Thursday, August 9, 2018

Sunflower Friend

Hello friends.  I'm so glad you stopped by!

We're doing sunflowers at 

This is a popular die for this challenge!

I die cut the sunflower from Mixed Media paper keeping it all intact and
painted it with Gansai Tambi watercolors.

For the top layer, I cut again and removed all the petal pieces, sponged color
with Distress ink in the center, then spritzed with water and blotted.

After everything dried, I glued the piece with the colored center
atop the yellow petals.

I went into the base of each petal with a watercolor pencil
and pulled the color with a damp water brush to shade the petals.

I mounted it all on a treasured piece of specialty paper that my friend gave me
and added a narrow mat of Crumb Cake cardstock.

I'm also joining in at AAA Cards.

CAS Watercolour: Sunflower
AAA Cards: Friendship

Thanks for the visit and special thanks for your comments.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendship Messages (SSS)
Ink:   Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo (DI)
Paper:   Neenah, Crumb Cake (SU), Mixed Media (Strathmore 400 Series)
Other:  Sunflower Background Die (IO), Gansai Tambi Watercolors (#40 Lemon Yellow, #43 Mid Yellow), Watercolor Pencils (Faber Castell), Water Brush


Mac Mable said...

Wow absolutely stunning and so very eye catching x.

Cath Wilson said...

Absolutely stunning! Love the way you used the die!

Cath x

Cardsbymaaike said...

perfect for this time of year. Thank you for playing at AAA cards

Liz said...

Stunning card, Bonnie. I love the sunflower die, I think I NEED this one! xx

Nstiz said...

Now this is impressive. First I'm trying to imagine doing this and keeping track of all the pieces and keeping the outline in white. Sounds like a lot of work but so worth it. Beautiful shading on this and once again, a cheerful, happy card.

Christine Alexander said...

That's a gorgeous sunflower Bonnie, Great way to watercolour and then keep the outline clean. Love it :)

Bunny said...

Another fabulous card. I love sunflowers. [Bunny]

Loll said...

This is a popular sunflower die ... but I can see why. This is gorgeous. Love the shading of your beautiful watercoloured sunflower Bonnie. xx

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh my goodness - what a stunning card Bonnie - this is beautiful!

Brenda said...

Such a beautiful card Bonnie! Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers and this one is just beautiful and beautifully watercolored. Hugs, Brenda

Brenda in IN said...

Wow, this just pops off the card. I love the coloring and this sunflower is just gorgeous.

Brenda in IN said...

And big!

Marcia Hill said...

Absolutely beautiful Bonnie!! Glad I'm not the only one who loved this fun and easy to create with!! Your watercoloring is so pretty!! 😊♥️

Trina P. said...

Wow, very eye-catching, Bonnie! Gorgeous watercoloring with beautiful shading. xx

Susan said...

Beautiful - pulling the colour from the bottom to the point of each petal resulted in lovely shading.

Anita in France said...

What a stunner, Bonnie ... the depth you created on this gorgeous sunflower is fantastic! Fresh and beautiful! Hugs, Anita :)

JosieD said...

Such a happy looking card! Like your technique of using watercolor pencil and pulling it out with a water brush for shading....gonna "borrow" that idea. The crumbcake mat sets it off so well.

Papercraft Boutique said...

This is such a gorgeous and bold sunflower, Bonnie! I love the shades of the petals you made, using your watercolor pencils! Hideko xx

Julia Aston said...

what a gorgeous big sunflower!!

Jane said...

Awesome sunflower, beautifully done. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

BożenA said...

Your card is so perfectly made. Thank you for the description of its performance, I wondered how you managed to paint the sunflower and preserve the perfect purity of white of the other elements. Great technique and great design, Bonnie.

Lynn said...

I hope you can help me. I bought this die several years ago, and have never been able to get it to cut well. I use the Stampin’ Up! magnetic plate and two clear cutting plates. It comes close to cutting if I place another piece of card stock underneath the paper I’m trying to cut. It’s been a frustrating task! Many thanks!

Diane said...

So beautiful! I don’t understand how you kept the first cut intact. Could you explain that please and thank you

Bonnie said...

Diane, I take the die off the cutout very carefully and put some scotch tape on the back before watercoloring. Die cut a second time and place the colored pieces in the uncolored piece.