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Design Team ~ Sunflower Kisses By Ian Rump-Smith


Sunflower Kisses By Ian Rump-Smith | Craftmania Blog

Hey everyone!

Hope you're all well......

Jamie has set me off this week with his NEW YouTube tutorial with Creative Expressions

Mini Layering Stencils.



Now I happen to know the main Bundle has been snapped up, however the great news is, they are still on offer individually. So let me see if I can tempt you into why you need to try them lol :-)


Step 1

▪️I started with a 7x7 card blank and used a cream colour sheet from the Dovecraft's Card Packs and matted with gold mirror card.

▪️I normally use my square nesting dies, however I wanted to make this nice and simple, so I did mine freehand this time.

▪️I adhered these to my card base (you could use clear glue or tape here).



Step 2

Next I made my sunflower panels.....

I used my Make Art Stay-tion magnetic board as it's perfect for stenciling.



Each Mini Layering Stencil pack has 3 layering stencils.

This can be done as a continuous panel or background.

I used my blending brushes and Distress Oxide Ink pads as this is ideal.



The Distress Oxides I've used are as follows :-

✔️ Wild Honey

✔️ Mustard Seed

✔️ Fired Brick

✔️ Vintage Photo

✔️ Peeled Paint


I made 4 panels (see below 📸) and was really pleased with how they came out.



Step 3

I used Sue Wilson's Noble Round Corner Squares Die Set to cut out my 4 panels of sunflowers.





▪️I also cut my two mat and layers from my Dovecraft card - my stash of Kraft Card and a deep Brown. (I'll pop them below in my Shopping List for you).

▪️I glued these all together and then added to my card base.

I cut my layers slightly different so each panel wasn't the same.



Stage 4

Now I thought my card was just asking me for a sunflower here.... however I didn't have an actual sunflower die!

Ping! The lightbulb moment and I thought Jamie's Pointy Petal Teabag die was perfect!



Another Sunflower Option



If you haven't used Pixie Sparkles you will be amazed by the results! Trust me!!

▪️Here I took a sheet of A4 white card and worked out the size I needed to cut 8 petals.

I then cut off the end.

NOTE - I used a 300gsm card, but if you suffer from dexterity issues then use a 200gsm if better. I just wanted a large strong flower.


▪️Using my glass board, I then sprayed my card using my water spray.

Next I tapped my two colours of Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder and Pixie Sparkles onto my card and watched the magic happen.

Now I could have left it to dry naturally, however I was too eager, so I used my heat gun to speed up the process.





Stage 5

I made 8 die cuts from my sheet and then started to crease my 'teabags' using a Bone Folder.

The card is very stiff to crease, but it does give a good firm flower which I prefer.

I glued the 8 pieces together and this was my result.



Now to tidy it up a bit...

I found a small round die (us crafter's will all have one in a die set somewhere) and cut out in brown card.

With my moulding mat and piercing tool, I put about a dozen holes in it,to make it look like the centre of a sunflower.



Step 6

For your leaves.... select some from one of your floral die sets

▪️I stuck my flower and leaves into the centre of my card base using silicone glue.

This will take a couple of hours to set.



▪️For my sentiment, I chose one from Creative Expressions All Occasions Wordies.

I cut a tiny mat and layer in brown card and a piece from my Pixie Powder left overs.

Using foam tape I added this to the centre bottom of my card



I highly recommend giving these super little stencils a go, and you will fall in love with them.

Make sure you check out Jamie's video too, as he shares just a few of his hints and tips with us.


Thanks guys for taking time to read my blog and hope you will join me again next week.

Have a great week guys

Take care

Ian x


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