Hello friends…happy Monday! I spent part of my weekend creating with this lovely geranium and antique bucket die set designed by Susan Tierney-Cockburn. I’ve always loved geraniums so this was an especially fun project for me.
I wanted a lot of color variation in my geraniums so I started by “ink smooshing” four panels of watercolor paper.
I liberally inked a 6×6″ acrylic block with Distress Inks. I wanted an ombre gradient look so went in rows across the block.
I very liberally sprayed the inked block with water then “smooshed” the block onto a piece of watercolor paper.
I weighted the ink/block with a book for 5 minutes.
Next, I uncovered the panel and If the ink pooled, I dabbed the excess ink with a paper towel.
For the geranium buds, I used two shades of red on the top half of the panel and two shades of pink on the bottom. The colors mixed and mingled and gave me the color variation I was looking for. Panel #2 for the basket was done with a light tan and brown. Panel #3 for the leaves mixed three shades of green. And the background panel was created with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.
For the background, I used longtime favorite Spellbinders Essential Rectangles Etched Die on my blue background panel for a little subtle interest. I then mounted my bucket with foam tape and then glued on my leaves, blooms and sentiment,
This geranium die set is beautiful, artistic and very versatile. I can see using it for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Sympathy cards, Thank You Notes etc.
Amaryllis are always a favorite of mine, so I was excited to create a project. For my card, I made all my own papers using a gel press. I made six monoprints for my die-cuts: dark blue, medium blue, light blue (background), green and yellow-green (stamins) and tan.
Once the panels were completed, my card came together very quickly! The buds were very easy to shape for a lovely 3D effect. Both of my cards are 5 x 7″.
Susan’s collection is for the holidays, but I think the flowers are so versatile! I made the Amaryllis into a lovely birthday card by heat embossing my sentiment on the basket.
Die Cut Christmas Cactus Holiday Card
I have a Chistmas Cactus that is 25 years old so I really wanted to create a paper twin using Susan’s kit.! I have no idea how old cacti can live my mine is still hanging in there.
I again made my own gel press prints for this Christmas card. I made a blue panel for the background + two green prints, a pink coral and used the other other half of the tan monoprint for my basket. I added some pink glimmer lacquer to some of the tips for my buds.
I love both of these cards and can’t decide which is my favorite! Thanks for popping in to take a look at my post.
To keep the vintage feel, I decided to create my own papers using a gel press. I really enjoy making monoprints so I got to work making a assortment of prints. For this card I used six: dark turquoise with hints of brown and green; light turquoise; white with leftover blue, green and purple(background); copper; plus two green panels.
I die cut my components and used foam tape to adhere to my backgound. I distressed the die cuts a bit more with brown watercolor markers around the edges and around the buttons. The cash register buttons are flat clear jewels.
I think these are probably the most adorable papercrafting projects that I’ve ever made! These little pop-up houses are created using the July 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month and they are just so cute!
July 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month
Home Sweet Home Pop Up 3D Vignettes
I adore papercrafting so I really enjoyed creating this Pop Up Die Cut House. The assembly is straight forward and the house was easy to put together.
The house is designed to flatten for mailing. I tested this, and mine “popped up” just fine after being in an envelop.
I used Lagoon cardstock for the eaves, windows and doors and Graphite for the roof. I love the contrast of these colors against the fresh white of the house. The door knob and flower center are enamel dots.The body of the house is designed to hold a tabbed card (or three). I left mine blank as I plan to hand write a note to include when I send.
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Hello friends! I think these are probably the most adorable papercrafting projects that I’ve ever made! These little pop-up houses are the July 2021 Amazing Paper Grace Die of the Month and they are just so cute.
Home Sweet Home Pop Up 3D Vignette
I used Dahlia pink cardstock for my first house and I think it is just scrumptious! Woudn’t this make an adorable wedding card?
This is my first pop-up card and I will say that the assembly was very straight forward.
I used two enamel dots, one for the door knob and one for the flower center.
The details are just wonderful. You can see that there is embossing along the roof peak and also around two of the windows.
The house is designed to hold cards inside. I left this one blank as I am going to hand write a personal note to my friend.
I used Teal Topaz cardstock on my second house and I have to say it has been my favorite color to use this summer.
The houses are designed so they can be flattened for mailing, but they pop right back into position when you take them out of the envelop.
I am so pleased that you stopped by to see these fun houses! Karen