Woodgrain Botanicals – Hibiscus by Alison Stroud

Craft Skill Level: Beginner

Time To Make: 30-45 mins


Card Blank is C5 size.

Cut a piece of Fabulous Fuchsia cardstock  2/8” smaller than the blank and Mandarin Burst 2/8” smaller than the Fuchsia, mat and layer these to the card blank using foam tape.

Cut a piece of Pure White cardstock 2/8” smaller than the mandarin burst card.

Using two pieces of removable tape mask off a panel in the centre of the card and using the two contrasting colours of Distress Oxides and smoothies randomly ink the two outside panels making sure you don’t colour right over the tape.

Once the ink is dry remove the tape.

Using two new pieces of tape carefully place a piece on each side of the white panel, with the tape being over the coloured panel. This will ensure that the stamped image will not mark the coloured sides.

Wipe the white area with an antistatic pad.

Ink up the stamp using embossing ink and stamp the bottom section of the card so the bottom of the stem is at the bottom edge. Re-ink the stamp and stamp the top section of the card to just meet the first stamped image. (You could add the  silver embossing powder to the first stamped image so you can see where to stamp the image again more easily).

REMEMBER to remove the tape before heat embossing.

Add silver embossing powder over the whole section and heat to set.

On a spare scrap of white card stamp and emboss the image twice more, and  fussy cut three flowers.

Using the oxides and a water brush, colour the middle of all the flowers with picked raspberry,( I then dabbed with a piece of kitchen roll to take a bit of the colour out). Then, using the same process colour the outer of the flowers with the carved pumpkin, and then the leaves with the bundled sage.

Using foam tape, add this layer to the card blank.

Attach the flowers to card, as in the photo, to give some dimension and to hide the join between the stamps.

Stamp the sentiments required using the embossing ink and coloured powders alternating colours, then cut out using the stitched torn dies. Attach to the left side of the card.

Complete by adding a large pearl in each corner.

Products Used…

Sentimentally Yours

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Fancy Flowers Easel Card

Here’s a lovely version of an easel card made at our workshops.

This card uses the gorgeous Stamps designed by Trudie Howard (Flowers and backgrounds), Phill’s Octagon dies and Stately petite Sentiments.  We have coloured in the flowers using the new Watercolour  Blending Brush Pens!

The Full Card – made by Beverley!

Pointy Pretties Stamp,  Delicate Floral Background, Stormy Sky Distress Oxide

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as below:

  • 20cm x 20cm – Card Blank
  • 9.5cm x 9.5cm (x3 pieces) – Inked layers
  • 9cm x 9cm – Backrgound Layers
  • 1 x larger octagon (flowers)
  • 2 x medium octagons (creates the easel)
  • 1 x small octagon (stopper)
  • Scrap white card to stamp extra flowers etc

Stage 2 – start by creating your base card using the 20cm x 20cm piece of square card.  Firstly score at 10cm across and up/down to create 4 quarters.  Then score from the top middle score line diagonally down/out towards the two middle score lines.   Cut up the  score line from the bottom middle score line to the centre of the card.  Fold the middle scored lines inwards and use a bone folder to create a crisp crease.  Fold the top two diagonal score lines back and out on themselves. Crease well. (see image)


Stage 3 – cut two of the 9.5cm x 9.5cm pieces diagonally in half to create triangles.  Ink the edges of all these 5 pieces. (4 triangles , 1 square)

Stage 4 – stamp the background onto the x3 9cm x 9cm pieces.  THEN cut two in half diagonally.  Stick these layers to the inked layers.

Stage 5 – stamp your chosen flower onto the largest octagon so that some of the flower is off the edges of the card.   Stamp the flower again onto the scrap card for decoupaging later.

TIP – If you don’t want to decoupage your flower, just stamp if fully onto this piece.

Stage 6 – stamp your chosen sentiment/image onto the stopper octagon and also a verse on the bottom left hand side of the card blank.

Stage 7 – colour in your flowers and cut out the piece you want to decoupage. and stick to the main flower.

TIP – if you are decoupaging all your flowers you don’t actually need to colour these in on the large octagon as you will not see it! But you do need to colour the stems.


Stage 8 – to create the easel, use the x2 medium size octagons.  Firstly, fold one in half and score well.  Create a small tab on side and score.  Glue this to one side of the unfolded octagon. (see image)

Stage 9 – assemble all the layers onto the card blank and add glitter if you wish!

Other samples…

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I hope you enjoy making this card!

