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Flowers For All Seasons!

Mar 01, 2023 Jessica Frost-Ballas

Good morning! Jess here with a trio of cards using the gorgeous new floral Fancy Dies! These flowers are generally thought of as spring flowers but by changing up the cardstock and ink colors you can stretch them into summer, fall, and winter as well!

I used a variety of Hero Hues cardstocks for each of my cards and then did a little ink blending with Hero inks to add a little depth to each flower. I'll list the cardstocks and inks for each of my cards. I love occasionally seeing daffodils coming up in the snow so I thought I'd adapt the Daffodil Fancy Die for a winter-themed card!

For this card I die-cut the Daffodil Fancy Die from Canary, Shamrock, and Meadow cardstocks. I ink-blended Butter Bar and Spicy Mustard Core inks onto the flowers and left the greenery as is. Then I blended Indigo, Stone Wash, and Nautical Core inks onto a panel of Lapis cardstock to create my background.

I tore two scrap pieces of Deluxe Smooth White cardstock to create snow bank for my daffodil. Then I tucked the flower in-between the snow with a mix of regular adhesive and foam mounting tape and finished the card with a sentiment from Friendly Messages stamped in Nautical Core ink.

I feel like the Lily of the Valley Fancy Die is a sweet delicate flower that's perfect for a sympathy card. I die-cut all the Lily of the Valley Fancy Die pieces from Shamrock, Meadow, and Deluxe Smooth White cardstock and also die-cut a couple scrap stems from leftover cardstock. I used a little temporary adhesive to adhere the stems to a panel of Deluxe Smooth White cardstock and then lightly blended Green Hills and Fresh Lawn Core inks randomly over the panel to create soft shadows. This is a fun way to easily create a little depth and dimension. Once I was done I removed the scrap stems and then added a little more random blending here and there to soften my lines. 

Then I adhered the flowers over the blended panel. I trimmed the panel down, adhered it to an A2 panel of Meadow cardstock, and finished it with another sentiment from Friendly Messages heat-embossed with Black Embossing Powder.

Finally I always think of pansies as flowers for fall, winter, and spring and I think this color palette could easily be used for fall or spring (or even summer if you want to push it, ha)! I die-cut the Pansy Fancy Die from Mustard, Iris, Amethyst, Eggplant, Shamrock, Meadow, and Deluxe Smooth White cardstock. Then I added shading with Pine, Spicy Mustard, Dandelion, and Grape Juice Core inks.

Next I blended Dandelion, Butter Bar, and Spicy Mustard Core inks onto an A2 panel of Canary cardstock. I adhered the flowers to the panel and finished the card with one last sentiment from Friendly Messages stamped once with Grape Juice Core ink and once with Watermark and Embossing Ink and then heat-embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.

Whew, that's a lot of ink and cardstock! But I hope I gave you some new ideas for those beautiful dies! I'd love to hear your ideas for creating different seasonal looks with each of them. Thanks so much for stopping by and have an amazing day!

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DF110 Daffodil Fancy Die (E) | Hero Arts
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DF104 Lily of the Valley Fancy Die...
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DF109 Pansy Fancy Die (E) | Hero Arts
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SB350 Friendly Messages Bundle (E) |...
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PS782 Deluxe Smooth White Cardstock...
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AF652 Dandelion Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF651 Butter Bar Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF653 Spicy Mustard Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF662 Green Hills Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF668 Pine Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF705 Stone Wash Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF704 Indigo Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF706 Nautical Core Ink | Hero Arts
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AF419 Clear Embossing & Watermark Ink...
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AF725 Grape Juice Core Ink | Hero Arts
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PS307 Hero Hues Mustard
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PS306 Hero Hues Canary
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PS328 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS340 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS327 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS339 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PS318 Hero Hues Amethyst
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PS338 Hero Hues Premium Cardstock...
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PW104 Clear Embossing Powder | Hero Arts
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PW119 Detail Black | Hero Arts
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3 Responses

Virginia Ellison

Virginia Ellison

March 02, 2023

Beautiful cards Jessica!!!

Nancy Pearce

Nancy Pearce

March 02, 2023

I absolutely love the daffodil card. It just brings joy to me because it reminds me of my dad.

Barbara-Jean Kubik

Barbara-Jean Kubik

March 01, 2023

What dynamic cards! Love the colors! And the flowers!

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