There are no prizes for spotting what I did wrong making this card! And I have a confession to make! I don’t like sunflowers! I don’t know why because I have fond memories of them growing in our garden when I was very young! It may have something to do with the fact we always had to shake the earwigs out of them before we were allowed to take them in the house!
Despite not liking them I’m pleased with today’s card and I had a lot of pleasure making it. Maybe this suite might change my feelings to be more positive about sunflowers! After I stamped the large sunflower using Bumblebee Ink onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock (CS) I coloured it using the Light So Saffron Stampin’ Blend.
I die-cut it using the large plain die in the matching Sunflowers Dies. Although the die isn’t marked in any way to indicate how to line it up, I found it very easy by concentrating on the three outer petals that appear to be curled in a clockwise position. They are very obvious on the die and therefore easy to line the die up all round.
Next, I die-cut a fancy sunflower die using Bumblebee CS which left a hole in the centre. I used the small round die and a small piece of Soft Suede CS and die-cut a circle to fit in the middle. The three pieces went together easily even though I wasn’t able to identify if there was a right or wrong way for the circle to go in the centre.
I started putting my card together by cutting two pieces of the Flowers For All Seasons Designer Series Paper (DSP) which measure 7/8″ x 3 3/4″ (US 7/8″ x 3 3/8″) and one plain pattern for the centre that measured 3 5/8″ x 3 3/4″ (US 3 3/8″ x 3 3/8″). I found it easier to adhere the three pieces to a regular top layer to make sure I had the correct measurements.
I also adhered two very thin strips of Bumblebee CS across the joins between the two different designs of DSP. It was an advantage that I had adhered the DSP to a top layer because I didn’t have to worry about how long my thin strips were. I was able to cut the excess off very easily. In case you haven’t spotted it, the outside pieces of DSP are upside down! Grr!!
I painted the sunflower with my Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen and then adhered it in the centre using Dimensionals. The sentiment is from the Special Someone Stamp Set and I stamped both in Just Jade Ink and punched them out using the Classic Label Punch. I put both labels in the punch to cut off the excess length I didn’t need and then I adhered them one at the top and one at the bottom using Dimensionals.
I haven’t decorated inside yet because I didn’t know what to do! As I said earlier, I’m pleased with how my card has turned out and extra pleased that the Wink of Stella Glitter shows up brilliantly in the photos. Last time I used this Glitter I said I didn’t know why it showed up so well. But as one of my customers reminded me, I do have a new camera! DOH!! I should have realised! Thanks, Jan M.
That’s it from me today. I look forward to being back with you tomorrow and in the meantime please take care and stay safe! Happy crafting.
Cardstock Layer Sizes: A4
Card base 8¼” x 5¾” scored and folded at 4 1/8”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5½”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3¾” x 5 3/8”
Cardstock Layer Sizes: Letter-size
Card base 8½” x 5½” scored and folded at 4¼”
Middle layer: 2 pieces 4” x 5¼”
Top layer: 2 pieces 3 7/8” x 5 1/8”
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