Friday, January 10, 2020

Tonic Studios Guest Design Post | Susan's Garden Club

Hello, crafty friends!
Wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

I am so excited and honoured to share that I am a guest designer today for Tonic Studios! I have two projects to share using the range of NEW dies from Susan's Garden Club. I just adore making handmade flowers and Susan's dies are amazing to create realistic looking flowers with minimal effort. Without much ado, let's get right to my projects!

My first project is an elaborate floral Card featuring the Susan's Garden Club - Pom Pom Dahlia Die Set & the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set.

To create my card, I first took a piece of Bright White Watercolor Paper and did some stenciling on the background to create a textured background for my flowers. Next, I started working on the main focal for my card, which are the flowers. I die cut the Susan's Garden Club - Pom Pom Dahlia Die Set from Watercolor Paper using my die cutting machine. I also cut a bunch of holly leaves and foliage using the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set

Once they were all die cut, I used my Zig Brush Markers to colour the flowers. I did not colour them all perfectly - I just added colour to the centre and the sides of the petals and used a Watercolor Brush to spread the colour. I did this for all the flower die cuts, and once they were dry, I used Embossing Tools to shape my flowers. I repeated the same process for the leaves - I used Zig Markers to colour them along with a Watercolour Brush, and then slightly shaped them to give them a more realistic finish.  

For the foliage, I die cut it from the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set using Watercolour Paper and then added yellow and peach dots to create berries using the Nuvo Crystal Drops - Dandelion Yellow and Nuvo - Jewel Drops - Rose Water. I arranged all the elements together to create my floral spray and then adhered them to my card panel. To finish off, I added a sentiment strip over the die cut circle window and mounted my panel to a a top folding White card base. 

My next project is a Gift Box created using the Susan's Garden Club - Columbine Die Set & the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set.

I am a sucker for pretty packaging and totally love creating my own gift boxes, bags, tags, and more, so I decided to create a Gift Box and embellish it using flowers made from Susan's Garden Dies. I created the lid of the box using Patterned Paper while the base was made from White Cardstock. Then, I die cut several flowers and leaves from the Susan's Garden Club - Columbine Die Set using Watercolour Paper. I went with different colours this time, and kept the flowers in White and Peach.

 I used a mix of leaves from this die set and the Susan's Garden Club - Holly & Berries Die Set and coloured them using green dye inks. I arranged all of them on the box and added some additional foliage as well. The little peach berries that you see were created using the Nuvo - Jewel Drops - Rose Water. I added two inverted scalloped rectangle frames and sentiment strips to complete my project. I was quite pleased with the way this one turned out. I'd love to know what you think of it?

Thank you for visiting and checking out my post! I hope you liked my projects using these dies. If you did, I would love to hear from you!
Do follow me on Instagram @hussena_cal for upcoming projects using Susan's Gardens dies.


  1. Hussena! I do love your florals! These two are extraordinary in every way! You have a wonderful way of combining the flowers with totally different leaves - I never would have imagined the Dahlia, with Holly - just look how gorgeous they are! Your box is such a work of art, that a gift inside would be unnecessary!