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Aug 3, 2018


Happy Friday :-)

I came across the theme of "Sunflowers" at CAS Watercolor challenge, and since I LOVE sunflowers I decided to play along!

This card was super easy to make. I used the "splash" watercolor technique. I just stamped the ink onto my craft mat, spritzed with enough water to make it runny, then splashed the paper (I used Bristol Vellum paper) onto the distress ink. When the first ink was dry, I repeated this process with the other 2 inks I used. The hardest part is waiting on each ink to dry.  If my instructions confused you, check out this short video by Loll to see how easy this technique is.  

Once all the inks were dry, I used my Versafine Onyx ink pad to stamp the sunflower from Penny Black's set Grateful. The sentiment is from Penny Black's set Snippets. It's a clear set so I was able to curve the sentiment when placing onto my clear block to stamp onto the banner. The banner and wonky stitches dies are both from the set Wonky Stitches by Avery Elle.
I used dimensionals to adhere the inked piece onto Neenah Linen textured card stock. Embellished with a button and some May Arts jute twine

I am linking up with these challenges:
CAS Watercolor - Sunflowers
Die Cuttin' Divas - Anything Goes this week
Pause Dream Enjoy - Stitched Dies
Simon Says Wednesday - Make your own Background
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Anything Goes this week
Cute Card ThursdayAnything Goes this week
We Love 2 Create  - Anything Creative Goes 
Pattie's Creations ATGoes this month
Sum More Fun - Moodboard
Ok, and I really also wanted to join in the Daring Cardmakers challenge with an elemental challenge this week. They are asking to use 3 elements from the picture below. I thought it would be easy for me to join this one, but then realized that the color combination would count as one element. So here are my 3 elements: (1) Water - I used for the splash technique, (2) Yellow and Green for my colors, the natural product (3) wicker in this photo, inspired my use of natural jute twine, they are both made from plants.

And that would be all for today, thanks so much for visiting!! I will be back again on Sunday!

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Elizabeth Hart said...

Beautiful variations on the colors - looks so summery. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pattie's Creations challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

brenda said...

A beautiful creation Ellie and that frame is so effective drawing the eye to the Sunflower.

B x

brenda said...

Me again Ellie. meant so say that technique also works really well if you put the DI's and water onto a pice of acetate, slides around a treat and never the same twice.

B x

Marilyn said...

Have a great day!

Pattie G said...

This is so nice! I love your image. This is perfect for our current challenge “Anything Goes” at Patties Creations Design Challenge. Thanks for joining us…
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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Gorgeous! LOVING the colors!!!!!!!

Sabrina Sumsion said...

Pretty! I love sunflowers. Thank you for joining SumMore Fun's mood board challenge.

Beth F. said...

What a beautiful card! The colors you used on it are great. Thank you for entering in the Summore Fun mood board challenge!

Bonnie said...

This gorgeous sunflower looks beautiful on the splashed background, Ellie! The curved sentiment looks perfect with it and so does the twine bow! Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CAS Watercolour!

Evelyn said...

That's really nice. I love it when I come across projects that show me a way to use my stamps. I'm not the best colorer so being able to just stamp in black is a great idea.

Thank you for joining us at Die Cuttin' Divas this week!

Wendy L said...

It is gorgeous Ellie, you have given me an idea for my next DT work, thanks for joining us at Craft Rocket, xxxx

Marcia Hill said...

Sometimes some of the easiest and simplest cards are the most beautiful and this card is absolutely lovely Ellie...LOVE it!! Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us at CAS Watercolour!! :0)

Scrapper69 said...

OMGOSH..... Your card is just sooo PRETTY!!! What a lovely design!! Thanks for playing along with us this week over at SumMore Fun Stamps!!!! Have a great Day!

Theresa (SumMore Fun DT)

AO Creations said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at PDE, good luck!!! Amy DT

Kim Hamilton said...

Really beautiful card! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge :)

Loll said...

Beautiful splashed background for your pretty sunflower Ellie!! Great details with your button and twine bow. Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Watercolour!

Kathy said...

Thanks for joining in with The Daring Cardmakers this week. I love the way you've selected and used your chosen elements from the picture - you were very clever there!

Svenja said...

Fab card - and great use of that watercolour background! Thanks for sharing with the Daring Cardmakers this week.

Dawn said...

Lovely take on this weeks elemental inspiration challenge. Your card is gorgeous. Thanks for joining in at Daring Cardmakers. x

Angelnorth said...

Such a lovely happy card, the watercolour wash looks fabulous with the cheerful sunflower! Thanks for joining us this week at Daring Cardmakers!

mum of two said...

This is SO pretty! Thanks so much for playing with us at Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges. Hope to see you again soon :)

michelle (PDE DT)
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Amy Johnson said...

So pretty! Love this design of coloring the background. I've enjoyed my sunflowers so much this year, and I didn't even plant them: the birds did! Now I'm enjoying watching them eat the seeds.

Polka Dot Orchard said...

Your card made me smile. I really like that watercolor background you created it looks very pretty with the flower.

**Thank you for joining in the ~SumMore Fun~ mood board challenge, I hope to see you again**

Have a wonderful day,
Jessica (SumMore Fun DT Member)
Polka Dot Orchard

Amy Martin said...

Such a Beautiful card and image. Love the color!! Thank you for joining in our Mood Baord Challenge at SumMoreFun.
(SumMoreFun DT Member)