Ode to Summer with 3 Dies & Give-Away

IMG_3371It’s September 1st and I can’t help but think that Summer is coming to an end.  It was just a few months ago that I planted Geraniums in pots on my porch and now I see them starting to dry back; fall, then winter is coming.  Creating a card to honor their beauty is what I had in mind when I did my newest “Potted” plant.

If you’ve been following me on FaceBook, you’ve seen some of my projects of my Garden Notes flowers in my newest die, Potted.

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I hope you get inspired after you see how easy these are to make and remember there are YouTube videos on Elizabeth Craft Designs channel on how to make ALL the flowers in my collection.

One more thing, as a special thank you to all my paper gardening friends, Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away the three dies to make this featured project–Garden Notes Geranium and Potted, and Suzanne Cannon’s Four Seasons!  Post a comment and you will be entered to win…the drawing will be on Friday, September 9th.


Step One

I chose Soft Finished card stock/Ladybug as my card and Els van de Burgt Studio “Through the Lens/Stone” for my project. I masked off the bottom of the “Stone” card stock and used Distress Ink/Walnut Stain to create a table to put my pot on.



Then, I adhered the Stone card stock to the card with Clear Double-sided Adhesive. Die cut two “Potted” in Smooth Finish/White 85 lb card stock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back.


Step Two

To create the look of a terra cotta pot, I use Copic Markers–E09, E15, E19, and E99 and shade the edges with the same Distress Ink/Walnut Stain.


Repeat the coloring for the saucer.

Step Three

I peeled the adhesive off the back and add four foam squares so the flower pot will have some dimension.  Use your fingers to curve the pot, then set it on your card. I use Prismacolor/Cool Grey to add shading to the the side of the pot and shadow it on the card.


Step Four

I created a “stencil” from the base of the Geranium die and dab the positioning of the flowers using Distress Ink/Forest Moss.


This gives me a good idea how the flowers will set, but it is optional.

Step Five

I decided on five flower heads, so I die cut five bases in 80 lb. card stock/medium green and five in 100 lb. card stock/light olive green. Doubling up on the bases gives a firm area to set the flowerets in place.


After shaping the base on the molding mat with the Large Ball Stylus, hold the base with your Reverse tweezers (from the tool kit) and use a toothpick to outline the edge with Beacon’s Kid’s Choice glue.


First, place the 100 lb. card stock bases over the stenciled areas, then the medium green ones.


Step Six

The leaves should be tucked around the bases before you add the flowerets.  I shade with Distress Ink/ Forest Moss, then place the leaf, right-side-down on my Leaf Pad and use my Leaf Tool to add stem lines.  Turn it over and crease the lines.  Add shading, using PanPastels/Bright Yellow Green.  Shape the petal, by pinching the stem end and bending the outer leaf.  Add some shading using PanPastel/Permanent Red on the edges. Dip the stem ends into the glue and place around the bases.



Step Seven

I decided to really do justice to the color of my geraniums, I would color each floweret, so I started by die cutting them on Soft Finished/White 85 lb. card stock, then used Copic Markers R14 and $29.  This takes some time, but really gives your project the “Mother Nature” technique:-D


There’s two sizes of petals; the larger petals are shaped, right-side-down, turned over and cupped, then placed on the base.  Repeat the shaping and cupping with the smaller petals and place them, off-set, on top of the larger ones.


Now, just repeat this and fill in the five bases.  For a final detail, you can add USArtQuest Prills/Ribbit in the center of each floweret (see large sample above).


Since this is an “Ode to Summer,” I used Suzanne Cannon’s Four Season/Summer to label my work.  It was die cut in Shimmer Sheetz with Double Sided Adhesive on the back.


Elizabeth Craft Designs Products

Susan’s Garden/Garden Notes – Geranium (#1019); Potted (#1225)

Suzanne Cannon’s “A Way with Words” 4 Seasons (#1199)

Els van de Burgt Studio “Through the Lens/Stone” (#TTL002)

Smooth Finished Card stock/Ladybug Red (#PSF115)

Smooth Finished Card stock/White (#PSF101)

Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (#808); Molding Pad (#809 or #810), and Leaf Pad (#811)

Shimmer Sheetz/Red Metallic (#SS 0214)

Clear Double-Sided Adhesive 6mm (#506) and 8 1/2″ x 11″ (#502)

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice

USArtQuest Prills/Ribbit


Other Supplies:

Ranger Distress Ink/Walnut Stain and Forest Moss

Copic Markers

Foam squares




62 thoughts on “Ode to Summer with 3 Dies & Give-Away

  1. Your flowers are just the best in the industry. I have your tool kit and PanPastel kits. I’m getting pretty good with them. Ha Ha I am planning on now buying some of your flower dies. They scare me a little. But……I did buy the “Wash Day” and made a card for the other girl that works in the beauty salon I work at and she has it on display at her station. Not a single day goes by that one of her customers doesn’t comment on that card. And…..of course I’m at my station beaming with pride! Thank you so much Susan. All of these projects are so stunningly beautiful!

  2. Your flowers are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING and your cards a DELIGHT Susan!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your tutorial, you make me feel like “I can do that”!!!
    Thank You for the chance to win too 🙂

  3. Thank you for the above tutorial review, I just love making your flowers as they are so life like. I too love working in my garden. I live in S. Cal so we have flowers almost all year, but not all the flowers like people with four season, no Peonies but I do manage to have a beautiful Lilac bush. Look forward to your weekly tutorials and inspiration. Hope you are back to good health soon.

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