Monday, October 1, 2007

Serene Sunflowers- "Thinking of You" card

I enjoyed making this card since my favorite flower is the sunflower. My friend Lisa showed me how to do the rock n' roll technique on the center of the flowers. It is a simple technique yet adds dimension to stamped images.

Here are the materials and instructions to recreate this card:

Card stock: Sage Shadow, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Ink: More Mustard, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel, Sage Shadow, Basic Black
Stamps: Serene Sunflowers, Sincere Salutations, Weathered background
Accessories: Moss gingham ribbon, stampin' sponge, SNAIL, scissors, paper trimmer, Stamp-a-majig

The dimensions of the card base (Sage Shadow) is the standard 5.5" (wide) by 4.25" (long). The second layer, More Mustard, measures 5" (wide) by 4 & 7/8" (long). The top layer (Very Vanilla) measures 4 & 6/8" (wide) by 3 & 1/2" (long).

*Tip- My friend Alicia gave me this great thrifty tip: cut out the center of the card stock layer when the center is not visible on the rest of the card. You may use a square punch or paper trimmer to cut it. Then you have the option to use the cut out portion of the card stock for another project. How great is that? :)

If you plan to make several of the same card, you may want to hold off on cutting the Very Vanilla card stock, as it will save you time to stamp on the entire sheet instead of each piece.

Fold the Sage Shadow card stock in half. This is your card base. Then, ink up the Weathered background stamp in Sage Shadow. To get an even coverage of ink on your card stock, lay your card stock on top of the stamp and rub the card stock into the ink, or press down on it, being sure to touch the entire surface to the inked stamp, without moving the paper. Lay the Sage Shadow card stock aside for now.

On the Very Vanilla card stock, stamp the images from the stamp set, Serene Sunflowers. This is a two-step stamp set, which means that you will be layering images one on top of the other. This gives a dimensional look and provides additional color when you use a different color for each layer. For two-step stamping, you want to stamp the lighter color first, and then stamp the darker color on top of the lighter color. So with this stamp set, you will want to stamp the larger sunflower petal image in So Saffron, and then stamp the smaller petal image in More Mustard, stamping directly onto the So Saffron image. If you have trouble lining up the two images, use the stamp-a-majig, a great tool for positioning your stamps. After you have stamped your flower images, ink up the center image with More Mustard. Then, using the rock n' roll technique, roll and rock the stamp edges in Close to Cocoa ink, and stamp in the center of your flower images. Next, using Sage Shadow ink, stamp the leaf image of your choice on or near the flowers.

After your sunflowers are complete, ink your stampin' sponge in creamy caramel and sponge a light layer on the blank spots between the sunflowers. Be sure to turn your sponge in various directions frequently to avoid sponge marks. If you haven't cut the Very Vanilla card stock to the appropriate measurements, now is the time to do so. Then, ink your greeting stamp in Basic Black and stamp the greeting on each stamped piece of Very Vanilla.

Before you adhere the three card stock layers together, you will want to attach your ribbon to the stamped Very Vanilla card stock. I tied the ribbon around the card stock and double knotted it on the front of the card. To keep the ribbon in place, add a bit of SNAIL to the ribbon on the back of the card stock. Then, adhere all three layers together. Your card is now complete!

If you have any questions, please post them and I will do my best to answer them.

Have fun stampin' and creatin'!

Note: All supplies are from Stampin' Up!, unless otherwise noted.


Maria said...

Very pretty card. Great job using the "rock and roll" technique. Welcome to blogland. Look forward to seeing more of your beautiful cards!


Flossie's Follies said...

This card is lovely, those flowers are fantastic, love your colors.

Tina said...

That´s a wonderful card!

All Pink girl said...

realy pretty card ,love the flowers ,Dawnx

Lisa Goodell said...

Your sunflower card turned out beautiful! Great technique!

And I totally love your blog. I love "seeing" how to make things with your tutorials!!

Lisa G