We have all been missing the socialisation and banter of the craft classes so much. Although we are all keeping up to date online using various platforms it’s not quite the same…To keep the ladies motivated and focussed I’ve been sharing some free tutorials for “homework” for them and they are now beginning to send in their gorgeous makes which I look forward to sharing. This is the first tutorial I sent out.

I’ve used the ombre tulip square, a craft die set from Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson called Tulip Flower Square. It’s a 2 set die which includes the square frame.

I started with the frame and as I wanted a strong black to define I used Versafine Clair, Nocturne applied with a finger dauber. You could use a piece of sponge or blenders whatever you have.

After die cutting the complete square I put some low tac tape on the reverse side to hold the sections of the die together.

My colour choice for the tulip was pastel pink ombre effect so I coloured the tips with worn lipstick distress oxide.

With the low tac tape still in place I replaced the pieces into the square.

Then coloured the main petals.

Next add darker shade to the tips.

Reattach to the tape frame.

Colour the leaves.

The remaining areas I coloured with Hickory Smoke oxide.

I used the bubble wrap technique as we have done in recent classes to create a simple background on smooth stamping card 250gsm. As an alternative to bubble wrap you could use a simple background stencil.

The completed design is mounted onto a 6″ x 6″ card blank so I used a smooth piece of stamping card 250gsm to create my matting layer for the tulip square to be mounted on. The size of the matting layer is 14cm x 14cm.

Another class technique recently was to use a piece of thicker copy paper/card to create an edge instead of matting onto another black/coloured layer. I coloured the edge, again using a finger dauber and nocturne Versafine Clair to give a more defined edge. You could always use the edge or a ruler or stencil edge instead of the copy paper if you prefer. The edge you create with the black ink can be any width you prefer. It’s proved to be a very useful and effective technique especially for those who don’t like too much matting and layering and can save on postage costs too!

Finally matt the tulip square onto the layer background you have created and then onto a card base, I used a 6″ x 6″.

Enjoy your crafting xx