Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Classy Cards Sunflower Garden

Hi!  This is my take on the Sunflower Inspired Challenge at Classy Cards 'n Such.  Get inspired like I was by this great inspiration photo and come play along for a chance to win a beautiful Impression Obsession Stamp!

I wanted to use colors from the challenge photo and I had planned to use red, yellow and white. The card ended up going a different direction and instead I used blues and greens.  I began by stamping the Impression Obsession Wooden Plank Cover-a-Card stamp on white card stock with tea dye distress ink.  I sponged over it with weathered wood distress ink to get that blue color.  To further age the look of the planks and get a little more texture, I sponged more tea dye ink over a Memory Box Pattern Tula Stencil.

I used the same stencil on the center front panel which was cut with a Spellbinders labels Eighteen die and popped up with Joy! Foam Pads.  The center was sponged with weathered wood and mustard seed distress inks.

Susan's Garden Daisy Die was used to make the sunflowers (they probably look a bit more like black-eyed-Susan's) and colored them with Susan's Garden Pan Pastel's.  The pan pastels are amazing to work with - the colors are so vibrant.  I've seen videos of them being used but they really are amazing in person.  The color saturation is incredible. Classy Cards currently sells two different color sets.

The leaves are from the Spellbinders Foliage die (since the Daisy leaves looked too different from Sunflower leaves).  The foliage was also colored with Susan's Garden Pan Pastels.  I shaped the flowers and leaves using flower molding tools from two Paper Blossoms Tool Kits.  The sentiment is from JustRite Poppies Labels 29 and was stamped using black Memento Ink.  The doily behind the flowers is a Memory Box Buckle and the red frame is a Spellbinders Labels Die.

To add a little sparkle (not sure I can make a card without some bling) I added Stickles to the front petals of the flower and also to the flower centers.  After the Stickles dried I went over the centers of the flowers with a black Viva Decor pen to add dimension and also to create more interest.

Thanks for stopping by!  Please join us at CCNS for this fun challenge, I can't wait to see what you create!


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Inkspirational Challenges Red, Orange & Yellow
Dream Valley Challenge Flowers


Nonni said...

Very elegant and beautiful! Thank you for sharing your card with us at Inkspirational.

wannabcre8tive said...

Your card is so pretty and has so many lovely elements.

Pia Krogh Larsen said...

Lovely & elegant.
Thanks for sharing at Inkspirational Challenges :o)

Cornelia W said...

Gorgeous sunflower card and your wood background is wonderful! Thanks for playing with us at Dream Valley Challenges! I hope to see you again here next time! Hugs, Cornelia – DT