Peonies for You

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Peonies for You

Other Products: Bone folder, white card for stamping and die cutting, White Linen Card, Ranger Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide, Distress Forest Moss ink,  Diamond Stickles, pink sheer ribbon.

To see how to shape the peonies watch these two videos: Sweet Peony Flower Shaping Basics and How to Shape the Sweet Peony 4 Different Ways.

Instructions: I like to do all my die cutting, shaping and coloring first. Die cut 2 of your Festive Holiday Decorative dies using white cardstock. TIP: when stamping with Pigment ink you will have to let it dry or set with a heat gun before die cutting and coloring to avoid smudging. Using your Large Sweet Peony Stamp Set and Small Peony Stamp Set, stamp your flowers using the Distress Oxide Worn Lipstick ink. Using the Small Sweet Peony Stamp set stamp the leaves using the Color Box Olive Pastel Ink. Using your Peony Bud and Blossom stamp set, stamp your buds using a mixture of the Olive Pastel on the leaves and the Worn Lipstick on the bud. When your stamped images have dried, use your stack and store daubers to color your flowers, I have colored the main flower using a mixture of Pearlescent Coral and Crimson Copper, the smaller outer flowers I used the Pearlescent Coral. The outer flowers I have used wired stamens 1 each in the outer flowers and 1 each in the small flowers in the top corner (see tip below for curling your stamen wires). Color your leaves with Memento Pistachio ink and highlight edges with Distress Ink Forest Moss. Once dried die cut with coordinating dies. Using your mini mister lightly spray your flowers, shape using the 3D Floral Basics Shaping Mold. Shape your peony bud using your Deluxe Flower Shaping Kit.

Cut your card base using the white linen cardstock 12" x 6 1/8". Fold your card in half, I like to run a bone folder over the spine of the card to give it a clean finish. Trim the selected cardstock from the Sweet Peony Collection, trim this down to 4 mats of 5 7/8" x 5 7/8". I like to use a full sheet of cardstock and have matching inserts and a rear mat. Lay your ribbon around you card base and leave equal amounts exposed to the right side to tie your bow. Hold in place with a little tape and adhere your front mat in place, this will hold your ribbon in place, repeat with the rear mat remembering to keep the card closed to avoid the ribbon bunching. Adhere your insert mats.

TIP: I like to use the metal stamen wire and curl them for added effect. I have done this on the outer flowers and the smaller flowers. I adhere my flower well in place and then using a skewer or a pen or a stylus handle (depending on the size of the curl required) I curl the wire around and skewer and slide off to give this beautiful curled wired effect. You can do this before you adhere your flower or when it is secured very well in place.

Now you have all your elements done, you can complete your card. Adhere the flowers and decorative die cuts as pictured. Using designer dries clear adhesive adhere the "Especially for you" sentiment, a little glue on the left and right sides, so you can hold the left in place and when secure push the sentiment up to have a raised effect for your heading and hold in place until dry, and you can loop the tail at the bottom of the blossom stamp through your sentiment. Decorate with Stickles as desired. I like to highlight the leaves and the Baby's Breath. Tie your bow to complete the card.

Created By Tracy Crane
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