Friday, December 30, 2016

The Anniversary Blue Pearl Rose

January…  A New Year ... A time to look forward… Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and so much more.  So many cards, so much fun! Can’t wait!

We feel so honored to know a great couple who will celebrate their anniversary the first week of January. Whenever we visit, I am always looking to see what is new in her red, white and blue miniature collections. (Note: Her and her husband have the same interest as my husband and I – paper and wood!) .

Let’s get started…
The Rose: For this year’s anniversary card, I wanted to do something to reflect her unique collections. Susan’s Garden Rose die, was my first choice. I cut two sets of rose petals out of a deep blue pearlescent cardstock. Then using an emerald green cardstock, I cut a variety of Rose and Jasmine leaves.  

To create that life-like appearance and working on a molding pad, I used Susan’s Garden Loop tool to add the veining and texturing. Remember, it is best to work on the back or underside of the petals. I use a strong-jawed reverse tweezers to hold the petal as I curl and bend the outer edges. Repeat this process with the leaves and stems.

The Card: As a rule, I like to layer my card fronts and usually try to make even margins. But for this card, I decided to offset the layers to one side leaving about 1/8” on the rib side.

For the card itself, cut the white cardstock to 6 ¼” x 10 ½” and score and fold at 5 ¼”. Then cut the blue 4 7/8” x 5 7/8” and the red at 4 3/8” x 5 3/8”. For the top layer, cut the white to 4 3/8” x 5 3/8”. I use double sided tape to adhere the layers.

To assemble the Rose: I like to place a paper towel over my molding pad then glue one petal at a time toward the center of the sepal. I find it works best to add the second petal on the opposite side. The third and fourth petals are set between the first two, and so on. As I apply each petal, I use my stylus to add pressure, or cupping, the glued spot and that helps give the lift to the petals. (This rose ended up being about 1 ½” tall.) When assembled, I glued Mini Pearls Prills to the center. Let dry.
Now arrange the leaves and flower and glue in place.

Materials from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Susan’s Garden Rose 1 (997), Molding Pad, Loop Tool, Double Sided Adhesives, Mini Pearls Prills.

Papers from Neehah:  StarDream Collection – Crystal, Emerald, Lapis Lazuli (dark blue), and Jupitor (red).  Note: these are a heavy cardstock and hold their shape. May need some practice to get the feel for this weight.

Hope your new year brings you joy while crafting your beautiful projects.

Till next time,  Barb


  1. Mmmmm, wonder is the lucky recipient of this awesome card, Barb; lol. Have been sick with a head cold since Thursday; hope it leaves me and very soon.

  2. This is a beautiful card and your rose is just perfect!

    1. Thank you Susan. I love working with these papers.


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