Sunshine and Fireworks Card

I’ve been wanting to make a summer card and play up the idea of Florida sunshine. Though my intention was for this card to mimic the sun and its rays, I think it could also work as a Fourth of July fireworks card.

Sunshine or fireworks? You choose!

Sunshine or fireworks? You choose!

The design is another variation of my Valentine’s Day card that used a cloud bubble die cut. The original idea came from an Online Card Classes lesson from Debby Hughes using a die cut in a clean and simple design. This one uses the sun die from Lil Inkers Design. I like the tiny dashes in the design.

I used 80# white card stock for both the card base and the first layer, which is trimmed a quarter inch from the edge and popped up with foam tape. In the middle I ran the sunshine die cut and layered a small piece of orange patterned paper as the background. Using the same die and various patterned papers in yellow from the Paper Studio’s A Day at the Beach pad, I created two more suns to flank the negative die cut on the diagonal.

It was a challenge to find an appropriate sentiment that was small enough to fit in the sun’s center. I ended up using one of the “be” sentiments from Simon Says Stamp “Be” set and the “happy” sentiment from Simon’s Absolutely on the Edge set.

The final touch was scattering some enamel dots in warm shades around the card.

What do you think? Does it look more like a sun or fireworks?

Either way, I think it’s a fun, happy card for a friend or family member. Have a great summer — and a Happy Fourth of July!

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Oh Happy Day Sunshine Card

Today is the last day to post our assignments for the Online Card Class, Pattern Play, so I decided to make one more card using the template from Day Four. Here’s my version of sunshine on a cloudy day:

A perfect card from Florida: Sunshine on a cloudy day.

A perfect card from Florida: Sunshine on a cloudy day.

I’m not sure if the photo does the card justice. It’s actually pretty bright with the white polka-dot base against the yellow card base. I like it. I think it will be a cheery way to brighten someone’s day.

The yellow card base is from Bazzill. The white polka-dot paper is from a 12 x 12 K&Company paper pad called Wedding. The patterned papers are from two 6 x 6 paper pads from Basic Grey, Fact and Fiction.

I created the sun using a die from Lil’ Inker Designs and two patterned papers in yellow and orange. Then I used Versamark ink and Ranger’s Sticky Embossing Powder to quickly adhere Ranger’s Distress Stickles Dry Glitter in clear rock candy without having to wait too long for the glue to dry.

The clouds are from a W-9 die. Finally, the sentiment is from a Simon Says Stamp exclusive die. The finishing touch: iridescent sequins glued randomly on the white polka dots.

Please let me know what you think. Happy crafting!