sunflowers of peace

Welcome to my crafty blog and another sunflower card. This one uses the new set from Claritystamp, who are donating 50% of the proceeds from them to the British Red Cross appeal for Ukraine. They were the obvious set to use when I saw the new colours from CAS Colours and Sketches and I’m also sharing it as a second offering for Just Add Ink‘s ‘masking’ theme.

It won’t surprise you to know that I started by stamping the sunflowers! I stamped the large one first in ‘watering can’ Archival ink and then stamped it onto an all-over sticky note so that I could cut a mask for it. With that in place, I then stamped the smaller sunflower either side, so they sat behind the larger one.

I put the mask back over the larger flower and then brushed ‘broken china’ Distress Oxide across Clarity’s ‘clouds’ mask for the sky. I then coloured the flowers using a waterbrush and ‘mustard seed’, ‘chipped sapphire’ and ‘weathered wood’ Distress Oxides.

I grounded the flowers by lightly sponging the ‘watering can’ Archival across a torn piece of copy paper and added the sentiment from Clarity’s December 2021 Craft Club set. I mounted the topper onto a layer of ‘night of navy’ card and then attached it to a 6×6 card blank. At this poiont, I decided the sunflower seed heads would look better in the navy rather than grey, so went over them with the waterbrush & ‘chipped sapphire’ ink (I left the stems grey). Definitely the right decision.

I’ve never visited Ukraine, but I have been to Romania a few times – one of the highlights there were the amazing fields of sunflowers. Here’s a blurry photo (taken from the car) of a sunflower field with a rainbow. We’re all praying for brighter days for Ukraine.

7 thoughts on “sunflowers of peace

  1. Great job on your masking Deborah and your cluster of sunflowers against the soft clouds is just lovely! Thanks for playing along with us over at CAS Colours & Sketches this week!

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