Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Magnolia for Mother's Day

Today is the last day for the March "Mix It Up" challenge at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom blog. The prompt is to make a project using at least one Essentials by Ellen product & at least one Pretty Pink Posh product. I used the "Mondo Magnolia" & "12 Days Companion Greetings" stamp sets from Essentials by Ellen, and Pretty Pink Posh's "Stitched Duo 3" die.

I stamped the flower from "Mondo Magnolia" onto a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper that I'd cut to 4.25x5.5". Then I heat embossed it with Recollections Gold Detail embossing powder. I also went ahead and stamped & heat embossed the greeting. I used Antique Linen Distress ink to watercolor some shading onto the flower. (It doesn't show up well in the photo, but provides a bit of subtle dimension in real life.) After I dried the panel with my heat tool, I brushed clear water around the flower, and dropped in Mowed Lawn Distress ink, letting that bleed out so the edges were soft. Before that dried, I went back in, just around the edges of the magnolia, with Pine Needles Distress ink, blending that into the Mowed Lawn.

I dried the panel with my heat tool again, and taped the tag die from "Stitched Duo 3" over the flower. I die cut that, and adhered the negative piece to a white A2 card base. I punched a 1/4" diameter circle, and glued that to my tag as a reinforcer. When the glue had dried, I punched through both layers with a 1/8" hole punch. I threaded 2 lengths of gold cording through the hole, and tied a bow. Then I applied foam tape generously to the back of the tag, and adhered it to my card base, in the space where I'd cut it out from the background. I added a little Perfect Paper Adhesive to the knot on the bow, just to keep it from coming untied, and my card was finished. I will send this in my next package to Send a Smile 4 Kids.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "A Bit o' Green"
Simon Says Stamp's Work It Wednesday "Use Something Floral"
Incy Wincy Designs "Shades of Green"
Die Cut Divas "Something Spring"


  1. So creative with the use of your dies. Beautiful flower - love it.

    So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  2. Great way to layer the flower using the tag. Thanks for joining Diecut Divas, CarolG

  3. OMGoodness, I love the softness of this card! :) The green color is so dreamy, and the flower is perfect on the tag! :)

  4. Hi Andrea - I'm back again! This is a gorgeous card. I love the image layered over the tag and main card and also the softness of the coloured background. Thanks for sharing another card at Incy Wincy Designs this time.
    Helen x (DT)

  5. I received this card for SAS4Kids :) The photo does not do it justice, this card is gorgeous! :)


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