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Stately Elegance

Here’s a lovely card made using the Stately Paper Pads, Stately Corner Stamps, Stately Sentiment Stamps and Double Debossed Rectangle Dies.

This was a lovely card to make and most us even decorated the envelopes!


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as shown in the photo.

TIP – if you place the rectangle dies carefully, you get all 3 paper layers from 1 sheet of card!

Stage 2 – choose one of the gorgeous Stately Corner Stamps to use on the plain layer.  You can use Ink or Embossing Powder – we have used Gathered Twigs on this card.  You could also add Clear Embossing Powder over the Distress Oxide to make it glossy.

Stage 3 – choose one of the Stately Sentiments to use on your topper. Fill in any spaces with the Corner Stamps.

Stage 4 – colour your flowers, shape and assemble

Stage 5 – decorate your envelope if you want a fully coordinated look!

Stage 6 – assemble the card, using foam tape where you wish. Add ribbon, glitters or pearls.

More samples ……

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Happy Crafting!

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Essential Montage Gatefold Card

Hello crafters!

We have received so many requests to share this lovely gatefold card with you.

This card uses Phill’s Essential Montage Stamp Collection, Distress Oxide Inks, Double Pierced Circles and Succulent Garden Dies.

As an added finishing touch we have also decorated the envelope to create a pretty, coordinated look.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as follows:

  • Base Card – x2 15cm x 15cm card blanks
  • Front panels – x2 14.5cm x 7cm (use the card blanks as these need the fronts cutting in half to create the gatefold.
  • Inside – x1 14.5cm x 14.5cm
  • Dies:
    • Double Pierced Circles x3 full circles and x1 thin circle from two dies
    • Succulent Garden star flowers x 8

Stage 2 – Cut the front of each card blank in half to create to the two panels.  Using one of the Essential Montage Corner Stamp sets, stamp the two front panels in your chosen inks. We have used Chipped Sapphire and Weathered Wood on the sample card.  We have also added clear embossing powder to make our image glossy.

TIP – make sure the stamp hangs over the edges of the panel layers when you stamp so there are no white gaps.

Stage 3 – Stamp the inside of the card using the smaller montage stamps

Stage 4 – Stamp the smallest circle with a sentiment and fill in the edges with the montage stamps.

Stage 5 – Decorate your envelope! You can use the corner stamps or montage stamps and create strips.

Stage 6 – Ink the thin circle with the two inks and cover with clear embossing powder. Ink the edges of all the stamped layers and colour the largest full circle. Colour the flowers if you wish.

TIP- the middle sized full circle stays plain so we can add glitter!

Stage 7 – Stick down the front panels and inside layer. Glue the sentiment circle flat to the plain circle and then lift both with foam tape onto the full colour circle.

Stage 8 – Stick down one half of the full sentiment topper to one half of the front panels.  The thin circle is then stuck down on the opposite side, again just half!

Stage 9 – Add your flowers and add glitter if you wish!

Other samples…

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Silhouette Scene A5

Hello crafters,

Here is a card we made before our Xmas break in our regular craft classes.

It uses Phill’s DL Silhouette Stamps with Distress Oxides to create a stunning scene card. We have also used the Essential Banner and Flag Sentiments.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers needed as follows:

  • Base Card – A5
  • Layer 1 – 20.5 x 14.3cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20 x 13.8cm (Embossed)
  • Layer 3 – 19 x 8.5cm (Image)
  • Strip for Banner

Stage 2 – choose 3 or 4 co-ordinating Distress Oxide Inks to create the scene layer. On our sample card we have used Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers.

Starting with the lightest colour at the bottom ink bands of colour across the card ensuring you blend the colours into each other.

TIP – when you have created your bands of colour use the lighter colour below to blend into the darker colour above.  Always apply the colour lightly to start with.

Stage 3 – Ink the strip for the banner using the same inks, but work fro the centre out

Stage 4 – Tear a piece of card or paper into peaks randomly to create the mountain template. Place the template over the card and use one of the darker colours to create the mountains. We used the Stormy Sky and a little Ground Espresso for the peaks.

Stage 5 -Choose a DL Silhouette Image and darker Distress Oxide. On our sample card we have used Ground Espresso and then used detail clear embossing powder

Stage 6 -Choose one of the banner stamps and sentiment stamps to create the words.  Cut this out and shape slightly and the ends.

Stage 7 – if you wish you can cut the scene layer into 3 or 4 sections as per our sample card.

Stage 8 – assemble the layers and add glitter where you wish

Other Samples…

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Easel Card with Silhouette Stamps

Hello crafters!

