Joanna Sheen’s Marjolein Bastin Card
Marjolein Bastin is a Dutch artist who specialises in painting the most gorgeous images of nature. She creates everything from cheeky squirrels and beautiful birds, to simply stunning flowers. I freely admit that I’m certainly a little biased, as flowers are my first love! But you honestly couldn’t dislike anything in her range, she is truly talented!
I made this card using the brand new paper pads in our Marjolein Bastin range.
The 170gsm papers in each pad sport a gentle sheen – they aren’t full out glossy, but feature more of a pretty satin finish.
We take Marjolein’s designs and break them down into card-friendly ingredients, so each sheet holds more than enough for one card, (sometimes enough for two!) and you get 24 sheets in a pad, so there’s plenty to work with!
Many of the sheets include some simple decoupage, not layer after layer, just a couple on a card, but it is enough to give your card that wow factor! There are often gorgeous borders inspired by the main image, and little embellishments to add a finishing touch to your card, too.
Top Crafting Tip:
I will put in a word here for using glue gel rather than foam pads. I know foam pads are easy but – trust me – once you get the hang of it, Pinflair is easy to use, and gets much better results than pads… it allows you to vary the heights, too! The only downside is that you need to leave it to dry, preferably overnight.
You Will Need:
- A4 sheets of pale pink cardstock
- A4 sheets of pale blue cardstock
- 8” x 8” white card blank
- Marjolein Bastin sheet (from pad 6)
- Lace ribbon
- Glue gel, double sided tape, foam tape
- Tweezers, decoupage snips and scissors/small guillotine
Take the sheet from the pad and snip out all the little decoupage shapes and pieces. The main image can be cut out with scissors, or (as I like to do) you could use a small guillotine for straighter edges.
Cut the pink card to 7 ¾” square and the blue card to 7 ½” square, and layer these two with double-sided tape. Now wrap some of the lace ribbon near the right hand edge. Secure this firmly on the back with ordinary sticky tape. In order to add this to the card blank, I use foam tape which sticks well over the bumpy ribbon bits and gives your base layer a lift.
Stick the main image centrally to the left of the lace (see photo) then add the two little stamp sized embellishments (I used Pinflair for this.) Now build the layers, curving the paper just a little between your fingers, and then add to the card. Leave overnight to dry before posting.
Your finished project would make a wonderful birthday card, anniversary card, get well soon card… it’s so versatile the possibilities are endless!
What occasion would you create this lovely floral card for? Let us know in the comments!