Saturday 4 May 2013

Pretty Peonies

Hello, hopefully the sun will shine on you this Bank Holiday weekend.  I've been busy in the garden which was the inspiration for this pretty peony card. Unusually for me, I've not used any patterned paper or ribbon/lace.  Not completely comfortable about that, though!

Card Recipe:
Stamp: PSX Botanical Peony
Colouring Mediums: Memento, Promarker Pens
Paper & Card: Centura Pearl card, Glitter Card
Tools: Tonic Super Trimmer, Spellbinders, BigShot Pro, Crafter's Workshop Mask
Embellishments: Handmade pearl hatpins, mulberry gardenia, cherry blossoms and tea roses, Butterfly charm, rhinestones 

To make this card, I scored an A4 sheet of  Centura Pearl card in half.  I then trimmed a piece of heavy duty glitter card (it's actuall more like box board!)  to 20.4mm x 14.2mm and another piece of Centura Pearl to 19.8 x 13.6mm.  These create mats with just a 3mm border between each layer, so a good quality and accurate trimmer is essential, step in the Tonic Super Trimmer!

For both mats, I placed spellbinders nesting dies in the centre to create an aperture, the green glitter layer had the smaller die (but still large enough to create a big enough aperture for my image).  Once I had cut through the aperture on the top pearl layer, I placed my Crafter's Workshop Mask over the top (ie not next to the blade side) so that when I embossed the layer it created an embossed frame.  The top layer is adhered using Gell Glue, which both adds dimension but also is a strong bond to the glitter layer.

I stamped my PSX Botanical Peony stamp with Momento London Fog ink and coloured with Promarker Pens.  I love these discontinued stamps, and I have to confess that I bought this rare Peony stamp in an Ebay Auction and it was the most I've expensive stamp I've ever bought!!!!

To finish the card, I added mulberry flowers and my own my handmade crystal and pearl hatpins, (don’t forget to take a look at my creating hatpins tutorial).  The metal butterfly charm came with the slots to add your own crystals to, so I can always make sure it co-ordinates with my card by adding the appropriate colours.

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  1. such a pretty card, love the flower toppers

  2. Beautiful card, love the colours and embellishments,lovely image too

    Lorna xx

  3. Absolutely gorgeous! Love the soft colour palette, the embossing and every other elements you used.
    Michaela xx

  4. Stunning card, beautiful subtle colours and gorgeous embellishments, particularly the butterfly charm

  5. Beautiful card, the colours are so lovely and soft.

  6. hi Dips, with the exquisite embossing and embellishments, you didn't need any patterned papers, it may be out of your comfort zone, but it was a resounding success, stunning card, Fi x

  7. Gorgeous card - peonies are my favourite flowers
    Linda x

  8. beautiful card,love the image & colours. sue xx

  9. gorgeous card and love the peony image and all the flowers-I never feel happy using flowers mine always look like an afterthought !!!
    carol x

  10. Ha ha, youve got me wondering just how much you spent now :-) Beautiful card, I love botanical illustrations. Those flower embellishments are gorgeous too. Hope you are having a good bank holiday weekend! Maddy x

  11. This is a really pretty card. Hugs, Claire x

  12. Beautiful card, pretty colours and lovely flowers.

  13. pretty card x

  14. Gorgeous the image and colours...Joolsx

  15. A gorgeous card. I love the colours and the depth with the layering xx


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