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Sending You...

...a Little Bit of Sunshine", with the Hero Arts Sunflower Field Color Layering Scape from The Ink Pad!
The concept of this stamp set is very clever, and the way the layers are set up, it basically guarantees good results. But... there's still plenty of room to be creative when it comes to ink colors and the way you make your finished "Scape" into a card. The set comes with several sentiments, plus some fun details to turn your sunflower field into a farm; with a barn, fence, windmill, etc; there's a coordinating Hero Arts Frame Cuts die set to use with those, as well. The stamps are designed to be simple to line up, even without a stamp platform, but as soon as the words "stamping" and "layers" pop into my head, I'm reaching for my MISTI
 
  
I have some ideas about branching out with funky color schemes, but for this card, I stuck with the traditional/realistic palette for sunflowers, leaves and sky. I did test-drive a bunch of different Distress Oxide Inks, however. There honestly was no bad version, but I found that my favorite combination, (working with the stamp layers from the bottom up) turned out to be: Shabby Shutters, Pine Needles, Squeezed Lemonade, Dried Marigold and Vintage Photo. I masked the finished sunflower field with torn sticky notes so that I could add a softly blended sky with my Picket Fence Studio Blender Brushes. I used Tumbled Glass with just a smidge of Broken China, plus a tiny bit of the white cardstock peeping through in places, so the color would not look too solid. Here's a tip to get a really soft effect when ink-blending: try holding the brush in your non-dominant hand, it automatically gives you a lighter touch.
I stamped the sentiment in Chipped Sapphire and used nested oval dies to cut it out and mat it. Some Eyelet Outlet Round Eyelets and a bit of twine affix my sentiment to the card. Finally, I added a few EO Sunflower and Mini Leaf Brads to the field, and a Dragonfly Brad to the sky.
I hope you'll have a chance to get outside and see some actual flowers today, but if not, why not stamp your own? The Ink Pad Online has everything you need!!! ♥
once lived across the street 
from a sunflower farm, 
here in the great Garden State!

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