Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sunflower Happy Birthday for Janet

Happy birthday Janet!  My sister loves sunflowers and this is one of those "big" birthdays so I wanted to make her a really special card. I am so pleased with how it turned out!

I *HAD* to have this Flourishes Sunflower set when it came out, and it had yet to see ink. I combined it with another of my favorite Flourishes stamp sets that needed to get inky - the seed packet set!  This set is so cool - you can use any fruit or floral set to fill the main area! Click on the images above for more details about the stamps.  I stamped the frame, first on my good card stock and again in the middle of a thin sheet of copy paper, which I used as a mask after I cut out the openings in the image. Then I stamped the large sunflow, leaf, and bud in the opening.

I had a wonderful time coloring in the combined image with Copic markers.  I folded a piece of kraft card stock to make a pocket and adhered the colored image to the front. Inside the pocket is a manilla shipping tag stamped with some birthday sentiments and a Michaels gift card stuck on to the back of the tag!

I knew I wanted to use the Spellbinders Sunflower 1, one of my favorite of their non-nestie dies! I cut one leaf, one center and two of the petals out of white card stock which I then colored with Copics. I did not stay precise with this, I wanted more of a sketchy watercolor look and I love how it turned out!  I curled the lower ring of petals slightly by wrapping the tips of each petal around the barrel of a pen. I curled each of the top petals all the way from tip to base so they really lift up! I curled each half of the leaf around the barrel of the pen also.  To assemble all the bits, I glued each ring of petals to a card stock circle with Aleene's Fast Grab Tacky Glue. The center is popped up with dimensional foam tape. 

Next, I knew I wanted to use this black and white gingham ribbon. I colored the ribbon with the same neutral Copics I used to color the banner on the seed packet, which toned it down to an ivory and black ribbon; perfect!  I tied the ribbon into a nice fat bow on the Bow-Easy and left nice long tails to frame the seed packet.

Now it was time to start assembling all these elements into a finished piece. I started by cutting two Labels Eleven Grand Nestabilities. The front one was cut out completely, and while it was still in the die, I sponged around the edges with Memento in Lady Bug Red and then Distress Ink in Wild Honey, then I edged it with a Krylon Leafing Pen in Pale Gold.  Before I cut the back piece, I had to include a folded area for the hinge. I trimmed the kraft card stock about an inch taller than it needed to be, and scored it and folded over the extra inch. When I placed it in the die, I put the fold line just inside the cutting edge on one side.  I adhered the folded over inch to the inside of the front cover, and this forms the hinge at the top of the card.

The bow was adhered first with Fast Grab Tacky Glue. The seed packet was adhered next with dimensional foam mounting tape. Then I glued the leaf and flower with Fast Grab Tacky Glue. I couldn't make my composition work with the whole sunflower, so I cut it in two and nudged the raw edge under the popped up seed packet. It turns out I liked it with the half-flower much better than with a whole one, and it allows the seed packet to stay at center stage. 

 My sister Janet LOVED the card. I am going to have to make something similar for myself because I had a REALLY hard time letting go of this one (see how much I love you Janet? *wink*).   And I've got a head start as the other half of that flower is still sitting on my work table! I'm going to add a twine loop through the fold of the card so Janet can use it as a little wall hanger or suspend it from a knob. The base is a just under 2/3 of a letter sized sheet of card stock, so it is a really nice size. LOVE the Grand Nestabilities, and I can't wait for them to release more of the label shapes in the larger size.

What do you think?  I'd love to hear from you!


  1. Wow what gorgeus card your sister will absolutely love it,its very vibrant indeed and i love the idea to add a piece of twine so she can hang it too!

    Hugs June

  2. Your blog is awsome, I love it.
    Have seen lots of wonderfull things on it.

  3. Great card Lynne...your creations are always FABULOUS. Looking forward to another get together with my stamping buds. Beverly

  4. I love the card. The theme and colors are great! I have to buy some of the grand nestabilities now! You are such an inspiration! Hope to see you soon! Dorothy Perry

  5. Oh Lynne, this is absolutely stunning! I LOVE that you used the sunflower image in the seed package, LOVE your coloring your layout, the sponging of the card base and the gorgeous sunflower/leaf you created with spellbinders dies. You are amazing. Happy birthday to your sister!
    Hugs and smiles

  6. Stunning piece Lynne, love love the sunflower and yet again your colouring is superb. I would be thrilled to receive this so I know your sister will cherish it. Had a look at your resist card, another beauty Lynne, isn't that technique great fun, I will use it again. Hope you and your sister are keeping well. Tracy x

  7. I'm doing the happy dance. I love sunflowers so much too. This is terrific. I have that same sunflower stamp and am so happy to see it used with the other set. It is nice to see something so unique. I'm going back to stare some more.

  8. Hi, Lynne!

    Thanks to the comment in my blog...you make me happy!!!
    I loved your blog!I loved this project with the sunflower...marvelous!!!
    All your work I see here are marvelous!!!

  9. I am glad I popped over to see this blog. As a horticulturist, I have to get this stamp set. I usually keep up with flourishes but missed this one. So glad I looked! You did a beautiful job with it!

  10. What a stunning card, you sister must have been thrilled.

  11. Found you via Beth's blog! (Sunflowers and Dragonflies). This card is a major work of art!!! Viv xxx

  12. Goodness Gracious! This is so perfect in every way...just like everything you do! Hope there were candles blown and wishes fulfilled and cards saved for posterity.

  13. Absolutely GORGEOUS! I'm a real fan of sunflowers myself and seed packets and Nesties Grands and gingham ribbon and...WOW do I LOVE this! xxD


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