Saturday, August 18, 2018

Botanical Hello Card

Hello again, Crafty Friends!! 
 Today is just another HOT day and I'm not enjoying all the heat. It seems like we went from WINTER to SUMMER and totally bypassed SPRING. I don't know about you but I feel cheated... hmph!!  And now that summer vacation is over here I am sooooo looking forward to some FALL... BRING ON THE SWEATER WEATHER!! The scorching 100+ degree temps have killed nearly everything and are just about to take the last of my grass. I can't wait for Spring to roll back around and we can get back to the blooming flowers and gorgeous colors. I love the way walking into a garden makes me feel with its beautiful foliage, birds chirping, and delicate butterflies fluttering. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to wait till next year! 

Or... create my own garden!! 

Yup, my mind is set. I will create my own garden... out of paper that is! 

So, for today's project, I made this gorgeous botanical card., complete with lush foliage and butterfly! 

Sizzix Supplies Used

Other Supplies Used
DCWV Natural Corrugated Cardstock
DCWV Meet Me In Paris Stack
White Cardstock
Dark Green Cardstock
Light Green Cardstock
Light Pink Cardstock
Dark Pink Shimmer Cardstock
Brown Cardstock
Xyron Mega Runner
Xyron Creative Station
ColorBox Doodlebug Petal Point Pigment Ink
ColorBox Boardwalk Petal Point Pigment Ink
Seed Beads
White Opaque Marker
Wink of Stella 
Fabri Tac
Glue Pen
Mouse Pad

For my card base, I wanted my card to have a natural and organic feel. So I mounted a 4 3/4"x 6 3/4" piece of natural corrugate onto a 5"x 7" card base made from white cardstock.

I used my Big Shot machine and Tim Holtz's and Stitched Rectangles to die cut paper from DCWV's Meet Me In Paris Paper Stack. This stack is very romantic, with neutral tones and lots of florals, and pops of pinks (my favorite color in the whole wide world). 

I used the reverse side of one of my papers to cut this stitched border from the Stitched Ovals set and attached it along the sides of my rectangle cut-outs.

Since my pieces need be attached to corrugate, which is an uneven surface, I want to make sure it stays put. So, I run both rectangles through my Xyron Creative Station for maximum adhesion.

Then apply them to my card front along with 1/4" strip I die-cut using the stitched borders from the Stitched Rectangles set.

I die cut assorted leaves and stems from green cardstock using Tim Holtz's Funky Florals #1 and Funky Florals #3 sets. Then, shaded the edges with green and brown from my ColorBox Boardwalk Petal Point Ink Pad.  For areas of the stems, I used a paintbrush to shade into the that were too thin and narrow to color with a big sponge.

I die-cut these pointed petal flowers from the Funky Florals #3 set from pink cardstock and their stamen from dark pink shimmer cardstock. I inked and blended the edges with Bubblegum ink from the Doodlebug Petal Point.

Then attached the stamen centers with a glue pen.

Once the glue was dried I added more dimension by shaping my flowers with a ball stylus. Then attached another set of stamens onto it.

I added a dollop of fabri tac to the centers of the flowers then poured seed beads onto the wet glue and set them aside to dry.

While that was drying I die-cut my butterfly using Tim Holtz's Detailed Butterflies, Mini dies from more dark pink shimmer cardstock and brown cardstock.

Using flicking strokes with a white opaque marker, I gave my butterfly a bit of detail.

I attached the detailed overlay and brushed some Wink of Stella over top.

I die cut the word "hello" using Tim Holtz's NEW Shadow Script #2 dies and attached it onto a stitched oval.

Then gathered all my die-cut elements to build onto my card base. I used fabri tac glue to attach the stems and leaves first. The layered my flowers, sentiment, and butterfly. Then lastly, tucked in a bow made from hemp twine.

And here is my finished card...

I love how dreamy this card is!

Those shade of pink really pops against all those neutral colors.

And check out how stunning that butterfly turned out!

I really hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and you are inspired to create your own paper garden!

Thanks for stopping by!!
~Mitsyana Wright

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  1. Absolutely stunning. I agree - it has a very dreamy look. The color scheme is beautiful.

    With smiles
    Laine Kammeraad

  2. Mitsyana this is gorgeous . The beautiful pink with the green of the leaves is so striking. Beautiful piece. Tracy ❤️❤️