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Spring Birthday Wishes

March 7, 2016

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Hello, everyone. Christine Pooler here from Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s Design Team.  Spring is in the air, although here in Maine it is still a bit away from us.

My post today is a 6 X 6 card with spring flowers made from some of Susan’s Garden Notes dies.  I have also added some pussy willow branches, a sure sign of spring.

Let’s get started!

  1.  Using 80lb White Soft Finish Cardstock to form a 6″ X 6″ card base. The card is flat, to be displayed on a Card Stand/Easel. If you prefer, make a side- or top-fold card base instead of a flat square.
  2.   Cut 3 Round Grapevine Wreaths from brown cardstock. Then, using PanPastels set 3, do a little shading with brown and yellow.  Place wreaths on molding mat, one at a time, and shape with medium ball stylus shaping tool.  Glue the 3 wreaths together using a clear drying glue (Kids Choice used here) offsetting the layers rather than matching them up so the wreath will appear to have more fullness.
  3.   Cut, shade and shape flowers using Susan’s tutorial videos Hyacinth, Tulip, and Daffodil as a guide.  On this card there are 2 Hyacinths, 3 Daffodils and 7 Tulips.
  4. To make pussy willow branches cut several branches from the Flourishes and Branches die set using brown cardstock.  Working one branch at a time and a few nubs (tips) at a time, put a small amount of clear drying glue (again, Kids Choice) on each nub of the branch then sprinkle White Flower Soft onto the wet glue.  Let set a few minutes then use your fingers to shape the white buds.  If you want them larger just add more glue and White Flower Soft until satisfied.
  5.  Die cut Happy Birthday twice, once from white cardstock and once from purple.  Attach the white over the top of the purple, offsetting just a little to create the shadow.
  6. Die cut 4 corners from white cardstock. Tip: Back cardstock with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape before cutting instead of using glue in step 7.
  7. Assemble card by attaching 5-3/4″ X 5-3/4″ green patterned paper to front of card base using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.  Using clear drying glue attach the wreath to center of card. Add flowers and pussy willow branches.  Attach the layered Happy Birthday and the corners.
  8. For display – Cut 2 Card Stand/Easel pieces. Glue together for added stability. Emboss with Bark embossing folder. Review Els van de Burgt’s video found here. Tip: The Card Stand/Easel can be mailed flat!


Elizabeth Craft Designs Supplies:

Garden Notes – Tulip

Garden Notes – Hyacinth

Garden Notes – Daffodil

Garden Notes Grapevine Wreath

Flourishes & Branches

Corners 1

Happy Birthday 2

Card Stand/Easel

80 lb White Soft Finish Cardstock

Bark Embossing Folder

Susan’s Garden PanPastels Set 1

Susan’s Garden PanPastels Set 3

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (shaping tools)


Other Supplies:

Cardstock in purple, pink, yellow, brown, and green

White Flower Soft

Green patterned paper

Yellow Pollen

Kids Choice Clear Drying Glue


I do hope that you have enjoyed my tutorial today and that it gives you inspiration to create your own Spring Birthday Wishes card or a wreath to frame in a shadow box.

Be sure to visit Elizabeth Craft Designs website to find these and other great products.

Until next time – Happy Cardmaking!


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  • Eva van Buuren March 8, 2016 at 5:40 am

    Hi Christine, you have made a wonderful Spring Wreath with gorgeous flowers.
    I love it!!
    Greetings from overseas, Eva.

  • quietfire March 8, 2016 at 2:00 am

    Beautifully done Christine!

  • Christine Pooler March 7, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Thank you everyone for all the nice comments!

  • forrestwife March 7, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    The beautiful spring floral frame creates a lovely setting for the #QuietfireDesign happy birthday die!

  • judi kauffman March 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    I vote the same way; Frame time for sure!

  • josetvdburgt March 7, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Wow beautiful Christine!

  • Kathleen Adams March 7, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Boy, I’d shadow box frame this one!

  • Marlene L March 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    More than a card, a masterpiece and definitely, frame worthy!!!

  • Beatriz Elizabeth Rodriguez de Garcia March 7, 2016 at 10:53 am

    wow, is beautiful card

  • Raquel March 7, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Wow, those flowers are gorgeous!

  • Chantal March 7, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Thank you for this beautifull card.

  • Christine Pooler March 7, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Thank you Selma I have had pussy willows in my head for a while so decided this was a good time tto try them.

  • Diane. March 7, 2016 at 8:59 am

    This is just absolutely beautifull. Thank you

  • Selma March 7, 2016 at 8:28 am

    This is a beautiful wreath Christine. I love how you created pussy willow branches.

  • BeverlyBL March 7, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Wow! That is a beautiful wreath.

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