My sister Martha had a birthday recently. It gave me the perfect opportunity to use the Prized Peony bundle. I found that it might look hard, but it really isn't.
It starts with a base of Petal Pink 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 and folded at 4 1/4. The Gray Granite layer is 3 7/8 x 5 1/8.
The next layer is a piece of the Peony Garden Designer Series Paper. Stampin' Up! truly has some of the most beautiful designer paper with year. This paper is just yummy. I not really a fan of pink, but this is fabulous! I used a piece of white and Gray Granite. It's cut to 3 3/4 x 5.
Run a piece of the Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon across the layers. Tape to the back.
I used the new Square Vellum Doilies under the flower. Color on the back with a Dark Petal Pink Blend. I colored this two times to make it a little darker. I just added some of the seal in the center of where this needed to go to adhere. That part will be covered up.
For the flower, use the Petal Pink designer paper from the pack. There are 4 parts to the flower. Cut them all out with the Peony dies. Now use a sponge dauber to sponge around each piece. Use Merry Merlot ink. Try to sponge on the inside cuts for each piece also. I tried to curl up on the top of each piece and a little on the inside.
To assemble, start with the smallest piece and wiggle it gently into the cut section of the next larger piece. There are little waves in the bottom of each of the pieces. Make these line up with both pieces. I added a glue dot to hold in place. Now take those two pieces and wiggle them into the next larger piece. Match the waves at the bottom and add a glue dot. Repeat with the last piece. Now you might want to go back and adhere the layers a little better. You can even go in a little deeper and add dimensionals for more depth in the flower. It comes together very well, just remember to be gentle.
I cut out 2 of the little center pieces from Merry Merlot card stock and added to the center.
The leaves in this die set also look a little forbidding. There are three leaves and then there are three leaf parts. Cut the full leaves from Old Olive. Cut the parts from Mossy Meadow card stock. Match up the sizes and glue the parts from the bottom of the leaves. Add under the flower with glue dots. Hint: For the leaf parts, cut with the new Adhesive Sheets. Then just peal off the backing to adhere!
Add the flower to the card with dimensionals.
I felt the flower was a little off center and decided to add some of the blooms. This is part of the largest flower in the Prized Peony stamp set. I just inked up the bud section so I wouldn't waste a lot of paper. Stamp on Whisper White in Gray Granite ink. Color the buds with the Petal Pink Combo of blends and the Old Olive Combo pack and fussy cut. I added three of them. Just tuck them in where they look best.
For the tag, stamp the saying from So Sentimental in Versamark on Gray Granite card stock. Use White Stampin' Emboss Powder and the Heat Tool to emboss. Cut out with the Stitched Nested Labels dies. Add with glue dots just under the bow.
This card was definitely worth all the time and trouble. And really, it's not that much trouble when you break it down.
Here's a video on putting together the flower. I don't show making the entire card. I hope it's helpful.
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