Hello, hello and welcome! I’ve had my eye on Altenew’s Hibiscus Garden 3D Die for sometime and finally bought it. I thought it would be helpful to take Therese Calvird’s 3D Floral Focus Class while I was playing with my new dies. Therese has six wonderful lessons and I would like to share my 3D creations in this blog post. I found this class very relaxing and therapeutic and I enjoyed thinking about my color combinations and doing loads of die-cutting.
This first thing I did was put the dies for each flower in individual numbered pouches so that I can just grab a pouch and start die-cutting. This will make future card making so much more streamlined since I won’t have to sort through all the dies to find the pieces for each layer. Next, I made a sample of each flower and leaf to use as a guide when assembling my die-cuts and I labeled the back. Again, this makes the die-cutting and assembly go so much more quickly.
I have orange and pink potted Hibiscus plants around my pool and I used them as the inspiration for this card. I started by ink blending all the colors I wanted on watercolor paper. I like that watercolor paper is a bit thicker and has more texture and makes a rich substantial diecut. Next, I diecut the components of my card and the sentiment.
I then created my background. I masked off a frame on a piece of watercolor paper and then watercolored my background with a diluted watery purple. I dried the panel and added purple and black paint splatters. Next I mixed gesso with Iridescent Shimmer Spray and added more splatters. I put the panel aside to dry while I assembled my flowers. When the panel was dry, I glued my die-cuts onto the background. I really love the bold vibrant blooms with the softer greens and background.
For my second card, I used the inlaid diecutting technique with a color blocking twist. Same die set but a very different vibe. I die-cut all the pieces from scraps I had saved from Altenew\’s Jewel Tone Sampler. The colors are bold and gorgeous!
The square panel is 2 3/4\” x 2 3/4\”. Therese taught us to use the same color paper underneath the inlay in case there is a gap. This worked really well for me. To finish the card, I made a 4 1/4\” x 4 1/4\” square top folding card.