Sunflowers are very popular right now because of the war in Ukraine. Their country flower is the sunflower and it has become a symbol of strength and support throughout the entire world. It also happens to be the favorite flower of a friend of mine who needs some lifting up right now so I decided to use the sunflower for a card for her.
Stampin Up has a beautiful stamp set called Celebrate Sunflowers. There are also Sunflower dies to coordinate with this set. I actually did not use the stamp set at all on this card. I used only the dies. They are so pretty by themselves that I felt I didn’t need the stamps this time.
To make this card I first cut all all the pieces of the sunflower and leaves using Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green and Garden Green cardstock. I love how you can cut out the shape of the flowers and leaves and then cut out the details to put on top. I was going to just leave it like that but decided to add the extra strips of card stock behind the flower. I used Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green and Pacific Point card stock for these. Lastly I stamped the sentiment in Pacific Point Ink. The sentiment is from the stamp set called Waves Of Inspiration. I thought it fit perfectly for this card.
I am really loving this Stampin’ Up!® early release of the Waves Of The Ocean Suite. I have always been a beach girl. Our family and friends would go to Jones Beach, which is on Long Island, a lot when we were kids. There are multiple beaches there but we always went to Beach 2. The waves were huge (for a little girl) and I would spend hours in the water riding the waves. Often times I would get caught up in a wave and be pulled underneath while I tumbled onto shore. I would get right back up do it again a hundred times. Other mothers would watch and said to mother “aren’t you worry she will drown?” and my mother would always say “Try to stop her”. I would come home bruised, scratched but still loving it. I do have to admit I have done this a few times as an adult but it seems to hurt much more now.
The Waves Of The Ocean Suite includes the stamp set called Waves Of Inspiration, the coordinating dies called Waves Dies, beautiful Designer Series Paper called Waves Of The Ocean, gorgeous Blue Foil and Rhinestone Waves Basic Jewels. Click HERE to see a video showing how they designed the Designer Series Paper.
To make my card I first took a 5 1/8″ x 3 7/8″ piece of Basic White card stock and stamped the bottom of it with the background stamp called Gentle Waves using Balmy Blue ink. This stamp is in the 2022 January – June Mini Catalog. Then I took a Blending Brush and blended Balmy Blue ink on top of the waves and the sky. Next I stamped the Pelican on top of the post five times in Crumb Cake ink and cut them out using the corresponding die. I cut the Pelican off three of them and made the dock out of two. I stamped the sentiment from the stamp set called Slim Sayings and the seagulls in Misty Moonlight ink. Lastly, I added cut two clouds from the Waves Dies and adhered them to the card.
The new Waves Of Ocean Collection is now available for customers to order. This coastal collection includes an inspiring set of stamps called Waves Of Inspiration and detailed Waves dies, both early-release products from the upcoming Stampin’ Up!® 2022–2023 Annual Catalog. Plus, a pack of Waves Of The Ocean Designer Series Paper made from images of hand-poured paint, blue-hued foil sheets for a sea of shine, and radiant rhinestones for a splash of sparkle.
This was a perfect stamp set for me to receive after spending some time in Florida where I could watch the waves breaking on the beach. It inspired me to make this simple but beautiful card. I first stamped the wave in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed it with White Embossing Powder on a piece of Basic White card stock. Then I used Blending Brushes to add some Pool Party and Pacific Point ink over the top of the wave. I lightly used Balmy Blue ink with a Blending Brush to add just a little bit of color to the sky. I stamped the birds and the sentiment using Pacific Point ink. I layered this on a piece of Pacific Point card stock and on a Pool Party card base.
This amazing collection will be in the new annual catalog that comes out in May but you can purchase it now. You can buy the whole collection with one item number (which includes the 10% discount for the stamp set and dies) or purchase each product individually.