Sunday 9 June 2024

Sending Sunshine

Hi everyone, this month’s Visible Image ATC swap on FB has a theme of How Does Your Garden Grow?, so I thought it was high time I break out my VI sunflower stamp set to make a cheerful summery floral card. It’s not exactly in keeping with the weather we’ve been having here, but I live in hope! As always, I made an ATC and co-ordinating card using only Visible Image stamps, stencils and/or dies.

Firstly the card:

I cut a 5 1/2 inch square of white card and used my gel press to make a background circle by brayering two colours of Elements ink, adding some droplets of watered down Elements then taking a print. I stamped the sunflower for positioning, then masked the circle and added 2nd generation background text stamping in blue. I stamped the sunflower again onto a separate snippet of card, coloured it with Zig pens, fussy cut out and attached, then added further stamped spatters. I stamped the sentiment onto another snippet, cut out and attached, then matted the finished panel onto a black border (another snippet!) and a 6” square card blank. Finally I added some white Posca dots to the flower centre and finished with Glossy Accents.

Stamps: Visible Image Sunflower Grunge, Sketched Tulips (background text), Christmas Robin (addional spatters); Golden Daffodils (sentiment);
Media: Lavinia Elements inks; Versafine Clair (Nocturne, Blue Belle); Kuretake Zig Clean Colour watercolour pens; Posca pen (white); Glossy Accents;
Tools: Lavinia Roland gel press.

Challenges I would like to enter:

Allsorts #784 - Flowers Galore
Beautiful Blossoms #17 - Anything Floral Goes (5th entry) - TOP 5
Crafts Galore Encore #124 - Anything Goes
Four Seasons (June) - Anything Goes Summer
Love to Craft #80 Anything Goes
Path of Positivity #122 - Anything Goes Positive 
{PIN}spirational #314 - Flowers (2nd entry)
Triple B (June) - Birds, Butterflies and/or Blooms
We Love 2 Create #5 - Anything Goes
We Love Stamping (June) - Fabulous Florals (2nd entry)
Word Art Wednesday #651/652 - Anything Goes

Secondly, the ATC.

 I made the background for this by using the “run off” from my brayer for the gel press, which I rolled onto a spare snippet of card. The background and sunflower stamping were the same as the card, and the wording from the same stamp set as the flower. This ATC was made entirely from snippets!! 

Stamps and media as per card above.

Challenges I would like to enter: 

Love to Scrap #167 - Anything Goes
Make My Monday #227 - B is for Blooms (2nd entry)
Outlawz (June) - Anything Goes In a Card Free Zone
Snippets Playground #482Use Snippets
Time Out #265 - There Are Always Flowers For Those Who Want To See Them

Take care, and thanks for visiting.


Linby said...

Thanks for sending Sunshine! We certainly need it so far today. This is such a bright and happy card with beautiful work on the gelli plate too. Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts.
Love the ATC too, so bright and vibrant.

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A bright and cheerful card using this sunny sunflower image Pauline, love the artistic inky background that you are so good at creating.

Sarn said...

With my Allsorts’ GD hat on I’d like to say thanks for entering your gorgeous sunflower card into this week’s challenge & using the theme.

As Snippets Playground Prefect, I’m saying thanks for entering your lovely sunflower ATC as homework. Ice creams are available behind the bike sheds!!!! Xxx

brenda said...

Isn't the weather just abysmal, what happened to blazing June I remember from years ago?

But it's certainly bright and sunny here today and perfect for Allsorts theme this week, many thanks for sharing.

B x

ScrappyHorses said...

Beautiful ATC with the bright and cheery sunflower! Wonderful background and word font! Thanks for sharing with us at AG in a Card Free Zone! Katrina

ScrappyHorses said...

Gorgeous card, too! Love the flower in the circle and the different fonts in the sentiment are perfect! Thanks for sharing with us at Path of Positivity! Katrina

crafty-stamper said...

Your sunshine not reached us yet-wet,windy and cold here! Fabulous card and ATC,love the beautiful sunflower and brilliant gelli press background.
Carol x

KraftyKoolKat said...

You have brought us sunshine and love Pauline in this beautiful creation. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at We Love Stamping.

Diane said...

Wow, absolutely beautiful and the backgrounds are amazing!!
Thank you for joining our challenge at Triple B and The Four Seasons!
Diane TB, FS Co-Owner
{Nellies Nest}
{Triple B}

Liz said...

Wonderful card and ATC, Pauline. I especially love the card, absolutely beautiful. Thank you for joining in the Allsorts Challenge this week using the Flowers Galore option.
Liz xx

stampinwithanita said...

Stunning, stunning card! The colors all work together so well....just love it! Thanks so much for joining us at The Beautiful Blossoms Challenge this month!

Greta said...

Beautifully artistic creations with wonderful backgrounds. Thank you for entering your ATC in our challenge at Time Out.

Karen Letchworth said...

WOW Pauline...this is so lovely. What a stunning sunflower. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Word Art Wednesday. I appreciate it very much and I hope you'll stop by to share your wonderful creativity with us again real soon.

coldwaters2 said...

Beautiful summer card and ATC Pauline I love how you have done the big circle in blue and the wonderful Sunflower it looks magical and brings back memories of the lovely summers that we used to have thank you for joining us at Allsorts
lolo x

Mrs.B said...

Fabulous card and ATC, love the Sunflower image on the sunny background, but sadly the sunshine hasn't reached us - just a cold Artic wind here on the NE coast.
Avril xx

Di said...

Gorgeous work Pauline! LOVE the colours used - both for the card and your snippets ATC. I think I'll have to stick to my pre-printed papers for any chance of looking remotely as professional!

Di xx

Donna Walls said...

I love Sunflowers, from Summer through the Autumn Season and your masking/gel press is the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous flower. Thanks for inspiring us with your gorgeous design at The Beautiful Blossoms Challenge.
Donna xx
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Sarah said...

That's such a gorgeous smiley sunflower. thank you so much for sharing at Allsorts. Sarah

Aquarius said...

Beautiful backgrounds which show off the vibrancy of that gorgeous sunflower to perfection

Darlene said...

Your card is AMAZING and love the idea of making the coordinating ATC. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.

Co-Owner … Can You Handle the Pressure, Double D, Four Seasons, Peace On Earth, Stencil Fun, Simply Clean & Simple, Two Old Bats, Triple B, Word Power

Helen said...

Beautiful card and ATC - we might actually get some summer one day!!

Thanks for joining us at the Beautiful Blossoms Challenge.

Helen x

Deanne Saunders said...

So pretty!!! Thanks so much for participating in my PINSPIRATIONAL challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

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Deanne Saunders said...

Beautiful!!!! Thanks so much for participating in my IF YOU GIVE A CRAFTER A COOKIE... challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Sorry for my lack of comments, too many things going on! These are stunning Pauline, Summer comes in these cards and ATC's. xx

Nancy said...

I love all of the colour and texture you've created! So happy you played along with us at Time Out Challenges!

Mervi said...

Stunning and gorgeous card!
Thank you for sharing at We Love Stamping Challenge;-))m