Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Sweet Peas

I must say, I am not a flower person. And by that I mean I don't know much about flowers. Prior to the Year of Flowers stamp series by Papertrey Ink, I couldn't tell a violet from a sweet pea. But I really love these stamps! And I've discovered that I love to color them and I think they are helping me to improve my Copic coloring skills. Here is a card I made for my Mom's birthday recently:

Since I don't know much about flowers, I like to look them up on the Internet to determine what colors they naturally come in. In doing so, I discovered that sweet peas come in many different colors, but I was inspired by this recent project and used Spring Moss and Berry Sorbet. After stamping the polka dots on the card and adding the scallop, I decided to try something different for the sentiment. I wanted to try something that wouldn't clutter the card or get in the way. I added a strip of clear cardstock on which I stamped the sentiment with StazOn ink. I adhered it with a glue dot on one end and added a button. I then added a tiny bit of adhesive along the edge of the other end. You can't see any of the adhesive when it's all said and done.

I tried something different with my coloring, inspired by the uber talented Debbie Olson (my craft idol!). I studied her gorgeously colored cards and really liked how she achieved an airy, almost water colored effect on some of her flowers. I love her shading and tried to achieve a similar look on this card by coloring very lightly and using my colorless blender quite a bit. I really like how it turned out! Thanks, Debbie, for the never ending inspiration!

I think I may turn into a color-er yet! I am really loving my Copics and I (once again) wonder why it took me so long to catch on! There are so many great artists out there who really know what they are doing. I hope to develop just a fraction of their talent one day! I'll keep practicing, coloring my flowers until then!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Stamps: Year of Flowers: Sweet Peas, Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Paper: Spring Moss, Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select White, Clearly Cardstock (PTI)
Ink: Spring Moss (PTI), Black StazOn, Black Momento (Tsukineko)
Other: Berry Sorbet & Spring Moss Copic Color Collection (PTI), Melon Berry vintage button (PTI), Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers), medium scalloped border die (PTI)


Clare said...

A stunning card, love your 'colouring in'! c x

Carla G. said...

Jennifer...you're one of my idols! Your cards are always so, so pretty! I'm glad to see you heading in to the Copic world...I'm not there yet, but perhaps with your inspiration I can follow!

Julie said...

wow love this jennifer

Jenn Copeland said...

You are a really good "color-er"! Love the clear cardstock sentiment idea! Fabooness once again!

Lynne Phelps said...

This is great - I LOVE the sweet peas, the coloring is gorgeous! I also love the clear sentiment strip - great idea!

Amy said...

Gorgeous card Jennifer!! Your coloring is flawless and I love your choice of the sentiment strip in clear cardstock!

Belinda said...

Lovely coloring! Fab!

Janelle said...

I think your coloring is fabulous -- like a pro's. Love this card!

Kathleen said...

This is beautiful! I'm glad to see you coloring---I MUST do more of that---I just feel like I'm sooooo bad at it---but, I have spent so much money on these markers that I really need to use them---thanks for the inspiration Jennifer! Love it~


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