11 September 2017

Hello Sunflower

Hello there, today I have a card to share using the beautiful Sending Sunshine stamp set from Clearly Besotted. I adore sunflowers but I usually colour them very bright and so for my card today, I thought I would colour them with more of an autumnal feel.

I started off by stamping the sunflower image from the set on to watercolour paper using Hero Arts Intense Black ink. I used my Mini MISTI so that I could stamp it multiple times to get a good impression on the textured paper.  The image was then water coloured using Distress Inks. I used Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Gathered Twigs for the sunflower's petals. I then used Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso and Black Soot for the inside portions. The leaves were coloured using Peeled Paint and Forest Moss inks. The accompanying flowers were coloured with a very light concentration of Mustard Seed. I added the ink to a slick surface and then picked it up with a paint brush and water.
I then created a mask for the image. I stamped it on to masking paper and cut it out using scissors (this did take a while as the image is quite intricate). The mask was placed over the image and then using a blending tool, I went around the outsides with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink. The colour looks a bit lighter in the photos. In real life, it is a little darker and a bit more dramatic! The water colour piece was cut down and added to a black A2 card base with ATG.
I applied some Stick It adhesive to more black cardstock and cut the MFT Hello die from it three times. These were stacked together and then added to the card. I added a coating of clear Wink of Stella on top for some shine. I then added dots of Copic Spica Pens to the flowers. It is a bit difficult to see this in the photos but when it catches the light, it is really beautiful!
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This card was a little out of my comfort zone with the grey background but I do like how it turned out! Thanks so much for stopping by today, I really appreciate it. I hope you have a great day!


  1. It's really beautiful! I love the darker background behind the flowers. It works really well with the yellow of the sunflowers. Very impressed with your masking skills! Xx

  2. Amazing design and colour choices as always. Might give something like this a go.

    Sarah x

  3. It's an absolute beauty Michelle! I really love the colour palette you chose, it's beautifully autumnal and really really striking. And that fussy cutting 😱, I am in awe!!! Xx

  4. This is stunning! Your coloring is, as always, superb. I love sunflowers and have been searching for a big image. Thanks for the inspiration!


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