Hello, Diane here with all the steps to make this beautiful, congratulatory card.
Many of our very talented youths will be finishing school this month, and for some it has been really challenging. I want to salute the courage and perseverance of those youths with a card showcasing some purple orchids. In the language of flowers, the purple orchid means “Admiration” and “Respect”, and that is exactly how I feel about them for this great achievement.
Step 1: Background
- Cut a White Soft Finish Cardstock to 12″ x 6″, score in the middle and fold in half for a square 6″ X 6″ card.
- Cut a 5 1/2″ square out of yellow cardstock.
- Cut a 5″ square out of a tone on tone light green cardstock. Die cut two different size of circles into that square, using the Fitted Circles (#1117) die set. Put some double side tape on the back of this layer.
- Adhere the yellow cardstock on the white card base with some Double Sided Tape. Adhere the green layer on top of the yellow cardstock.
- With the Kids Choice Glue, put some Spanish Moss at the bottom of each circle.
Step 2: Phalaenopsis (Moth Orchid)
- Using the Garden Notes – Phalaenopsis (#1593), die cut 3 times everything in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
- In green cardstock, die cut the stems and buds, and the leaves, also 3 times each.
Step 3: Coloring and shaping the flowers
- Color the petals using some ink markers in purple tones and dotted them with a darker fine tip marker. Finish the petals with a touch of Magenta PanPastel (Color No. 430.5) from the Kit 1.
- Color the little centers with a yellow ink marker, leaving some white spots here and there. Dot them slightly with the dark purple fine tip marker.
- Shape the petals on the molding pad, with the loop tool.
- Cut some small tails on each sides of the apron of the centers with the Fine Pointed Scissors and shape them on the molding pad but
- For more details on how to shape those wonderful flowers, watch Susan Tierney Cockburn video here.
- Using some Kids Choice Glue, glue one flower on the top circle and two on the bottom circle.
Step 4: coloring and shaping the stems, buds and leaves.
- On the white stems ends, color the buds with the same purple ink markers than the petals. Color the stem parts with a green marker as close as possible to the color of the green cardstock.
- Cut the colored parts and glue on the green stems using Kids Choice Glue.
- The leaves are press against a clear embossing pad and sprinkled with clear embossing powder, than heat gunned. On the molding pas and with the loop tool, the leaves are shaped for dimensions.
- Glue the stems and buds underneath the flowers in the circles.
Step 5 : Adding the sentiment
- Using the “Congrats to you” sentiment from the “Words 1 – Celebration” die set, die cut 3 times each word on the same yellow cardstock as in the background, lined with some Double Sided Adhesive.
- Adhere each layer on top of the other.
- Adhere on to the right corner of the card.
Here’s a closer look at the finish card:
And one more look!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thank you for visiting! And congrats, grads!
Other products used:
Yellow and Green Bazzill Cardstock
Copic Ink Markers
Marabu Gineliner Colour Graphix