How to Add Shape To Die Cut Flowers – VIDEO

Learn how to add shape to die cut flowers for more realistic designs.

I love making realistic looking elements for my cards and know that once you know how to add shape to die cut flowers, you can really add so much visual impact to your projects. I thought I would make a little video showing you how I actually do this and then put this card together with all the fun details for you to see.  To make this card I used the Rubbernecker Nested Rectangle Scallop w/ Holes, Nested Oval Scallop Set, Nested Oval Set, Large Garden Pots, Large Ivy, Small Flowers #3 and Kittie Says Spring Time.  

Today's video shows you how to add shape to die cut flowers like these from Rubbernecker on all your handmade greeting card projects

Highlights of the Video

-I love creating pretty frames for my cards.  I used two different nested oval dies to cut the frame opening in the rectangle scallop layer and to create the purple mat.  The purple mat was attached to the back of the scallop layer using mounting tape.  The frame layers were attached to the card base using ATG adhesive. I cut a thin strip of white cardstock, cut the sides using the large scallop with holes die.   The sentiment was stamped and the sentiment layer was attached using mounting tape.

-I cut two garden pots, one for the base and the other to cut strips to use to embellish the main pot.  I applied gold embossing powder to the embellishment pieces and attached them to the pot using glossy accents.

-Several sets of large ivy and small flowers were cut and formed using my stylus, leaf tool and molding pad. The two different sized flowers were attached together using glossy accents.  I attached three flowers to each ivy branch using glossy accents. 

-The ivy and flower branches were arranged and attached to the back of the pot using glossy accents. I applied a generous amount of glossy accents to the back of the flowers and ivy and a large piece of mounting tape to the back of the pot and attached it to the card base.

Come see today's video tutorial and learn how to add shape to die cut flowers like the ones used here from Rubbernecker

Check out my How to Make Paper Flowers Step by Step Video post to see other examples of how I create flower projects.

Bookmark this post so any time you need a refresher on how to add shape to die cut flowers you can pop back here and check it out. This small step really makes a lot of difference and you will start to have fun adding your own take on this simple technique.

 
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How To Make a Mother’s Day Card Last Minute!

It’s not too late to get some tips on how to make a Mother’s Day card!

Today I am going to share a card I made earlier this week and offer a quick PRO TIP on how to make a Mother’s Day card out of ANY card you have on hand.  

It’s pretty simple, actually, turning any card into a Mother’s Day card – you just add or swap out the greeting! I can’t tell you how many times I have needed a card for a specific occasion and have been able to just choose a greeting that says exactly what I want to express and added it to a card I’ve already made.  -Of course, if you have the time, you can make this card from scratch. It’s not that difficult and a lot of what makes it so pretty are the simple layers and my trick for making sure your greeting looks perfectly finished. Check it out:

For this card I used the new , Nested Scallop with Half Holes, Watering Cans, Leaves and Greenery and Flower Buds. Today I added the sentiment from the Mother’s Day Set.  

see how to make a mother's day card using this design or by adding the perfect greeting from Rubbernecker

The Card Base and Decorative Layers

  • Cut the card base and small scalloped layer using white cardstock.
  • Use purple cardstock to cut the larger scallop layer and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply mounting tape to the back of the white layer and attach it the card base.  

The Watering Can and Flowers

  • Cut the watering can using white cardstock, apply Versa and gold embossing powder and heat.
  • Cut several sections of greenery using green cardstock.
  • Arrange and attach the branches to the back of the watering can using glossy accents.
  • Cut the small flowers using pink, purple and yellow.
  • Place the flowers on the molding pad and push down in the center of each using a small tipped stylus. 
  • Attach the flowers to the branches using glossy accents.

The Sentiment

  • Use white cardstock to cut a thin strip for the sentiment.
  • Cut the edges using the scalloped die so the sentiment layer will match the white layer.
  • Stamp the sentiment using Versa and emboss with gold embossing powder.
  • Apply a thin strip of mounting tape to the back of the sentiment layer, line it up to match the decorative border and attach.  Pro Tip:  I love creating sentiment layers for my card fronts.  Cutting the edges to match the decorative border of the layer you are using adds interest to the card front.

