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  • Writer's pictureBonnie Crane

Spellbinder’s Through the Arbour Garden Collection featuring Carnation

Hello everyone! I have something to share ... The Tale Of Two Cards. I love Spellbinder's Through the Arbour Garden Collection and, although difficult to choose one, Carnation is at the top of my list! Good thing as you will soon learn! I began with the card sporting three carnations ... and three carnations does take a bit of time to create. I completed the card and removed my phone (I use it for taking video) from the stand and ... NOTHING! I forgot to turn it on! For any flower shaping cards, I like to support my written posts with a video tutorial. So the second card (with a single carnation😉) was the result of the TALE OF TWO CARDS!

  • Carnation was die cut out of coloured card stock; cream, two shades of pink and red. There are three dies; two for the flowers and one for the leaves. Two of the dies create multiple die cuts. All of the dies are etched with a number indicating the number of times to cut it.

  • Distress Oxide Ink Kitsch Flamingo was applied to all of the pink die cuts and Spun Sugar to the cream coloured ones. Using a blender brush, the ink was applied to thr base of the petal covering about 2/3 of it. The pressure was lessened as I worked my way up the petal so the ink would blend with the card stock.

  • For the red Carnation, white pigment ink was applied to the petal's edge using a blending too. Ink was not applied to the four smallest sets of die cuts.

  • The flowers were shaped using tools from Susan's Garden Ultimate Tool Kit and assembled. Please view the VIDEO TUTORIAL.

  • Additional leafy branches from Victorian Garden Foliage were used on both cards. A small blending brush was used to apply Distress Oxide Ink Rustic Wilderness to the stem and part way up each leaf. The leaves were shaped.

  • For the card with three carnations, the Bamboo Trellis Background die was used to cut cream card stock two times. The two die cuts were overlapped and trimmed to fit the width of an A2 sized card. The straight and cross ties were cut from Kraft card stock. A jewel picker was great help to adhere them to the scored lines indicating their placement on the trellis. Distress ink Walnut Stain was lightly applied to the edges.

  • A2 sized panels of Bristol Smooth card stock were ink blended. For the panel with the trellis, Black Soot, Walnut Stain and Antique Linen were used. For the other panel, Pawsitively Saturated inks Charcoal, Earl and Flannel were used. The panels were adhered to A 2 sized card bases.

  • For the grey background, the corner rounder on 1-2 Punch; Corner Rounder & Notch Punch was used to punch 3 of the four corners on the panel and card base before the panel was adhered to it.

  • The sentiments from Fresh Picked Sentiments were cut from both specialty paper and foam. The stacked sentiments were adhered first followed by the floral arrangement.

  • One card was embellished with iridescent chocolate pearls.


To view the tutorial, click HERE. You will be redirected to YouTube.


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