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11/09/2015

Northwoods Autumn Sunflowers

Good afternoon and thanks for popping in. Today's card is another of the wonderful Northwoods stamps...so let's go:


- Stamped using Bonnie's Best Speedball Stamp Press because this is a largish, fairly detailed stamp, and got a crisp image, first try. Let me say, this Stamp Press beats the plastic Fiskars one, hands down. DH bought it at a show, and it's been worth the cost. Works great on large stamps, but also on clear ones, that may not stamp out as sharp as desired.

- copic coloring, with some white gel highlights, die cut with a Sue Wilson Canadian Collection Vancouver (outer die). Faux matted with the same die, in bright yellow c/s, edged with DI Fossilized Amber.

- background created with the smooshing technique using green & gold shades of Silk acrylic paint, Viva D├ęcor Inca gold, some green sprays (Dylusions Pesto and Lindy's Stamp Gang). The background didn't have enough contrast when the image was put over it, so thus the addition of the Pesto & Lindy's to create a deeper shade. (see this card - background created at the same time. ) Adding the sprays after the background dried overnight, got a deeper contrast for the sunflower image.

- Dabbed some of the Golden Mica Flakes with a finger, around the edges to create a little glimmer and some rustic texture. The sentiment stamped as part of the image was outlined using a Slicca .8 mm gold pen.
 
 
The Gold Mica flakes are a new product to me. Had a rewards coupon from A C Moore (it's a store like Michaels, Hobby Lobby). ACM is sadly not keeping pace with the latest & greatest, so sometimes it's not easy to find something to spend my 'rewards' on...then I go into the art department and browse. Saw this product along with one that is pearlized, so decided to see what it does - the rewards & a coupon made it cost effective to try a product which I had no idea of what it was. Think it would work well to add to modeling paste, etc.
 
Hope you enjoyed this card. Come again when you can...Blessings & Hugs. Have a great week. 
 
 
 
 
 

30 comments:

Team Clark said...

This is so pretty Mary! Love the gorgeous piles of flowers, beautiful sentiment, and amazing texture. :)

Carol said...

A beautiful make Mary, what a gorgeous image. I haven't heard of the stamp press so shall have to check it out...although I don't have many large stamps and have so far resisted buying any of the other tools designed to do the same thing! And yes the hot stones is wonderful all over :) Carol x

Lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Mary!! The flowers are so beautiful!! I love how the sentiment curves through the field of flowers!! The mica flakes along the edge look amazing!! The is absolutely beautiful!! Have a great day :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

cotnob said...

This is beautiful Mary, such gorgeous sunflowers and fabulous colouring.
Pauline
x

Kathleen said...

Looks like a great deal of work gone into this one Mary but a fabulous result, love those sunflowers.
Never heard of a stamp press, will google it.

Kath x

cuilliesocks said...

Hello Mary, another beautiful card, I love the sunflowers and all the wonderful colour. I do love floral cards and sunflowers are some of my favourite blooms, Kate x

scrAPpamondo said...

Beautiful card, Mary, love these sunflowers, you coloured them beautifully! The gold Mica Flakes looks so well with the green tones!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Fantastic backdrop for those sunny little sunflowers! How cute - lovely coloring on them Mary! Love the colors for autumn - just perfect.

Pat said...

This is so pretty Mary and the sunflowers in en masse like this have real impact. I love the green background too and the gold mica flakes shine beautifully. x

Carol L said...

I just love the clusters of colorful flowers on this pretty card! I really like the way the sentiment waves through the center, and the sparkle around the edges isn't too shabby either! GJ!

Birgit said...

This is so pretty! I love the sunflowers and love the background too-I have to look up smooshing but it looks great on your card1

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful stamp- love your coloring! Love the idea to add gold to the background to dress this card up. The die is so pretty as well- love the yellow border. Beautiful fall card!

Patricia said...

Hello Mary,
Wow! I just LOVE those wonderful Sunflowers.
They fairly bring a smile,
Have a great day
Patricia xxx

Maxine D said...

Gorgeous card Mary - love the wavy sentiment and the sparkling background. Fabulous colouring too!
Blessings
Maxine

brenda said...

Just glorious Mary, I always love seeing Sunflowers they are such bright and welcoming flowers and always remind me of trips to France where they grown in abundance. Lovely smooched background, I'm a big fan of the technique, works very nicely with distress inks and instead of water spray mica mist for a lovely sheen.

Have a good Tuesday.

B x

Sue said...

Beautiful card.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Stampsnob. said...

I enjoyed your card and got a bit of an education
II just got and love the Misti tamp press didn't know there was any others
also the gold cream , mine dries out before I get to use it much I make sure the lid is tight and have stored that is a plastic baggie?.......Lis

Barb said...

A beautiful card Mary. I love sunflowers and I love the texture you've achieved. Barbxx

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card!!

Marilyn said...

Gorgeous card!!

Bonnie said...

Sunflowers always make me smile, Mary! And you've colored these beautifully! Love the background and that you used some mica flakes to add that sheen on the edges!

Rosie Guiher said...

I love sunflowers and your card just makes those pretties pop. You color so well that they look real to me. Thanks for showing the technique.

Pia S said...

Beautiful image involving lots of coloring! Lovely colors and the image is so decorative so no embellies needed here. Looking great!

Princess Judy Palmer said...

What a pretty card! I like the gold mica flakes as they really add some zip to this card. You can't go wrong with sunflowers!

Kim Heggins said...

Mary, you are so amazing. What a fabulous card! Your sweet field of beautiful sunflowers is stunning. And your coloring is as perfect as can be.

Petra Swart said...

Your sunflowers are so beautiful, Mary and I love the yellow frame!!! Such a great look you achieved with your mica flakes!!! Beautiful card with the lovely autumn colours!!!
Hugz

jimlynn said...

Gorgeous sunflowers on a gorgeous card! Love the touch of gold on here.
Lynn

Anita in France said...

So very pretty, Mary ... gorgeous sunflowers ... just like the fields near here! Hugs, Anita :)

MagsB said...

Just beautiful, Mary, I love all those flowers and the fab glitter round the edges!

love Mags B x

Pippa said...

Beautiful show of bright sunflowers Mary.