Monday, June 22, 2020

Silhouetted Sunflower


Thank you Margaret for speaking up - her blog is a commentary on life in New Zealand, should you be interested .

This card was one I used to teach a couple of techniques on earlier this month - we were still 'social distancing', but it was our first time together in three months, and we really enjoyed ourselves - I was surprised we got anything finished as we laughed so much!

One of the techniques I taught was to  create backgrounds with water colour techniques - for this one I used Lyra water colour crayons.

This image, a magazine freebie, was an outline stamp, which was totally coloured with a black marker. It was an old one and I only just completed the colouring.
I learnt this technique on Ishani's blog here, where she shows how to stretch our stamps!

When I went to make the card up, I wanted a bit more 'life' in the background, so I masked the image with the stamp, and sprayed the background with a Lindy's mica spray.

I embossed the sentiment in platinum ep, then mounted the panel on black to give a small border before layering it onto the gold/yellow base. 
The finishing touches were black pearls on the flower and pot, and clear drops (Glossy Accents) around the sentiment

The inside was decorated with a trimming from the background panel.

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cotnob said...

A beautiful card Maxine, you have created a lovely watercolour background.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) said...

Maxine, this is gorgeous - love the background an the silhouette flower is the perfect addition!

jimlynn said...

Beautiful background and a lovely, lovely card!

Ellibelle said...

So beautiful, Maxine! Loving the pretty background!
Ellibelle's Corner

Stevenson Q said...

Oh how I love the effect that it did on the Silhouette dear Maxine! It's like I can see a starry night sky! Plus that embossed Happy Birthday is just so classy! Did you write that yourself? Stunning caligraphy!

Sending you hugs for this new week Maxine!

Mia said...

Your card is beautiful, Maxine. Great background and a lovely silhouette. I love the idea for masking using the stamp and not a paper. Hugs, my dear friend, and thank you so much for joining Craftlandia Challenge. Kisses!!!

Mia said...

Hi again, Maxine. I am coming back with my DT hat on, to thank you for joining our challenge at Crafty Calendar! Kisses!!!

Glennis F said...

Your watercolour background is very effective Maxine, I love the bright colours

brenda said...

How very striking Marine, the silhouette image really pops against the pretty rainbow background.


Suze said...

Beautiful card Maxine. The background is striking against the silhouette image. I never think to colour an image completely in black to turn it into a silhouette image.

Joy Wilson said...

I just love that background! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!Hugs, JoyJoyfully StampsLil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator
Joyfully Stamps

Ginny Maxam said...

Beautiful backgrounds! I love using Old and Goodie supplies like faithful watercolors! Very pretty interior cards too!

MiamiKel said...

Maxine, this is a stunner! I am glad you had a great time at your class - this rainbow beauty is a showstopper. I didn't realize yoy colored it in - I thought it was a solid stamp - WOW! Hugs!

aussie aNNie said...

Fabulous silhouette flower with the gorgeous 'sunset' scened background. xx

Olga Dendrinou Fink said...

a gorgeous background and a very beautiful card!
Xoxo Olga

mamapez5 said...

A great card. I love the colourful background, and it is a good way to turn the stamp into a silhouette.
I am glad you enjoyed your little crafting session. It is good to have like-minded friends.
Kate x

Monica said...

What fun to get together again, Maxine.

Your card made me smile with the bright colours and the sunflower silhouette. I may visit Ishani's blog later to learn more. Thanks so much for sharing.



Mac Mable said...

Great to add the spray to the beautiful background and what a striking card Maxine x. Good to catch up with fellow crafters too x.

Darlene LeTavec said...

Oh Maxine! How wonderful this card is and your background technique!!! Love it so much and I can't wait to try it myself. So glad that you are able to get together with friends and laugh, laugh laugh!

Lynne K said...

This is stunning, Maxine! The background is absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Stamping Sensations.


Cynthia said...

Great background, Maxine. The silhouette image really pops!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Clever way to use the stamp! and beautiful background:)

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

What a gorgeous design Maxine! Love the watercolour technique you've used this is fabulous! How lovely to gather with crafty friends too! Beautifully done hun. Thanks for your gorgeous comment on my blog too. I got such a giggle from your 'when I grow up' comment, thanks hun, made my day! Have a beautiful week. Hugs, Wends xoxo

Brenda said...

I love cards with silhouettes and this card is no exception! This is fabulous Maxine! Loving the beautiful background, it just makes me happy seeing those beautiful colors. Love that sunflower silhouette too. Glad you were able to get together with the group even though you had to social distance. Laughter is so good for the soul isn't it?!! Glad you had a great time! Hugs, Brenda

Megan J said...

Hi Maxine, a stunning card, I don't think I have ever tried colouring an image all black (not mentioning your National football team ;-)) to make a silhouette, the sunflower looks great.
Lucky you being able to get together with a few crafty friends, NSW has not had a big increase in cases of Covid this week, Victoria has had 33 cases in the last 24hrs. We have wondered whether the Covid testing has been picking up other problems as we have Parrot fever in our area and have been told not to feed the wild birds (the poor things have come closer to people due to the fires earlier in the year) Have a lovely weekend... Megan

Irish Cherokee said...

Love the card. I really must get back to card making again and colorizing images. It is so relaxing.

Love, Hugs and blessings

Ysnelda Solano said...

Hermosa tarjeta !!!


Anuskalandia said...

Hi Maxine!

A beautiful card. I really liked the techniques used.
Thank you for participating in the Craftlandia Challenge 3.
Kisses and have a great day!

Chana Malkah said...

Great concept, Maxine, and beautifully executed! Thanks for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana Malkah, Owner

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kReN said...

Love the silhouette sunflower. Thanks for joining us at the PIP Challenge this week! kReN on the DT

Eulalia Isabel said...


hermosa tarjeta


Quillish said...

OMG! I am in utter disbelief! You linked to my video, oh Maxine you are so sweet and kind! I was wondering, how all of a sudden I had views on that video, usually people watch just for two days and then the video dies, a slow death.. LOL! And you know when I saw your card I thought that's a lovely solid stamp (until I read you colored in). I am counting my blessings and am so grateful to you for the support you always show me. You are a motherly figure for me, the mothers, who do so much for their kids and kids don't even stop at mom's blogs to see their beautiful work! I am ashamed to be that kid :( Hope I get better :)

Judy V said...

Fabulous creation! Thanks for joining us for Week 13 at Gem of a Challenge!

HerminiaRegolf said...

Excellent work, very original and beautiful.

Carla Cremonesi said...

It was beautiful! I love sunflowers and the card was very special with the design and the background colors. Excellent job. Beijos do Brasil

Jennifer_GlitterInMyHair said...

What a great project! So cute! Thanks for sharing it with us at Polkadoodles’ Gems Challenge good luck and hope to see you again!

Jennifer, DT
You can also find me on Instagram!

HandmadeByTasha13 said...

Wow! So many techniques that you used on one card! Great job!!

Thank you for playing along with us at Little Patch of Crafty Friends & good luck for this challenge!!

HandmadeByTasha DT