A happy hello to you after a week-long absence! Stamping just didn’t work itself into the agenda last week, but I did get some other things accomplished, so I can’t complain. Actually, I would have posted this card last week, but I couldn’t seem to get a decent picture of it – something I’ve been struggling mightily with of late. I don’t know what my problem is, but most likely I’m being too fussy. Time to forget about that and just have fun, right?
I made this as a retirement card for one of my many friends and family members who are retiring before me and leaving me with dreams of early retirement and wondering how I might work that out, sigh. I always thought this sentiment would be good for a retirement card. The stamp set is Flourishes’ Sunflowers.
I made an attempt at “no-line coloring” by stamping the image in very light Ranger Distress Tea Dye ink. I have mixed feelings about the results, but one can only get better with practice (I hope). Coloring was done with Copic markers on Flourishes Classic Ivory cardstock. I did quite a lot of sponging around the edges, and added some red speckles with an old Stampin’ Up! Itty Bitty Backgrounds stamp.
Sketches have been holding great appeal for me lately, and I began this card when Seize the Sketch #4 was current, but didn’t finish it before their next sketch was up. No worries. . . it’s still a great sketch with only the tiniest of modifications to make it work with the image.
Time for me to say “goodbye” for today. I’ve listed more card details in the recipe below my signature. Thank you so much for the visit!
Stamps: Sunflowers (Flourishes), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (speckles – Stampin’ Up!) Paper: Flourishes Classic Ivory, CTMH Sunflower, Crate Paper Pretty Party designer papers Ink: Ranger Distress Tea Dye, Chocolate Chip (sentiment), Ruby Red (speckles), CTMH Vanilla (sponging), Copic markers for coloring Accessories: Ribbon, linen thread, button, tag punch, retired Stampin’ Up! slit punch to make scalloped border