Monday, September 17, 2012

Sunflower Birthday Garden

The inspiration for this fall birthday card for my sister-in-law came from the giant sunflowers my DH grew this summer.  Several of them got to be at least 12 feet tall with huge blooms.  They are just now starting to get seeds on them, which of course the birds love.

I used Crafty Secrets' wonderful Sunflower stamp set SM34 and also Penny Black's set Flower Festival 30-095 for the open winged butterfly.  The trellis on the side is a Martha Stewart punch.  The sunflower is popped up using the largest Spellbinders Labels Ten die.  The sky is sponged in Stampin' Up ink using two punched scalloped circles taped together as a mask. 

The sunflower and butterflies are colored with Copic markers after stamping with Versafine Onyx black ink and clear heat embossing.  Unfortunately the camera doesn't do justice to the actual brilliant yellows I colored the petals on the flower.  I stamped, colored and cut out an extra set of the leaves, which are popped up on top of the original ones.  The trellis is sponged with yellow Distress ink, then gone over with E84 and E87 Copic markers to make it look more 3-dimensional.

Have a great start to this fall week.  More than half-way through September already. 
Thanks for stopping by.


Anesha said...

Great sunflower and your card is super.

The-crafty-corner said...

Hello there-I love Sunflowers-and i LOVE your gorgeous card ! Stunning-really like the trellis you have added too :) x

Lieselotte said...

Beautiful card, Susan! Gorgeous colors, especially love the butterflies.

Kathi said...

I'm having such fun working backwards and checking out all your gorgeous cards.

This one is spectacular. I love everything about it!