Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate
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Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan’s Garden Through The Garden Gate

Hello everyone! This is Hussena from Quill and Punch Works, and I am so excited to be back today to share a couple of projects using the Through the Garden Gate Collection by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. The GORGEOUS garden-themed dies and heartfelt greetings in this collection inspired me to create a set of three cards perfect for sending to your friends and family!

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

Hollyhock Thank You Card

My first card features the Hollyhock Etched Dies, Forget-Me-Not and Ladybugs Etched Dies, and the Beeblossom Etched Dies. I paired it with the dies from the Fluted Classics Ovals Etched Dies and added a few tropical bunches to this cheerful thank-you card.

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

To create my card, I began by die cutting Susan’s Garden Specialty Cardstock with the flower, stem, leaf, and stamen dies from the Hollyhock Etched Dies, Forget-Me-Not and Ladybugs Etched Dies, and the Beeblossom Etched Dies until I had enough pieces to form two blooms. I coloured the petals using Worn Lipstick, Tattered Rose, and Picked Raspberry Distress inks, and shaped them using the loop tool. Next, I coloured the stem and leaves using Mowed Lawn, Shabby Shutters, and Gathered Twigs Distress inks and shaped them with the leaf tool included in the Susan’s Garden Ultimate Tool Kit. Then, I coloured the stamens with Mustard Seed and Fossilized Amber Distress inks and added Yellow Flower Pollen to the lower tips with liquid glue. Once they dried, I rolled the pieces and adhered them down with liquid glue. Once that was done, I assembled the flowers with liquid glue.

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

Next, I colored the Beblossom petals using Picked Raspberry and Spun Sugar Distress inks and added a bit of light pink to the very center of all of the flower petal die-cuts using a Copic marker. Then, with a medium pink Copic marker, I flicked some colour out from the center to add some quick color to the flowers. Once that was done, I shaped the petals using the loop tool and bent the edges upward with tweezers. I coloured and shaped the stamens and leaves as done previously for the hollyhocks.

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

I wanted to keep the focus on the flowers, so I kept of the design really simple. I created the background pattern using the “ink smooshing” technique. I pressed Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers, and Broken China Distress Inks onto different areas of my craft mat and spritzed them with water until they beaded up. I pressed a piece of watercolor cardstock into the droplets and dried it with a heat gun. Once I was happy with the background pattern, I used Antique Gold Metallic Spray and Jet Black Ink Spray to add some splatters to the background to make it extra artsy. I wanted the panel to have a framed look, so I debossed the Large Rectangle Outer Rim and Insert dies from the Fluted Classics Rectangles Etched Dies for a lovely thick impression on the paper. Then, I die-cut Snowdrift Cardstock, Mirror Gold Cardstock, and White Foam using the Medium Oval Rim and Insert and Small Inner Rim and Insert dies from the Fluted Classics Ovals Etched Dies. I adhered the layers together using liquid glue, allowing a bit of the gold to show as a shadow.

I arranged the flowers and leaves on my panel and adhered them down using a Hot Glue Gun. Next, I applied Gold Hot Foil to Snowdrift Cardstock using the Sentiments for Everyday Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set and adhered it down on my panel using foam squares for a raised effect. I matted the panel with a layer of Mirror Gold Cardstock and adhered the panel down to a top-folding A2-sized white card base using tape runner. I added a few Gold Mix Color Essential Gems to embellish.

Gardenia Happy Birthday Card

My next card features the Gardenia Etched Dies and the Forget-Me-Not and Ladybugs Etched Dies. This is one of my favourite die sets from the collection and i am quite pleased with how my card turned out. I love the contrast of the white gardenias against the black ink-blended background!

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

To make this card, I began by die cutting Susan’s Garden Specialty Cardstock with the Petals and Leaf Dies from the Gardenia Etched Die Set and the Petals, Stem, and Stamen Dies from the Forget-Me-Not and Ladybugs Etched Die Set. Then, I shaded the centre of the gardenia petals with Mustard Seed and Squeezed Lemonade Distress inks and shaped the flower pieces with a loop tool and tweezers.

Next, I coloured the flowers of the Forget-Me-Not and Ladybugs Die Set using Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, and Mustard Seed Distress inks and shaped the flower petals with a ball stylus. Next, I coloured the stem using Picked Raspberry and Mustard Seed Distress inks and the leaves using Twisted Citron and Peeled Paint Distress inks and shaped them with the leaf tool and small ball stylus included in the Susan’s Garden Ultimate Tool Kit.

