Summer is a great time to be out in the garden: there’s a wealth of colour, flowers, birds and insects to feast your eyes on. I particularly enjoy growing plants that are beneficial for both me and the wildlife and one of those essentials is sunflowers. I don’t grow the 10ft monsters for a few reasons; they require too much faffing around with, you only get a solitary flower on them, albeit huge, and our garden is very windy so it would likely get broken. My favourite sunflower to grow is ‘Vanilla Ice’. It’s a multi-branched variety, so lots of flowers for the vase and the wildlife, it’s really easy to grow and it flowers for months.
The Painted Harvest stamp set features a great water-coloured sunflower image and is also easy to create stunning cards with. It’s a multi layered stamp and I usually use a second-generation image for the back layer by stamping off onto scrap paper first but with the yellow ink, it’s not necessary so I just inked up and stamped straight onto the card.
The second layer has more detailed petals. I don’t think there’s a match to the first layer – not that I’ve found anyway! – so that makes it dead easy to just stamp right over the top of the first.
The sunflower centre is created with a graduated tone from a single stamp.
I wanted the leaves to look like they were peeking out from beneath the flower but the stamp has a section of stalk on it. There are several ways to overcome this: ink up only the section you want to stamp; make a mask to protect the flower; or cut the stamp (gulp!). I used a mask made from a post-it note. (I keep the masks I make with the stamp set for future use.) The leaves are also made up with 2 stamps for a textured look.
A Crushed Curry mat and sentiment from the Butterfly Gala complete the single sunflower card.
For this multi sunflower card, I put the sentiment stamp where I was going to stamp it and then stamped my sunflowers around and off the page. Again, I use the mask to protect the flower whilst I stamped the leaves.
I heat embossed the sentiment using gold embossing powder and then mounted on a Sahara Sand card base.
Although not technically sunflowers, the stamp works equally well when used with colours other than yellow. Here’s a presentation folder I created for my watch’s retirement gift for a work colleague.
If you really want to go off-piste, stamp the image in different greens and use it as a wreath for a Christmas card. I heat embossed some gold dots and added some red rhinestones for some festive bling!
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