Welcome to another “Master Your Card Making” tutorial. In today’s Prized Peony 3D Flower Die Tutorial I will show you how to assemble the Peony Garden flower die. It’s a lot easier than you may think and looks absolutely gorgeous! I’ve also created a video tutorial for you.
I’m mainly going to use the Prized Peony Bundle from the Peony Garden Suite by Stampin’ Up! I wanted to recreate the card on page 83 of the 2020 – 2021 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. This will allow me to show you how to assemble the Peony Garden Flower Die. For my examples, one card is a Stampin’ Up! Peony Flower Sympathy Card and the other is a Stampin’ Up! Peony Flower Friendship Card. Both are created using Petal Pink as the primary color to create soft, warm elegant cards. This Prized Peony Flower Die Tutorial Easy to follow let’s see how to create 3D Peony Flower using the Peony Dies.
How to assemble the Peony Garden Flower Die
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How to assemble the Peony Garden Flower Die
If any of the below instructions are unclear you are welcome to watch the video, or leave a comment below and I will do my best to help you
Die Cutting & Assembling the 3D Peony Flower
- Take out all 4 dies that are used for the flower. If you’re unsure as to which ones these they are, I used them to stage the photo (above). OR you can refer to the video below.
- Die-cut out each one of the 4 dies one time in the color of your choice. I used Whisper White Cardstock.
- Using a Sponge Dauber (or blending tool of your choice) add some color to all the edges of each of the 4 pieces that make up the Peony Flower. I chose to use Petal Pink Classic Stampin’ Ink. This adds dimension and interest to your petals.
- Once you have blended all pieces you can now begin to assemble the flower. Taking the smallest of the 4 pieces, slip it into the opening of the next largest petal. As it slides in, you will notice the bottom of the smallest petal perfectly matches the bottom of the larger one. They line up perfectly! I chose to use a very small amount of Multipurpose Liquid Glue to glue just the very bottom of all the petals where they matched up.
- Now you have 1 petal that was made up of 2 petals. That petal now slides into the 3rd largest petal. It will also line up perfectly as the bottoms will all match.
- The same will happen when you place this petal (made up of 3 petals you glued together) to the largest of the petals. And voila! Now you have a 3D Peony Flower!!
Giving Your Peony Flower Dimension
- I curled all the edges of the Peony Flower Petals to give them the intended dimension. For this, I pulled out my Bone Folder, Take Your Pick, and a little Cricut Scraper. Anything that was within reach to aid me in getting behind each petal to then curl them forward.
- Using a very small scrap of Crushed Curry Cardstock I die-cut out the center of the flower. It’s included in the Peony Dies. I then used some Crushed Curry Classic Stampin’ Ink to add some blended ink to the die-cut center. Just like I did on the petals, then placed it in the center of the Peony.
Making the Peony Flower Leaves
- For the leaves, I used my Water Painter to apply some ink onto Whisper White Cardstock.
- For the base of the leaves, I applied Pear Pizzaz very lightly on the cardstock. I was sure to only paint enough ink to just cover where the 3 leaves dies would be cut out.
- For the tops of the leaves, I applied the Pear Pizzaz using more concentrated ink from the lid of my Classic Stampin’ Pad for a little darker for contrast.
- Then I used some Aleene’s All-Purpose Tacky Spray Adhesive to adhere the tops the leaves to the base of the leaves.
Creating the Focal Tag & Stamping the Inside Peony Flower
- Using the Hippo & Friends Dies and cut out the very center of my 5-3/8 X 4-1/8 piece of Whisper White card insert. Then I lined up the large peony flower from the Prized Peony Cling Stamp set over the insert in my Stamparatus. Removed the insert once I had picked up the stamp with my door. Inked it with Basic Gray and stamped it directly to the inside of the card. Once I glued the insert over top of it, it revealed the flower. It was a nice added touch seeing that I would have wasted that cardstock otherwise.
- I took the piece I had just cut out of the insert and cut it in half. Then I strategically placed a 3-1/2 X 2=3/4 piece of Peony Garden Designer Series Paper I had cut out and made a ‘tag’ like looking focal point. Trim the excess white edges from the background die so everything matches up. I happened to use Petal Pink Metallic Edge Ribbon (which is retired, but you can easily substitute this for Gold Metallic Edge Ribbon if you do not have the Petal Pink) and adhered it along the gray to hide the transition in the 2 colors. I find it’s best to use Tear & Tape for this as the liquid glue tends to leave unsightly ripples behind the ribbon.
The Rest of the Card
- For the front card base, I used Petal Pink Cardstock and cut it to 5-3/8 X 4-1/8. I then embossed it with the Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder. Distressed all 4 sides with my Tim Holtz Distress Tool, and dog earred the corners on the top right and bottom left. You can do this by separating the cardstock with a Take Your Pick Tool. I show how easy it is to do in the tutorial video below.
- The sentiment tags were created with a sentiment from the Prized Peony Cling Stamp Set and the A Little Lace Cling Stamp Set. Each provided an entirely different theme for each card, giving me one Sympathy Card, and one Friendship Card. You can use any sentiment you wish. Each sentiment was embossed with White Stampin’ Emboss. Use white as it adds a nice contrast, and embossing the sentiment gives it a little bit of extra pop! I cut a hole in the top of each tag and threaded a fair amount of the Metallic Twine from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack. I love how it ended up looking like gold straw!
- Final Touches. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals I adhered the Peony Flower to the tag I created for the card front. Then using a little bit of Multipurpose Liquid Glue I tucked the tiny sentiment tag just behind one of the petals so it would lie flat.
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