Mar 3, 2017

Purple Cone Flowers by Ann

With all the Spring flowers coming up early this year, I thought it was appropriate to make a bright floral card with my favorite IRL flower -- the purple Echinacea (cone flower).

To start, I cut the Sue Wilson Caribbean Island Collection Background die on black cardstock.   This die does NOT detach from the paper so you can actually have any width of frame around the outer rectangle part or cut it right into your card base if desired.

I wanted the background die to fit on a 5 x 7 card, so I trimmed around the edges of the outer rectangle leaving just enough room to adhere some 1/8th inch score tape to it.  This is how it looked after I trimmed around the edges:

For the flowers, I used Dee's Distinctively Secret Garden Flower 1 and Flower 3.

I cut the Flower 3 with white cardstock and cut the Flower 1 with pink cardstock, then inked the centers with Aged Mahogany distress ink.

You only get the stems in this die set, not the flowers.

I wanted some leaves that really looked like cone flower leaves, so I used the Sue Wilson Maidenhair Ferns.

To finish off my card, I adhered a Sue Wilson Classic 3D Itty Bitty Bow.

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  1. This is so pretty, just love the yellow background. It makes the frame pop with the focus on the flower. Simply an awesome inspiration to gleam from

  2. I love this card Ann! These flowers are among my favorites and they look wonderful paired with the SW frames. Gorgeous, gorgeous card my friend!

  3. Just BEAUTIFUL Ann and you've used one of my favorite background dies! The colors are so pretty ... great job!

  4. Fabulous card! These cone flowers are one of my most favorite flowers in my gardens! LOVE them! Yours look spectacular! So lovely, Ann! Email me with your address if you want me to send you some Purple Cone Flower seeds from my garden.

    1. Thanks for the seeds offer, Donna. I have a lot of these flowers in my gardens. Thing is, I buy them in oranges and yellows as plants but they all turn purple the next year. Must be the soil ph like how it affects hydrangeas also? I appreciate your kind offer though.

  5. Lovely, this says spring all over it that's for sure, it has been so nice to see the flowers popping out already, I love the layering you did on the flowers and the greenery with it is perfect, great framing of it all, thanks for all the tips about the dies, you just never know about some of them

  6. Lovely card, Ann. I love the colors you used and it definitely says spring!


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