Here’s our latest card made in our regular craft classes.

This card uses Phill’s Sentimentally Yours Silhouette Stamps, Essential Banner and Flag Sentiments and Essential Sentiment Labels.  The Dies used are Sue Wilson Double Pierced Circles and Caribbean Border, Corner and Tag.  We have also used Shimmer Shakers and Luna Paste.

Our main sample card colour uses the Gardeners Work Stamp with Iced Spruce and Scattered Straw Distress Oxides. The Shimmer Shakers are Bright Sunshine and Grass Green.IMG_6659

Stage 1 –  Cut all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows.

  • Card Blank – 21cm x 14.5cm
  • Easel Layer – 21cm x 14.5cm – x1
  • 1st Layer – 20.5cm x 14cm x2 (Inked)
  • 2nd Layer – 20cm x 13.5cm x2 (Embossed)
  • Long strip to stamp banner
  • Die Cuts:
    • Double Pierced Circles – two sizes – x4 of each
    • Caribbean Border and Frame
    • Caribbean Tag and Frame

Stage 2 – Apply the shimmer shakers to the 4 large circles and plain frame die cuts. Leave to dry

Stage 3 – Ink the 1st layers with two coordinating oxide inks. Stamp up the banner and sentiment and cutout. Stamp the smaller sentiment on to the Tag.

OPTION – we have used clear embossing powder over our oxide inks.

Stage 4 – To stamp the images onto circles we have inked sections of the stamp then pressed the card downwards and rubbed the back.  This allows us to choose which part of the image are shown.

Stage 5 – glue together the inked and embossed layers onto your base card.  Don’t forget the top part of the easel has an extra plain layer that needs attaching to the base card.

We have then rubbed Luna Paste very lightly across the embossed layer just to add a bit of detail.

Stage 6 – assemble all the remaining parts of the card

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DL Silhouette Stamps

Hello crafters!

Here’s our latest blog post.  This card was made at our regular craft classes.

It uses Phill’s DL Silhouette Stamps, Essential Sentiments Labels, Stencils, Crackle Paste, Distress Oxides, Versafine Black Onyx Ink and Luna Paste. We have also used the new Feltmark card in Raven Black.

This card looks beautiful in Landscape or Portrait!

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out the layers needed for the card as follows:

  • Base Card – 20cm x 17.5cm
  • Black Layer – 19cm x 16.5cm
  • White Layer – 18.5cm x 16cm
  • White Layer for Stamping Image – 17cm x 14.5cm
  • Double Pierced Frame – Raven Black Feltmark Card

Stage 2 – Choose a stencil and two coordinating colours of crackle paste.  Apply the lighter colour first, but only in small sections.  Then apply a smaller amount of the darker colours and merge into the lighter colour slightly.  Set aside to dry.

Stage 3 – Ink the background layer with three different colours of Distress Oxide.  Take time to blend them smoothly into each other and apply lightly top start with.  We have used a circle die to create the moon and held it in place whilst we inked.  We then splashed water onto the background.


Stage 4 – Ink a strip of card in the same colours to create the tag.  Choose a tag shape and stamp with the Versafine.  Then choose a matching sentiment and stamp.

Stage 5 – choose your DL Silhouette Stamp for the background layer.  You will need to lift this up from the bottom of the card to make sure you can see the image behind the frame.  We used Versafine again and a stamping platform just in case we missed a bit!  We rubbed Moonlight Silver over the moon to create the shimmery effect.

Stage 5 – Assemble the layers, using foam tape to lift the frame.  We also rubbed Luna over the crackle paste.

Other colour samples

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Sentimentally Yours:

Sue Wilson – Double Pierced Rectangles

Cosmic Shimmer:

Palette Knife

Distress Oxides

Versafine Black Onyx Ink

We hope you enjoy making this card!


Christmas DL Card

Here is our latest blog post.

This card was made using Phills DL Christmas Collage stamps, Christmas Verse and Sentiment Duo. Our Crafter’s chose to use either snowflake dies or poinsettia dies on their cards.

Our main sample card uses faded jeans and peacock feathers distress oxide ink colours, but as always we have included samples made with other colour ways.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows:

  • Base Card – 21cm x14.5cm
  • Inked Layer – 20.5cm x 14cm
  • Stamped Layer – 19cm x 9cm
  • Embossed Layer – 19cm x 4cm (two pieces)
  • Inked Layer Inside – 14.5cm x 2cm (two pieces)
  • Inside Verse Layer – 10cm x 11cm
  • Die Cuts
    • Snowflakes or Poinsettias/Holly

Stage 2 – ink the background layer with your two chosen colours of distress oxides.

