Two for One Sunflowers
Happy Monday, my friends! I had the most amazing day yesterday. Amelia’s other grandma is a fabulous artist (so are Amelia’s parents!) and she and Amelia’s mom have been teaching an art class for kids for the past several weeks. Today, they put on an art show. It was so sweet! All the kids had at least two works of art on display, and they talked about their favorites and how it was created. They had cheese, crackers, and fruit as well as sparkling grape juice. It was such a wonderful experience for them – and for us!
Today, I have “two for one” cards for you. This was so much fun, and I love getting double results from one stamped image.
I stamped the sunflower image from the Celebrate Sunflowers Stamp Set once and the leaf image twice on a piece of Basic White Cardstock in Early Espresso Classic Ink. They I used Sponge Daubers to add Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, and Crumb Cake to the flowers and Granny Apple Green and Garden Green to the leaves. I love coloring this way, because you can get lots of color depth.
After I die-cut the images (although I have misplaced my leaf die, so I had to cut it by hand), I cut the sunflower in half. Using the Very Vanilla Note Cards & Envelopes, it was a simple process to adhere the sunflowers and leaves to the note cards, then stamp the sentiment from the Charming Sentiments Stamp Set in Early Espresso. Easy! I added some retired black sequins to each card, but you can easily substitute Classic Matte Dots or Matte Black Dots. The Rustic Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots would also be gorgeous on this card. My other “go-to” for embellishments in the perfect color is to use Stampin’ Blends to color rhinestones, pearls, or other clear or light colored embellishments.
This process will work for any stamp that’s symmetrical (or mostly symmetrical). For classes this month, we’ll be using this technique (and a reverse technique) with the Cheerful Basket Stamp Set. I love this set for a couple many reasons. First, my dad was an orchardist and grew the best apples in the county. (I may be biased, but I don’t think so.) He even has an apple named after him. He liked to play around with grafting different apples on trees. We had one that grew golden and red apples. I usually order any stamp set that features apples. The other reason I love this set is that it reminds me of my very first stamp set. It was back in the days when we had to trim our stamps from rubber, but we also had a “foam mount” option for those of us who were hesitant to cut out our rubber stamps. I ordered the foam mount option, and I think my mom still has it.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a lovely day!