Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Celebrate Sunflowers 60th Birthday Card

A dear friend of mine received this card for her birthday recently, so now it is safe to share here. I just LOVE the Celebrate Sunflowers set and Sunflower Dies that Stampin' Up! put in the 2020 Annual Catalog. This card fits in a business size #10 envelope. It was fun to create a larger card for a change. The layout was cased from Cathy Autrey, but I twisted it up a little.

My experiment here was to practice my Stampin' Blends coloring skills. I learned beyond a doubt that you start with the darker color first and work your way to the lightest color. By doing that you can go over the darker color to soften the "hard" edge with the new lighter color. It's like magic!

The Happy Birthday stamp above was from one of the small sets I receive with my monthly Paper Pumpkin subscription. I needed "just" the right one! The faint dots used in the background came from the May 2019 Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit.

The inside uses the retired set Number of Years for the greeting and number stamps. My friend just LOVED her card. That made me so happy!

Let's Create This Card!

Supplies Needed for Card
Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers, Number of Years (retired)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Crumb Cake, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Whisper White (Thick for Sunflowers, Regular for card base usage), Basic Black, Old Olive
Blends: Combos of Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Bronze, and the Color Lifter.
Embellishments: Non SU gold adhesive backed sequins
Accessories: Sunflower Dies, Greenery Embossing Folder (hard to see but on the black strip behind greeting,) Big Shot or die cutting machine of your choice,  Watercolor Pencils both sets, Blender Pen, bone folder, paper trimmer, paper snips, mini-dimensionals, Seal adhesive, and glue dots.

Assembly Steps:
1. Cut Old Olive cardstock 8" x 9-1/4", score at 4".
2. Cut Basic Black cardstock 3-3/4" x 9"  and adhere to Old Olive cardbase front.
3. Cut Basic Black cardstock strip behind greeting 1" x 8-3/4" and emboss with Greenery Embossing Folder and Big Shot. Do not attach yet.
4. Cut Whisper White for inside 3-3/4" x 9" and stamp Crushed Curry sunflower, and greetings along with age number in Memento Tuxedo Black.
5. Cut Whisper White for card front 3-1/2" x 8-3/4"  and stamp Crushed Curry sunflowers all over, then fill in spaces with dot stamp in Crumb Cake ink stamped off once. Adhere to Basic Black layer on cardfront.
6. Cut Whisper White for birthday strip 5/8" x 4-1/4"  and stamp birthday greeting, leaving room to cut banner end with paper snips. Do not attach yet.
7. With a piece of Thick Whisper White stamp the sunflowers and leaves to color with Blends. As mentioned above, start in the center and work your way to the petal edges. The leaves were colored with the Watercolor pencils and blended with the Blender pen.
8. Using the Sunflower Dies, die cut out the sunflowers and leaves with the Big Shot.
9. Now adhere the Basic Black emboss strip to the card front where you think it looks best. With Mini-Dimensionals adhere the birthday greeting strip, but experiment with the layout of the sunflowers and leaves before you commit to finally sticking it down. The large sunflower is to cover the other end of the birthday strip.
10. Using Glue Dots, stick the leaves to the back of the large sunflower where you want them. Secure them with scotch tape. Add Mini Dimensionals all around the back of the flower and the leaves. With Seal adhesive lay the 2 smaller sunflowers down first, finally adding the large sunflower last.
11. Finish with adding the gold sequins.

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