Now you know how to make a Mother’s Day card, a birthday card, a sympathy card – any specific card – out of ones you have on hand with the right greeting and my fun trick for making it look perfectly polished on every project!  Check out this card and this card to see Mother’s Day cards I’ve made in the past.

 
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A Slimline Flower Pot Card LOADED With Blooms!

I packed this slimline flower pot card with tons of pretty paper flowers!

I really had fun making this slimline flower pot card and love that it can be used for so many different occasions. You can change up all the colors and get totally new looks every time with the same basic layout. And I love that I was able to create something really sweet combining foliage, three different flowers and pots.  For this card I used the Rubbernecker Slimline OPC Squares, Large Garden Pots, Buchnera and Stems, Canterbury Bells and Stems, Classic Flower and Stems, Large Ivy and Leaf Group.  All the new flower sets are back in stock at Rubbernecker.

a slimline flower pot card handmade using beautiful detailed card making dies from Rubbernecker

The Card Base and Slimline Frame

  • Use white cardstock to cut the slimline card base and slimline frame.
  • Apply thin strips of mounting tape all the way around the back of the frame and to the inner frame sections.
  • Line up the frame on the card base and attach.

Assemble the Flower and Stems

  • Use purple pink, aqua and yellow cardstock to cut the flowers.
  • Cut the foliage and flower stems using green cardstock.
  • Form the flowers using a stylus and molding pad.
  • Attach the Buchnera sections together and attach the flower center in the Classic flowers using glossy accents.
  • Use glossy accents to attach the flowers to the stems.  Check out my How to Make Paper Flowers Step by Step Video to see how to assemble the flowers.

Flower Pot Arrangements

  • Create the foliage frame by attaching the Leaf Group branches and Large Ivy branches to the back of the flower pots using glossy accents.
  • Tuck the flower stems down in between the foliage branches and attach using glossy accents.
  • Apply large pieces of mounting tape to the back of the garden pots, Tuck them inside the frame openings and attach them to the card base.  

a handmade slimline flower pot card created from detailed flower dies from Rubbernecker

I am planning to make more variations on this basic slimline flower pot card using even more of the flowers from the new collection and perhaps mixing in some older, smaller ones, like on this card. What do you think? Are you going to try this out?

 
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Looking For Ways To Use Leftover Die Cuts?

This is one of my favorite ways to use leftover die cuts!

Are you always looking for ways to use leftover die cuts? I know I don’t love keeping little parts and pieces around for long but during some of my recent flower card making sessions, I ended up with extra assembled flowers and I just can’t throw them away! Here’s one way to use those up and get a “bonus card” out of your efforts!  Most of the flowers and foliage are from the recent Rubbernecker Release and others that I have had sitting in a bowl on my desk.  To make this card I used the Nested Scallop with Holes, Mixed Flower Stack, Tulips and Stems, Gentian and Stems, Canterbury Bells and Stems, Buchnera and Stems, Branches and Leaves, Flower Buds, Tag Stitch and Kittie Says Phrases #1.
 

ways to use leftover die cuts shown with a beautiful, lush bouquet of paper flowers on a handmade greeting card

The Card Base

  • Cut an A2 sized card base using white cardstock.
  • Use dark blue cardstock to cut a 4.25″ x 5.50″ piece and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Cut the Nested Scallop with Holes using white cardstock.
  • Place the two sections face down on your desk and attach them together using double stick tape.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the outer section of the layer.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape around the edges of the inner section of the layer.  Note:  The two attached sections are pretty delicate due to the curved line and I don’t want the tape to show in the holes. I added mounting tape to keep the two sections secure for adding the weight of the bouquet.  
  • Attach the layer to the card base.

The Bouquet

  • Use green cardstock to cut two or three sections of the Branches and Leaves.
  • Gather the leftover flowers and stems.  
  • Begin attaching the flowers and stems together using glossy accents.  Note:  Check out my “How to Make Paper Flowers Step by Step Video “ to see how I attach the flowers and foliage branches together to create the bouquet.
  • Once the flowers and stems are attached together attach branches to the back of the bouquet using glossy accents.
  • Apply a generous amount of glossy accents to the back of the bouquet and attach it to the white layer.
  • Create the flower stems by cutting several thin strips of green cardstock and attach them to the front section of the bouquet using glossy accents.  
  • Trim the ends of the strips.
  • Create a pretty white multi loop bow and attach it to the bouquet and stems using several glue dots.  Note:  Check out my “Multi Loop Bow Video Tutorial” to see how I make my bows.

