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Sunshine & Happiness | Cheryl Espie

Sunshine & Happiness | Cheryl Espie

21 Jun 2024 0 Comments

Hi Pinkfresh friends!

I am back on the card blog today sharing a card I created using the beautiful and timeless Heart of Gold Stamp set. This set was illustrated by the wonderful and talented Isha Gupta who is also a Pinkfresh Studio design team member!

There is something elegant about this stamp set. I think it's because it's not too busy and the branch is so delicate but the lemons just pop. That little birdie is delightful!

I stamped and heat embossed the image and the sentiment in silver. I knew this would look nice with Lemon Whip, Ocean Breeze and Sage that I had already decided to use for my ink colours.

Using the Heart of Gold Co-ordinating Stencils, I ink blended very lightly and then a bit heavier in the areas I thought would be shadowed. For the lemons, I did add a bit of Sweet Mustard to the Lemon Whip to achieve this. 

For my background, I wanted some texture but I didn't want it to take over the front  image. Therefore, I dry embossed the Pretty Blossoms Hot Foil Plate. If you haven't tried this before you should. It's a great technique and it's always good to stretch your supplies. I'm not sure if Press Plates dry emboss well, but I will give it a try soon.

After dry embossing, I ink blended the Ocean Breeze over the panel, then added some silver splatters. While that dried, I die cut then layered up the image and the sentiment with grey cardstock from my stash. This added a bit of dimension but was a bit more subtle than using black cardstock. 

To finish, I used a combination of Matte Silver Metallic Pearls and Turquoise Clear Drops around and on the images. 

So there you have it, a pretty and delicate Sunshine & Smiles card that will hopefully cheer up somebody's day!

I filmed my process so keep an eye out for the reel over on Instagram @pinkfreshstudio

Until next time, take care!

Cheryl

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