Sunday 20 August 2023

Sunshiny Day!

This month’s ATC swap theme over in the Visible Image FB group is “Summer Vibes”. The only really suitable VI stamp I have for this is the sunflower which I also used on last month’s swap, but hey … I did my best to make it look a bit different! As always I made a matching ATC and card, using only Visible Image stamps, stencils and/or dies.

Here's a closeup of the ATC.

I cut a piece of white stamping card 3.25” x 2.25”  and dragged it through some bright blue, green and yellow Elements inks which I had squished onto my craft mat and spritzed with water … I am really loving the vibrantly coloured backgrounds you can create with Elements. I stamped the sunflower onto a separate piece of card, coloured it with watered down Elements inks then fussy cut it out. I added some bright blue background script stamping to the panel then attached the sunflower and cut off the excess. I matted onto a standard ATC size piece of bright blue pearlescent card stock then added some random background white stencilling, and the sentiment which I had heat embossed in white onto black card stock. Finally I added white Posca pen dots to the sunflower centre and Glossy Accents.

Stamps: Visible Image Sunflower Grunge, Sketched Tulips (script);
Media: Lavinia Elements inks (Blue Lagoon, Lime Punch, Sundance, Russet Orange, Bermuda; Versafine Clair (Nocturne, Paradise); Brilliance pearlescent ink (Moonlight White); Versamark; detail white embossing powder; Posca pen (white); Glossy Accents;
Tools: Visible Image stencil - Halftone.

Challenges I would like to enter (ATC):

Classic Design Challenge #8 - Anything Goes  - DT FAVOURITE
Crafting From the Heart #4 - Anything Goes (no cards) (3rd entry)
Creative Fingers #260 - Anything Goes
Double D - Sunflowers
Four Seasons (August) - Anything Goes Summer - TOP 3
Inkspirational #296 - Iridescent/clear
Paper a la Mode (August) - Seriously Art Inspired (no cards) (3rd entry)
(Van Gogh - Sunflowers)
Triple B (August) - Birds, Butterflies and/or Blooms with optional Mood Board (3rd entry)
Try It On Tuesday - Sing a Song - TOP 5
(I Can See Clearly Now… (Sunshiny Day))
We Love 2 Create #7 - Anything Goes

Here is the co-ordinating card. This followed the same methodology as the ATC, just on a bigger scale!!

… and an angled pic of the card to show the Glossy Accents.

Challenges I would like to enter (card):

Beautiful Blossoms #8 - Anything Floral Goes with optional Mood Board
Cards 4 Galz #205 - A Summer Day
Crafter’s Cafe #300 - Colours of the Garden - TOP 3
Crafty Addicts #4 - Anything Goes
Creative Crafters #67 - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft #514 - Stencilling (2nd entry)
Simon Says (Monday) - Your Favourite Technique (3rd entry)
(Smooshing and watercolouring)
Stamping Sensations (August) - Summer Mood Board - TOP 3
Time Out #245 - Colourful
Word Art Wednesday #609/610 - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

On this bright and colourful note, I hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. I’ll be sitting down shortly to watch the Lionesses in action in the World Cup final … hope they roar!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 

Take care, and thanks for visiting.


crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card and ATC backgrounds love the beautiful sunflower.
Carol x
Thank you for joining us at The Crafty Addicts and Stamping Sensations
Carol DT x

Linby said...

Gorgeous inky card and ATC, they are both so vibrant and colourful.

Donna Walls said...

Visible image is one of my favs and so are sunflowers! Both are gorgeous with a great color combo and mixed media background. Thanks for playing along at The Beautiful Blossoms Challenge, we appreciate the support!
Donna xx
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Diane said...

Absolutely a gorgeous sunflower card, and a fabulous sentiment too!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Double D, Four Seasons, Triple B and Beautiful Blossoms, this fits our challenge at Colorful Options as well!!!
Diane DD FS TB Co-Owner and BB DT
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brenda said...

Lovely sunny makes Pauline and perfect take on our mod board at Stamping Sensations, many thanks for joining in.

B x

Sarn said...

Both the card and ATC are absolutely gorgeous Pauline. Love the greens with the yellows- makes the sunflower stand out really well xxx

ScrappyHorses said...

Van Gogh...of course! Perfect! Beautiful shine and texture on this summery ATC! It always amazes me how much art can be packed into such a small space! So fun and creative! Thanks for sharing with us at Paper à la Mode! ~Katrina

Chris said...

Both stunning makes! The sunflowers look amazing against the beautiful blues/greens of your background. Thank you for sharing at Stamping Sensations.

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Both ATC and card are stunning Pauline, I love the sunny sunflower on the gorgeous inked and stamped background.
Faith x

Debbie said...

Beautiful!! I love the backgrounds you created!
Thanks for playing along at Cardz 4 Galz
Debbie - C4G DT
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Pia S said...

What a lovely set! Loving the textures and colores and I love the effect of the partial stmaping with the sunflower on the ATC. Thanks for joining our challenges at both INKspirational and Try it on Tuesday!

Ellibelle said...

This is absolutely stunning, Pauline! Love the bold colors and amazing background! Both the ATC and card are beautiful! And absolutely perfect to get more use out of this gorgeous stamp, your previous make was just as beautiful but so different! So great to see you at Four Seasons challenge!

Darlene said...

OH WOW ... these are just gorgeous! Your sunflowers are even more gorgeous with that blue/green background! WOW love them!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D, Four Seasons & Triple B challenges! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

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pearshapedcrafting said...

I love this song and this certainly makes me think of sunshine! Thanks so much for joining us at Try It On Tuesday, Chrisx

My Paper Epiphany said...

Fantastic Mixed Media backgrounds for your beautiful Sunflower! Thanks for joining us at Time Out Challenge:)

Gina said...

WOw Pauline, I am so amazed by the amount of depth and detail that you managed to get onto such a small piece of art. Thank you for sharing t with us at Crafting from the Heart XXX

Julia Aston said...

Your sunflower looks so pretty against your blue/green background Pauline and great iridescence achieved with your Glossy Accents on the center of your bloom! thanks for joining us at Inkspirational-Iridesent. Julia xx

Sandra said...

These are all so pretty!! Love you chose van Gogh as inspiration!!
Thanks for joining The Outlawz Paper a la Mode challenge!!

Hi! I'm Shirley and said...

Very nice! Love these colors. Thanks for sharing with us at Saturday Paper A La Mode Challenge over at the Outlawz Challenges. Hugs. Shirley M., DT.

Gerrina said...

Wow super sunflowers on great backgrounds! Love the summer feeling they give! Thank you for joining us at TIME OUT!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Stunning background and bloom. Thanks for linking this up at Beautiful Blossoms Challenge! xxo, Aimeslee DT

cass said...

Ih my goodness, what can I say, your card is gorgeous, love the background and the stunning colours. Great card. Thanks for joining us as The Crafter's Café this month for our Colours of the Garden challenge.