Sunshine Wishes with Crafty Secrets
A few weeks ago, our daughter came over to take me out for breakfast at our state farmer’s market restaurant. On the way there, we passed a big field of the most gorgeous sunflowers I’ve seen in a long time. We’ve had so much rain here in NC this summer that all the flowers are fairly bursting out of the ground. The sunflowers were waving in a light breeze, their huge heads alternately bowing down to and then saluting the sun. The scene thrilled me, and ever since I’ve been itching to make a sunflower themed card. Luckily for me, Crafty Secrets has a gorgeous sunflower stamp. So today’s project is titled Sunshine Wishes with Crafty Secrets.
Sunflowers and Brown Paisley Digital Papers
Have you seen the Brown Paisley digital papers from Crafty Secrets? They are a real steal at only 99 cents! I printed off a 5″x7″ panel of both the brown paisley and the aged gold (they come in a set) papers onto plain white cardstock. These panels became the background for the inside and the outside of my card. I also printed off a full 8 1/2″ x 11″ panel of the paisley paper onto plain printer paper so that I could decorate my envelope. I love that I can print on whatever type or weight of paper I choose to use.
I stitched around the brown paisley panel, distressed and inked the edges and then sewed a strip of fringed burlap at the base. This adds nice texture and the burlap goes so nicely with the sunflower theme.
Creating Dimensional Flower Images from Stamps
The sunflower image was stamped twice onto natural parchment cardstock and then colored with Gelatos. One image was fussy cut and then I snipped about 1/4 inch into the center of each petal all the way around the sunflower image. Then I shaped the petals with a stylus and a foam mat. Cutting that small snip into each petal made them curl up while being shaped and added a lot of texture. The leaves were also shaped using the stylus and foam mat. This was backed with white netting cut into the shape of a flower to add texture to the card. Then this image was adhered to the card base.
The second flower head was cut from the stem and given the same “beauty treatment”. Then it was spritzed with Perfect Pearls Sunflower Sparkle for a little extra shine. The edges were inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to add shadow and definition. I used white glue and bronze glitter glass in the center of the flower to really bring the look together.
Creating the Sentiment Panel
The sentiment from the stamp set was inked up with Coffee Archival Ink and stamped onto a piece of the aged gold paper. I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder and then sponged a little Vintage Photo ink around it to make the sentiment pop. I used a template to cut out the label shape and backed it with a piece of golden yellow glitter cardstock. A copper brad was added to either side of the label and it was adhered to the top of the card. A jaunty paper sunflower was added to complete the sentiment label.
I stamped and heat embossed the smaller “wishes for you” sentiment onto a scrap of natural parchment paper, inked the edges, and cut into a fishtail banner shape. I rolled the center of the banner around a pencil to add dimension, then used foam tabs to adhere it to the card.
The pretty golden ribbon was added to the base of the sunflower image, a bow was added along with a button and a burlap string bow. The butterfly was stamped, colored and adhered with foam tape. And that completes the front of the card!
For the interior, I cut the aged gold paper to 4 3/4″ x 6 3/4″ , inked and lightly distressed the edges. I tore a strip of the brown paisley paper from the 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet I’d printed out and added it to the base of the panel to add contrast and to bring the front of the card to the inside. The sunflower image was stamped in Coffee Archival ink, and the sentiments were added. These are all Crafty Secrets clear acrylic stamps that I’ve had for ages…and I use them all the time. I love the fonts.
A few thoughts about creating with digital images and papers.
I know many loyal Crafty Secrets fans probably have this stamp in their stash. I wanted to show you a way to use your clear acrylic stamps with the new digital papers. I love the fact that when I print a 5×7 panel of these papers, the scale of the design is perfect for use on a card. But, if I want to create a scrapbook page or a larger project, I can print a larger page and thereby make the size of the pattern larger, too. Can you see the difference between the size of the pattern on the card front and the envelope flap?
Thanks for stopping by the blog today. Remember, you can click on any of the above photos to see a larger image. I hope today’s Sunshine Wishes with Crafty Secrets post got your creative juices flowing, and I hope it got you thinking about the advantages that digital images have to offer. Like many of you, I will always love putting ink on a stamp…nothing will ever replace that! I like to compare digital stamping to using a microwave….you won’t ever use it for everything you create…but it sure is a handy tool to have around! I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so I hope you’ll leave me a comment on today’s post. It will make me happy right down to the tips of my crafty little fingers. Until next time,