Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden

Spellbinder's Susan's Spring Garden Parrot Tulips Carta Bella Spring Farmhouse by Kathy Clement Photo 01

Spellbinder’s Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden Spring Florals Release

Hello, Friends!  Does anything say “Spring is here” better than Parrot Tulips?  Today I’m sharing a lovely bunch of Parrot Tulips made with Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s latest Spring Flora Release from Spellbinders.  To fill out the tulip cluster, I created some greenery with her Ferns and Ivy Dies from this same release.

I’ve paired these flowers up with Carta Bella’s cheery Farmhouse Market Paper Collection. It just seemed to be the perfect partner for these blossoms.

Flower Making Details

Do you like to make your own flowers?  I love doing it when time permits.

  • First,  Die cut the tulip layers from scraps of the Spring Farmhouse Solids cardstock for a perfect color match.   This automatically gets you started off on the right foot!
  • Now, sponge each petal with a combination of Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber,  and Ripe Persimmon Distress Oxide Inks.
  • Next, shape the petals with the Groove Golf Flower Shaping Tools.  Use the medium tool to add “veins” to the tulip petals.
  • Now round the petals with the blunt end of the largest Groove Golf Tool.  If you place the rounded (blunt) end in the center of the tulip petal, the sides will cup up beautifully.
  • Then, layer the flower petals together, staggering the edges for a more natural look.
  • Next, Use the piercing awl to make a hole for some stamens.  Add the stamens through the center for a stunning finish!


Creating the Bouquet

Die cut the ferns, ivy and tulip leaves from scraps of green cardstock.  Then shape with the groove tool and spritz with Glimmer Mist.

Our son had cut me some slices from a fallen branch.  This seemed like the perfect way to display this bouquet.  First, lightly wash the wood surface with some diluted ivory chalk paint.  Use a paper towel to dab away the excess.  Then spatter the wood with flecks of white chalk paint and Abandoned Coral Distress Paint.  Now you just need to add a bow and some buttons to finish off the card.

A Peek Inside

Create a treat pocket and a little photo spot inside the card to turn it into a thoughtful gift.

There are so many lovely flowers and fillers in this Susan’s Spring Flora Release!  If you like to make your own flowers, you might like to check them out HERE.

I love flowers at any time of year, but spring flowers seem to be the most precious.  Perhaps it’s because we’ve just endured the bleak winter months that they bring us such joy.  What’s blooming in your life right now?

Thanks so much for stopping by!





13 thoughts on “Parrot Tulips from Susan’s Garden

  1. Gena Krannig

    Kathy, the tulip colors in this card are gorgeous. I love coral pink. In fact next to green it’s my fav. I really like that the background layering papers are so different but go together so beautifully. And those cute little buttons that bring out the darker background are such a pretty addition. This is one of my favorite Carta Bella collections. Thank you for sharing this lovely card! Hugs!

  2. MaryH

    Kathy, I wasn’t able to look at your project till late; but it is spectacular amongst the most beautiful works of yours that I have been lucky enough to see. I find I gravitate to HC’s flower products as well as to Susan Tierney-Cockburn’s dies. She, like you, makes all seem possible and easy to do. Not necessarily true but definitely awe-inspiring! You are an inspiring artist and I truly love this project and my heart is full and head dancing with the prospect of the next adventure and inspiration with you. Thanks for the eyeful and joyful experience today!

  3. Jessica

    These tulips and the colors brought me here to check out your post Kathy. How awesome these are!

  4. Claire Gagne

    Another beautiful card Kathy along with some very beautiful flowers. The papers are special as well. Your work is simply endless. Love all you do. Be safe & TYFS

  5. Sue D

    Beautiful tulips and I like the papers you used. We enjoy walking our property and seeing the Spring bulbs blooming.

  6. Isabel Gonzalez

    Oh, what gorgeous flowers, Kathy!!! You’ve got the Midas touch. I love the simplicity of the card with the elaborate bouquet and the wood slice and sentiment! It’s just perfect!!!

  7. Vicki Kroll

    Pretty flowers and another beautiful card. You are so creative. I used to work with flowers I dried myself in a flower press. It was great fun. I love flowers too and Spring is so delightful in watching as the flowers renew.

  8. Rebecca Nicklin

    Oh, what a fun “job” you have! What a cheerful project. You’d be a great success at making sugar flowers for cakes, I’m sure!

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