Do you ever wonder where my inspiration comes from for making a home décor project? Generally, it’s an element that I created that’s too big or bulky for a card! Case in point… This week’s sketch by our Pal, Margaret Moody, for the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge calls for a fairly large circle. Between the inspiration of her sketch, and the inspiration that came from a gorgeous sunflower that I have in my foyer, I decided to make a sunflower for my card. That sunflower turned out VERY large. I contemplated making a larger card than the standard card size, but somehow ended up pulling out a frame that I had bought quite some time ago, and this is what I ended up with…
Here’s the inspiration for this… Margaret’s sketch:
And my sunflower:
To create the sunflower, I used a petal from the Flower Frenzy Bigz L Die (perfect for cutting multiple petals at once!) and the smallest petal from Flower Fair Framelits Dies to cut my sunflower petals with Crushed Curry cardstock. Each petal was stamped with the fine lines stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with Soft Suede ink.
The flower center was cut with the 2-1/2″ Circle Punch and Early Espresso cardstock, crumpled, and the cardstock was separated into two layers. With the “fuzzy” side up, I embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder and accented it with Crystal Effects. Jumbo Sticky Rounds were perfect for adhering the layers together.
The ‘splatters’ were stamped with yet another stamp from Gorgeous Grunge with both Soft Suede and Gold Metallic ink. The sentiment, from For All Things, was stamped with Early Espresso ink.
The Burlap Ribbon and Gold Buttons were a last-minute detail, as was the Brushed Gold cardstock border. It’s not really part of Margaret’s sketch, but this picture needed the burlap strip for more balance and dimension. The background piece is Elegant Eggplant, a perfect contrast to the Crushed Curry for fall. I also randomly sponged the frame with Gold Metallic ink.
I hope you enjoyed today’s project and are inspired to play along with us this week at Pals Paper Arts. Come see what else the Resident Artists have created to inspire you!