A Pink Saturday of the Secret Garden Kind

e all have that someone special in our life who makes us feel like we live in a Secret Garden of love. The richness that they breathe into our life reflects in our hearts. Painting our life with the beauty that only a secret garden can hold.


the-garden-gate-bannerI thought it would be nice to create a card for that someone special in my life. Why not make it a Pink Saturday inspiration. Bev from How Sweet The Sound is hosing another lovely Pink Saturday. I hope everyone stops by Bev's place to see all the Pink Saturday Inspiration.

My creation

the-garden-gate-bannerI took an image from a painted journal and digitally enhanced the image and created a twosome for printing a 5 x 7 card.


the-garden-gate-bannerAfter printing it out I painted the roses and highlighted some roses in the image.


the-garden-gate-bannerI used embossing powder to paint a bit of metallic embellishment.


the-garden-gate-bannerUsing a product called Perfect Pearls by Ranger.


the-garden-gate-bannerI painted around the roses.


the-garden-gate-bannerThen I found this new embossing product at the craft store called Glitter Pink by Ranger.


the-garden-gate-bannerUsing a clear Embossing Ink by Inkssentials by Ranger, I highlighted areas using a paint brush where I wanted the pink glitter to reside.


the-garden-gate-bannerThen after brushing the embossing powder over the surface and removing the excess, I was ready for my heating tool. Using the tool until the glitter was shiny and adhered.


the-garden-gate-bannerHave you ever noticed how artists never seem to care if they have a manicure because they get so caught in the zone that the only manicure is a glitter one!


the-garden-gate-bannerFolding the card to show off the image on the front and the back, I thought it needed a bit of ribbon.


the-garden-gate-bannerI had found these lovely gold robins in a Vintage shop. So,I thought why not use one for this card.


the-garden-gate-bannerI tied the robin to the card and created a bow.


the-garden-gate-bannerI then took one of the images and cut it into a nice bookmark size.


the-garden-gate-bannerAfter hole punching the top, I added a bit of ribbon.


the-garden-gate-bannerNow the outside and bookmark is finished,


the-garden-gate-bannerI found a sweet envelope that would work nicely. I trimmed the card to fit into the slender pink envelope I got on sale at Paper Source.


DSC00687I needed something for the greeting. So, I wrote a greeting to go with the theme of The Secret Garden.


the-garden-gate-bannerSo, I tucked the card and bookmark into the pink envelope to send to my someone special.


the-garden-gate-bannerI have created the graphics and greeting for you to print out.


the-garden-gate-bannerYou can click on the image and it will carry you to flickr.


the-garden-gate-bannerJust click on the image once you are there and the browser above the image will appear.


the-garden-gate-bannerClick on ALL SIZES and a new window will open. You can download whatever size that you would like. All the images are in a set called Pink Saturday. You can download the original size or the large size for printing. These two 5 x 7 images fit nicely on an 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper.

My creation

the-garden-gate-bannerI hope that you try your hand at using some embossing by using a paint brush to paint with the ink pad. Then just sprinkle some embossing powder, glitter or plain.

the-garden-gate-bannerJust a bit of heat from a heating tool and you can embellish to your heart's content.

I have added a set of a different version of The Secret Garden cards to my etsy shop. Five cards and white envelopes printed on fine art paper note cards. Each card holds the same greeting. Wrapped in an organza ribbon, ready to send, give as a gift or embellish.


the-garden-gate-bannerHappy Pink Saturday! Now if you go through the garden gate you will enter the secret garden that awaits you, as you stroll through all the beautiful Pink Saturday posts at Bev's Place. Wishing you a garden of joy all weekend long. The song for this post is Story time.
Deanna said...

the card you made is absolutely stunning. It's so charmingly done and the vintage ribbon just adds the right touch.

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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ Happy Pink Saturday!
Deanna :D

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Genius. Pink has always been a favorite color, but being the true artist that you are, you have inspired me to use it in my decor. Thank you! Anita

Gossamer Creations said...

Your card turned out so beautiful, you are very talented. Happy Pink Saturday.

LiLi M. said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful image with us. I think it's another one of your masterpieces and it's a great idea to direct us in some diy with this image as well.

I was so happy to hear that you told your mother that I used her words of wisdom on my blog. My mother should have been 82 now too, but alas she died at the age of 69. It's good to hear that you and your mother still share the fun things in life. I hope you will be doing that for a long long time.

Happy Pink Saturday!

Gabriela said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

This is a great tutorial and a fabulous card. Love it!

~ Gabriela ~

Sharon's Cottage Quilts said...

Beautiful Karen! I love the ribbon accent what a cutie pie! Well done!Sharon

Margie said...

Happy Pink Saturday Karen and thank you very much for such a wonderful post, I was enchanted, I think I forgot to close my mouth the whole post and also forgot to take a breath until the end.The ribbon and little bird are so perfect.You are an artist of true creativity. It is so inspiring. I really loved the lines you made to go with it. hugs Margie.

Mimi said...

Thanks so much for the great post today. I just ♥ traveling from blog to blog...the photos, the crafts, the ideas...too fun!

Yours was especially fun this week. Thank you!

See you next week!

Vee said...

That was wonderful! I really enjoyed reading about the process and I loved to see where and how you made such a lovely creation. Thank you, also for your generosity.

Enjoy your weekend!

