June 3, 2010

Sunflower Birthday Blessings

Sunflower Tall Card



Do you ever get designer's block? It's similar to writer's block, only with the creations you make. This card, although simple in style actually took a long time to complete, mostly because of sizing issues. This is my first tall card, 4"x9".

It fits perfectly into a #10 business envelope! That feature alone makes this size worth the effort.

What is the one flower guaranteed to put a smile on your face? The Sunflower is loved for many things, not the least of which are it's seeds. But I love them just for the happiness they exude.

This one is layered all over the place. The brown centre is double-layered with pop-dots underneath. Didn't plan on doing that, but after I edged the petals in gold gilding the flower began to look more glamorous and a flat center just wouldn't cut it. Don't laugh! Sunflowers can be glamorous.

Click on the pic at left to see this little fellow from the side. And I hate to brag but I must draw your attention to the little pile of garden dirt at the base of the sunflower. Well you can't have a flower standing in the middle of nothingness!

Inside, this card has many layers. The poem and personal message were prepared and printed on regular computer paper, then adhered to white stock, edged in green. For extra dimension, I made another mat edged in brown.

The ribbon wraps all around the card. I wanted it to peak between the panels inside.




Here's a closeup of inside layers.








I've really been enjoying pearlized card stock lately for its glimmer and shine. I used spring green to mat the flower, which is first matted with plain white. Of course it needed lattice on top.


Inside, there's a lot to read. I came across a wonderful poem which is long and narrow when printed, so voila!

The flower trio was cut on the border setting. And of course, the cartridge used was Walk In My Garden.

So there you have it. I think I'll make a few more of these to have on hand.

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