A Way With Words Soft Finish Cardstock

A Valentine’s Day Card Using the Bachelor Button!

February 7, 2018

Hi It’s Kelly Booth here,

I often like to create my own backgrounds for projects and was reminded recently of a technique I did several years ago to marble ink on cardstock.  I decided it would be a pretty background for my Valentine’s Day card using several Elizabeth Craft Designs dies along with the new Bachelor Button by Susan Tierney-Cockburn.  I love that bachelor buttons can be found in nature in so many beautiful colors.

  1. Put a few inches of water in a glass pan, then added drops of alcohol ink without swirling the ink. Dip a 4″.25″ x 5″.5″ piece of cardstock into the water sliding it through and then removing it. Do this on several pieces of cardstock, adding more ink as needed. Set the pieces aside to dry completely.  See steps in the photos below.
  2. Using one of the dry pieces of marbled background pieces created in step 1, die cut a stitched heart using the middle sized heart from the Stitched Hearts die set. Die cut a red heart using the middle sized heart from the Dotted Scalloped Hearts die set.  Set these aside for later.
  3. Using the ‘love’ sentiment from the A Way with Words Baby Love die set, cut the word three times from red cardstock and once from white cardstock. Set the die cuts aside for later.
  4. Using the Cornflower Bachelor Button die set from Susan’s Garden cut the pieces shown in the photo below from 100lb White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  5. Color all pieces with markers (both the front and back of each piece).   Use two pinks for the flower and three greens for the leaves and stem.
  6. Using a toothpick to apply Kids Choice Glue, adhere the two stems to make one sturdy stem.
  7. Shape the leaves and the flower petals using Susan’s Garden All Metal Tool kit.  See Susan’s video tutorial here.
  8.  Cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4″.25″ x 11″; score at 5″.5″ and fold in half for a top-fold card base.
  9. Center and adhere the smaller heart to the larger one using Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
  10. Using a toothpick to apply Kids Choice Glue, adhere the red “love” sentiments in a stack for dimension and place the white one on top, just slightly offset. Adhere the flower toward the left of the heart and the love sentiment toward the right at an upward angle. (The word will overlap the stem.) Use foam tape to adhere the decorated heart onto the card base.I hope you have enjoyed the tutorial today. I love making flowers using Susan’s dies and her Facebook Live tutorials are a perfect way to learn how to make them look just like Mother Nature’s own garden. Thank you for stopping by the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and have a wonderful day!   Kelly


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Red crdstock
Alcohol inks
Foam tape or dots
Alcohol markers


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  • Lagene February 8, 2018 at 9:07 am

    WOW, awesome, I will give this a try!

  • Diana Nguyen February 7, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Beautiful! I’m so impressed as how your watercolor paper is barely warped.

  • donna mikasa February 7, 2018 at 11:46 am

    Great tutorial, Kelly and gorgeous results!

  • MARYANN SULLIVAN February 7, 2018 at 7:30 am

    Beautiful card, love that marbeling technique. I’ll have to try it – Thanks so much

  • Esther Elliott February 7, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Really neat idea! I like that technique of coloring the paper. Cute card!

  • Debbie DeCamp February 7, 2018 at 6:02 am

    Very cool technique for backgrounds! Thanks for sharing! Love the finished card!!

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