Ode to the Chrysanthemum ~ A Tag

Shading Chrysanthemums

This perennial originates from China, where they have been cultivated for over 2,500 years. Chrysanthemums were used medicinally and for flavoring, as well as for ornamental purposes. Notably, the Japanese have adopted chrysanthemums and used them in their art as a symbol of longevity and happiness.

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My opinion is that the chrysanthemum is associated with Autumn as much as the Poinsettia is for Christmas! It’s a sure sign of the season when they show up in the nurseries and grocery stores. This poem is dear to my heart…

“Lo! in the corner yonder,

There is a gleam of white and gold.

The gold of summer’s sunshine,

The white of winter’s cold.

And, laden with spicy colours,

The autumn breezes come.

From nooks and corners, brightened

By the brave chrysanthemum.”

Eben Rexford

For this project, I wanted to share with you how I color and shade white cardstock to get the most natural looking flowers – which is what I’m known for.

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Let’s get started…

Step 1:

Die cut a tag from Els van de Burgt Studio’s Tags & More 6/Sparkle; mine is 4 1/4” x 7” and I used 80lb. glossy black cardstock. Cut a rectangle 4” x 5 1/2” from patterned paper of choice. I used a photo I took of a project I did with chrysanthemumsms and Soft Finish Cardstock (I converted a photo of the project with a watercolor filter using an app (Waterlogue) on my iPad). Next, die cut the chrysanthemum pieces with Soft Finish cardstock.

Click here for a video tutorial on Els van de Burgt Studio – Tags & More 9 Sparkle

Click here for a video tutorial on ‘How to Die Cut’

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Step 2:

Place chrysanthemum pieces on a non-stick sheet. Use Copic markers to color and PanPastels to shade. Use R59 for the darkest shade toward the center of the claret-colored flower. Use R37 for the remaining petal.

Click here for a video tutorial on how to put together Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Notes – Chrysanthemum

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Use YR15 and Y38 for the deep yellow flower, but add PanPastel Permanent Red Extra Dark for this variety.

Click here for a video tutorial on how to put together Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Notes – Chrysanthemum

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Finally, simply shade white cardstock with PanPastel Bright Yellow Green in the center. Die cut the center petal (the one I roll up) in a bright green cardstock.

Click here for a video tutorial on how to put together Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Notes – Chrysanthemum

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Step 3:

Die cut the leaves in a medium green cardstock. Shade the edges with Distress Ink/Crushed Olive and highlight the stem with the PanPastel Bright Yellow Green. Shape on the Leaf Pad, using the Leaf Tool. Dip the stem end into glue and set them in place under the flowers you’ve added to your project.

Click here for a video tutorial on how to put together Susan’s Garden Club – Garden Notes – Chrysanthemum

Click here for a video tutorial on Susan’s Garden Club – Tools & Techniques

Step 4:

6 thoughts on “Ode to the Chrysanthemum ~ A Tag

  1. I love the patterned paper hole reinforcement on the tag. This is a beutiful project down to the last little detail.

  2. Amazing! Can’t tell the difference between the cardstock flowers and the real ones! GORGEOUS, as usual!

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