pinecones. The shiny gold "Noel" is part of the Memory Box Grand Joyeux Noel die. I did not have room for the entire die, so for this card I used only the "Noel" die cut letters.
TUTORIAL FOR PINE CONES
As I stated, I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Pine cone die to create a variety of pine cones.
Susan's Garden Tool Kit. I shaped the petals from the backside, pulling the loop tool from the edge all the way to the bottom of the petal. This gave the petal a nice bowed out shape. In the picture above, you can see the spiral when all the petals have been shaped.
I didn't use them on my card, but I wanted to see if I could add snow to some of the pine cones. I used Ranger Texture Paste to dab some paste on the ends of the petals, then I dipped the pine cone into The Distress Clear Rock Candy dry Glitter. It looks like real snow. I also used the Adirondack Snow Cap Acrylic Paint Dabber to add some white to the tips of petals. The point dabber has a sponge top and you just swipe it from the tip, inward, to create white tips. Both took very good.
Last year I purchased different colored poinsettias so I could create realistic poinsettias using Susan's Garden dies. In the past, I have been lucky to keep all the petals on a poinsettia through the end of the year. Look what has happened this year! All three of my poinsettias have taken off, and even still have the colored flowers on them with a ton of new growth. It will be interesting to see if I get new flowers on these plants for Christmas!
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