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Elegant Birthday

March 2, 2015


Hi! Christine Pooler here from Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Design Team. Today, I have chosen to use Susan’s Garden Anemone die and a piece of antique lace to design a birthday card. Although I used Happy Birthday, you could change the sentiment for a Sympathy, Get Well or Thinking of You card – simple but elegant!

Susan has wonderful videos on YouTube for tutorials on how to shape and shade petals, branches and leaves on the Elizabeth Craft Designs channel here. There is a tutorial devoted to each flower, along with many others from Els van de Burgt and Karen Burniston, so be sure to subscribe and come back often to browse.

Instructions for the flowers:

1. Using Susan’s Garden Anemone die set, cut petals from white cardstock; stamens from black cardstock, calyx and leaves from green cardstock. Three flowers were used on this card so everything has been die cut 3 times.

2. The petals of the flowers were colored with a purple alcohol marker (anemones have many different colors/shades  so you can color petals whatever color/shade you want). A little touch of yellow PanPastels was used for the very bottom of each petal. Shape petals on the mini molding mat using the loop tool from Susan’s Garden Tool Set. Attach petals to calyx using a quick, clear-drying glue.

3. Roll the stamen. Fan stamens out, dip in glue then dip in charcoal pollen and set aside to dry.

4. Shape your leaves with the tool set and shade with the bright green PanPastels down the center.

5. Glue the stamen to the flower center then fill the center with black Viva Paper Pen (being careful it doesn’t make a big blob).

6. Sprinkle more charcoal pollen and then just a tiny sprinkle of yellow pollen.



Instructions for the card:

1.  Using a piece of ivory cardstock 7″ x 10″, fold in half to form card base. Ink all edges in brown. Vintage Photo Distress Ink was used in the photo.

2.  Cut 1 piece of green cardstock 4-7/8″ x 6-7/8″ and ink the edges in brown ink.

3.  Cut 1 piece of purple cardstock 4-5/8″ x 6-5/8″ and ink the edges in brown ink.

4.  Adhere the purple cardstock to the green cardstock using Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive.

5.  Cut a piece of lace approx. 8″ x 3″ (width can vary) and adhere to the top of the purple and green cardstock. Wrap the ends to the back of the card on each end. Use Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive or liquid glue to adhere to the back.

6.  Cut green grosgrain ribbon 3/8″ x 7-1/2″ and purple grosgrain ribbon 1/4 ” x  7-1/2 “. Apply Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive to the back of each piece of ribbon. Center the purple piece over the green piece then apply to the front of the purple cardstock 1/2″ from the bottom. Wrap the ribbons to the back of the cardstock on each end.

7.  Adhere the cardstock to the front of your 7″ x 5” card base using Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive.

8.  Before die cutting, place a flat sheet of Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive on ivory cardstock but do not remove the backing. Using the Oval Accordion die set, take the largest oval cutting die and the stitching-only oval, nest them, and cut an oval from the ivory paper. Run through a second time with the machine’s embossing sandwich to get the stitched look pressed into the oval. Ink around the edge.

9.  Choose your sentiment. Happy Birthday was used here. Place in the center of the oval then adhere the oval to the lower left corner of the card using Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive.

10.  Adhere flowers and leaves to the upper left corner of the card using quick, clear-drying glue.

I do hope this will inspire you to try making your own version of this card. You can change it in so many ways to make it your own such as using your own lace. I do look at so many things differently now to figure out how I can use them in my papercrafting projects. Happy Crafting!


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1005 Susan’s Garden Anemone Die set

808 Susan’s Garden Tool Set

772 Oval Accordion

2577 Black Peel Off Happy Birthday

506 Transparent Double-Sided Adhesive 6mm


cardstock  – white, black, green, ivory, purple

PanPastels – yellow and bright green

pollen – charcoal and pale yellow

antique lace

grosgrain ribbons

purple alcohol marker

quick, clear-drying glue

black Viva Paper Pen










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  • Reply Mary Prasad March 9, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Love the flowers – just lovely.

  • Reply Frances March 2, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    such a pretty card, love the addition of the lace

  • Reply Debra Hensley March 2, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    Lovely card- the Anemones are gorgeous!

  • Reply Barbara Houston March 2, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Lovely card – I am going to make one today .

  • Reply Marjorie March 2, 2015 at 11:54 am

    The elegant birthday card is beautiful. Love the lace.

  • Reply christinepooler March 2, 2015 at 10:32 am

    Thank you Monica. The pollen is not flower soft. I bought mine at Joan’s Gardens website but have seen it on Amazon as well.

  • Reply Monica March 2, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Thank you for sharing this lovely card with us. I love the pretty flower and the fab antique lace. Your tutorial is very good, clear and easy to understand.
    But I do have a question though : what did you use for “pollen” ? It might be known to everybody familiar with all Susans Garden flower dies…hm hm… But can you help me anyway ? I wondered if it could be “Flower Soft” ?
    In advance thank you for any help. And thanks for the pretty card share.
    Hugs from Monica…Spain

    • Reply Joset van de Burgt March 3, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Hello Monice,

      Thank you for your comment. Susan uses paper flower pollen, a product available through Woodland Scenics. You can find this products through the following link: http://woodlandscenics.woodlandscenics.com/show/category/WSPollen.

      Another option to add texture to the pollen is to use embossing powder.

      Please let me know if there is anything else we can help you with.

      Kind Regards,

      Joset van de Burgt
      Elizabeth Craft Designs

  • Reply nancy lauritson March 2, 2015 at 9:32 am

    where can I buy pollen for the susans gardens flowers?

  • Reply Raquel Mason March 2, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Pretty flowers & lace.

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