Wednesday, 14 September 2016

WWC85 - You Are My Sunshine

I love colour challenges.  Usually I have to do a lot of thinking to get myself into the right mood to use the challenge colours.  I think we all know how that is.  We all have our favourite "go-to" colours.  That's where these challenges help me to work outside my safe little box.  Jean's challenge is no different.  What is different, however, is her choice of colours.  We have two neutrals and a metallic.  Time to get my thinking cap on.

There were so many ideas that flooded my head.  That's just as hard as sitting there with no ideas in your head.  Finally I decided on combining a heat embossed copper and a die-cut copper foil.

I began with a base of Heavy Whisper White followed by a skinny matte of Basic Black and then another layer of Whisper White which I first embossed, heat-embossed and stamped.  The heat-embossing is, of course, the wonderful sun from the Kinda Eclectic set, stamped over in the top left corner.  I absolutely loved the way the copper embossing powder heated up and melted into such a shiny metallic.

Then I took the new Pine Bough embossing folder and placed that in the top right corner, angling across diagonally towards the left lower area.  I followed that up with a slight bit of sponging over the embossed "needles" with some Basic Black ink and then also used the Basic Black ink to stamp part of the sentiment using the Sunshine Sayings set.  Under that I glued the rest of the sentiment cut out of Copper Foil using the Sunshine Wishes framelits.

Finally I glued a Basic Black die-cut bird cut using the Birds & Blooms thinlits, placing him so that he appeared to be perched on the "n" of the "sunshine".

I hope you'll check out the wonderful cards created by the rest of the Watercooler Artists at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.


  1. This card has so much light and shine to it Heidi, I love it! The sun from Kinda Eclectic is awesome embossed with Copper. It looks so rich. I also like how you incorporated the branch with dry embossing and sponged it with black it really brings out the pine bough needles. You've also added just the right die cut bird, it's so in proportion to the rest of the card. Love it!

    1. Thanks so much, Penny. The more I use the copper embossing powder, the more I realize it's the nicest metallic SU! has at the moment. The silver runs a close second. The one I really miss is the Pewter which they had for a short time about 5 years ago. That one also melted beautifully. I'm glad the copper is in the Annual Catalogue and will be with us for the full year (at least).


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