Sunflower Cards with Decorative Masks

Sunflower cards are one of my favorite cards to make! So today we will play around with a fun NEW mask (stencil) to create a variety of different sunflower designs. The cards feature the Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up! These decorative masks are so fun and simple to use, and the results are absolutely stunning!

Decorative Masks

First let’s talk about the Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks from Stampin’ Up! There are 7 masks (also know as stencils) which come in this pack. Three of the masks are perfect for creating colorful background designs in card making. The other 4 masks, when used together, create beautiful sunflowers. Each of the four masks enable you to add different layers to the sunflowers. This picture helps to provide an illustration of the three-step process for creating the sunflower. The fourth step involves adding the leaves.

Sunflower Cards with Decorative Masks

For the cards I am sharing today, I chose to add the leaves individually to the cardstock instead of adding them as laid out on the decorative mask. The leaves are spread apart to a width of about 4-3/4 inches so they surround the sunflowers. Since a standard portrait style card is 4-1/4 inches x 5-1/2 inches, the leaves do not fit unless you add them individually.

Sunflower Cards

The first two sunflower cards really showcase the details of the flowers created with the decorative mask. The colors for these cards include Crushed Curry, Pecan Pie, Early Espresso and Old Olive. To create the first card, start with a 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of white cardstock. For the second card, use a 3-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of white cardstock. Once you finish adding the sunflowers and leaves to the white cardstock, add some 1/4 inch wide strips of Old Olive cardstock.

To add the sunflowers, start by laying the first decorative mask over the white cardstock and add the Crushed Curry over the flower design with a blending brush. Remove the flower mask and add the second mask which has the three large circle shapes. Line up the circles in the center of the flowers and blend in some Pecan Pie ink. Remove the second mask and lay the third mask over the flowers. Blend in some Early Espresso ink to bring out the detail in the center of the flowers. The fourth step simply involves adding different leaves, individually, to the white cardstock. Lay the mask over the various white space and add leaves as desired.

Two Cards in One

Now that you know how to use the decorative masks, you can easily create two cards from one sunflower design. Start with a 4 x 5-1/4 inch piece of white cardstock. Use the decorative masks to create the sunflower design in the center of the white cardstock. Once you have completed the design, place the white cardstock in your paper trimmer and cut the 4 inch side in half. You will end up with two pieces measuring 2 x 5-1/4 inches. Half the sunflowers will be on one of piece and the other half will be on the second piece. Now you can use these two pieces to create two sunflower cards!

Start with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock for the base of the card. Add a 1-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch piece of patterned paper to the right side of the card front. Cut a 1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of Old Olive cardstock to the left side of the card front. Matte out the sunflowers on a 2-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch piece of Pecan Pie cardstock and add to the card front as shown. For the finishing touch, add a bit of vellum and a greeting. This greeting comes from the Very Best Occasions stamp set; however, keep in mind you can use any stamp set to add your greeting.

Video Tutorial

Now you have 4 simple Sunflower card ideas and some tips on how to use the Abundant Beauty Decorative Masks! I hope you enjoyed these cards ideas! Be sure to watch the replay of the video to see the masking process in action! Have a fun and creative day! ~ Lynn

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