Stampin’ Up!® has really upped their game with their stamps and dies the last few years. All companies sell stamps with dies that cut out the images in the stamp set but Stampin’ Up!® also adds some fun dies to their sets that do other things than just cut out the images. A perfect example of this is the Celebrate Sunflowers stamp set and the coordinating Sunflower dies (and you can save 10% if you buy them in a Bundle). Yes, the dies cut out all the images but they do so much more. The Sunflowers dies also include the parts to make the sunflower and the leaves in my cards. So, you get a die that cuts out the shape of the sunflower and the leaves but then you get another die that add the details to them. .
To make this card I first cut out the large outline of the sunflower. Then I did a little sponging in the center and the edges of it using Cinnamon Cider ink. Then I cut out the details of the sunflower using Cinnamon Cider cardstock and adhered it to the sunflower using Multipurpose Glue. After that I added to two center pieces (dies that also do other things that just cut out an image). I did the same with the leaves using Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.
I wanted to add something to the background of the card so I embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock using one of the Greenery Embossing Folders. Here is a closer look.
The last thing I did was stamp the sentiment in Memento Black Ink.
This is beautiful Susan. Sponging makes all the difference. I love the use of the Greenery EF.
I love the depth you got from sponging. It’s a little thing but adds a big Wow! Gorgeous card, Susan!
Such a pretty card! The embossed background really ‘amps’ it up a notch!