To get this card started I stamped the sunflower image onto some Strathmore “Bristol Smooth Surface“ card stock using Versafine “Onxy Black“ ink and clear heat embossing afterwards (I always do this when I use my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers because this way the lines stay crisp and black, no matter how much water you ad).
Next I started colouring the image using the following Clean Color Markers and my Pentel Aquabrush: Yellow, Bright Yellow, Brown, Mid Brown, May Green, Green and Haze Blue. I also added some highlights with a white Sakura Gelly Roll pen.
After the image was dry I fussy cut her out using my Fiskars scissors. I edged the cut out image with Distress ink in the colour “Tumbled Glass “.
Then I started working on the background. I die cut a piece of slightly shimmery white card stock with one of my square Crea-Nest-Lies XXL nesting dies. I ran this piece through my Big Shot using the embossing folder from the Marianne Design embossing folder and die set with number DF3416 (with a lacy pattern). I also die cut two pieces with the matching die in this set from some red glitter card stock (before die cutting I applied some Elizabeth Crafts double sided tape to the back of the glitter card stock to make adhering the elements to the card later on easier). The red elements in this card create a nice contrast with the yellow from the sunflower. After die cutting I adhered the glitter piece to the white embossed panel. To create a bit more interest for the eye I also splattered on some Coliro Pearl Colors by Finetec GmbH in the colour “Inka Gold“ and then set this panel aside to dry.
For my sentiment I choose one of the stamps from the Clearly Besotted “Mini Basic Banners “ stamp set that I stamped on white card stock using VersaMark ink and heat embossing with Ranger “Gold Super Fine Detail “ embossing powder. I went over the open lines and around the banner with a Copic Multiliner (0.3) to create a bit more contrast. I cut the banner out using the matching die and edged the banner using the same Tumbled Glass ink. Next I adhered the sentiment to the coloured sunflower image using Ranger Medium Matte.
I love to create layers on my cards, I feel this makes cards so much more interesting to look at. For this particular one I die cut a mat using a piece of matching red card stock and using one of my square stitched Crea-Nest-Lies XXL nesting dies. After the splatters dried I adhered the lacy panel to the red mat using liquid glue. These combined panels I adhered to a white linen textured card base using one millimetre thick foam tape.
To finish my card I adhered the sunflower/sentiment combination to the card using one millimetre thick foam tape and also some sparkly gold sequins in different sizes using Ranger Medium Matte.
And that finishes today’s card. I love sunflowers, I think because of their bright yellow colour, they make me feel happy!