Wishing it was warmer? Head into this Hibiscus Sunset! - Nicky Gilburt

Today I am sharing a bright and happy card made with the new Tonic Studios Hibiscus Sunset die. It's a fabulous all-in-one die, measuring a whole 5x5" square, and there are so many ways to play with it, as seen on Hochanda on 15th and 16th November. Watch the shows on rewind for 7 days, until next Wednesday, and check out the prep team's blogs, where they are showcasing their creations: the addresses are on my homepage.


I'd like to share some step by step photos of how I made this card, as I used my fabulous Nuvo double ended blender brushes to achieve this sunset seascape, and then had fun paper piecing some bright and sparkly colours back into the die. 


To make this card I also used:

5" square of white card
Craft Perfect card in Jet Black, Cornflower Blue, Champagne, Harvest Gold
Craft Perfect Gold Dust and Emerald Green glitter card
orange holographic card
Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean Distress Ink
Nuvo Dual Tipped Blender Brushes
Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive
Nuvo Glitter Markers in gold, orange and green
Will's Hand dies - 'happy' and 'birthday'

1. Firstly I die-cut my Hibiscus Sunset panel in Jet Black Craft Perfect card, and embossed it with my rubber mat to bring out the design in the top left corner.(NB Don't lose the bird... you will need it!!) I cut a 5" square of white card and selected my three inks to make my warm sunset. Starting behind the sun, I inked up my Nuvo blender brush with the orange and gently made soft circles behind the area where the sun is positioned.
2. With a clean brush, I picked up some blue ink and brushed round, in small circular movements, building up the blue round the orange.
3.It's good to check the depth of colour against the die-cut as you go along, adding more ink if needed. I used the die-cut as a guide, adding extra deep orange right behind the sun for a brighter sunset glow. 




4. I slipped a piece of white card over the backing card, using the the die-cut as a guide,to show the line of the horizon, and used it as a mask to add more ink to the sea, to create a visible difference between the sea and the sky. I think this really enhances the die-cut!
5. I stuck the black die-cut down onto the base and die-cut a second sunset in gold mirri, trimming just the sunset and the lines over the sea. 
6. I glued it down over the black and added that black bird into the sunset.
7. Then I used the Glitter Markers to colour in the embossing with orange, gold and green, allowing the first coat to dry and adding a second for greater depth.
8. I die-cut the hibiscus flower in an accent colour, in this case bright metallic orange, and paper pieced it in with tiny drops of glue. Follow this with gold glitter card along the branches and leaves and a drop of green around each flower.
9. To finish, I die-cut the happy and birthday in black and stuck it down over the blue. I decided to matt and layer this image over Cornflower Blue Craft Perfect card then onto gold mirri, then Champagne, which I cut to the same size as the 7" square card blank.






I hope you enjoyed my inky tutorial, please leave a comment if you did, and even better, show what you make! 
Happy crafting, may all your sunsets be red ones!


Nicky x
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