Sunday, September 22, 2013

Curtain Call: Sunflower Surprise


Hi there! I'm taking a break from cleaning and sharing a card with you for Curtain Call Challenge: Sunflower Surprise. Curtain Call Challenge was my first ever design team! I remember being soooo excited when Stacy asked me to join. I had only started card making then so I was a bit nervous as well. But my team members were all so great that it was absolutely wonderful to be a part of the team. I had wanted to join since their very first challenge, but I've been busy. So finally, here I am! 


Here's the inspiration photo. And here's my card. I combined a lot of stamp sets from 5 stamp companies! YES! 5! I wonder if you can tell which ones. lol.


I stamped this lush background and added shading with a brush and some ink pads. I just had an acrylic block where I pressed my ink pad and another where I had water. Then I used a small brush to make the shaded areas of the leaves and flowers. What do you think?

 After the background dried, I added my sunflowers using foam tape. My cards have become less layered than before. But a lot of times, I still can't stand it being flat (one layered), so I always try to add an element with foam tape.

There you go! I'm so glad for card challenges! If you haven't read my posts lately, I've been in a creative slump lately. Sadly, I've been watching more tv than spending time on my craft table. This wonderful challenge brought me out of my slump! I had a lot of fun with it! Thanks for stopping by today! I'll see you again soon! 

Oooh! Before I forget! I have a new tutorial over at A Cherry On Top. Check it out over here. It's a tutorial on how I made those beautiful Perfect Pearls vellum feathers. 






23 comments:

  1. WOW!!! This card is all types of GORGEOUS!!! Thanks for playing along with us over at the Curtain Call!!

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  2. I really like your card. The background is just gorgeous and I love the sunflowers.

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  3. Jean, your card is gorgeous. I love the shading that you added, beautifully done. Did you use watercolour paper? Your slump is definitely over. Thank you so much for joining us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge!

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    1. No Tracey. It's just regular PTI cardstock. I used very little water so warping and pilling were not a problem.

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  4. Oh my- this is a BEAUTIFUL card! I think you're back- say goodbye to that nasty creative slump!

    OK, I am trying to figure out what all you used because this card is SO end of summer, happy fall- I just have to CASE it. ;D So, is it Wplus9's Fresh Cut Florals for all the flowers, berries, and leaves? PTI's Simple Sunflower? AveryElle's Oh Happy Day for "congratulations'? I can't figure out the others...

    Thanks also for sharing your new technique- love it and you have inspired me to try it!

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    1. You got it right! For the leaves I also used WPlus9 Woodgrain Silhouettes, wMS Two Step Floral Sprig, and Lawn Fawn Blissful Botanicals. :)

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  5. Stunning cards both..love your great tutorial at the Cherry on top...which stamp did use for the feather?
    WMS?or clearly besotted?

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    1. I used the WMS feathers for it Holly. :)

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  6. So much eye candy in this post, my friend! <3

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  7. Gorgeous card, Jean!I love how you combined the Fresh Cut Florals set with the sunflowers!

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  8. Gorgeous Jean.....missed the Lawn Fawn, LOL!!

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    1. Heehee. I mixed in all sorts of leaves in there from so many stamp companies. I would probably get confused too! :)

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  9. Hi there! Sigh....I want to grow up and stamp like you lol!!! Awesome!!

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    1. lol Charlene. Your stamping is already AMAZING! :)

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  10. this is amazing! love your background stamping and coloring! thanks for playing along at the Curtain Call!

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  11. This is such a cheerful card Jean! I love the sunflowers! :)
    Lizy xx

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  12. Amazing card, Jean! Love the perspective like a photo taken lying down, and how you shaded. Very creative!

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  13. Very pretty. Love the gorgeous images and the shading. Thank you for playing along with us at the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge.

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