Obviously, I am thoroughly enjoying my pre-order of the Celebrate Sunflowers cling stamp set bundle, available in the Stampin’ Up! 2020 – 2021 annual catalog. Seeing and pre-ordering new products is just one of the perks of being a SU! demo. The quality of the stamps themselves, including all the intricate details, is the reason I fell completely in love with SU! after purchasing my first stamp set, Lovely as a Tree. I still remember my excitement after using that set for the first time, and my DH does as well. Naturally, he kind of chuckled at me, which he still does when I get excited about new “toys”.
Color Throwdown #594 and Fusion – Enough
Last night I wanted to create another sunflower card, which led to browsing challenge blogs. The colors in ctd594 seemed perfect for sunflowers. Still unsure of a layout, I browsed more and found the Fusion – Enough challenge. I’d found my color combo and sketch combination.
Here’s my card:
Here are the challenge banners:
Combining Challenges for This Two-fer
The trio of colors for ctd594 includes yellow, gray, and white. Perfect for what I wanted to do. The colors I chose Crushed Curry, Basic Gray, and Whisper White.
Since I wanted a very deep, rich color I used the Stamp-a-ratus to stamp the sunflower in Crush Curry. The Stamp-a-ratus allowed me to stamp it multiple times without worrying about lining it up. After three stampings, I made sure to let the ink dry. While waiting just a minute or two, I cleaned off the stamp and grabbed my VersaMark and clear embossing powder. Next, I stamped the sunflower in VersaMark and quickly added the clear embossing powder. Next, I used my heat tool and let the magic happen. Finally, I cropped the flower using the Sunflower Die set. While I was cropping, I used the two dies of stems and cropped them out of vellum.
Using the sketch from the Fusion challenge made creating the rest of the card relatively easy. I used Basic Gray cardstock for the base of the card. The 2019 6 x 6 neutrals DSP gave me the Basic Gray strip down the side and the Smoky Slate banner behind the sentiment. Since I was trying to keep the card as clean as possible, I used the same pattern DSP for both colors.
That gorgeous Bumblebee banner, from the 2020 – 2022 In Color 6 x 6 DSP stack, has a fabulous distressed pattern. It’s just one of the fabulous five new In Colors
The Whisper White panel has been run through the Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder. If you do not yet have this 3D folder, you need to get it. I use it constantly. The very subtle texture lends itself perfectly to clean and simple cards.
Putting It All Together
After adhering the base, layer of white cardstock and the vertical strip on the left, I went back to the Fusion sketch for the placement of the flower and the sentiment element. I adhered the Bumblee and Smoky Slate banners directly onto the white cardstock. Because I wanted the sunflower to be the focal point, I used dimensionals to pop up the sunflower, which allowed me to slip the leaf stems underneath. Since the bottom of the stems won’t show, I could use the multipurpose liquid glue to attach them to the DSP and cardstock.
The sentiment, stamped in Basic Gray from the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set, also has dimensionals on the right side to pop it up evenly with the sunflower. All I needed to add was liquid adhesive to the left side of the sentiment.
Finally, I added a piece of the Bumblee DSP to the flap of the envelope. Then I stamped part of the sunflower on the front left corner and I was done, I’d finished this coordinating card/envelope set.
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