Wednesday, July 7, 2021

A Hollyhock Birthday

It's time to create another card for the weekly sketch challenge at Atlantic Hearts. This is Challenge #428 and runs from Monday, July 5, through Sunday evening, July 11, 2021. In addition, I am adding my card to the July challenge at Die Cut Divas. Their challenge is currently active and will end Saturday, July 31, 2021. I have used this Hollyhock die numerous times and when I saw the three slender rectangles in the sketch, I knew I wanted to use it again. Note: Did you know Hollyhocks grow to 8 feet tall?


I was unsure about using foiled cardstock as my background but when I saw that the July challenge at Die Cut Divas was tone-on-tone, I decided to proceed with using the foil behind each of the colored Hollyhocks to create that look. I die-cut three sets of Hollyhocks, coloring them with Copic alcohol markers. Just by itself, I think the reflective quality of the metallic is tone-on-tone but the card is a bit different because I went with tone-on-tone in three colors - copper, teal, and rose. 

Here is my best attempt at capturing the colors: 

Using the foiled cardstock, I added a Hollyhock plant to each section. The plant on gold is colored with gold and yellow, the one on teal is colored in two tones of berry with teal stems and the third is colored in pink and yellow on rose foil. To give the card depth I added the flowers so the stems were not completely glued down.

In keeping with the sketch, g
old and silver pearls were added along with a strip of silver foiled cardstock. The sentiment circle was also die-cut in silver but was stamped using gold metallic ink. I added another set of Hollyhocks to the inside for decoration.

Be sure to visit the AHSC428 Blog and Die Cut Divas for challenge guidelines.

Stamp: Sizzix #662347 "Circle Sentiments"
Ink: Delicata (Golden Glitz), Copic Alcohol Markers
Cardstock: Stampin' Up! Whisper White
Foiled Cardstock: Copper, teal, rose, and silver from my stash
Dies: Impression Obsession (Hollyhocks) & Sizzix #662347 (Circle Sentiments)
Misc.: Stampin' Up! Metallic Pearls; foam tape from stash


  1. Very pretty! Love the shiny background panels, perfect colors! :)

  2. I love hollyhocks, and your die cuts are so pretty! Lovely bit of sparkle, too. Thank you for joining us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge.

  3. The foil backgrounds are a great choice, the Hollyhocks are colored very nicely, very pretty!
    Thanks for sharing with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge
    Patty S, Design Team

  4. Such a pretty trio of hollyhocks on their coordinating foil background. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas this month!

  5. Such a gorgeous card. The foil cardstock is the perfect backdrop for your flowers. Thanks for playing with us at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge!

  6. Very pretty, I love the flowers you chose and how they work with the tall skinny panels, so great! Thanks for playing along with Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge (AHSC).

    Brandi R.
    DT member AHSC

  7. Lovely! Thank you for joining us for Challenge #428 at Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge this week!

  8. Very pretty card. I'm liking the shine of the foiled cardstock. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.

    sue n.