Today I saw the above picture of a dahlia, I thought was very pretty, and decided to try and duplicate it by using Susan's Garden Notes Dahlia die set. I think I came pretty close to the real flower - what do you think?
Use a 6-inch white card. Cut a piece of white card stock 5 3/4 inches square; use a Score Board and score around edges, for a finished edge. Attach to the front of the card.
Create a watercolor background piece using Distress Oxide Inks. Frame with a Stitched Rectangle frame and a Dotted Scallop Rectangle, as shown.
To create the flower start off with a bright yellow card stock. Use only the three largest Garden Notes Dahlia petal dies. Die cut 4 of the largest, 3 of the second largest and 3 of the third largest petals. The two smallest die cuts are not used for this particular flower. Use a bright orange ink to sponge color on 3/4 of the lower portion of the tip of each. Use a fine tip orange marker and draw lines from the base of each petal to almost the tip. Use the Flower Tool Kit and shape the petals. Using one of the smallest petal die cuts, use the scissors and cut twice down each petal. This piece will be used to go around the stamen. Die cut two stamens, using dark brown card stock. Cut down the center of each leg on both stamen pieces. Glue the two stamen pieces together, alternating the legs so it appears without gaps. As soon as the stamen glue has dried, roll up, as usual with the tweezers. Spread out the narrow stamen legs, dip the tips in glue, then dip in black pollen. As soon as the glue has dried, place the stamen in the smallest flower petal piece that has the petals cut; add glue to the center and part way up the base of the petals. Press the flower petals around the sides of the stamen, and glue into the center of the dahlia.
Use the Dancing Butterfly die set and die cut one black butterfly.
Die cut one Berry Branch. Color the stems brown and add orange berries with either Nuvo Crystal Drops or pearls. Cut into several pieces to attach behind the Dahlia.
Use the Ladder Fern Die set and die cut one Fern.
Use the A Way With Words Unforgettable die set and die cut one white and one black sentiment. Glue the black sentiment on top of the white. This will give it some dimension. Attach the sentiment on the lower portion of the card.
Attach the Dahlia, Fern and Berry Branch on the lower right side of the Rectangle Frame. Attach the Butterfly with a small piece of dimensional tape.
It is fun to find a picture of a beautiful flower and try to recreate it using Susan's flower die sets.
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