I seem to be on a blue thing this week. And I almost never use many blues. But to inspire me with a card design, I do what I always do and look at DSP until I get an idea. This tweedy textured design from In Good Taste DSP caught my eye right away. And I thought I spied a little bit of Seaside Spray blue in the background! My mind was made up! I had to do this!
The next issue was how to show off the paper. It needed something big and bold to make that background pop. Well, you can’t go bigger or bolder than this sunflower stamp. Stamping a navy sunflower on a Seaside Spray card stock will catch anyone’s eye. The biggest design inspiration came from this week’s Global Design Project Challenge #242 Sketch Challenge. The sketch really favors a big bold central design as well as an interesting background paper. To try the challenge yourself or to see other fabulous creations, please click through the image below and take a look!
The Celebrate Sunflowers is from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalog that goes live on June 3rd. It was one of my must haves of the stamps that Demonstrators could buy early. I can’t wait to do some more traditional colors for summer and fall cards, but I also love how the Night of Navy and Seaside Spray version of a sunflower looks.
I also took the white ribbon from the Flowers for Every Season combo ribbon pack and used a Stampin’ Blend to give it a subtle shade of blue. Coloring white ribbon is one of my favorite stampin’ tricks and I love how it added an all blue hue to the card. The twine in the ribbon combo pack added some sparkle with it’s bit of silver thread in the twine. I gave the card a little more sparkle by adding a few of the Flowers for Every Season gems in the clear gem.
Overall, it was a fun and quick card to do. The sentiment was easy to crop using the new Lovely Labels Pick A Punch. This has got to be on everyone’s list next Wednesday! You will always have a way to “die cut” a sentiment with this punch. Not to mention labels for layering!