Saturday, 19 April 2014

Thistle Not Be A Card With Tutorial

Happy Easter to Everyone and a warm welcome to my new followers. I can’t believe how fast this month is going in as Guest Designer over at Cheery Lynn Designs . I love sharing my crafty ideas with you all and today I thought I would show you how to make a Thistle from Embellishment#1.
When I first saw this die I thought it would make a perfect Thistle. Isn’t it wonderful how we can all look at a die and see something different in it.
I made this breadboard as a present for one of my crafty friends. It was so lovely to see her face light up when she opened it and I know she will treasure this for a long time to come.

I noticed wooden breadboards in our local Bargain Shop and just thought this was begging to be altered. After giving it a Shabby paint effect with PaperArtsy paint and crackle glaze I sanded my board all back and layered on a piece of tartan paper I had dry brushed some Gesso onto. I cut out the Chicken Wire Frame from white cardstock and then pressed some areas into my embossing ink and used silver embossing powder on to it to give a metallic effect. With the areas left not embossed I dragged the paper through some distress stain to give it a rusty effect.

I stamped my beloved little Tilda and coloured her in using Copics and paper piecing in her little Tartan pinafore dress.

Now for the magic of Cheery Lynn dies - To make My Thistle.

Step 1 – Paint a cocktail stick green.

Step 2 – Using Embellishment#1 and cardstock cut out 6 large & 2 medium in purple/lilac and 1 large & 1 medium in green and emboss all pieces in the centre so the paper curls up.

Step 3 -  Glue the medium green one on to the base of the large one and then glue both on to the cocktail stick. Gradually gluing and layering on the other pieces until you have 3 large ones left. With these ones crush them at the base and glue together. Let the glue dry.

Step 4 – Now we want to join the 2 pieces together. On to the crushed piece that is not on your stick, you want to place glue at the base and a third of the way up this piece.  Now place it in to the centre of the stick and gather all the paper up and hold together until the glue grips. Try to be patient at this stage until your glue has thoroughly dried.

Step 5 – Start to curl your edges with tweezers on you green parts and the medium die layer of purple you had placed in. This all helps to give it texture.

 Step 6 – You now want to ruffle the top part of your thistle so placing a couple of fingers around the middle to support it, bend your papers back and forward.

 Step 7 – Cut out green cardstock using your flourish leaf strip and glue a few leaves into place. The  B216 Wreath Strip would also look fab as leaves on this.

My flowers are all made using Cheery Lynn dies, painting and using distress inks on white cardstock for my larger flowers

Well I hope you all managed to follow my tutorial and have fun making a Thistle. As you can see this die is fantastically versatile, as if you look at my small purple flowers they are made from the same die and they also look great in the centre of larger flowers.

Hope you all have a creative weekend, 

Julie x

      Shop at Cheery Lynn  for: 

  • B181A Embellishment#1
  • B178 Flourish Leaf Strip
  • B311 Chrysanthemum Strip
  • FRM144 Chicken Wire Frame
  • B118 Pair of Ferns
  • B307 Sweet Williams Strip
  • Dl102 French Pastry
  • Dl234 French Pastry Doily

I wish to enter this in to :

Stamping Sesations - Use Dies/Punches Challenge 
Crafty Hands Devon - Anything Goes Challenge
Marvellous Magnolia Challenge - Anything Goes Challenge
Fab and Funky Challenges - Flower Power Challenge
Magnolia-Liciouschallenge blog - All Things Flowery Challenge
That Craft Place Blog - Anything Goes Easter Challenge
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog - Pick a Stamp Any Stamp Challenge
Tildastown - April Showers Bring May Flowers Challenge


  1. fabulous make and thank you for sharing at Crafty Hands very good luck hun Judith DT x

  2. Such a sweet card for our Dies and punches theme at Stamping Sensations! Those gorgeous flowers are to die for! Thanks for joining us this month and good luck!

  3. Absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful gift this is.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  4. A wonderful alteration, it is just simply so adorable and I of course admire your thistles, they are fabulous.

  5. I adore your flowers and your coloring of Tilda is amazing! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  6. Your flowers are fabulous...the distressed background is fabulous....and I love the way you matched up the colors in your stamped image with it! Such a great project! Thanks for sharing your stamping hoard with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #5!

  7. Thistle do perfectly! Well done!! Love your project and repurpose and flowers and most of all the thistles!! Amazing. . .Thanks for sharing your style with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  8. I am stunned by the flowers! And the coloring! And the use of the board thingie! My jaw is on the floor! Wonderful project! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  9. This is adorable! I love the thistle die. Thanks for joining us at CHACB!

  10. Great project, love the flowers! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  11. Fabulous, love your flowers...Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  12. This is awesome!!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders!!

  13. Another CL stunner Julie - those flowers are amazing - you must have the patience of Job! Such a fantastic alteration and I've no doubt your friend was thrilled. Hope you have had a lovely Easter. Nicola x

  14. A little late getting here Juliz but wanted to say that your creation is lovely and just perfect for our Dies and Punches theme, thanks so much for sharing with us at Stamping Sensations challenge.

    B x (Not sure if you entered my Grand Calibur candy here if not there is still time to do so)

  15. Hi, Wow what an amazing altered piece of artwork!! Love it and those group of flowers you have die cut and made up are so Beautiful!
    Thankyou for joining us at Digi Galore. Good Luck and hope to see you again soon.
    Hugs Amanda (DT)

  16. Hi, its Amanda again, OOPS sorry that was suppose to say thankyou from That Craft Place. Sometimes get confused when I am on 4 DT's and leaving comments for them all. lol
    Hugs again. Amanda

  17. wow, i love this and the thistles are just amazing.

    Thanks for joining in the fun over at CraftyHands Challenge.

    Good luck


    Jo x Dt x

  18. Hi, just wanted to thank you again for the most beautiful gift you made for me. I feel privileged to receive one of your masterpieces. You are truly a great friend.
    Thanks for sharing how you made the thistles I'll be giving it a try.
    Chris has done a great job again with the photos to show all aspects of your designs so well done to him also.
    Thanks a bunch my dear friend
    Lilian x

  19. What a fantastic alteration - the flowers are absolutely stunning!
    Alison x

  20. Wonderful work!!!! Love the backgroung, the flowers and colours!! Stunning!!! :)

    Thank you so much for joining us at Tildas Town this week
    Hugs, Cinzia

  21. beautiful! love all the flowers that you've made & the stunning background. Thank you for joining Tilda's Town this week.
    hugs, shien shien

  22. Wow Julie that is so so gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

  23. Wow this is just Stunning! Looooove the Tutorial on the Thistle! thanks for joining us at Marvelous Magnolia!


Thanks for visiting, I love to read your comments so I know you have stopped by and look forward to visiting your blog.

Julie x


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