 The Sentiment Tag

  • Cut the smallest tag in the set using white cardstock.
  • Place the tag back inside the die and manipulate it to create a thinner tag and run through the machine.  The outcome creates the stitching all the way around the thinner die cut.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the tag using Nocturne ink.
  • Trim length off the top portion of the tag, tuck it under the ribbon and secure it in place with glue dots and a piece of mounting tape. 

ways to use leftover die cuts beautifully and creatively by making a paper flower bouquet to put on a handmade card

 

There you have it – one of the best ways to use leftover die cuts to get one more gorgeous project out of your card making sessions! I am betting you will never look at leftover die cuts the same way!

 
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How To Add Dimension To Die Cut Terracotta Pots

Come learn how to make your die cut terracotta pots look so realistic!

Because I love using die cut flowers and foliage for a lot of my cards, I also often use die cut terracotta pots. And since I spend a lot of time making my paper flowers look as realistic as possible, I want to make sure those containers look just as good! The pot and flower arrangement in this post is made using the Rubbernecker Tall Terracotta Pots, Tulips and Stems and Branches and Leaves. I layered the arrangement on the Inside Scallop Nested and Large Garden Fence along with Grass and Grass #2.  The Sentiment is from the Kittie Says Spring Time.  You may want to check out my How to Make Paper Flowers Step by Step Videos post helpful showing how to to arrange a bouquet in case you missed it. The design technique is the same.

add a little ink to make die cut terracotta pots look as real as the paper flowers shown on this handmade greeting card

The Card Base, Fence and Scalloped Layer

  • Cut an A2 sized card base and the scalloped layer using white cardstock.
  • Use purple cardstock to cut a 5.50″ x 4.25″ layer to cover the white card base.  Note:  I like to cover white card fronts with colored cardstock so the Inside of the card is white.
  • Attach the purple cardstock to the card base using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply strips of mounting tape to the back of the scalloped layer and attach to the card bases.
  • Attach the grass sections to the fence using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply ATG adhesive to the back of the fence and grass section and small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the pickets and attach to the card base.  Pro Tip:  Attaching the bottom of the fence flat to the scalloped layer creates less bulk.  Applying mounting tape to the back of the pickets creates dimension.

Color the Terracotta Pot

  • I posted this video a couple weeks ago but thought I would show it again in case any of you missed it.

The Tulip Arrangement

  • Cut the tulips using yellow, pink and purple cardstock and the tulip stems and background foliage using green cardstock.  Note:  I cut a few extra stems and cut the leaves off to finish the front of the bouquet.
  • Assemble the tulips and stems using glossy accents. 
  • Begin the arrangement by attaching the first row of tulips and stems together using glossy accents.  Alternate the colors for a more natural looking arrangement.
  • Continue adding the remaining flowers and stems to the back of the front row using glossy accents.
  • Attach large foliage pieces to the back of the bouquet using glossy accents.
  • Tuck a few tulip leaves to the front of the arrangement to add softness and to cover the stems.
  • Apply a generous amount of glossy accents to the back of the terracotta pot and attach it to the bouquet.
  • Apply glossy accents to the back of the arrangement and pot, tuck the pot in behind the grass and attach to the fence.

The Sentiment Layer

  • Use white and purple cardstock to cut the strips for the sentiment.  
  • Place the white layer on the cutting platform and line up scallop die and cut.  Repeat with the purple layer.
  • Trim the white strip to the appropriate height to fit the sentiment.
  • Stamp the sentiment on the white layer using Nocturne ink.
  • Line up the scalloped edge of the white layer over the purple layer to make the edges match.
  • Trim the purple layer 1/4″ larger in height.
  • Attach the sentiment layer to the to the purple layer using ATG adhesive.
  • Apply ATG adhesive across the back top of the sentiment layer and a strip of mounting tape to the bottom.
  • Attach the layer directly over the bottom of the grass and fence section.

die cut terracotta pots like this from Rubbernecker can be made to look dimensional with a little application of ink

I used die cut terracotta pots as the example for this card but know that you can apply this technique to ALL your containers for your gorgeous die cut flower arrangements. After all, those paper flowers are so gorgeous and lush and fresh looking – they deserve to be shown off with something equally as beautiful!

