Thursday, March 25, 2010

Burnished Sunflowers

Years ago, when we were doing weekly classes on our Pennywise Arts Yahoo group, we had a great project taught by Katrina Merryman.  It’s been one of my favorites to this day.  Kat showed us how to do a technique called “burnishing”.  I still remember the fun chant she used during that class….. “Don’t dab, don’t rub ya gotta scrub!”

Here’s a photo of Kat scrubbing for us:

Tutorial Step 1a - Burnishing

I completely fell in love with these beautiful richly colored sunflowers and of course I had to buy the stamps too!  About once a year I get them all out again, and burnish sunflowers on anything I can get my hands on.  It’s a technique that I keep going back to because I never tire of the fun results!

 Sunflower Pen & PIN Purse Cropped

If you haven’t seen the tutorial on how to make these cute post it note purses, we have it on our website HERE!!  Kat’s tutorial on burnishing is also there!

(And I am sure that if you think out of the box better than I do, you’ll find lots of things to burnish in addition to sunflowers!)

With spring in the air and the amazing sunshine we had in the Seattle area yesterday, I am feeling the urge to get out my sunflower stamps and burnish something!

Hugs, Suzanne

Stamp Credits:  Stampin Up!


  1. This has always been one of my favorite projects on PWA. I have yet to try burnishing, but am glad to know the tutorial is there when I need it.

  2. I love your Blog. I have learned a lot from reading, looking and then trying some of the techniques you talk about. Thank you very much for sharing. I love burnishing and although I haven't used it alot in my scrapping, I do use burnishing on cards.

  3. so lovely! I am now following :)

  4. Well, This is one to check out. I love Sunflowers.
    Sherrie Roberts


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