Friday, 10 July 2015

Small Sunflower

Hello, my name is Anne (or Redanne as I am know in blogland)!
I am thrilled to be here today and for the next three Fridays, as Lynnda's guest.

I have loved every minute of using Lynnda's wonderful stamps and inks and I would like to say a huge thank you to Lynnda for asking me to be guest designer.

For my first project I have used the small sunflower stamp to create a stepped image card:

I love this style of card and it is so easy to do.
Cut six pieces of card, three in a light colour and three in a dark colour.  The 5.1/2" x 8.1/2" dark card has been folded in half in the above photo and this makes your base card.  I used brown and cream card for my finished card.
Layer up the three light pieces of card, as evenly as possible.  I usually hold them with some low tack tape so they do not go out of line.  Using Colour Chemistry Pigment Ink in Slate Grey and the small stamp, stamp randomly over the card.  It gives a much better finished impression if you stamp over all three layers.  Don't worry if there are any gaps in your stamping, they will get covered up.
A view of my finished stamped layers.  It takes a bit of practice and it works much better if you use card that is not too thick.
To create impact I just coloured one of the sunflowers, using Citrus Yellow, Pumpkin Pie and Simply Chocolate Colour Chemistry Ink in a Bottle, using a small paint brush - I just love the intensity of the colours when they are applied undiluted and they are permanent too!
I coloured some cream ribbon with Citrus Yellow and Pumpkin Pie inks, they colour ribbon beautifully and the colours are gorgeous!  I used my heat tool to dry the ribbon, which I scrunched up.  You will get very inky fingers at this stage, but I think that is half the fun!
To create more impact I added some brown seed beads to the centre of the sunflower.
Mat and layer the elements and you can now see how any 'missed' areas of stamping are covered up. I love the illusion that this design of card creates.
Here's the finished card again.  I attached the ribbon and bow and I also added a charm.  You could add a sentiment, but I wanted the sunflower and ribbon to take centre stage on my card.

Oak House Studio Products used:

Citrus Yellow
Pumpkin Pie
Simply Chocolate
Slate Grey

Thank you for taking the time to visit, I hope you like what I created and I look forward to seeing you again next Friday.  Hugs, Anne xx

28 comments:

Kath said...

fabulous card Anne...must give this stepped technique a go and looking forward to lots more inspiration from you in the month of July...hugs kath xxx

A Pink said...

Beautiful ! Anne

Buttons said...

This is so beautiful Anne! Love how you've really made the sunflower stand out by just colouring one. Jenny x

Lee Stephenson said...

Gorgeous card x those FAB inks work a treat for perfectly colour matched ribbons too x

Paper Profusion said...

This is stunning Anne - have never tried this type of design - will def try it out. Your colouring of one flower really makes it pop. The addition of the chocolate beads and terrifically coloured ribbon really add pzazz. Looking forward to your other makes. Nicola x

Helen Anderson said...

Lovely card Anne!

Astrid Maclean said...

Brilliant card Anne, and so very effective the way you made the single sunflower stand out! The ribbon just finishes it off to perfection!

Craftychris said...

What a fabulous technique which you have explained so well. Thank you. Absolutely gorgeous card, the coloured sunflower and ribbon really pop - the inks looks wonderful. xxx

Linda said...

Simply gorgeous!! I like how you've just coloured the one sunflower, very striking.xx

Elaine said...

Great first project! I love the sunflower stamps and those inks are so vibrant. Thanks for the excellent tutorial too xx

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is gorgeous, Annie! I used to love making these step cards, so thank you for bringing it back into vogue! And, of course, who doesn't love sunflowers and bright golden yellow colors and bows? It's perfection!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

Tracy said...

Gorgeous Anne, love the vibrancy of colours ♡♡♡♡♡

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful card Anne! Such a pretty sunflower and fancy bow!

Carole Z said...

This is really beautiful Anne, i love making these cards..the inks are gorgeous and so is the stamp, hugs Carole ~ Z X

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Fantastic design! Beautiful!
xxx Susi

rachel said...

this is so pretty Anne - just bought the large sunflower so looking forward to having a play even more now I've seen this. Hugs rachel x

TwinkleToes2day said...

So beautiful Anne. The colour really is very striking :D {{Hugs}} xox

Sue said...

This is gorgeous. The design is so effective, I love the image and wonderful colours too.
hugs Sue xx

Anita Houston said...

Stunning! LOVE the seed beads! I've not seen this color technique or the brand before...interesting! Gorgeous piece!

Tracey said...

I love your card Anne and how the design goes over the different layers. I wouldn't have thought to colour ribbon to match using the inks so thanks for the tip

misteejay said...

Fabulous card Anne.
Toni xx

carol edwards said...

Great card Anne. Love the stamping off the page and thank you for all the measurements x

Lynn Price said...

What a great card, Anne! I love sunflowers and you've certainly captured them here with that fabulous stamp and coloring (and love your seed beed center!). Looking forward to seeing your other projects, and thank you to this introduction to Oak House Studio! xx Lynn

Juliz Design Post said...

Stunning and great step by step.
Julie x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Anne, this is gorgeous! You have somehow created a CAS card and filled it with dimension and interest, now that takes talent! Love the vibrant pops of colour, can't wait to see next week's card. hugs :)

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

A stunning creation from Anne. I love that dash of colour which is so beautiful set against the grey. I am also intrigued by the bottle of colours, they look to be fascinating.
Looking forward to Anne's future creations.
Wishes
Lynne

Georgie C said...

Fabulous tutorial and I love that sunflower!! That gorgeous beaded centre is just genius, and how smart to colour just one, making a striking impact! Love it xx

butterfly said...

Gorgeous - a really great design to show off that sunflower. It looks lovely in the uncoloured stampings, and then the vivid pop of colour draws the eye to the main event - fabulous ribbon too!
Alison xx