Saturday, September 25, 2010

PTI September Blog Hop- Larkspar Wedding card

This month's Blog Hop was to make a card from inspiration or technique learned from someone else's blog. I chose my friend Sara.
Sara is an amazing card maker. I loved the card she made for Nadine's birthday and I wanted to give it a go. I stamped the Larkspar (PTI) image in cloud white chalk Versa Magic ink, and colored the image with colored pencils. I added some sparkle with a purple Sakura glitter pen. It looks very elegant in person, but I don't think you can see the glam in the photo. I wanted a very elegant card for a young couple who were recently married, so I added the Mr and Mrs sentiment to the bottom of the card. Since it was a wedding card I did want a little bit more Wow, so I added some sheer black ribbon, JoAnn Craft Essentials around the image tied in a bow and added a half pearl, K and Companyto center.
Please let me know what you think, I just love to receive your comments. Enjoy the hop and enjoy your weekend.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Color block leaf card

I saw a card very similar to these in a card magazine and had to try it. I always struggle with making masculine cards but I thought both of these cards could pass as masculine.
I cut rectangles of colored cardstock (old olive, more mustard, close to cocoa, and kraft, Stampin Up!). I used turning over a new leaf stamp set (PTI). A different leaf stamp for each card. I stamped the image in versa mark and clear embossed. Stamped sentiment and added felt embellishments
I used the small rickrack die (PTI) on bottom card.
Thanks for looking, hope you have a great week.
God Bless

Friday, September 17, 2010

Get Well Soon, MFT

Hello again, it's Friday.
I am once again exhausted by my new schedule. Hopefully I well get used to it and won't feel like I have been hit by a Semi on Fridays. Well, to the cards. I once again was practicing with my "limited" collection of Copic markers. I do not own any skin tones. I had seen a card sample in the MFT booth at CHA, where the artist only colored certain items on the stamped image, so I tried that for the first card, only using my red Copic marker (R89). I cut out a red heart and other red embellies (red scallop matte, red grossgrain ribbon). I thought it still looked very sweet. The dp is DCWV. The second card I colored all except nurse bag and skin (don't own black or skin tones). I added the heart to the sentiment oval. I rounded two corners of the matte and image and used the Fiskars border punch.
I just loved these Pure Innocence sets by MFT. This one is called Best Medicine. I make many of the cards that are sent out within my church as a ministry. We send out a lot of thank yous, thinking of yous, baby cards, and get well cards. I will keep playing and practicing with the Copics.
Technique tip:
I was excited to see the tutorial at this week with Beate Johns. She demonstrated how you could use your Copics combined with your colored pencils. You lay down the foundation color with your Copics and shade with the color pencils. I have a lot more colors of pencils than I do my Copics, so I will have to try this new technique. She does recommend that you not use your Copics after using your colored pencils on your image because the wax in the pencil could ruin the nib on your Copic marker. Check it out, it is this weeks tutorial.
Have a great weekend and please leave me a comment, I would love to hear from you.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Tree Swing-MFT

I bought this set at CHA from My Favorite Things. It is their Pure Innocence line and the set is called Tree Swing. I just loved the little boy and I do not have too many masculine sets, or sets with boys, so when I saw this sweet set I was naturally drawn to it.
I colored the image with Copics and used a sponge and mellow moss and brocade blue inks (Stampin Up!) for the background. I used a corner rounder for the edges and added some 3/4 inch circles for some interest behind the main image. Just sweet and simple card. With God's help we can "hang in there". Have a great day!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

July FOM-Larkspar: Take Two

I made a second card using PTIs FOM set- Larkspar. I loved this set when I saw it in person at CHA, so guess what, I had to buy it.
I cut the oval out of Georgia Pacific white cardstock. I have looked at a lot of videos on using Copic markers and about half of the people recommend this cardstock for blending the colors, others recommend Gina K cardstock. It was easier for me to go to Wal Mart and buy a ream of the GP, so that is what I use when I am going to color with Copic markers. On this card I chose to color all the flowers yellow and then I outlined the flowers in gray. At first I was frightened that it would look horrible, but I actually like the way it looks and it gives the image more dimension. I know I definately need more practice, but I am pleased with the way this image turned out. I used Mellow moss cardstock, Stampin Up! for the strip, ran it through the script Cuttlebug embossing folder and tied a yellow ribbon around the middle. I also pop dotted the matted oval for more dimension.
Just a CAS card, practicing my coloring skills. Let me know what you think and have a blessed day.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

July-Flower of the Month Larkspar

I am still trying to get the coloring and shading down with Copic markers. Practice, practice, practice..... I went online to find out what colors Larkspars are in nature and they can be pinks, purples, whites, and yellows (maybe they can be other colors as well, but that is what I found in my search). I chose to color mine with purples and yellows and greens for the stems.

Paper: white cardstock, Georgia Pacific; green and yellow cardstock, DCWV; purple cardstock, The Paper Company
Ink: Tuxedo black, Memento
Stamps: July FOM- Larkspar, PTI
Tools: Swiss dot embossing folder, Cuttlebug; oval and scalloped oval, Spellbinders Nestabilities
Embellishments: cotton twill, natural; purple button
Thanks for stopping by, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Have a blessed day.