Splendid Sunflowers

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.

A little bee on my ‘Vanilla Ice’ sunflower

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.

Layer 1 with Crushed Curry

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.

Crushed Curry layer 2

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 well used post-it note mask!

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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Dragonflies & Dandelions Card

After spending (erm…wasting!) many hundreds of £££ buying stamp sets that I liked but didn’t have any ideas for, I now only buy stamp sets that I can immediately think of 3 projects or cards that I could use them for. This was the case with Stampin’ Up!’s Dragonfly Dreams and more recently Dandelion Wishes, the latter being one of my all-time favourite sets.  I thought that the two sets would complement each other well  and decided to use the dandelion stamp to make my version of DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Here’s the card.

I wanted a monochrome look so stamped in grey ink but you could use any colours you fancy.  Here’s another I made using light turquoise ink and a scrap of ice blue glitter card I found in my large box of card offcuts.  You can really see the wing detail of the stamped image.

This is another different look using Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie inks together with gold glimmer paper.

If you’d like to watch my YouTube video tutorial on making this card, please click this link

https://youtu.be/DUKUmoHxfiE

To make this card, I used:

  • Stampin’ Up! Dragonfly Dreams stamps and Dragonfly thinlits
  • Stampin’ Up! Dandelion Wishes stamps
  • 11.5″ x 4 1/8″ white card base, unscored (you will score it later)
  • 5.5″ x 3 7/8″ card lining piece, I used grey
  • 3.5″ x 3″ pieces of silver glitter card and grey card for the dragonfly cut outs
  • Scraps of white/grey for the sentiment
  • Co-ordinating ink pad
Materials needed
  1. Stamp the dragonfly showing the wing details onto the small grey piece of card and then cut out using the solid framelit.
  2. Cut out the detailed dragonfly framelit using the glitter card.
  3. Stick the glitter dragonfly onto the grey stamped dragonfly image, only adhering the body and tail.  Gently bend the glitter wings up a little to give the 3D effect.

    3D glitter dragonfly (left) and inlaid dragonfly (instructions later)
  4. Measure 5.75″ along your card base and put a couple of tiny pencil marks.  Stick a post-it note along these marks, positioned to the left of the marks.
  5. Stamp your background image using the Dandelion Wishes stamps.  Less is more –  you don’t want to entirely cover the card.  Ensure you stamp off the edges too.  Whilst you’ve got your ink out, add a little stamped detail to your card inner and the envelope and stamp your sentiment on the scrap of white.
  6. Remove the mask, erase the pencil marks then score the base at 5.75″ and fold in half.
  7. Adhere the liner to the inside of the card.
  8. Cut out your greeting and add a backing if you want.  You can flag the ends, add a mat, add a small offset mat (which I did) – the choice is up to you!  It’s one of the ways you can make the card your own.  I added a grey mat the same size as my sentiment, positioned offset slightly above and left of the sentiment. I thought it looked a bit bare so added a couple of rhinestones – well who doesn’t like a bit of bling?!
  9. Add some foam dimensionals behind the sentiment and the dragonfly body and head and add to your card front.

And you’re all finished!

Try changing things up by trying out different colourways, changing the sentiment and/or changing the position of the elements.  In this one, I used the large detailed dragonfly thinlit and flagged the sentiment banner.

 

Inlaid Dragonfly Directions

If you wanted to use the glitter cut outs from your glitter dragonfly wings to make another card topper, the inlaid dragonfly shown above, here’s what you do.

  1. Stick a piece of double sided adhesive sheet onto another piece of grey 3.5″ x 3″ card stock and cut out the solid dragonfly and also cut a detailed dragonfly out of grey card. 
  2. Remove the adhesive backing paper and adhere the detailed dragonfly  to it.  The adhesive is quite unforgiving so try lining up the body and head first and the wings should follow suit.  (You can always trim off any adhesive backing showing on the front if necessary.) This will leave the holes in the wings with a sticky surface.
  3. Using your silver glitter dragonfly  and trying to keep all the pieces together, lay the  glitter dragonfly directly on top of the one you just made and using tweezers, a cocktail stick, pokey tool or the like, push the cut out pieces through into the adhesive lined holes underneath.  You will have to press quite firmly.
  4. Carefully remove the glitter dragonfly, capturing any cut-outs that haven’t stuck and relocate them.
  5. Press the glitter inserts firmly onto the dragonfly base to ensure they’re properly adhered.

Lo and behold! 2 dragonfly card toppers for your projects!

 

Another project

You can also make this into a cute picture using a shadow box frame.  I used a 10cm x 10cm white shadow box for this.

Thanks to Liz Yuille of Old Stables Crafts for the inspiration for the inlaid dragonfly.  https://oldstablescrafts.co.uk/

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