Peony Happy Birthday
Yesterday I received in the mail the Stampin' Up die set Peony Garden. I have to say, I've used a lot of layering flower dies and this is the easiest one ever to assemble, and it makes a beautiful flower.
I had some scraps of Gina K. Designs Red Hot Cardstock in my scraps that were the perfect size to cut the layers to this flower. I also pulled a couple of greens for the leaves. Once the flower was cut I used my fingers to add a little dimension to the tip of the petals and then ink blended the edges with Altenew Ruby Red Ink and assembled the flower. There is a slit in each of the layers and you start by inserting the smallest layer into the second layer. The bottom edges at the back of the flower line up and you just add a drop of glue to adhere it in place. You repeat this process with the other two layers and viola a beautiful flower is made. The stamen is tucked into the center of the flower and adhered with a drop of glue. I also ink blended the layers of the leaves with two different green inks and then glued the pieces together.
I wanted the flowers to take center stage, so I cute the second largest scalloped rectangle from Gina Marie Designs and laid the flowers and leaves on top to determine where to stamp the sentiment. The flowers and leaves were then adhered in place with liquid glue. Because there is a lot of dimension to the flowers I did use a couple of strips of Simon Says Stamp Big Mama Foam Tape to the right of the top flower to keep it level with the left side resting on the back flower.
When I went to assemble the card the ink blended edges had completely been absorbed into the cardstock and you couldn't see the layers of the flower, so I carefully added red Copic Markers to the edges and blended them together with Colorless Blender. I also added tiny drops of Ebony Black Nuvo Crystal Drops to the tips of the stamen.
I wanted a little additional visual interest to the card and dry embossed the front of a side folding A2 cardbase with Stampin' Up's Subtle embossing folder. The flower panel was adhered in place with dotliner adhesive.
· Stampin’ Up Peony Garden Die
· Papertrey Ink Inside Out Birthday
· Gina K. Designs Red Hot and Onyx Black Base Weight Cardstock
· Gina K. Designs 120# White Cardstock
· Neenah Classic Crest 80# Solar White Cardstock
· Green Cardstock from Scraps
· VersaFine Clair Nocturne Ink
· Altenew Ruby Red, Shadow Creek and Hunter Green Ink
· Copic Markers: R39, R35, R32, 0
· Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
· Kokuyo Dotliner Long Adhesive
· Gina Marie Designs Scalloped Rectangle Die
· Stampin’ Up Subtle 3D Embossing Folder
· Nuvo Crystal Drops Ebony Black