Monday, 18 February 2013

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge 85 - 'Blooming Images'

This time at Crafty Cardmakers, our host is Marie, and she wants to see our Blooming Images. The main image on the card must be flowers, although you can embellish as you wish.

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I started with an image by Floppy Latte Designs which you can get via the Stitchy Bear shop. I love this image! I'm not an artist, but this image is shaded so beautifully that it guides you through colouring, and each time I've coloured it up, I've been pleased with the results.

This time, I went for three Promarker/Flexmarker shades from the Magenta range, and two greens. I cut the image using a Spellbinders die, and matted using a scalopped octagon. The paper is by Paper Cellar. I bought it ages ago, and, although I love the various designs in the pad, I rarely use them because the colours are quite muted. (This isn't called Josephine's Rainbow for nothing ... I generally like my colours bright!)

I finished with some Wild Orchid Crafts roses and some silver flowers from Hobbycraft. (They actually had their first use in my daughter's hair when she went to her Year 11 Ball (over two years ago!)

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

A Gem of a Challenge where they want die cuts,
Sweet Pea where they want digital images,

I Love Promarkers where they want something 'for the girls',

And because I had so much fun with that, I tried a different colourscheme!

Blues this time, again coloured with Promarkers and Flexmarkers. The background this time uses white card that I embossed. Now, I've seen so many people using Pan Pastels and I'd love to have a play. But, my eldest pointed out to me that he's got a set of 'normal' pastels that he doesn't use, so I thought I'd see what I could do with them. They're too hard to brush or sponge on, but I simply ran the side of the stick over the embossed areas and then brushed to soften the result. I used a couple of blues and a green to get the effect you see. I think the technique could use some fine-tuning, but I was pretty happy with my first attempt.

I made the flowers using punched white card, adding colour with the pastel sticks and finishing the tiny ones with a seed bead.

The die cuts are courtesy of Spellbinders and the pearlescent card is from Papermania.

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Craftroom Challenge where they want us to make our own embellishments,
Tuesday Throwdown where anything goes,

I hope you can join us this time.


Shea said...

Both of these are lovely cards! I especially love your use of the pastels on the embossed layer on the blue/green card and the flowers! And you've colored both images beautifully! Thanks so much for joining us this week at AGOAC!

Susan Dube said...

They are both just lovely and i love the flowers! Thanks so much for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown and I hope you'll join us for the net challenge!

Susan, TT DT

Meggymay said...

Beautiful cards, the colouring is fantastic.
Yvonne x

Mynnette said...

These card are absolutely beautiful and I adore this image! Fabulous work! :)

Bea und Doreen said...

gorgeous card Josephine and the flower and the embossed background are amazing
Doreen xx

Maria said...

These are gorgeous, and coloured so beautifully! Thanks for joining in with our Handmade Embellishments challenge over at the Craft-Room.

Maria xxxxx

Suze Bain said...

Wow, fabulous colouring Josephine. Two gorgeous cards. Xx

Lozzy T said...

Both beautiful cards, love the colours and your colouring.
Thank you for joining us at Sweet Pea Stampers this month and hope you will join us again.
Lozzy x

mags said...

Lovely creations. Both cards are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing with us at A Gem of a Challenge this week and good luck.

Desire Fourie said...

Gorgeous creations. Love the colours and decorative edges around the images.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Kym's Crafty Cards said...

You have created two very beautiful cards here. Thanks for taking part in the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge this month of “use a digi” and best of luck. We hope to see you back again very soon. Best wishes, Kym, Sweet Pea Stampers Design Team xxx

Julie Reed said...

Lovely cards Josephine, i esecially like the blue/green combo
Jules x

Lin said...

You say you are not an artist Josephine, but you certainly have me fooled with not one, but two versions of this gorgeous stamp!

Two fabulous creations.

Lin xx


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