Gina told us we could give a little bit of a sneak peek before they debut on Friday, so here you go!
During the week, you can also check out some sneak peeks on her blog, as well as on the blogs of the other designers on the GinaK Design Team.
When I saw the sunflower stamp that Gina sent, I thought about the sunflowers that I have growing right off the edge of my deck. For the past few years, we've grown sunflowers there and it creates a bit of a "tunnel" to the deck of our house. This year, we have our biggest sunflowers ever! One of them is almost 10 feet tall!
When I plant sunflowers, I plant all different kinds.....oranges, reds, yellows, dwarf sunflowers, tall ones, medium sized ones.....I love seeing all the different colors and heights emerge. I also enjoy watching the yellow finches hanging upside down from the heads of the big flowers while they eat the seeds. Sometimes when I go out to get the mail, I see seed shells all over the walkway from the birds. That makes me smile.
Here's a little information about the "girl behind the blog"..... The colors for my wedding were black and yellow. Now, while that sounds bizarre, I picked those colors because I wanted the guys in black tuxes and the girls in sunflower patterned dresses with a black backdrop. Each of the girls carried a single sunflower and the guys had mini sunflowers as their boutonnieres. I loved that contrast of color. I even had sunflowers on the wreath I wore on my head (which you can see in my Anniversary Post).
So many people think that sunflowers just come in yellow.....but there's so many more gorgeous kinds of sunflowers out there. I wanted to do something that reminded me of my garden right off my deck.
I watercolored the sunflowers and then added a little extra to them by doing some dark watercolored lines in the leaves and the flower petals, as well as little brown dots inside the flower centers. I also watercolored the background with a light wash of Bashful Blue ink.
To do my watercoloring, I pressed the lids of my ink pads against the pads themselves, opened the pads and pooled a little water on the lids with a paint brush. If I needed more color, I simply closed the ink pads, squished them together again and opened them back up, adding a little water again to dilute the ink.
I used the same sunflower stamp (which is actually two flowers next to each other in 2 different heights) to stamp the borders at the top and bottom of the card with Bashful Blue ink.
The greeting on this card is also one of GinaK's new designs debuting on Friday.
I stapled some black gingham ribbon to the card to add a finishing touch (and I love using up my tiny ribbon scraps.....yes, I even save those....you never know where you can use them!).
Have a fantastic week! We have lovely weather all this week in the high 70's, so I'm going to enjoy the last hurrah of summer.
Stamps: GinaK Designs; Cardstock: Watercolor paper, Bashful Blue, Old Olive; Ink: Palette Hybrid Black, Old Olive, Marigold Morning, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue and Close to Cocoa Classic Inks; Black gingham ribbon, stapler and staples; paint brushes and water