Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sunny Silhouette and a tutorial

I have been admiring so many gorgeous cards using a stamp set from Stampin' Up, called Upsy Daisy, and kicking myself for not getting it. Well, I was looking at Melanie's set A Year of Flowers and started thinking maybe I could make a similar look, using the little Chrysanthemum flower.

I put the flower and stem on my acrylic block, rather than doing it in two steps. I did this because I am lazy and I knew I was just going to color it in, anyway, so I could just fill in the gap between the stem and flower.

I repositioned the stem, straightening it or adding more curve, before stamping each flower, to make them look different from each other.

After stamping three flowers, I cleaned the stamp and used my craft marker, to ink up just a portion of the stamp, to make a few smaller flowers.

Here is what I had after stamping the additional flowers. Next, I used my black marker to fill in the flowers and stems and connect the stems to the flowers.

I used a Versa Mark pen to go over each flower and stem and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder.

Sponged some So Saffron across the middle.

Sponged Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue to create a sky and Certainly Celery, with a bit of Old Olive for the foreground.

Before assembling my card, I added some grasses using my craft marker. The panel beneath the image panel is Whisper White, sponged with Kiwi Kiss and Old Olive, then run through the Cuttlebug, with the swiss dots folder. The flourishes on either side of the card are punched out using my new Flourish punch from EK Success. The card base is Kiwi Kiss.

The larger chrysanthemum/lotus stamp from this set would also work well for this technique.

Tips for drawing grass: Use a medium tipped pen. Rest the side of your hand on your writing surface. Place the pen at the bottom of the paper. Bend your wrist in a sweeping motion away from you, lifting at the end of the motion. Doing it this way will create a more natural curve to your grass and a sharp tip to the grass as your pen lifts from the paper. Be sure to practice first.


Here is a pic of a cute little frog that has taken up residence in our pond. I love frogs!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

20 comments:

Annapurna said...

I would have cut up the stem and the flower and messed up the whole stamp, not to ever use it again.

Thanks for the tutorial. Now hopefully I won't destroy my stamps ;-)

Beautiful card and the frog!

Daniel Askeland said...

Wow.. what a lovely card!

Daniel

Elena said...

Gorgeous card! Love the flower stamp! Your tutorial is great! Thank you for sharing! The frog is so cute!

catdidit said...

Oh wow Theresa! Awesome creation and idea! No need to buy that from SU! now, this looks almost just like it! and my what big eyes that frog has! LOL! (doesnt like frogs, haha!)

fishlips said...

I love what you did with the flower image, stamping it in black, wow does it look good...The colors and all the layers on this card are so so STUNNING!!!

Deb said...

Gorgeous card and thanks for the tips!! What a cute pic of your new frog!!

Julia Aston said...

What a great silhouette card! love how you cleverly created it - thanks for the tips on drawing grass - and thanks for stopping by my blog too!

Stampin_Melissa said...

Oh I love, love, love this card! What a great job you did! The colors are gorgeous!

Catherine said...

what a gorgeous card.. you did a great job...love it!

my mom loves frogs also :)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Gorgeous! Love the yellow & blue in the background & the black scrolls look amazing too. :O)

Shirley said...

Your card is gorgeous as always and your tips are well taken. Now for that frog! I love them tooooo! and I have some that are always under my drain thingys. When I mow I have to make sure they get out of the way.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

OH I'm totally CASEing that!! I was just telling my SIL that I really regretted not getting Upsy Daisy...........now I don't need to!!! Thank you again for sharing such stunning creativity!!! And that's sure a cute lil froggy too!!!

Donna said...

clever girl! so pretty

KAP said...

Great card and I love your others too! I especially love how awesome this card looks and I have most of the things to accomplish the look!Thanks for a great idea and wonderful inspiration!

Toni K said...

What a beautiful card. I never would have thought to do that. Your sponging is unbelievable. You're so creative with it. Just gorgeous!

Melanie said...

lovely silhouette!! thanks for sharing all these tips withe everyone and you step by step!!

Rhonda Langley said...

Lovely!!!! Thanks for the tips on drawing grass-don't know if I can make mine look as nice but . . . I do have the Upsy Daisy so the silhouette I can CASE!! Love the colors you chose for the sponging.

liannallama said...

great tutorial and a beautiful card--thanks!

Sandy Knecht said...

Another beautiful card. Thank you for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Excellent!!