May 13, 2020

A Mother's Orchid

Hi everyone!  Welcome back and thank you for visiting the blog.  I'm Monica of HeartcraftPaper and today I wanted to share a beautiful floral card that I made for mother's day.  I  know it's a little past Mother's Day but it can also make a feminine birthday card as well. 

I was inspired by two dies I recently acquired.   They were so lovely and floral in nature that I decided it would make the perfect Mother's day card. 

 Sue Wilson - Swirly Vine   Scrap Man - Phalaenopsis Orchid


White Cardstock 5.5" X 4.25"
Apple Green Cardstock
Black Velvet Paper
Dark Green Cardstock
A2 Card Base
Distress Ink - Seedless Preserve
Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade
Distress Ink - Mustard Seed
Dark Green Ink
Gold Embossing Powder
Double Sided Tape - 1/8"
Double Sided Foam Tape - 1/4"

While this card is pretty simple to make, it offers so much detail thanks to the dies.  The first Step to this card is cutting out the card background.  Using the  Sue Wilson set, first cut out the square frames from green cardstock.  Next use the center die and the small square die on white cardstock.  you will be left with a detailed square.  Finally using the small detail and the medium detail dies on the 5.5" x 4.25" (A2) white cardstock.

The card background is almost done.  Now it's time to use the largest of Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables to add an edge tot he background.

I felt the piece needed something more to add in decoration, so I decided to add in some gold.  I did this by using double sided tape and heat embossing it with gold embossing powder. 

Time to adhere the background to the card base using double sided foam tape.

For this next step you will need Seedless Preserve Distress Ink.  With this ink you can add more or less intensity in saturation of color.  Daub some color across the Phalaenopsis Orchid Die (textured and three petal dies).  Die cut using white cardstock.  You will see that the link will leave it's a beautiful color to the impressions.  Next you will cut out the plain petal die out of white cardstock (no coloring of the die) as well, but you will blend in color the cardstock directly from the outside inwards. 

Die cut the stamen of the Orchid out of white cardstock as well.  You will color the whole thing with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink.   Using Mustard Seed Distress Ink you will blend in along the upper and lower parts of the stamen. 

Die cut two of the stem using a dark green cardstock.  I used a dark green to add some color around the edges and onto the stem itself so that it would look more natural.  Now you are ready to move on once you have all your items colored in.

Curl the all petals and stamen of the orchid using a creasing tool.  This will give your flower some lift and it will look more like the real deal.

Glue together the petals.  The center of the petals does have a small dot cut out that you can use to line up the petals together.  Layer the textured two petals on the smooth two petals.  The three petals will be layered onto the back.  

Attach the stamen to the center of it all and then add a drop of Nuvo Drops - Dandlion Yellow to it.

Finally it's time to pull it all together!  Adhere one of the stem to the left side of the card so that it overlaps some of the gold embossing.  Cut out a small fishtail banner using the Elizabeth Craft Design - Stitched Fishtail Banner dies.  Stamp out your sentiment on on the banner (I used Mother's Day)

Adhere the remaining stem to the lower right side of the card and the fishtail banner on top as depicted below.  Using double sided foam tape adhere the small square cut out and adhere it over the banner on the left side so that it is in a diamond layout.   Die cut the "Happy" sentiment using the Pink & Main - Happy die set out of black velvet paper.  Adhere this using liquid glue over the attached decorative square.  Finally adhere the orchid using liquid glue to the stem on the lower right of the card.

The final touch is added by applying Three Pearls of varying sizes to the upper right side of the card. this way it draws the the eye from lower left to upper right. 

Here you have the completed card.

Thank you so very much for following along.  I hope that you try out this card and share it with us here at Dies R Us!

XOXO - HeartcraftPaper

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