Thursday, July 27, 2017

Sunny Greetings

Hi there friends!  I'm back to share a fun card, one of two I finished in a busy crafting afternoon yesterday.  This one uses the sketch from the current challenge at Stamp Ink Paper and the colors from the current color challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  I'm also entering it into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is "Anything Goes".

The color challenge colors are Pacific Point, Wild Wasabi and Daffodil Delight.  While Stampin' Up colors are used, participants can use similar colors of any brand, so I chose to use Distress Inks Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and Squeezed Lemonade.

When I saw the color challenge colors, I immediately thought of a sunflower against the sky, but in trying to tie it into the sketch, the only sunflower stamp I own seemed too big.  Then I came up with the idea to make a mask and sponge clouds in the square space and add the sunflower image in front of it with foam tape.  Once the clouds were ink blended and the mask removed, I stamped the stem and leaf image below the clouds and the sunflower itself onto a piece of watercolor paper. 

The white panel is Strathmore Bristol, which can be both ink blended and water colored with ease.  After the stem was water colored, it just seemed to be hanging out into space below the clouds, so I decided to add the "ground" and very faint light blue in the background, and after that dried, and some Baker's Twine was added to the top, the panel was adhered to the Pacific Point card base.  Next the sunflower was water colored and fussy cut then added to the panel.  After sequins were added, I spread Glossy Accents around the flower center for a nice shine.

Thanks so much for visiting, it's always so appreciated!  I've added links to the challenges above, so be sure to head over there and enjoy all the beautiful inspiration.


Product details
Stamps:  Summer Flowers (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper:  Pacific Point (Stampin' Up), Strathmore Bristol, Canson XL watercolor
Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black; Distress Inks:  Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn, Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Ground Espresso 
Other:  Black Baker's Twine, Cloud Stencil (My Favorite Things), SSS Masking Paper, #4 and #8 Silver Black Velvet paint brushes, Tim Holtz Ink Blending Tool, Chameleon (SSS) and Sparking Clear (Pretty Pink Posh) sequins, Ranger Glossy Accents


Lorraine A said...

Gorgeous card Stef :-) the sunflower is so pretty and I love the simple cloudy panel, a very lovely and very clever idea! LOVE it :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x

Gingin said...

Stef this is absolutely beautiful!! Love how creative you got with sponging the clouds in the block for the sketch. Your coloring is gorgeous! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Stamp Ink Paper :)

Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

That's so pretty Steff, loving the colour combo too. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamp, Ink, Paper. Carolyn xx

Jenny Hall said...

Lovely coloring, Steph! Those clouds are so dreamy. Thanks for joining the challenge this week at Stamp, Ink, Paper.

Tina Riddle said...

Stef, this is sooo pretty! I love the masked cloud background as well as the gorgeous sunflower!! Thanks so much for joining us at Stamp, Ink, Paper this week!