Saturday, April 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Tulips

Hey there! I am starting to feel alive again thanks to the wonders of modern medicine. The doc gave me antibiotics and I feel like a new person. The card above is for two challenges over at stampTV this week. One is Cammie's Color Challenge to make a monochromatic card and the other is Joanne's Potluck Friday Challenge which is an inspiration challenge this week.

There is still lots of time to play in both challenges, plus there are several others to participate in, each with a random chance to win a free Gina K Designs stamp set. You can see them all here.

I used a few of Melanie Muenchinger's stamp sets on this card, A Year of Flowers and A Charmed Life. Did you know Melanie is celebrating a birthday this weekend? You can wish her a happy birthday on her blog here.

Here are a few details on how I made this card...

I inked up the top portion only of the wine glass from A Charmed Life.

Next, I stamped the tulip from A Year of Flowers around the top of the vase. To figure out how I wanted them arranged, I stamped the tulip several times on scrap paper and cut them out. Then I laid them on my cardstock, moving them around until I was happy with the look.

I wanted one of the tulips to be more toward the front to give some depth to my image, so I used one of my cut tulips to act as a mask. Then I stamped the tulip behind it right over the mask.

Here it is after I removed the mask. There were so many stems, that I just drew them in, rather than trying to stamp and mask that many.


To color the tulips, I started by coloring in the darker areas with Copic marker, V06.

Then I carried the color out a bit with V04.

Next I used V01, leaving just a few areas uncolored. I used my blender pen to blend the colors.

Went back with V06 and added V15 in the very darkest areas.

Used YG93 and YG03 on the stems.

B00 for the water and C1 & C3 for some shading on the glass.

After coloring the images, I went over them with my Versa Mark pen and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Then I sponged the background using So Saffron, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace and Perfect Plum.

I used my Martha Stewart lace border punch on the Pure Luxury Ivory layer and stamped the sentiment from A Charmed Life twice. The card base is Lavender Lace.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!!!

23 comments:

Whoopsie Daisy! said...

Glad you are starting to feel better! The tulips are stunning. How clever of you to use part of the wine glass to hold the tulips! Beautiful coloring!!!

craftimamma said...

So good to hear you're on the mend. I love this card because the image reminds me of the gorgeous bunch of tulips I received from my daughter for Mother's Day. They were exactly this colour and I think tulips are my favourite spring flower.

Lesley Xx

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Those tulips are fabulous and your coloring is amazing!

Hugs~Becky

Elena said...

Oh, Theresa! You are so artistic! I love how you created this vase! And tulips look like real in it! Very nice!

Valarie (vampme3) said...

Wow! This is beautiful! Great coloring job!! Glad you're feeling better!

Anna (Siberian Stamper) said...

Wow!!! This is stunning!!!

catdidit said...

Another jaw dropper! Love your coloring and the purple sponging is gorgeous on this!

6 wacky women said...

Just gorgeous, Theresa.
Your background and coloring are fabulous.
Stunning card!!

Karen x

Danielle said...

What a gorgeous card Theresa! The colouring of your tulips is nothing short of perfect! Such beautiful work!
Hugs, Danielle

Sandy Knecht said...

Gorgeous card!

Melanie said...

thank you Yheresa! I love the arrangement! :)

Heather "Hev" said...

This is so so pretty :)

Glad to here your all better again :)

Patti J. said...

So glad you are feeling better - I think spring must be the worst time of the year to be sick! Your card is just delightful. Here in Missouri, all of the tulips and jonquils are in bloom, and your card made me smile! Happy Sunday!

Shar said...

Absolutely beautiful! Fabulous coloring as always!

Shirley said...

Glad you are feeling better Theresa~ Your card is just stunning and I love the gloss on the tuplips too!

Debby said...

Theresa this is incredibly gorgeous! Wow! Very creative too! I'm off to shop. Shame on you!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

These are gorgeous Theresa!!! Your coloring tutorial is just awesome too!!! I love all these coloring tips!!!

Alex said...

Fine idea to use this stamp! Your coloration is great!
Hugs, Alex

JediSergei said...

I love the vase you created! I also like how you used the border punch! Your coloring great!

lisa808 said...

Glad you are feeling better.

This tulip card is absolutely stunning. And, it's my favorite color! Beautiful job.

Rhonda Langley said...

How very talented you are to use one stamp to make the entire bouquet! Love the "wine vase." As always your color choice and your sponging is beautiful. Glad you are feeling better!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, this is awesome, Theresa!! Soooo beautiful and elegant ... love it!

Monika said...

Totally stunningly beautifully coloured. First time i have seen your blog and i love your flower designs, very unique style you have and what inspiration. Super cool.