Hi there! Today, I’m taking part in a special blog hop to help introduce Tonic’s newest Stamp Club installment: Sunshine and Sunflowers! You should have arrived here from Erica Andersson-Burke, and your next stop is Marie Heidescheit. (You can also start back at the beginning if you got lost!) If you love sunflowers, this kit is screaming your name. I adore sunflowers… they’re just so happy! My bedroom was even decorated with black and white gingham and sunflowers as a child, so I’m totally in love with this beautiful kit. So many beautiful ways to create beautiful sunflowers with this kit! With this kit, you’ll receive a large, 6×8″ stamp set, coordinating dies for the stamps, as well as standalone layering dies so that you can color, ink blend, or die cut to your heart’s content! I have a cheerful project reminiscent of a summer’s day to share with you today, so let’s get started with the details!
I began by stamping images from the Sunshine and Sunflowers kit: the large sunflower corner, as well as some individual blooms and foliage, onto some Arches cold press watercolor paper with embossing ink, then heat embossed the images with some silver embossing powder. I then used my Schmincke watercolor palette to add lots of sunshine-y yellow, gold, and orange to the flowers, with some muted green for the foliage. I also watercolored some lovely turquoise all around the edges of the embossed images (you’ll find out why in a moment). I die cut all of the pieces using the coordinating dies included in the Sunshine and Sunflowers kit, then began work on my card base.
Next, I trimmed down a panel of light turquoise cardstock to A2 size, upon which I blended some Seaside ink from Pinkfresh Studio in the top right corner using a blending brush. I think it looks like the endless blue of a perfectly clear, late-summer sky, don’t you? To add a bit more interest to the background, as well as to add another element of silver to tie into the silver embossing, I added some metallic silver splatters to the background using some handmade metallic paints that I purchased on Etsy. The shine is incredible!
I added the die cut flowers to the card front using both liquid and foam adhesive for lots of dimension. The turquoise watercolored edges help to maintain the continuity from the flower die cuts to the turquoise sky background without those pesky white die cut edges. I added a greeting from the Sunshine and Sunflowers kit, heat embossed in silver on some sunny yellow cardstock and tucked in amongst the flowers. The final touch was to add some yellow pearls for a bit of extra texture and to fill in some of the bare spots on the floral arrangement.
Well, that’s all for my project today! We have some fun giveaway information for you to celebrate the Sunshine and Sunflowers hop:
One lucky winner will win a £50/$50 Giftcard to Tonic Studios and the Sunshine & Sunflowers Bundle! To enter comment on the blogs in the hop by 11:59pm PST on June 30, 2021/ 7:59am GST on June 1, 2021. Comment on as many hop stops as possible as every comment is an additional chance to win! Winner will be announced on July 2, 2021 on IG and FB so make sure you’re following all Tonic accounts!
Well, that’s all for me today. Your next stop on the hop is Marie Heidescheit. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and happy hopping!
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