Today my project is a “Thank You” card featuring Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansies and Violets. I love how beautiful these flowers turn out, and how easy they are to make. With pansies and violets as the focal point of your card, you don’t really need much more.
I started the project by selecting medium purple, vibrant yellow and green cardstock for my pansies, along with a darker purple and green cardstock for my violets. I followed the instructions on the Sizzix website and used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the pieces needed to make several pansies and violets. Note that especially the first time making a flower from Susan’s Garden, you need to be prepared to make a practice flower or two, etc. that perhaps won’t be useable in the end project. I thought that might especially be true with the pansy since it needed so much color added, but I was wrong — it was actually quite easy.
The first step for the pansies and for the violets is to add the color to the flower petals. This is easily done using the Pan Pastels and Copic marker. I used a violet Pan Pastel on the pansy, and yellow on the violets. The same Copic marker worked for both. Please see the short video for additional information on how to color the flower petals.
Once the petals are colored, the rest of the assembly is easy. I used a larger ball stylus to shape the petals, and then the tweezers to pinch and bend the edges. For the pansy, used a large ball stylus to cup the calyx. I glued the two purple petals side by side onto the calyx first, and then the two smaller yellow petals on either side of the purple ones. The larger yellow petal is glued in the final position on the calyx. Each of these petals should overlap the others slightly. It is a similar process for the violets, only there is no particular order to gluing the petals onto the calyx. Because they are smaller petals I needed to use smaller tools, etc. Each of the flowers needs to dry and “shape” for a while in one of the Sizzix flower pots (or a similar container). I also needed to stem, vein, pinch and bend each of the leaves. There are detailed instructions for all of this on the Sizzix website (just search for the Pansy/Violet die and then click on the pdf instructions). Videos are also available there to guide you through the steps. I know that all of this sounds very complicated, but it really isn’t — especially if you’ve made other of the Susan’s Garden flowers.
Once the flowers had a chance to dry and shape in the flower pots, I removed them and added the leaves. The final step was to add the drop of yellow in the center with the Viva Paper Pen. Note that you have to allow sufficient drying time for this — generally at least 3-4 hours. I usually place the flowers back into the pots while the center is drying to prevent any “accidents”.
Assembling the card was very easy. I cut an A-2 sized background paper (4.25″ x 5.5″). For this card I used a Graphic 45 paper from the Sweet Sentiments collection. I selected a square doily to dress things up a bit. My doily was 5″ wide, too large to fit onto the card. Instead of cutting it, I centered it, keeping equal margins on the bottom and sides, with the excess folded to the back. I first placed my ribbon bow and flowers, etc. to see how they would best fit on the card, and then attached everything with Scor-Tape — 1/8″ for the doily, and wider for the other pieces. To finish, I added a gold “Thank You” sticker, and then mounted the card front onto a card back. I stamped an appropriate sentiment on the inside of the card.
This was a very fun and easy project. The main thing is to be sure to allow enough time for drying, etc. for the flowers. Next time I will make a few extra flowers to have on hand for a quick card in the future.
Note that you might want to add some protection for the flowers if you want to mail a card that is dimensional like this is. Sizzix makes domes that you can place over the flowers to protect them. I also was able to find an A-2 card-sized plastic box to hold the card and protect it while in transit.
Sizzix Susan’s Garden Pansy/Violet
Sizzix Big Shot
cardstock – assorted
Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit
Sizzix flower pots
Pan Pastels — 470.5 violet and 250.5 diarylide yellow
Copic marker – V17 amethyst
Viva Paper Pen — 201 sunny yellow
soft white 1″ ribbon
gold Starform sticker “Thank You”
Scotch Quick Drying Adhesive
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!