Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Medallion as Sunflower

"Every friend is to the other a sun, and a sunflower also. He attracts and follows." Jean Paul Richter, Humorist and Novelist

One of the challenges this week at 365 Cards is to include a sunflower. I only have one stamp that includes a sunflower, but I thought I'd see what else I could come up with. One of my favorite new stamps from the 2009-10 Idea Book and Catalog (aka, "The New One") is Medallion. It's one of those stamps that, at first blush, seemed pretty limited in its potential. The more I play with it, though, the more I find I can do with it…

--First, ink the entire stamp surface with Summer Sun Classic Ink. Use a Stampin' Sponge to add Ruby Red Classic Ink to the "middle" and Chocolate Chip Classic Ink in the very center. The sponges allow the ink to be more gradual and less precise, much like the coloring of the sunflower's petals. Give the entire stamp surface a few good huffs (heavy-breathing on the stamp) and stamp on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock.

--To add the effect of sunflower seeds, I placed a layer of Sticky Strip on the center of the sunflower and pressed it into the container of Microbeads.

--I used the Distressing Tool from the Cutter Kit to rough up the edges of the Very Vanilla card stock. Adhere it to a piece of Basic Black card stock (which has been cut just wide enough to allow for the Natural Hemp Twine).

--Wrap enough Natural Hemp Twine to go around the Basic Black piece three times and knot. Adhere this to the half sheet of Elegant Eggplant card stock, which has been folded in half.

--The sentiment is made with the "for you" stamp from the Fresh Cuts set. Ink it first in Ruby Red Classic Ink and then in the Chocolate Chip Classic Ink to mirror the colors of the sunflower. Stamp on Very Vanilla card stock. Use the 1-inch Circle Punch to punch it out.
**Studio Suggestion: Stamp the image first and then punch it out. It's easier to flip the punch upside-down to view your card stock and punch out the precise image, rather than trying to line up and stamp the image on your punched piece.**

--Use the Stampin' Sponge and Summer Sun Classic Ink to add a bit of color around the circle. Punch a circle of Basic Black card stock using the 1 ¼-inch Circle Punch. Punch a piece of Ruby Red card stock using the Designer Label Punch and assemble the three pieces.

--To add interest to the inside of the card, I used the remaining bit of card stock with the stamped sunflower as the writing surface.
Stampin' Up! Supplies:
Stamps: Medallion and Fresh Cuts
Inks: Summer Sun, Ruby Red, and Chocolate Chip Classic Inks
Papers: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Ruby Red and Elegant Eggplant card stocks
Accessories: Sticky Strip, Microbeads, Designer Label, 1-inch and 1 1/4-inch Punches, Stampin' Sponges, Natural Hemp Twine and Distressing Tool.
What a fun challenge! Thanks so much for your visit! Hope you're having a lovely summer!


Carolyn V said...

Oh Sara! This is beautiful... what a lovely card. Love the multicoloured flourish circle for the sunflower. Bravo!!

~amy~ said...

Sara...what a clever and absolutely STUNNING sunflower!!!! FABBIE job!!!

Ramona said...

WOW that flower is great! I would never have thought of it with that stamp. I have been planning to get that stamp. Now it has moved up the scale on my long lost of stamp set from SU!

Pam said...

Sara, you did such an amazing job with this card. I enjoyed reading all the details :)

Unknown said...

beautiful card and the colors you chose go perfectly together.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous! Very stunning! What a great job using the Medallion stamp to make a Sunflower! Very creative!