Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sunflower Card -- Two Versions

This was the card I made for Kristin Sutton's 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog Swap. I love love love this huge sunflower! And it was fun to mask it to add the polka dot background.


Stamp Sets:
* Sunflower background
* Distressed Dots background
* Pursuit of Happiness

* Crumb Cake card stock (8-1/2" x 5-1/2"; scrap for embossed oval frame)
* Chocolate Chip card stock (5" x 3-3/4")
* Naturals Ivory card stock (4-3/4" x 3-1/2")
* Very Vanilla card stock (scrap for oval punch)

* Crumb Cake Classic Stampin’ Pad
* Chocolate Chip Classic Stampin' Pad

* Big Shot Die Cutting Machine
* Ovals originals die
* Designer Frames textured impressions embossing folder
* Extra-large Oval punch
* Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon

* SNAIL Adhesive
* Stampin’ Dimensionals

(Note: I used SNAIL Adhesive to assemble this card except where noted otherwise.)

1. Score 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock at 4-1/4"; fold at scoreline to create card.

2. Stamp sunflower image on 4-3/4" x 3-1/2" Naturals Ivory card stock; stamp another image on scrap paper and cut it out to create a mask. Place mask (do not adhere) over stamped sunflower. Stamp distressed dots over masked sunflower to cover entire piece of card stock; remove mask. Stamp distressed dots on card front.

3. Wrap ribbon around Naturals Ivory card stock near bottom and tie in a bow to the left. Adhere card stock to Chocolate Chip card stock. Use Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere Chocolate Chip card stock to front of card.

4. Use Big Shot and middle-sized oval to cut shape from Crumb Cake card stock. Place oval inside oval frame embossing folder and roll through Big Shot. Stamp sentiment on Very Vanilla card stock with Chocolate Chip ink and punch out with Extra Large Oval punch. Adhere to center of oval frame. Adhere to front of card over ribbon with Mini Glue Dots.

That's it -- the card is finished (unless you want to do the optional inside -- see below).

This is the same card design with a slightly different look. This is the version we did at Sylvia Meyer's Stampastic Stamp Camp. For this one, I followed the same instructions, but instead substituted the following:

More Mustard card stock instead of Crumb Cake
Early Espresso card stock instead of Chocolate Chip
Very Vanilla card stock instead of Naturals Ivory
Early Expresso Classic Stampin' Ink and Bravo Burgundy Classic Stampin' Ink
Cherry Cobbler ribbon instead of Crumb Cake

For this card I stamped the sunflower and the sentiment with Early Espresso, and I stamped the distressed dots with Bravo Burgundy (I didn't want the deep burgundy color, so to get a more subtle color, I stamped it off once first -- stamped the image on scrap paper, and then without reinking, stamped it on the card stock).

I used SNAIL Adhesive to adhere the Early Espresso card stock to the front of the card instead of Stampin' Dimensionals like I did on the other card, and then used Stampin' Dimensionals to adhere the oval to the front. Instead of wrapping the ribbon around the card, I just made a small bow and attached it to the front of the card with a Mini Glue Dot.

Here are the envelope and the inside of the card: I stamped the sunflower in the lower right-hand corner of both with Early Espresso, stamping off once to make it a lighter version of the one on the front of the card. I stamped the sentiment on the inside without stamping off.

Hope you enjoy this one! I like both versions, but I think I like the second one a little better -- the sunflower is a much more crisp image when stamped on the smoother Very Vanilla card stock, and I like the contrast of the vivid fall colors better than the more subtle monochromatic look of the first version.

Until next time . . . keep on stampin'!!!!

Cath ;D

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