Each winter I love planting pansies in my front garden as I love the smiling faces and colours of the flowers on cold winter’s days!! This year I even took photos of my flowering pansies so I could examine them in greater detail!
I was inspired by Gail Ellis from Blue Rose Paper Treasures to have a go at creating my own pansies. I started off with Basic White cardstock. I cut out the petals with the Pansy Dies and then began to colour the petals. I used the blending brushes and also sponge daubers to highlight the edges of the flowers. I sed many colours as I experimented with various colours such as Highland Heather and Gorgeous Grape, Pale Papaya with Cinnamon Cider and various colours of pink with a hint of purple.
The first card I made, I laid the pansies out on a piece of Basic White cardstock that I had run through the Bark Embossing Folder. I placed this on Merry Merlot cardstock and used the Blackberry Bliss ribbon at the bottom of the card. The centre of the flowers were cut out with Basic Black or Merry Merlot with a black or Daffodil Delight centre. The leaves were coloured with Garden Green or Soft Succulent and some were just cut in the Garden Green cardstock.
When I was happy with the placement of the flowers I glued them all in place and added some Pastel Pearls.
The second card I made used Basic White cardstock. The top layer is Garden Green. I had made these layers several months ago and they were sitting around my craft room. I didn’t want to throw them away. The cardstock had been run through the now retired Subtle Embossing folder. I really loved how this folder looked. I had cut out a circle with the Layering Circles Dies. This is where I placed the pansy. The sentiment is from Pansy Patch and I stamped it in Highland Heather. I sometimes like to trace around the actual stamp and cut out the shape to add character to the card. I had some gold thread left over from an old project so I used it behind the sentiment and added some Opal Rounds.
The third card was one I made for the Stamper’s Anonymous Blog hop #30. When I made it I wasn’t totally happy with it but then one of my friends told me I should still put it up on my blog! Again I used the Pansy Petals DSP . For the blog we had to use the curved dies so I used some embossed bark cardstock and the DSP behind the flower. The flower was placed some some Stitched rectangles – one on Basic white layered on Soft Succulent. I love the softness of this new cardstock and the way it goes with so many things. The card was layered on Evening Evergreen cardstock and placed on Soft Succulent. I didn’t add a sentiment on this because I felt the front had enough detail.