Stage 3 – colour the snowflakes or poinsettia die cuts. We have made our snowflakes shiny by pressing them into perfect medium and covering with clear embossing powder then heat.

Stage 4 – choose a DL Collage stamp and ink up with two distress inks colours. Press very firmly to ensure even coverage or use a stamping platform. Some of our Crafter’s then covered the image with clear embossing powder and heat set.

Stage 5 – ink the stamp again and stamp the two inside strips.

Stage 6 – choose a Christmas Verse stamp and ink with your two colours.

Stage 7 – assemble the layers, lifting the embossed layers with foam tape. add glitter where you wish and either pearls or pearl PVA in the centres.

Other colour samples

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Sentiment Cloud and Ovals

Hello crafter!

Here is our latest blog post.

This card uses Phill’s Sentiment Cloud Stamps and Rubber Background Stamps, along with Sue Wilson Double Pierced Ovals, Orange Blossom Petals and Whimsical Leaves.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows:

  • Base Card – 21 x 15
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 14.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20cm x 14cm (embossed)
  • Sue Wilson dies:
    • Double Pierced Ovals Set A
    • Orange Blossom Petals
    • Whimsical Leaves

Stage 2 – choose two coordinating Distress Oxide Ink Colours. Our sample card uses Ripe Persimmon and Tea Dye.  Using a Smoothie, ink the 1st layer and middle oval alternately with the two colours. Ink your flowers in the lightest of your two colours. On our cards we have also added colour to the leaves, but have kept it quite pale.

Stage 3 – choose a rubber background stamp and ink alternately with the two colours onto the largest oval, making sure you come in enough. Our sample card uses Leafy Background Stamp.


Stage 4 – Use the darkest ink colour to stamp the background stamp onto your flowers.

Stage 5 – choose a sentiment cloud and use one or two colours to stamp the smallest oval.  Apply Clear embossing Powder if you want a shiny finish!

TIP – to get the sentiment in the right place we have inked the sentiment cloud stamp and pressed the oval layer down onto the stamp and rubbed it gently.


Stage 6 – assemble your layers and use foam tape and glitter where you wish!

Here’s what we have used with links to our website if you wish to purchase any items…

We hope you enjoy making this card!

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Gatefold Card with Gilding Polish

Hello crafters!

Here is a card made by crafters at our regular workshops.

It uses Phills new DL Verse Stamps, Sue Wilson Octagon Dies and the lovely Chrysanthemum Die, with gorgeous Gilding Polish and Shimmer Shakers to add the colour.

Our main sample card uses colours Golden Olive and Silver Hessian, but all the colours are gorgeous!

(the ink is Peeled Paint)

The Full Card


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cut pieces needed for your card as below:

  • Base Card – x2 17cm x 17cm card blanks -front cut to 8 1/2 cm panel
  • Front Panels – x2 16.5cm x 8cm (use the off cut from above)
  • Embossed layers – x2 16cm x 7.5cm and x1 16cm x 4 cm for inside
  • Die Cuts
    • Sue Wilson Lavish Accented Octagon
    • Sue Wilson Double Stitched Octagon
    • Sue Wilson Chrysanthemum

Stage 2 – Choose x1 or x2 Gilding Polish Colours for layers as you wish from the photos.  This stage will take the most time, so be patient!  These colours all match beautifully, so deciding on your colours will be tricky!

TIP – if the sponge is a little dry rinse under the tap and blot the excess.  Use a blending mat to help the Gilding Polish go on more easily.  The colours will overlap, but be careful with the darker colours to make sure there’s not too much.

Stage 3 – To apply Gilding Polish to the embossed layers ensure the sponge is quite dry, by taking off all the excess polish.  Very lightly apply the polish over the embossed pieces, being careful not to apply too much pressure as this will make the polish go into the de-bossed parts.


Stage 4 – Choose co-ordinating Shimmer Shaker colours to add interest to the Chrysanthemum Petals.  Leave to dry naturally for as long as you can, but if you get impatient dry carefully with the heat gun!

TIP – as this flower is quite delicate its best to wet the flowers first and then add the Shimmer Shakers


Stage 5 – Stamp your chosen sentiment from the DL Verse Collection, using Distress Oxides or Detail Embossing Powder  This stamp set has matching verses and a smaller sentiment, which is perfect for the topper ans insert on this card.

Stage 6 – assemble your card layers and foam tape and glitter where you wish

Card Samples

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