Hello and welcome back to the craft room and today’s Happy Birthday Shasta Daisy post. This week I had the pleasure of creating a birthday card for one of my amazing co-workers. Rather than gravitate to the supplies I’ve been using a lot recently, I chose something a bit older. Out came my Susan’s Garden Notes dies by the ever talented Susan Tierney Cockburn. Today’s card featured the Shasta Daisy and the Ostrich Fern. Let me show you how I put this card together.
The Shasta Daisy and Ostrich Fern
I absolutely love the 3D flowers that Susan Tierney Cockburn creates. You can check out her blog here: Susan’s Garden Club.
Let’s get started on the flowers. Using Recollections 110lb white card I cut out three set’s of the flower petals. To help me color the petals and not mess them up, I did not remove them from the background card after running them through the die cutting machine. I started coloring the flowers from the base of the petals out with my R05 Copic marker using the flicking technique. I then went back over the entire flower with the lighter R02 on the front as well as the back of the flower layers.
The leaves were colored in the same fashion. Starting at the base of the leaves I flicked the darker G99 Copic Marker about half way up the leaf. I then came in with the lighter G94 to fill in the rest of the leaves as well as the back of them.
The flower centers were next and I grabbed a few pieces of scrap ivory card to cut them from. I filled in the entire piece of card, front and back, with my Y15 Copic Marker. I didn’t mind if the color went on a little blotchy as it would add character to the flower centers.
The Ostrich Fern was colored with two shades of green. I began by running a line of color down the main stem and off some of the branches with YG17. To fill in the rest of the color I used YG25 on both front and back of the fern.
To add depth and dimension to the flowers I used my McGill Flower shaping tools. I started with the daisy petals by running a line down the center of each petal with the 1mm ball stylist. To help keep the deep dimension of this line, I used the Susan’s Garden Leaf Pad.
Next I used the reverse tweezers to grasp each petal on that line and pinched up on both sides. As you can see in the second picture, it looks a little odd, and not very flower like, but stay with me.
The next step is to turn the flower over and from the back side use a medium ball stylist and soften the very end of each petal. After that, turn it back over to right side and using the large ball stylist run it around the center of the flower to cup the petals up from the center. As you can see from the last picture, this process adds some amazing dimension.
To shape the leaves we again start on the leaf pad and run a single line down the center of each leaf. The difference is this is done on the back side. Turn the leaf over and pinch it along that crease and then run the a line of color down that crease with the darkest G99 Copic marker. We are then going to add a few more lines on the front of the leaves with the small ball stylist, from the center line to the outer edge.
Last, we need to shape the flower centers. The best way to do this is with a help of a pencil eraser. Place the centers on the eraser and push down with the small ball stylist until they cup. It may seem like an odd thing to do, but it works great. Don’t worry about poking a hole through the paper. The pencil eraser helps prevent that from happening.
I didn’t think to take pictures while putting the flowers together, but this is the easy part. I used Art Glitter Glue and placed a bit on the back of the small layer before gluing to the larger layer. Don’t forget to stagger the petals. For the flower centers, pick then up with your reverse tweezers and lightly dip them in a small puddle of glue. Place then around the outer edge of the flower center and then fill in using all of the little pieces. It’s ok to place them on top of each other as this gives even more dimension to the finished flowers. Set the flowers aside to dry for a while before adding the Sunflower Symphony Flower Pollen by Susan’s Garden.
Creating The Happy Birthday Shasta Daisy Card
To create the finished card I began with a fun Shattered background stamp by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous. I inked the stamp with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and did a second generation stamp onto my Cream colored card from the Recollections Coffee and Cream card pack.
The brown card base is from the same 110lb Recollections card pack. After adhering the background mat to the card I placed the Ostrich Fern in place with a bit of Art Glitter Glue. Next, I added a Decorative Blossom Corner die cut from Heartfelt Creations. Onto that base I glued down my flowers and placed the leaves.
I really love the depth and dimension these beautiful flowers create on a card.
Of course that does pose a potential problem; will the card fit into a regular envelope??? In my case, the answer was – not really. So rather than stuff it in there and hope for the best, I created a 3D envelope following the directions from my Flashback Friday 3D Envelope post. The card fit perfectly and it added an extra layer of anticipation for the recipient.
Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out today’s Happy Birthday Shasta Daisy post. This was a long post for sure, so thank you for sticking around! Have you ever made 3D flowers for your cards? If so, who is your favorite designer? Let me know down in the comments.
I hope you all have an amazing week and I will see you in the craft room again soon!