Thursday, October 9, 2014

Sending Sunshine

     How about a birthday card with fall in mind? I used a couple of easy techniques on this one. I started by making my own background. I embossed a piece of ivory card stock with "Tiny Polka" by Paper Studio. Then I held a Stampin Up soft suede inkpad upside down and dragged it over the paper to give a shabby look. If you do it very lightly, only the polkas are inked, but if you push harder, this is the effect that you get. 
     The second technique I used was inking the stamp with Tim Holtz distress markers. I used 6 colors: 2 greens, 2 oranges, and 2 browns. The stamp is Penny Black's "Garden Poems". There are actually 3 sunflowers on this stamp, but I only inked up two of them. You can see on the right of the stamp that there is the beginning of the third sunflower. Funny that this didn't bother me. I love the uniqueness of each time we stamp anyway. No two stamps are ever really the same.
     The wood banner embellishment is a lucky find at Tuesday Morning. Since I immediately opened the packaging and dumped it into my embellishment stash, I can give you no further information on that.
     The flourish in the corner and inside the card are done on my trusty Cameo Silhouette. I purchased it from Silhouette: "Simple Swirl" by Carina Gardner. I attached it only on the ends, so it does not lay flat on the card (inside as well). I am "in like" with shadows on my cards.
Inside of Card


All Sorts Challenge - Autumn - #128 -*
Graph It Markers - Autumn Colors - #25 -*
Just Inspirational Challenges - Make Background - #10 -*
Lacy Sunshine - Seasons - #38 -*
Ladybug Crafts - Autumn - #58 - 10/31
Loves Rubber Stamps - Anything Goes - #81 -*
Sweet Stampin - Autumn - #62 - *
Wags n Whiskers - Fall Colors - #53 -*
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes - #110 -*
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes - #65 -*

     I also made a similar card in black and white. This one is a sympathy card.
Inside of Card


  1. Lovely card.Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin'
    Cass xx

  2. Fabulous autumnal creation Sharon. Love all of the stampind detail and design. Thank you for sharing with us at WNW Challenge.
    Laine - DT

  3. Hi again, love this card too..Great techniques..Good luck at LOVES RUBBERSTAMPS and hope to see other of your work soon :),
    Hugs Blankina

  4. Great card with a lovely image. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps.


  5. The inked embossed background is very unique and the flourish's are so delicate. A great contrast with the dark background. Thank you for posting your beautiful art with us this week during our 153rd challenge at Word Art Wednesday. Carole Robb Bisson

  6. Lovely.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Sweet Stampin' for our Autumn challenge.
    Pia xx

  7. Wow, this is so beautiful. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  8. A lovely background, and what a WOW find at Tuesday Morning. Your store must be much better stocked than our local one. The pretty flower is very nicely colored to go with the wonderful dark background, and made such a perfect Fall themed card. TFS

  9. Great card, love the flowers!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at our monthly challenge in Just Inspirational Challenges!
    Stefi DT