October 02, 2020 3 min read

Yes, fall has finally arrived! Well for me it has, with temps in the 50's at night and 80's during the day. I have actually had to start raking leaves already. I don't miss this part of fall, lol.

Anyway, let's get started on a beautiful fall sunflower card with these lovely papers from Cardstock Warehouse.

Here are the Cardstock Warehouse papers you will need:

 Papers for sunflower card

You will also need:

  • Sunflower petal die or die cutting machine file. There are many available on the market. You can also hand cut your petals into almond shapes. 
  • Water-based ink or distress ink
  • Strong Liquid Adhesive
  • Sentiment die or stamped image
  • Foam mounting tape
  • Background stamp
  • Nuvo Drops: Black, Brown, Oyster
  • Scissors
  • Die cutting machine if using die.

We are going to start by cutting out our sunflower petals. This can take time because you will need 10 of each petal. Using the die made this is so much quicker than hand cutting, or you could use an electric die cutting machine to do all the labor for you. That is what I plan on doing for future sunflowers.

sunflower paper petals

After we have the petals cut out I'm going to use my Distress Ink to lightly blend the outer edge of the petals. To make this easier, I lightly taped down the petals using low tack tape.

sunflower petals with inked edges

Now it's time to put them together to make a beautiful flower! You will need the center piece, which is blended as well even though you won't see this, and then glue down each petal on the star point of the center. Repeat this process until you have 4 sets of petals.

I like to pinch each petal to give it some definition so it doesn't lay flat

Sunflower petals glued to centers

To put them together I used foam mounting tape to give it some volume, but regular glue will work as well.

Sunflower petal rings all glued together

Next, we are going to die cut the center of our flower with Oatmeal cardstock and blend the edges with ink. Then add Nuvo drops in black, brown and oyster for definition. While that dries, you can start on the back ground.

Adding nuvo drops to center of flower

For the background I'm going to pull out Timber Green card stock cut to 5x4 and then stamp down a background stamp using clear embossing ink. I picked this background stamp up off of amazon for around $8. Any background stamp will work. You can use flowers or words, just something small so it doesn't take away the main sunflower focal point. I'm going to heat emboss this in fine gold embossing powder to make it smooth and shiny.

(I love Moana and every time I hear the word shiny the lobster song pops in my head for a good hour... Anyone?? ok just me...)

heat embossing background stamp onto Timber Green

Next let's pull out the Oatmeal card stock, cut it to 5 1/4 x 4 1/2, and ink blend the sides of our Oatmeal panel.

ink blending on the edges of Oatmeal Speckletone

Let's start putting everything together!

I'm going to tape down my Oatmeal background to a card base using the foundation's Pure White in 100lb and then cut my embossed background to 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 and use foam tape to adhere that to my Oatmeal background.

Attaching background to base with foam mounting tape

Next i'm going to pull out some red string and wrap it around into a circle a few times on the front and glue it in place. It's ok if it moves a little, we don't want it stiff.

gluing on string accent to card background

Now let's grab that sunflower since it has had time to dry and glue that to the front of the card. Next, I pulled out Antique Gold Metallic and used a Hello sentiment die. I then popped that up with foam tape. 

To finish this beauty, I'm going to add my favorite Pretty Pink Posh Espresso Jewels. Thats it!! This beautiful card was a treat to make and I just love this sunflower.

Finished sunflower card

Thanks for hanging out with me today and if you make this card please tag us on Instagram or Facebook. We would love to see what you make! Tag us with #cardstockwarehouse to be featured on our page! 

Happy Crafting!

Jaimie Madison Card Designs 

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