Whimsy Wednesday ~ Stained Glass Sunflowers

Hey there lovely crafty pals. I'm here today to share my last Whimsy Digital Design Divas post for June. How is that even possible. This year is flying by at break-neck speed! I hope your year is going well and you are having some fun crafty adventures. I've been having a blast on the Whimsy Design Team and our 6 month term is up, however, I've been invited to stay on, so I'm super excited to have a second term as a Digital Designer for Whimsy Stamps. It really is the loveliest team to design for. The whole crew is incredibly supportive and have you seen the gorgeousness we get to design with?! I still pinch myself occasionally that I actually made the team. It's been such a fun six months and I really can't believe how fast it has gone! Now let me show you what I've been up to lately. 

There are some utterly gorgeous 'stained glass' designs at Whimsy Stamps at the moment, so I decided I wanted to ink this gorgeous Sunflower design up on acetate and make it really like a stained glass panel. (Be sure to use StazOn ink on acetate.) I've coloured up two designs and the second is finished quite differently. I'll share that with you at a later date. This was my first attempt and although it was really difficult to capture this in good light, I think you get the idea. Above, you can see the panel unmounted, hanging in the window of my Aromatherapy Studio. The studio has a privacy screen on the glass, so it worked well to showcase this lovely panel.

Here's the panel hanging in my kiddies playroom, with our back fence behind it. Clearly, I need to clean the moss off the fence! LOL. But this shows it with clear glass behind the panel, so the background shows through more.

Here you can see the colours intensify as it's mounted against the cream card background. I've adhered it with temporary glue to the card base so it can be pulled off and hung as shown above. For the panel construction I used Olba Glue, which holds really firmly, so the acetate stuck to the frame really well. I created the aperture design with some stitched edge dies from my stash and punched a couple of little hearts in the bottom corners for interest with my tiny hand punch. I coloured the 'sky' in alternating shades of blue as I had seen done by the artist of this design. It looks so fabulous and really evokes that stained glass look.

I coloured on the back of the acetate with my copic pens. In retrospect I would use brighter and darker shades on the acetate, as the colour doesn't appear as vibrant on acetate, especially when hung in the window. It still looks pretty, but in this case you can go colour mad and get away with it! Bold strong colours I think would work best on the acetate.

The lovely thing about creating this Sunflower panel, is that my London Aromatherapy Studio, was called Sunflower Studios. I had four studios across London at one stage. Now I just have a little studio at home here in Auckland, New Zealand, quite a change for sure! It was really lovely to hang this in my home studio and it so reminds me of my London days. You can find the gorgeous stained glass designs at Whimsy Stamps of course and you can click through on the link below directly to that part of the store for a closer peek at these amazing designs. 

I will share the next stained glass panel creation with you after our New Release Launch, which is only a few days away, woohoo! So watch this space, I'll be back on Sunday with my first creation for our July New Digital Releases. You're gonna LOVE them! Do pop into the Facebook page to check out what the rest of our amazing design team have been up to, there's always something new and gorgeous being showcased there and you're welcome to share your creations with us too! Even better come and enter our Monthly challenge, it's 'Anything Goes' as long as you use a Whimsy Stamps image. I'll be back again very soon with the new release creations, until then, happy crafting xoxo

Challenge Entries:
Not Just Cards: June ~ Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread: #70 ~ Anything Goes
Cardz For Galz: #74 ~ Summer Sunny Days
Alphabet Challenge: G is for the Great Outdoors
Crafty Catz: #422 ~ Anything Goes + Beautiful Blooms Option
Moving Along With The Times: #74 ~ Flowers As The Main Focus

Update: I made the Top 3 at Moving Along With The Times. Thank you so much ladies, I'm really delighted!! 


Chris said…
No surprise that the team asked you to stay on Wends, you've really gone the extra mile and created some wonderful projects with their lovely stamps and images.
This project is amazing...it's not easy to colour on acetate and you've done a fantastic job here.
Chrissy said…
Congratulations Wendy, so happy for you.I love this card, your colouring on the accetate is wonderful and such a beautiful card design and I love the stained glass image...beautiful.

Sarah said…
With a stunning piece like this it's no wonder that you have been asked to stay on at Whimsy!! xx
Pat said…
What an absolutely stunning make Wends, beautiful stained glass design with gorgeous colours, congratulations on being asked to stay on the design team.

Pat xx
Wendy said…
Congratulations Wends, so happy for you..Stunning card, gorgeous colours on your stained glass image, love those little hearts.
Wendy xx
Congratulations on your 're-appointment' to the team :-)
Love what you have done with this design Wends, it is beautiful, and so versatile
tilly said…
a beautiful card on the accetate and fab colours, thanks for sharing at crafty catz
Absolutely stunning make hunnie. I've never tried colouring onto acetate but you've inspired me to have a go. Your fabulous sample is so full of sunshine it makes me smile. Thank you for sharing Wends. x
Dawn T said…
Truly a beautiful card. Such a fun projects. You are so talented Wendy.
Jenny L said…
Hi Wendy,
oh my word this os gorgeous and those sunflowers looks amazing.
Such a very stunning creation.
Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT
Debbie Mageed said…
This is absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors and the image is amazing! Thank you for playing with us at Cardz 4 Galz and hope you will join us again soon.
Fikreta said…
Your card is so lovely!
Cazro said…
A stunning card, I love the design and technique. Thanks for playing along with us at at Cardz 4 Galz. Caz DT.
Your card is so BEAUTIFUL !!! Thank you so much for playing along with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! /Karin
Tammy said…
This is stunning! I LOVE the stained glass design and your gorgeous coloring! Thanks so much for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz!
Tammy x
Wendy, what a stunning stained glass creation you have made. The sunflowers are beautiful. Congratulations on your continued DT experience. Your project fits perfectly the Lemon Shortbread Monthly Challenge this fortnight. Thank you for entering and best wishes in the draw. Kym (Lemon Shortbread Design Team Member).
Cards by Beckie said…
This is a lovely card. I love your stained glass window effect. Thank you for sharing with us at Moving Along with the Times Beckie x
Judith said…
Congratulations on your second whimsystamps term Wends - it is a lovely DT, I loved my time there, lookig forward to seeing more fabulous designs from you. this is so lovely, perfect for our challenge at MAWTT - thank you for playing along hugs judith xx

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