Nantucket Arbor

February 15, 2016


Good Morning.  This is Selma Stevenson today with a summer scene created with Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s CountryScapes dies.  Susan has 31 different CountryScapes die sets making it so simple to create beautiful low-relief dimensional scenes for cards that are easy to make and suitable for mailing.

The top-fold card I created measures 5 1/2″ by 7 1/2″.

  1.  Sponge the white background rectangle using stencils cut with CountryScapes Cloud Grass dies.  Using the clouds stencil, lightly sponge Broken China Distress Ink to create clouds across the top half of the background. Refer to the photo above. (Click HERE for a video tutorial on the Clouds & Grass die with Susan Tierney-Cockburn).
  2. Use grass stencil and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink to sponge the area that will fit behind the picket fence.
  3. Sponge Tea Dye Distress Ink across bottom of card then sponge Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to create darker spots on the ground.
  4. Die Cut CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence using Soft Finish Card Stock.  Lightly shade using Paynes Grey Tint PanPastel.   Draw the gate handle using a fine line black marker.  Attach fence to each side with glue, then attach gate using foam tape for dimension.
  5. Die cut CountryScapes Garden Edges Hyacinth using white card stock.  Use markers to color flowers purple and leave/stems green. Die cut small flowers and color them purple (the same color used for the hyacinths in the long Garden Edges strip. Glue them in place.  Add the row of hyacinths to the left and right, along the bottom of the fence.
  6. Die cut the climbing rose bush using the CountryScapes Flora 5 dies.  Tip: Die cut two branches for a fuller bush.  Die cut tiny flower pieces and roll to create the little roses.  Glue leaves and roses to the branches.  Attach along the right side of the Arbor.
  7. Die cut the Birdhouse using the CountryScapes Woods 2 die.  Color with markers and attach on left side of Arbor.
  8. Use CountryScapes Mini Botanicals – Hollyhock dies and die cut Hollyhock.  For shorter flowers, as shown, cut off the bottom of this die cut and use only 5 open flowers from the stem. Attach it to the left side of the card.
  9. Use the CountryScapes Grass die to die cut several rows of grass.  For thinner blades, fussy cut a bit (as shown). Glue the rows together so the blades of grass are offset, giving it a fuller and more realistic effect.
  10. Use CountryScapes Critters 5 die set to die cut the Canadian Geese.  Color with markers and attach with dimensional glue dots at bottom of card.
  11. Use CountryScapes Critters 2 die set to die cut birds.  I used one each of the bird dies from this set.  Attach two birds on the fence and position one so it looks like it is about to land on the birdhouse.


After finishing the card, I decided to add Susan’s Seeds of Thought “Gardeners” rubber stamp for the sentiment, stamped on Els van de Burgt’s Stitched Oval.  I think this is the perfect stamp for this Nantucket Arbor garden scene.

Products Used:

CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence

CountryScapes Flora 5

CountryScapes Critters 5

CountryScapes Clouds & Grass

CountryScapes Mini Botanicals – Hollyhock

CountryScapes Garden Edges Hyacinth

CountryScapes Critters 2

CountryScapes Woods 2

Seeds of Thought – Gardeners

PSF102 – Soft Finish Cardstock

Susan’s Garden Flower Coloring Kit No 3 (PanPastels)

Other Supplies:

Distress Inks:  Broken China, Mowed Lawn, Gathered Twigs, Tea Dye



Dimensional Tape

Dimensional Glue Dots

Markers of choice

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  • Eva van Buuren February 15, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    Selma, you have made a wonderful Garden scene!!
    A beautiful place where I would like to be….. 🙂
    I love both cards!!
    Hugs, Eva.

  • Kathleen Adams February 15, 2016 at 2:05 pm

    I just love this sweet and beautiful scene. Gardening is my second favorite hobby!

  • bevvw February 15, 2016 at 10:54 am

    I love the looks of this card. Not overly done and such a serene look. Well doone, I’d love to get the card!

  • Vickie February 15, 2016 at 10:51 am

    Absolutely gorgeous….I agree with both above sentiments.

  • judi kauffman February 15, 2016 at 9:13 am

    That’s the wonderful thing about Susan’s dies: Each person can create stories, or remember them. My grandmother was named Rose and you can guess what she grew in her back yard, so this card brings me many happy memories, too, Selma.

  • Nancy Yoder February 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

    So sweet! So pristine! Reminds me of grandma’s garden entrance! I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses…
    Great job, well done Selma!

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