Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Celebrate Sunflowers for New at SU Blog Hop

Welcome to our NEW AT SU! Blog hop! We are a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators from around the world who are Hoppin’ with creative paper crafting ideas to share with you. Today we are showcasing new Floral Bundles from the 2020/2021 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue.

The new floral bundle that I'm showcasing this month is the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle consisting of the Celebrate Sunflowers cling stamp set and the Sunflower dies. I've played with this bundle before, but this time I really wanted to explore the full range of what I could do using both the stamps and the dies to their fullest capacity. I also got a chance to try out the new Water Painters,which are the replacements for the old Aqua Painters, and the new Stampin' Seal, which is the replacement for the Snail. It was my first project after getting shipment of the new In Colour stamp pads, too, so I got to try out some of the new inks.
Here's a closer look at my card:

  • I used Soft Suede as a warm neutral for my base and on top of that I used a design from the new Peony Garden Designer Series Paper, a series that I just love! This particular design has a marble look to it.
  • For my sunflowers, I started by watercolouring a washed background on Shimmery White cardstock. For the lighter one, I used Bumble Bee and Mango Melody and for the darker one I used a combination of Pumpkin Pie and Terracotta Tile. Then I die cut the outline shape of the sunflower. I was going to just put the colour-washed background behind the die-cut detailed sunflower, which I did in Terracotta Tile for the lighter one and Cinnamon  Cider for the darker one. But it just looked too plain and didn't make enough use of the stamp set. But then I had to figure out how to match the large sunflower stamp to the background shape.
  • Enter the Stamparatus to the rescue!! I used some of the Stamparatus grid paper and held it down with the magnets. Then I mounted the sunflower stamp on one of the plates, inked it up and stamped it on the grid paper. After that I put a glue dot on the back of one of the colour-washed outlines and matched it up with the outline of the stamped image and adhered it in place on the grid paper. (Don't worry, it's easy to get off again.
  • Then I inked up the stamp, but put a piece of paper in between  the background and the stamp and lightly stamped off once so the stamped image wouldn't be super strong, then removed the waste paper and stamped the colour-washed background. It worked out really well. The lighter one I stamped in Terracotta Tile and the darker one in Cinnamon Cider, just like their paper outlines. Then I glued on the cardstock outlines.
  • The leaves are colour-washed in Old Olive and die cut, while the detailed leaves are die cut from the green design from the World of Good Specialty DSP. The grasses are cut from Soft Suede, Cinnamon Cider cardstock, and the same DSP as the leaves.
  • The sentiment is from the same stamp set and I used the Lovely Label Pick a Punch to shape the cardstock.

I hope you enjoyed my project with the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the Sunflower Dies. Now please hop on over to Jackie Bultje's blog to see what's new with SU in her world:

Here's the list of bloggers in our New At SU April Blog Hop to help you keep on track:

Please take a moment to comment at the bottom of this post and let me know how you liked my projects or ask me a question about the technique used. Don’t forget to scroll back up and keep hoppin’ with us! – Thank you!
Keep Creating!
Heather Cooper

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  1. Simply stunning. Love the color combination for the sunflowers.

  2. Beautiful Color combination for the Sunflowers.

  3. Heather, your card is stunning! Can't wait to try your technique.

  4. This card is BIG, BOLD and BEAUTIFUL, Heather!

  5. Beautiful card, Heather! I love the way you watercolored the background of the flowers!


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