22 July 2017

Garden - Watercan shaped card with die cuts and flower quilling

Today I made a small shaped card as a thank you to my sweetie for all the work he has done making our home look great outside. He has tamed a neglected garden we inherited when we bought the house. I made a watering can into a small card with a garden themed message.

This small card features a Sizzix Bigz die, dies and stamps from Impression Obsession, Cosmic Shimmer, Simon Says Stamp ink, and Distress ink.


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Putting It Together

I haven't done a shaped card for a while so I wanted to do something a bit different than the simple shaped cards I've done before. I went looking through my stash and the watering can reminded me I wanted to make a garden themed card for my sweetie. 

I used Cosmic Shimmer to add a metallic colour to a panel of heavy cardstock.  This colour is Silver Hessian but is a lot more coppery than I would have expected. However, it is a rather lovely colour and perfect for the watering can. Cosmic Shimmer is water-based but, once dry, not water reactive. It dries within seconds on paper, even when applied heavily. It goes on smoothly with a lovely creaminess and each bottle conveniently comes with its own blender in the lid. I picked up three colours on clearance and fell in love. Now to find more of them..

I die cut the watering can and aged it with Distress ink: Black Soot, Iced Spruce, Broken China, and Rusty Hinge.

I used a wet wipe to mottle the distressing. I used a strip of scrap to keep my finger markings out of the finish.

I smeared Micro Glaze over the watering can to seal the Distress ink which sitting on the surface of the Cosmic Shimmer.

To make a card base, I placed the watering can on a card base with part of the can overlapping the fold.

I traced around the can with a pencil...

...and fussy cut the traced base. Since some of it would be visible, I coloured the card base front with Tumbled Glass.

I dry fit a stamp for the inside and decided to cross the fold because of the confined space.

Dry fitting the watering can with the card base, I realised parts of it would be visible from the back. It would have been easier to create a second watering can or to have coloured it on both sides, but I decided to die cut pieces for the visible areas out of the left over scrap from the original cut.

I adhered the pieces to the back of the can.

For decoration on the front, I made some flowers from an Impression Obsession die and quilling tool.

I added a couple flowers I made to the front of the card.

For the inside, I stamped the sentiment and a decorative flower with Simon Says Stamp dye ink.


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  1. How cute it is?!!! Thank you for sharing your card with ATSM!

  2. Love your beautiful creation! The sentiment is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  3. Hello Thanks for sharing your garden themed card with us at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog… your wateringcan card is lovely and fits perfectly with our ‘’Floral’ challenge theme… please join us next time and good luck in the draw.

    Diane Louise
    [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

  4. this is such a special card. I am sure it was very much appreciated
    thanks for joining us at HLS
    Barb Housner (DT)


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