I learned this really cool technique for making a beautiful sun at the Virginia Beach Stampin’ Up! regional seminar. You punch a circle out of a Post-it® note and place the reverse mask on your card. Then you ink up a sponge dauber with the lightest yellow first (I used Summer Sun) and you swirl the ink inside the cut-out circle, moving clockwise (or counterclockwise) from the outer edge to the center, leaving a little bit of white showing. Then you swirl a slightly darker yellow (e.g. More Mustard) along the outer edge, and heavier on the bottom. You then place the Post-it® circle on top of your sun, and sponge blue ink around it for the sky.
The rest of the card was inspired by one of the cards Melissa Ellis (the demonstrator who taught this technique) showed us. I stamped the grass with Always Artichoke ink and added a few pieces of Chocolate Chip card stock (punched out with the Horizontal Slot Punch) to make it look like cattails. I added a second, torn, Top Note die-cut at the bottom of the stamped image and created the illusion of snow with Crystal Effects and Dazzling Diamonds glitter on top of the torn edge.
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Stamps: Inspired by Nature, Fresh Cuts
Paper: Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Bella Rose Designer Series Paper
Ink: Always Artichoke, Baja Breeze, Summer Sun, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Top Note Bigz Die, 1-3/8″ Circle Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter, Sponge Daubers, Stamping Sponge, Post-it® Note