I’m invigorated with new ideas after CHA and thought I’d start it off with a beautiful card to inspire you as well. Valentine’s Day is less than a month away and this would be a perfect project to convey your feelings to that special someone, but it would also be a loving gesture for a birthday, wedding or anniversary card.
In addition to new dies with Elizabeth Craft Designs, they have launched two new lines of paper. The wonderful Soft Finish in a 100 lb. weight is a duo paper with white on the inside for us professional card makers and Premium Palette, an 85 lb. weight in colors that will melt your heart (it did mine!) I know it will be a few more weeks before it’s available to the public, but I couldn’t help myself by sharing this exciting news and showing you how perfectly perfect it is. The Premium Palette comes in both 12-inch x 12-inch or 8 1/2-inch x 11-inch.
LET’S GET STARTED
Trim Soft Finish Perfect Pink cardstock to 5 1/2-inch x 5 1/2-inch square. I trimmed the second layer to 5 1/4-inch x 5 1/4-inch in Graphic 45’s Mon Amour from their Patterns & Solid collection. Die cut Stitched Circle in Soft Finish 85 lb. White, “Love” and Corners 1 in Pink Iris Shimmer Sheetz . I die cut my Rose 2 in Pink and Cherry and the greenery (leaves & Leafy Branch) in Premium Palette/Olive Green card stock. The Round Grapevine Wreath is die cut twice in Premium Palette/Dark Brown. Suzanne Cannon’s calligraphy “Love” and Els van de Burgt Studio Corners 1 are die cut in Pink Iris Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double-sided Adhesive for easy mounting.
Assemble the card, using Clear Double-sided Tape on the layers and Stitched Circle. Peel off backing of the Corners and “Love” and set in place. I use Beacon’s Kid Choice glue and a toothpick to apply a few dots of glue around the Grapevine Wreath. Glue one on top of the other, making sure you DON’T line them up. Having them askew makes a more natural wreath.
I die cut the Leafy Branch, 3 times and cut it in two pieces, then placed the pieces on my Leaf Pad and used my Leaf Tool to make stem lines. I used ECD’s small tweezers to pinch each one for a dimensional look.
Create Roses; I did three in the Cherry and two in Pink Premium Palette card stock. Look closely, I used PanPastel/Magenta to edge the Pink Petals. If this is your first time for making these beautiful flowers, I have a YouTube video to help you. I did not add the whole stem, but did cut the small piece of stem that holds the bud to add to the end of the spray of roses.
Glue the Roses in place on the lower left side of the Grapevine wreath. I glued the Leafy Branch pieces around the rest of the wreath. Leaves, from Rose 2 set, are edged with Distress Ink/Forest Green, placed on the Leaf Pad and a stem line is drawn, using the Leaf Tool. I highlighted that stem line with PanPastel/Raw Umber, then placed the leaf back on the Leaf Pad and drew vein lines on either side of the stem line.
Glue leaves around the Roses and buds.
Finally, for an extra “pop” of color (optional), I die cut the small branch from CountryScapes’ Woods 1 Birch Tree, applied Beacon’s Kid’s Choice glue with a toothpick to the branches and rolled them in Prills/Hot Mama. (A product that will also be available with Elizabeth Craft Designs shortly under Susan’s Garden products:-D) Of course, I added a Lady Bug to finish my project!
Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:
Susan’s Garden Club
Garden Notes – Rose 2 (#998)
Garden Notes – Round Grapevine Wreath #1139
CountryScapes – The Woods 1 #992
Els van de Burgt Studio
Suzanne Cannon, A Way with Words
Elizabeth Craft Designs
*Premium Palette Cardstock – Dark Brown #PPC42; Olive Green #PPC71; Pink #PPC54; and Cherry #PPC55
Beacon’s Kid Choice Glue
Graphic 45’s Mon Amour/Solid & Patterns
USArtQuest Prills/Hot Mama