Hello friends. It’s another summer day and this week I’m filling if with some fresh fruit from the Sunny garden of stamps! I’m using the Sunny Studio Stamps Slice of Summer stamps and dies to create this fresh card.

To create my 5″ X 7″ card, I started with a card front panel cut from watercolor paper. I use Canson XL watercolor paper (blue pad). I hand colored a large pinkish-red heart using Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paints. I added splattering in colors to match the fruit of the set – yellows, lime greens, pinks and reds. I wanted the background to be really organic looking and fresh… just like the fruit!

I stamped and cut the fruit following the layering guide on the Sunny Studio Stamps web page. It was a great reference to have while stamping the fruit. Like all layered stamping I do, I can’t help but add a few additional markings using Copics for greater shadows and white Gelly Roll pens for more highlights. However, with this set you really don’t need to because Sunny Studios has already included highlights and shadows within the layers. How cool is that?!

The fruit was attached, over the organic heart shape with one of the watermelon slices popped up using foam dots. Did you notice the bite out of one of the watermelon slices? I created the teeth marks using a scallop circle punch I had stash.

Okay, I’m going to be real with you now. I made a mistake in the lower right corner when stamping the sentiment. My paper shifted in my stamping tool and did not line up exactly with the first layer. Like all mistakes I make, I generally turn it into something I like even better. I tore the watercolor paper at the bottom and added a piece of pattern paper in a lime green sunburst pattern from the Classic Sunburst paper pack to the base and ended up loving the card even more! I stamped the phrase from the same fruit set again and added some white dots for a burst of energy to complete the card.

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