My Crafty Little Page said...

Hi Karen - this card is fabulous. Your watercolor image is sooo beautiful and thank you so much for the image. I adore your work and I love the way you always find new ways to embellish things. Have a wonderful day. :)Nancy

someplace in thyme said...

You created a gorgeous card that would be perfect for any occasion. Thankyou for sharing this also. I have to say that your printing is over the top perfect as well. Beautiful job, Happy Pink Saturday, Char

The Whispering Poppies said...

My goodness that is BEAUTIFUL, Karen! I just love your watercolors! How very kind of you to share this one! I do love using that fine, fairy dusy type of glitter! =) Happy Weekend!

Connie said...

Well, I LOOOOVE what you did with it, sweetpea!! It turned out gorgeously!!!
xoxo and Happy pink saturday,

Loretta said...

Wow, what a beautiful stunning post! Thank you so much for the free links. What a very sweet thing to do. I love your blog. Happy pink day! I enjoy making my own cards, and I ADORE secret gardens!

Claudia said...

Happy Pink Saturday, Karen! That card is so beautiful. How talented you are! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Say It With Roses said...

What a lovely card! Thank you for sharing with us all the details in giving it the finishing touches!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Liz said...

That is a beautiful project. Thank you for sharing the image!

Have a great Pink Saturday!

TRES BELLE said...


Happy Pink Saturday. I love how you created this card...it is so gorgeous. I'm sure your "special someone" will treasure this card for years to come.


Sandra said...

Thank you so much for the great tutorial, the graphics to go with it, and the inspiration to try something new. Good reason for a trip to the craft store.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Trying to visit blogs between thunderstorms today (Spring is here) Happy Pink Saturday ~ Susan

Riet said...

What a beautiful card you made there.
Happy pink saturday, Riet

Betzie said...

Gorgeous card...you are so talented!!! Loved it and the little robin was just perfect! HPS

Kims Art said...

This card is just so beautiful! I love all the tiny details that you do. It just makes everything so much more special. Thank you for sharing!

Tara said...

Ah, KAren, you are always so generous with your talents. When I come visit here I am in awe but love how you show me how i can have a touch of Karen!!:0)

Laurie said...

I love, love, love this card. How generous of you to offer it for download, too! Just beautiful. Happy Saturday!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

It is so breath taking. I love it and as always you are so kind to share it...m..

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh my gosh.......I am so impressed! What a labor of love for your someone special. Just so sweet!


imjacobsmom said...

It was so fun to watch your progress as you created this beautiful card. You made it look so easy. Thank you for sharing it with us also. I think that the ribbon and the robin were the perfect touch! ~ Robyn

TattingChic said...

Your water colors are just beautiful! I love your work! If you ever do a watercolor w/ tatted lace let me know! I want to be the first in line for it! :)

Hope you stop on by for my 1st Blogoversary/100th post celebration! I'm even having a giveaway! Do come on over! Everyone is invited!!! :)

Amy said...

Such a beautiful card.. great job!

Kathleen Grace said...

Fantastic card! And the little robins you found are so beautiful. I love how you put everything together:>)

MARIA said...

Dear Karen, I'd like to send to you mail letter, but I have a problem with your mail address. I am not sure if I read your address correctly (from writing letters).
Could you write to me and write me your mail address, please?

God bless you and your family!

MARIA said...

I love your Secret Garden card!
Thank you so much for great instruction. I'll be try.

I wish you a happy Sunday!

TattingChic said...

Hi Karen! I came back over to say thank you so much for the very sweet comment you left on my blog! I'm so glad you came over to celebrate with me! That was such a nice offer you mentioned! If you do still want to post a blurb about the giveaway that is very sweet and so generous of you to do!

I love your watercolors, Karen! You are such a talented gal! If you ever do decide to do a painting of some tatting let me know as I will be the first in line to see it or get one! :)

Thanks for being such a sweet and supportive bloggy friend! I have really enjoyed your blog posts and have always appreciated your sweet comments on my blog this past year!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Karen!
Thanks for visiting my site! My intention is that someone does create a happy ending; the fun part for me is to see all the possibilities, but the challenging part for my blogging pals is to come up with a good ending! It is the teacher in me, what can I say?!! Warmest regards, Anita

Elyse said...

hi karen,

what a creative and relaxing scroll. thanks for the step-by-step. what kind of heating tool? beautiful results!

happy belated pink saturday!


Marianne said...

I love the card that you made! It is just beautiful and makes me want to have a Secret Garden!
I wanted to let you know again how much I love your music! I have your blog listed in my Favorites as "Great Music", and when I am playing a game or blog hopping I listen to your wonderful music!
Also, I love your photos of the ocean- I LOVE to be by the ocean and don't get the opportunity very often living here in Utah!
Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful things!!

Sit-N-Chat said...

How fun it would be-- sit down and create a pretty card or picture for a wall. how blessed you are. Love the garden picture card.


Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

I love, love, love this Karen. Now tell me more about the gold birds. Are they dresden or plastic or what? Hope you have a fantastic pink week. xo Lynn

RobinfromCA said...

So, so gorgeous! Can't wait to try my hand at some of the creativity! Thank you!


HiHo said...

your time was well spent and generous!
HP, Heidi

Annie said...

I love the garden gate card. You are so talented. I love the little bird on the ribbon.
Blessings, Annie