Thursday, September 8, 2016

Bountiful Sunflower


I believe I mentioned visiting a wonderful craft store, The Enchanted Cottage, 
with a group of crafty ladies.

I saw a sample of this sunflower on display and immediately went searching for it.

When I saw the Poppystamps Challenge for this month,
I knew this would be perfect!

So what does this challenge mean, you ask?

"PSC#24 So Boss!  This month we're looking for projects with embossing.  You can dry emboss, deboss or heat emboss (is'nt it magical watching embossing powder go from solid to liquid, back to solid?)   Have you tried heat embossing your die cuts?  How about debossing your die cuts - running them through your die cut machine with an embossing mat to press crisp lines into your card stock?   Whatever method you use be sure to include at least one Poppystamps die or stamp on your design! "

I die cut this beautiful, Poppystamp sunflower twice 
(hint: I needed a piece of cardstock to use as a shim)
and sponged some color onto it.

Then I smacked it with VersaMark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder.
The photo doesn't show the shine, but IRL it shines beautifully!

I cut the flower off one of the pieces and glued it to the back of the complete die cut.

For some added fun, I used another NBUS from Poppystamps,
Stick Frames, and dry embossed it twice on a piece of Naturals White cardstock.

I love how it made a textured but subtle background for the sunflower.

I added a few splatters to the background too.

I stamped the sentiment on a snippet of Early Espresso,
embossed it with White EP and popped it up atop the stem.


Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.

Enjoy!



Card Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Butterflies (Altenew)
Ink:   Crushed Curry, Chocolate Chip (SU), VersaMark
Paper:   Crushed Curry, Naturals White, Early Espresso (SU)
Other:  Bountiful Sunflower Die, Stick Frames (PS), Clear and White EP (SU)


28 comments:

LeAnne said...

Gorgeous! What a great idea to heat emboss it for extra punch! Beautiful!

designbydonna said...

Gorgeous sunflower. Love the idea of embossing it for shine. Love the background embossing too. Adds great dimension.

Betty Keefe said...

so pretty Bonnie - you should enter it in Inspired by the Little Things challenge too as the theme this week is sunflowers - love that die

Brenda in IN said...

Oh Bonnie, I gasped when I saw this. I love sunflowers and this is beautiful. The colors are so vibrant and something about the stem and leaves just gets me. I think because it looks fragile compared to the flower. I just received the stick frame and border dies and I love the way you used this. Thanks for the inspiration.

Mac Mable said...

Wow...stunning card. Do so like that embossed background and popping on the shine to the sunflower really does make it pop off the screen! Loving this one xx

Colleen said...

Stunning card, Bonnie!! Love that background!!

Barb said...

An beautiful card Bonnie. That really is a lovely sunflower. Barbxx

Donna said...

Beautiful, Bonnie.
I've only recently added this sunflower to my stash and haven't played with it yet. If it looks anywhere near as good as yours I'll be very happy. :)

Karen D said...

This is a WOW Bonnie. I love the sunflower you have created, and the embossing on the background is so perfect with it. Love the new blog header too.

Marcia HIll said...

WOW...gorgeous card Bonnie! I love that Sunflower diecut...so pretty and colored just beautifully too! Really like your embossed background also...lovely, lovely card!! :0)

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love the sunflower over the texture of the stick frames, Bonnie!!

Loll said...

So gorgeous. Love that watercoloured sunflower. xx

Susanne Vargas said...

What a wonderful sunflower card! No wonder you had to have that die! Also love your background!

Maxine D said...

What a wonderful card - love the embossed background that s perfectly complements the die cut.
Blessings
Maxine

TK said...

Truly gorgeous sunflower, Bonnie!

Daffodil Cards said...

SO Gorgeous Bonnie, beautiful colouring of the die and love the embossing folder you have used.
Faith
x

Sandy said...

So pretty - I sear Bonnie - you have more ideas and know more techniques than Carter has Little Liver Pills!
Sandy xx

Susan said...

This is fabulous, Bonnie. I love the way you used the stick frames to create a background - it looks like the sunflower is against some kind of fancy lattice or wall. Great idea to clear emboss it too.

JosieD said...

Great looking card, as always. You make me think of Chef Emeril Agasse whose trademark saying when cooking was "Bam! Kick it up a notch." That's what you do with cards with your knack for putting things together and adding special touches....result is Bam! cards.

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Nothing says here comes fall like a sunflower. Very nice!

Jeanne H said...

what a beautiful card and that die...thanks enabler! :-)

Judith said...

Bonnie, this card is just lovely. Thanks for sharing.

MaryH said...

Amazing use of the wonderful Poppy Sunflower. It's beautiful - and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the process you used to create the subtle embossing, the gorgeous color of the blossom, and it turned out fantastic. And met so many different challenges as well. TFS & Hugs

Sue McRae said...

Lots of great subtle texture from the Stick Frame die! Thanks for joining us at Poppystamps!

Olga Direktorenko said...

Love this card - beautiful design and execution!

pam said...

Gorgeous card design Bonnie! love this die and sunny colours.
Thanks for joining us over on Poppystamps challenge blog.
Pam x

Mac Mable said...

Congratulations on the win over at Poppystamps. Your card is amazing and so unique. Love the colouring on the flower...Stunning! x A real stand out card x

Jinny Newlin said...

Oh, Bonnie, I just adore this! What a beautiful creation and great way to rock our dies! Plus, being a Kansas girl, I'm slightly partial to sunflowers ;). Thanks so much for playing along with the Poppystamps Challenge!