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

Next, to add a bit of contrast, I die-cut a diamond in the middle of the background panel using the Inner Diamond Die from the Diamond Floral Frame Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set. Next, I die-cut Snowdrift Cardstock and White Foam using the coordinating Outer Diamond Die and Inner Diamond Die from the set and adhered it over the card panel for a raised effect. After I’d finished die-cutting the images, I used blending brushes to blend some Black Soot and Hickory Smoke inks on the left side the panel, sprinkling some water droplets on the blended area, then dabbing them with a paper towel to pull up the color. Once done, I dried the panel and added fine gold and pink paint splatters for a dramatic look. Then, I adhered down the flowers, stem, and foliage around the frame using Hot Glue.

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

The sentiment was foiled in gold using one of the plates from the Be Bold Glimmer Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate & Die Set on Snowdrift Cardstock and popped up on top with foam adhesive. Next, I used Gold Hot Foil to foil Onyx Cardstock using one of the sentiments from the Mini Sincere Sentiments Glimmer Hot Foil Plate and cut it out using the coordinating die. I adhered the piece onto my panel using foam squares for a raised effect. Then, to complete, I mat my background panel with Snowdrift Cardstock before adhering it to a side-folding white card base with tape runner. I finished the design with some sparkling gold sequins around the bouquet to embellish.

Happy Anniversary Floribunda Rose Card

My final project for today feature the Floribunda Rose Etched Dies and the Forget-Me-Not and Ladybugs Etched Dies. The Floribunda Rose is one of the most impressive-looking flower in the collection and I wanted to make sure I used a canvas large enough to really show off all of the layers and detail.

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

To create my card, I first die-cut Susan’s Garden Specialty Cardstock with all of the Petals and Leaf Dies from the Floribunda Rose Die Set and the Petals and Stamen Dies from the Forget-Me-Not and Ladybugs Etched Die Set. I coloured the Color the flower centers with Dried Marigold and Wild Honey Distress inks and and used Squeezed Lemonade Distress ink to colour the tips. Next, I shaped each petal with the loop tool and tweezers from the Ultimate Tool Kit and cupped them with the large ball tip before adhering the layers of petals together with liquid glue. For the bud, I used Spiced Marmalade and Dried Marigold Distress inks to colour the pieces and shaped the smallest two layers with a large ball stylus before adhering together.

Layered Floral Handmade Cards featuring Susan's Garden Through The Garden Gate

The leaves were coloured Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, and Gathered Twigs Distress inks and shaped with the leaf tool included in the Susan’s Garden Ultimate Tool Kit. Next, I coloured the flowers of the Forget-Me-Not and Ladybugs Die Set using Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Inks and the centres with Dried Marigold ink.

I wanted the background to be clean and crisp, so I die-cut Snowdrift Cardstock with the Scallop Rim and Outer Lace Eyelet Dies from the Eyelet Lace Frame Etched Dies. I then die-cut the coordinating layers with the Rectangle Outline and Inner Eyelet Insert dies and Inner Rectangle Outline and Inner Eyelet Insert dies from the same set out of Snowdrift Cardstock and adhered it to the center of the card front with foam adhesive.

Next, I die cut Snowdrift Cardstock using the Inner Oval Outline Die from the Eyelet Lace Frame Etched Dies. I stamped a sentiment onto the piece in Versafine Onyx Black ink and popped it on the die-cut panel using foam adhesive for dimension. Then, to finish, I adhered all the flowers and leaves down to the left of my panel with liquid glue and adhered the background panel to a top-folding A7-sized card base using tape runner.

Spellbinders Supplies:

OTHER SUPPLIES:

Neenah Solar White Cardstock, Copic Markers, Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Abandoned Coral, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Gathered Twigs, Peacock Feathers, Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Dried Marigold, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber, Squeezed Lemonade, Black Soot, Hickory Smoke Distress inks, Versafine Onyx Black Ink, Sponge Daubers, Blending Brushes, MISTI Stamping Tool, Hot Glue Gun, Tape Runner, Antique Gold Metallic Spray and Jet Black Ink Spray.

I hope you enjoyed this set of layered floral cards featuring the Through the Garden Gate Collection and are inspired to give it a try. Thank you so much for stopping by today!

'Hello! My name is Hussena, and I live in Kolkata, India. I am a stay at home mum of two kids and have been crafting for over five years now. I started my creative journey with paper quilling and since then have dabbled in various paper crafting forms like punch craft, die cutting, and more recently stamping. I am an ardent floral fan and you will find me using florals on almost all my creations. I love working with dies, especially floral and intricate ones, as they offer me various possibilities. I also love to create my own handmade flowers, and this is one of the reasons why I am drawn to Spellbinders dies. You can find my work on my blog: Quill and Punch Works

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