Sunflowers are my favorite flower and when I seen the cool Sunflower Stem die set from Simon Says Stamp! I just had to get it. I originally thought it would be good for a class but nope. I will tell you that I am NOT an affiliate for SSS, just a happy customer.
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It is kinda hard to see the white stem but it is a bit of a challenge to get it and all the skinny sections adhered! I used my Sticky Specks (a sheet of thousands of sticky specs) but I had bits of pieces of the specks showing on the edges of the white die cut. These specs are made by Ecstasy Crafts and I got them from a local vendor. Anyway, I probably should have layered my flower on a darker oval but when it was sitting right in front of me it shows up fine. Most everything else I used is from Spellbinders and Fun Stampers Journey. The sentiment is from FSJ's Letterboard Minis red rubber stamp set. The print paper is from my stash.
So I cut the flower out of white first, then I cut the flower petals out of FSJ's Summer Days, the flower center out of Oatmeal Cookie, and the leaves out of Limeade Splash. I used my Artesa Brush Pens to add color to the petals, center, and leaves, used a water blender brush to smooth out the color, then added a few strokes of my Clear Wink of Stella pen. I also added some dots to the flower center with a gold metallic gel pen. My Bloom Tool was great help in removing the excess Sticky Specs along the sides of the stem as was my adhesive eraser. My next card using this die set had the same problems with the Sticky Specs so I will try a adhesive sheet on the back of the next piece of card stock that I die cut. A fine line glue pen was great help, too, in sticking down the petals, leaves, and center. The last thing I did was add some Rainbow Drops.
I really like this card and it was quite a bit of work. But I love playing with dies and the effect one can get with the more detailed ones.
When Your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear Your name, O Lord God Almighty. Jeremiah 15:16