Happy Mother's Day by Julie Lavalette

Hi everyone, it's JULIE here today. In the UK this weekend we celebrate Mother's Day, so I thought it would be nice to share some inspiration with you all.

B663 - Die Photo

I used this wonderful newly released Sunflower Die on my card. You will notice on this die cut you get the small seed box that is for the centre of your flower. Detail is always so important to Cheery Lynn and this is why I love their dies so much, as I can get such a realistic look onto my cards with their dies.

I started off my card by cutting out my Stitched Stacker in white cardstock, blending on Distress Inks and adding my stamped sentiment around the edges. Layering onto my brown cardstock , I tattered both layers at the edges for some added texture.

My terracotta pots were each die cut out twice and shaded with a brown Copic pen. I then pressed the die cuts into my Versamark Ink pad and added a mix of Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Powders, heat setting in place. I blended a little Black Archival Ink around the edges and onto the centre for an illusion of them curving. You will also notice I added on an extra layer just to the rim of the pot for an added 3D look. Finishing them off with a little grass at the base.

My Sunflower petals were shaded with a bright yellow Copic pen, with a little touch of a pale orange towards the centre. I shaped 3 flower head layers on my embossing mat and layered them onto my stem and leaves.

On my seed box part of the die I applied a generous amount of glue and poured on some Bronze Micro Beads. Once dry I dripped some Black Alcohol ink on to  it to mimic my seeds. I placed in the centre of my Sunflower and then added some Earth coloured FlowerSoft around the outside of my seed box.

My Watering Can was altered using the same technique as HERE. On my gardening spade and fork I coloured the handles with a brown Copic pen and used a peeled paint texture stamp and a little white Acrylic paint so it gave me the effect of the paint peeling off the handles. I used Versamark ink and Silver Embossing Powder on the spade and fork bases. Once this started to melt I sprinkled on a little Vintage Photo Distress Powder and continued to melt it, giving me a rusty worn look. I finished off my spade with a small garden bird.

My card was finished off by adding a Coffee Stirrer into my Terracotta Pot with a stamped sentiment.

I do hope you like my card and feel inspired to try these effects on your die cuts.  Our new Fortnightly Challenge just started on Thursday, this time the theme is Doilies, look forward to seeing your entry.

Cheery Lynn Dies Used-

Thanks for stopping by today and for the continued comments you leave, I love reading them all.

Crafty Hugs,
Julie x


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