I love all of my “high tech” crafty gadgets as much as the next person, but every once in a while it feels good to sit down with my punches, inks, and dies and create something simple. Today’s card is decidedly low tech…and I loved every minute I spent putting it together.
Let’s start with the cardstock. I chose several different colors from the Flavours Gourmet collection at CutCardStock.com. These are all heavyweight (nearly 100lb) papers in gorgeous colors that are perfect for fall projects. The photo above is a pretty good representation of the actual colors if you are interested in ordering one of these. (FYI – these are not affiliate links, just helpful links for my readers 🙂 )
Start by cutting a standard A2 cardbase (5.5in x 4.25in) from Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock and score it down the center to make a side-folding card. Then cut a piece of Thai Basil cardstock to 4.125in x 5.375in and a piece of Chestnut Creme cardstock to 4in x 5.25in to create your background layers.
Die-cut and emboss your sunflowers (“Radiant Sunflowers” – Simon Says Stamp) from Caramelized Mustard, Thai Basil, and Moroccan Cocoa cardstocks and set aside. Then create a flourished background layer by die-cutting the shape (“Labels Eighteen” – Spellbinders) from some Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardstock. The “thanks” sentiment (Little B) can be die-cut from Tangelo cardstock or stamped if you do not own this type of word die.
Place the flourished background layer back into the die and lightly sponge Scattered Straw Distress ink around the edges to give the piece a subtle yellow glow with a clean white edge. In addition, sponge Ripe Persimmon Distress ink around the perimeter of the sunflower shape to give your flowers a little added interest.
Glue the Chestnut Creme layer onto the Thai Basil layer with tape runner and then wrap a strip of gingham ribbon (Gina K Designs) around this piece before adhering the panel to your Neenah Classic Crest Solar White cardbase. Then pop the flourished background layer up on top using foam tabs.
Glue the stem and sentiment to the card using liquid glue. Notice that I’ve removed one of the leaves where I will be placing a second sunflower. Eventually, I’ll add this coming off the stem below the flower with a foam dot.
Adhere your die-cut sunflower using foam tabs for a little extra dimension. To finish off the card, add coordinating sequins (Pretty Pink Posh) to the card with liquid glue.
I hope you enjoyed this simple card project and thanks so much for stopping by today! I’ll be back later this week with more crafty ideas…until then, have an amazing day!