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  • Writer's pictureKristine Vicente

Creative Inspiration: Stampin' Up! Celebrate Sunflowers Bundle

So today I'm sharing some end-of-summer inspiration for using the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle. This gorgeous product was released with the Annual catalog back in June. Many of you many have these stamps and dies but haven't pulled them out in a while, since the new Aug-Dec Mini catalog came on the scene. Thought I'd pop in and share a few ideas from Stampin' Up! for using these products...

This card is so pretty in the color combination they used. The soft blue background DSP makes the vivid color of the sunflowers pop right off the page! I love how the artist used a portion of the scalloped rectangle as a platform for the sunflower die cut and also the attention to detail in the way she used the ribbon to underscore the sentiment. I *believe* she took one of the In-Color scalloped linen ribbons and distressed it by removing the colored scallop and pulling at the threads. This creates a neat texture to the ribbon that highlights the natural, country vibe of this card. I also love how she layered all of the color, lights and darks, to create contrast. The little wooden elements are the finishing touch, adding another little texture to the design.

This next beauty showcases the Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils. The artist stamped the sunflower images from the stamp set on a panel of crumb cake using a light brown ink, probably sahara sand. She then took the Stampin' Up! watercolored pencils and colored in the flowers using an alternating heavy and light pressure to get the variation on the petals. She never applied water, so the coloring retained that colored pencil style. I see that in addition to using a yellow pencil, she also used a white pencil which creates that beautiful contrast we're seeing. I love the simplicity of this card and the high contrast she created by choosing a white embossed sentiment on black. The elegant gems scattered across the surface are the crowing touch.

This last one I wanted to share uses ink pads to stamp the color, but it looks to me that this time a little water was applied to blend out the sketch lines of the image. I love how the artist only blended out slightly, leaving some of the sketch strokes visible. The way she layered the sunflowers on top of each other using dimensional adhesive, and that bold, white embossed sentiment on an early espresso panel over ribbon, is beautiful.

I hope these cards provide a little stamping inspiration for your weekend. I think I might pull out my sunflowers and play this weekend, too!! Have a good one...

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