Today I have some Spring cards to share with you. They all feature very cool Penny Black dies — Dainty, Bashful and Soft Caress. I just couldn’t pick a favorite!
All of the cards were easy to complete. I started with the tulips — the Penny Black die is called Dainty. For these, I cut 3 of the tulips in green, and then 3 sets of the heads only in yellow (I cut them from a strip of paper approx. 1-1/2″ wide — there was no need to waste the extra paper cutting yellow stems). An alternative to cutting the two colors is to simply cut them out of a neutral color like white, and then add color with markers or colored pencils. I used my fussy cutting scissors to trim the tulip head from the small stem that remained. I added a little color to the tulips and stems/leaves using Tim Holtz Distress Ink. Then I attached the tulip heads to the full flower/stem cut in green with my 1/4″ Angel Craft Tape (don’t you just love this tape!). For the card, I cut a piece of green paper (the same green as the stems/leaves) 4.25″ x 5.5″. I also cut a piece of lightly patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″, and added two colors of Distress Ink around the edges (the two colors should be complementary — here I used a yellow similar to the tulip color and the same orange I used previously). Then I attached the patterned paper to the base layer. I used Black Soot Distress Ink to add the sentiment at the top. Then I placed the tulips — first the center bunch and then the ones on each side. I attached them only at the bottom using the Angel Craft tape. I used a variety of dimensional adhesives (some regular, some low dimension, some Angel Craft tape) to attach the tulip heads. You’ll want to vary the adhesives to give the arrangement a more natural appearance. I did not attach any other part of the tulips. That will allow the leaves and, to a certain extent, the stems to have some natural dimension. My last step was to add the bow at the bottom of the arrangement. All very easy!
Next I made the birthday card using the Soft Caress die. I cut two pieces from the die — one in green and one in pink. I trimmed the hearts from the pink die cut, and edged them with Distress Ink. I also added some Distress Ink to the green die cut. Using my Angel Craft tape, I attached the pink hearts to the green stems. I cut a red card base 4.25″ x 5.5″, and a layer from patterned paper 4″ x 5.25″. I attached the two layers with Angel Craft tape. I added the three ribbons and bows to the side of the card base. I cut a white piece of cardstock approximately 7/8″ x 2.5″ for the Happy Birthday sentiment, and stamped it in Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. I edged the white cardstock with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, and attached it to the card base with a low dimensional adhesive. I also attached the Soft Caress element, attaching the stems (or base) with glue, and the hearts with a low dimensional adhesive. Once I added this element, I was concerned that the ribbons I chose were maybe too bright for the project and so I toned them down a little by sponging on some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink. This was a very effective way of “saving” my card. I think this die is just so sweet — don’t you think it would make a darling baby card?
My last card used the Bashful die. I am such a daisy fan, so this is probably one of my favorite Penny Black dies. To build this flower, I cut one entire flower in green, and then two heads only in white. I trimmed the extra stem from the white flower heads, and then colored the centers by sponging on a little Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. I used a little Bundled Sage Distress Ink to add some dimension to the green leaves and stem. I attached one of the flower heads directly on top of the green die cut using my Angel Craft tape. I attached the second one at the center using glue, and then alternated dimensional adhesive and low dimensional adhesive on the petals to add differing levels of dimension. (Note that I placed the second flower head directly over the first one. As an alternative, you could offset the petals to create a fuller flower.) I cut a blue base layer for my card 4.25″ x 5.5″, and a patterned paper layer 4″ x 5.25″. I attached the two layers using my Angel Craft tape. I stamped the “Hello” sentiment on a small piece of white cardstock, and edged it with the same Distress Inks that I used for the flower centers. I attached the flower to the card front using glue, and the sentiment using dimensional adhesive. To finish, I added the ribbon and bow at the bottom.
Please take a look at the short video below for additional information on how I made these cards.
Supplies available from Cut @ Home:
Die cutting machine — I used my Spellbinders Grand Calibur (SKU GC-200)
Tim Holtz Distress Inks – Bundled Sage (SKU TIM27102); Spiced Marmalade (SKU TIM21506); Shabby Shutters (SKU TIM21490); Squeezed Lemonade (SKU TIM34940); Aged Mahogany (SKU TIM21407); Tattered Rose (SKU TIM20240); Black Soot (SKU TIM19541); and Walnut Stain (SKU TIM19534). Note that I used my mini ink pads for this project. Bundled Sage, Squeezed Lemonade and Tattered Rose are in Kit 10 (SKU TDPK40408), Spiced Marmalade is in Kit 1 (SKU TDPK40316), Black Soot and Walnut Stain are in Kit 3 (SKU TDPK40330), Shabby Shutters is in Kit 11 (SKU TDPK40415), and Aged Mahogany is in Kit 12 (SKU TDPK40422)
Angel Craft Tape 1/4“ (SKU ACT1414)
Supplies from my stash — assorted cardstock, assorted ribbon, Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive, regular and low dimensional adhesives
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!