Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Shimmering Summer Solstice

My kids recently asked me if they could just Peeeeek at the sun (they'd seen an episode of Dinosaur Train that said to just peek, Geesh). I told them "No" but it did inspire me to try to capture the sun, in a card.

Here is my attempt. What do you think?? Here I started with our Summer Solstice stamp set, Daffodil Delight ribbon, paper, our Shimmer paper and our Polka Dot DSP and used the Pumpkin Pie pages.

The Shimmer paper adds just a dash of sparkle to most stamped projects. I stamped with Early Espresso ink the flower. I then used my Blender Pens to paint the bulk of the flower with Daffodil Delight ink. Then I went in with the Blender Pen and highlighted the edges of the leaves and some inside lines with Pumpkin Pie ink. I cut the flower out and then cut in on the leaves. This allows for a more flowing look to this flower.

With our Simply Scored board I scored every 1/4" of a 1 1/2" strip of the Polka Dot DSP and created this Lolly (always use a hot glue gun to pull the two pieces together and I also used the hot glue gun to adhere it to the Since the gun is there I used it to apply the flower to the Lolly and this pretty Vintage Faceted Button to the center.

Using our SNAIL (Simple Neat Affordable In-Line Adhesive) and I applied it to the back of the ribbon. I then did this folding, wavy application to the card.

Can you see the golden shimmer to the whole card?? Our Stunning Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow created that! It shoots a fine mist across any project and adds to the Sun feel of this card. It's a cool tool that I don't use too often but WOW the effect it has is wonderful!!

I know we aren't supposed to look into the Sun... But this card is so bright, I've got to wear my shades (ha, ha, ha). It was a HIT at my Summer Spectacular class, a favorite among the ladies. My girls loved it, saying that it did look just like the sun (apparently they did peek, sigh).

I hope yourrrr day is a bright one!! Don't forget yourrr shades!
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