Sunday, September 28, 2014

Just Saying Hello

I have had this sunflower stamp literally for years. We originally got it to stamp on flower pots, I think for a school project of my mom's. (She's an elementary school teacher.) So I have no clue where it came from or who made it. But I thought it would go perfectly with the current challenge theme at a2z Scrapbooking's blog, "Autumn & Christmas." I don't know about other parts of the country, but this is a perfect time of year for sunflowers here in East Texas!

I didn't use a sketch for this card. Since the sunflower image is so large, I figured I'd let it stand pretty much on its own. I stamped it onto watercolor paper, using Colorbox Archival Dye ink in Putty. I colored it with Inktense pencils, using a paintbrush & water to blend the colors.

I stamped the greeting from this set in Hero Arts' Cup o' Joe Mid-Tone Shadow ink. I trimmed the watercolor panel down to 4.25x6.25", and cut two 3/4" wide strips of plaid patterned paper from my scrap stash. I glued them behind the panel on either end, letting 1/2" peek out. I cut 2 narrow strips of brown patterned paper, also from my scraps, and glued them over the seams. Finally, I matted that whole piece to a piece of golden-orange cardstock. I probably could have just cut strips of the cardstock and glued it down the sides, since most of it is covered up, but I didn't think of that until afterwards. Finally, I adhered it to my card base.

I had started this card with the intent of sending it to Send a Smile 4 Kids. But it ended up not being very child-like (at least in my opinion), so I will be holding on to this one, until a good opportunity comes up for me to send/give it to someone.

I'm also entering this card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp's Monday "Stencils & Stamps"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"


  1. That sunflower is lovely and definitely able to stand on its own two feet. Really pretty card.

  2. Gorgeous card, Andrea! Your sunflower pairs perfectly with this Hero Arts sentiment (one of my faves)! Love the plaid background paper, too!
    Thanks so much for joining us at a2z for this month;s challenge! We always enjoy seeing your creations!

  3. A very pretty card Andrea, and I love that it has a Sunflower, which are one of my favorite flowers. I only WISH I could manage to grown them in my yard, but for some reason, the squirrels and chipmunks, LOVE to dig up my seeds and eat them! Silly little furry animals who want NO part of me having such pretty flowers! Good Luck in our challenge at a2z -- and as always -- thank YOU for playing!! :)

  4. hi Andrea! super sweet card, I adore the sunflower! so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

    sparkle & shine *~*

  5. Beautiful sunflower! Love your coloring. Thanks for playing along with a2z Scrapbooking.


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