Ovals & Flowers Clean and Simple Card with Jenny

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Hi everyone, it's Jenny here and I'm so thrilled to be joining you courtesy of Catherine's Blog! Today I have a a classy and elegant card using the brand new Zen Garden release inks and Oval & Flowers Dies.  I hope you've been loving this release – I know I have had so much fun playing with it!

Zen Garden Blog Post Jenny Colacicco A To create my card, I first trimmed a piece of White cardstock to 11″ x 4.25″ and scored at 5.5″.  I then placed the smaller Oval and the smaller scalloped oval from the Ovals & Flowers Dies onto the front, one inside the other, keeping them in place with masking tape.  I ran them through my die-cutting machine using the embossing sandwich (check your machine's instructions for the correct sandwich – on my Spellbinders Platinum 6 it goes: dies facing up, cardstock, tan mat, embossing plate).  When you remove the dies, there's a beautiful dry embossed frame!

When I snipped apart the dies in the Ovals & Flowers dies set, I didn't snip apart any of the flowers – this makes it super easy to run through a machine and not have lots of tiny dies everywhere (I will TOTALLY lose them!)  I ran through the bundle of flower dies in my die cut machine two or three times, using Premium White Cardstock.  I then used small sponge daubers and ink to color the die cuts.  I used Shea Butter for the centers (and some I left white), and for the petals I used Rose Petals (of course!), Sugared Lavender and Stone Blue.  The leaves were two-tone using Spruce and Seafoam.  I then added the centers to the petals using liquid adhesive.

Zen Garden Blog Post Jenny Colacicco B To arrange my flowers, I created dimension using foam squares (sometimes doubling up for more interest) and arranged them around the embossed oval.   Finally, for the sentiment, I stamped this beautiful quote from the Faithful Flutterings stamp set using Sugared Lavender.  By the way, Catherine's inks stamp sentiments amazingly – they're so crisp!!

I hope you enjoyed the card!  If you have any questions, leave me a comment on Catherine's blog and I'll be sure to answer.  Have fun!

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