 
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I LOVE How This Die Cut Flower Card Turned Out!

Everything on this die cut flower card came together and I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

OK, so I know that you all know that I LOVE to make any die cut flower card – this has become one of my signature projects. This one just came together so perfectly with that pretty Carta Bella Flower Garden paper and these exquisite flower die cuts from Rubbernecker!  For this card I used Rubbernecker’s Wheelbarrow, Tall Terracotta Pots, Tiny Flower Buds, Flower Buds, Small Flowers #3, Branches and Leaves, Half Tree, Tiny Leaves #2, Grass and Kittie Says Spring Time.

a die cut flower card loaded with extra details to make all the paper elements from Rubbernecker look realistic

Card Base, Grass and Sentiment

  • Use white cardstock to cut the A2 sized card base.
  • Cut a piece of 5.50″ x 4.25″ Flower Garden designer paper and attach it to the card base using ATG adhesive.  Pro Tip:  When I use designer paper to cover my whole card front I cut the card base to be a tiny 1/16″ smaller on both the side and bottom.  This makes it easier to cover the card base and not have any of the card base showing on the top, sides of bottom.  
  • Cut the grass strip using green cardstock and attach it to the card base using a strip of mounting tape.
  • Stamp the sentiment on a thin strip of white cardstock using Nocturne ink and attach it to the grass using double stick tape.

The Wheelbarrow 

  • Cut the wheelbarrow using Kraft cardstock. 
  • Color the wheelbarrow body using mini applicators and red and brown cardstock.  Pro Tip:  I applied the red ink to the body, handles and hub cap first and then added dark brown ink to shade and create a more weathered appearance.
  • Apply a light shade of brown ink to the frame of the wheelbarrow using a mini applicator.
  • Color the tire using a black marker.
  • Attach the tire to the frame using glossy accents.

The Terracotta Pots

  • Cut the terracotta pots using bright yellow cardstock.  Pro Tip:  Starting with the bright yellow card stock provides a perfect base to provide highlights through the darker colors.
  • Apply dark yellow shading over the whole pot using a mini applicator.  Pro Tip:  Applying a coat of yellow ink that basically matches the cardstock creates a moist base and makes it much easier to apply the darker shades of ink.
  • Apply a darker shade of orange and to the sides of the pot and allow the lighter yellow portion of the pot shine through.
  • Finish the pot by applying touches of dark brown ink using a mini applicator to create the appearance of dirt and age.   
  • Take a look at my short “How to Color Die Cut Terracotta Pots” video on YouTube or my Make Art with Die Cut Cards to see how easy it is to color the pots.

The Flowers

I had a portion of a leaf and flower covered  branch from the Half Tree that I had to cut of another project.  I had it sitting in a bowl on my desk and was  actually the inspiration for this project because it was just too pretty not t use.  It’s in the center pot in the bed of the wheelbarrow.  I wanted to have another tall plant with flowers so I cut a branch portion of the Half Tree using green cardstock and covered it with leaves and flowers. 

  • Cut the small and tiny flowers using multiple colors of cardstock.
  • Place all the flowers face up on the molding pad and form them by pushing down in the center of each with a tiny tipped stylus.
  • Cut a couple sections of the Branches and Leaves and use the small pieces as foliage for the pots.
  • Attach leaves and branches to the pots using glossy accents.
  • Apply glossy accents to the foliage and attach the small and tiny flowers.
  • Attach the pots to the back of the wheelbarrow using glossy accents.
  • Apply a piece of mounting tape to the back of the wheelbarrow, tuck it in behind the grass and attach to the card base.
  • Apply small pieces of mounting tape to the back of the two remaining pots and attach them to the card base.

Amazing details make this die cut flower card look completely realistic
Now you don’t have to make YOUR die cut flower card as ornate or detailed as this one. My hope is that by sharing these kinds of cards you are inspired to try what you like best and make your own designs while celebrating your own creativity!

 
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