Since I’m almost one year into making greeting cards, I’ve learned a few things and one of them is prepping beforehand. When, I have my pieces all done ahead of time, making cards is easy especially mass producing them. I LOVE making flowers but I was looking for a way to organize all my pieces and store them away for future cards.
I was watching some YT videos and saw Jennifer McGuire’s latest, “Ink and Cardstock Labeling + New Concord & 9th Color Collection“. In it, she mentioned how she organizes her inks and cardstock papers, but also her die cut pieces when she makes flowers. She uses trays from OrganizeMore. Since I don’t have that, I looked around my craftroom to see if I had something similar and I found a bead tray that I hadn’t begun to use. I bought it from a thrift store and at the time I was planning to fill it with more sequins but since I have them in a different tray, I kept this one empty. I removed all the insert dividers just leaving the six columns which was absolutely perfect to fit all my flowers, leaves and petals. Now I can die cut to my heart’s content and fill up my tray!
Die sets sold by OOTSR on Amazon
These two die sets are favorites in my craft stash for building flower clusters. The die set on the left is the one I use most. The die set on the right are tropical leaves and I love using those too. I bought both sets on Amazon from the same seller, however I don’t know the name of the company who produced these sets. But, let me tell you, they are very high quality and I’ve used these dies over and over again, they’re very well loved!
I brought out a lot of my colored cardstock and mainly I stuck with pastel colors since they’re my favorite to work with. I spent an entire evening just die cutting the pieces and I built my flowers with the largest petals and a smaller middle piece. But you can build small to large, you can bend the petals forward or backward for dimension, so much you can do to customize flower clusters. I bent my petals backwards for the cards I’m sharing with you today.
Building these flowers, I must say it was so therapeutic. I have a lot going on my head right now and I desperately needed to do something to calm my nerves down, this process worked. It helped me focus on making pretty cards I was able to clear my mind of unnecessary stressful things.
That said, I made 6 new cards starting out with polka dot pattern papers I had. I trimmed it down and used a new frame die I just got from Pinkfresh Studio. It’s the diagonal stitched die set which includes a total of 4 dies. It was the thing I was looking for to give the cards an extra touch so I used it on my pattern papers and then glued them to my card bases.
Then, I started working on placement with some of my flowers and leaves behind them until I was happy with my cluster. Then I glued all the pieces together. I added a pearl to the center of my flowers from Studio Katia and then glued my sentiment strips from Simon Says Stamp. Each card has a different sentiment and different colored flowers to provide a variety for customers to choose from.
By die cutting and organizing my pieces beforehand, it only took about 10 minutes to make each card which saved me a ton of time! And I just love how they came out. Now, when I’m in between making cards or if I need a break, I can continue adding new die cut pieces to my tray.
You can see that I used different color cardstock for all my flowers and they came from the Hero Arts Hues sampler that comes with all the cardstocks they offer but it’s cut down to A2 size so they are perfect for card panels or for die cutting and stamping!
I wanted different sayings on each card so used Simon’s sentiment strips from which are encouraging + saves a lot of time from stamping and cutting out sentiments. I just loved the diagonal stitched detail on the panel from Pinkfresh Studio’s die set.
List of Supplies:
Below are links to the products I used and some of them are affiliate links meaning if you purchase through them, I’ll earn a small commission and it is no extra cost to you. Your purchasing helps support our small business and we appreciate that so much! – Kim
- Flower Dies set – https://amzn.to/2Wdkk4P
- Tropical Leaves Dies set – https://amzn.to/3iWFYEk
- Clear Plastic Jewelry Tray I use (3-pack) – https://amzn.to/3fo9FvJ
- Studio Katia “Arctic Breeze” pearls – https://bit.ly/2ARwb14
- 12″ x 12″ Watercolor Ombre pattern paper – https://amzn.to/2CxysPi or any pattern paper you have will work!
- Simon Says Stamp sentiment strips 3 “Celebrate You” – https://bit.ly/2Oh2MjQ
- Simon Says Stamp sentiment strips 4 “Rest and Refresh” – https://bit.ly/2WczN5s
- Gemini Jr. Die Cutting Machine – https://amzn.to/2ZQMy89
- Accents 100 lb. white cardstock – https://amzn.to/2XiH9oY
- Teflon bone folder – https://amzn.to/2VcfC8
- Scor-buddy Mini Scoring Board – https://amzn.to/3dsamCB
- Tim Holtz Paper Trimmer – Simon Says Stamp – https://bit.ly/2Jb0L7V
- Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat – https://amzn.to/2lawwDO
- Assorted Envelopes – https://amzn.to/2S3Z6Up
- Gina K. Designs “Christmas Pine” cardstock – https://shrsl.com/2dfdz
- Hero Arts “Hues” color cardstock sampler – https://shrsl.com/2dpze
- Nuvo Deluxe Glue – https://amzn.to/2zKujqp
- Craft Tweezers – https://shrsl.com/2b55q