Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Blue Sunrise

Good morning! My DH needed a sympathy card for a friend at work, so this is what I came up with. I followed the sketch from the sketch challenge at SCS today. I used the iris stamp from Elegant Flowers and sentiments from Many Wishes.

Here are the details...

I stamped the image on Pure Luxury White cardstock, using Memento ink. I colored with Copics, starting with G21, YG03 and G03 on the foliage.

I used a bit of B26 in the deepest areas of the flowers.

Blended out just a bit from those areas with B24, and then added a fin line around the outer edges of the petals.

Blended out from there with B41, leaving some areas white. Then I went back to sharpen the lines around the edges with B24 again.

I embossed the image with clear embossing powder bedfore sponging. First I rubbed my embossing buddy over the paper to prevent static. Then I used my Versa Mark pen to go over the image completely. Then heat embossed with clear powder.

After embossing, I sponged a small amount of So Saffron ink in the center.

Then, working from the outside edges, I sponged Bashful Blue, working my way in until I met up with the yellow.

Next I sponged Ballet Blue, working in, but not as far. I didn't get a photo of the last sponging step, but I added a bit of Lavender Lace, just around the edges.

I created a second, larger panel, by sponging in the same way and layered both panels with Pure Luxury Black Onyx paper. The horizontal panel is from a digital paper pack called Jersey Shore. You can find it for free at StampTV here.

I totally messed up stamping my sentiment on the front, so I had to use my SU Word Window punch to cover it up. I have to do that all the time. It's part of the reason you don't see me use sentiments a lot. Usually I manage to stamp them straight, but just don't get a complet image. When that happens, I fix it with a black marker. This time it was an incomplete impression and crooked. Nothing to do but cover it up.

I finished the inside of the card by stamping the irises with Bashful Blue and then placing the sentiment over it.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope your day filled with happiness!

15 comments:

Stephanie said...

This is just absolutely beautiful!

Sue said...

Beautiful work as always hun, luv how you show us how you do it, luv the stamped paper, gorgeous image, in awe as ever, sue,x

Patti J. said...

Stunning card Theresa! DH's friend at work will cherish it. Thanks too for the excellent tutorial - you make it look so easy!

craftimamma said...

Wonderful tutorial Theresa and I love this iris image. Your colouring of the image and the background is beautiful and I love the image on the inside of the card too.

Lesley Xx

Anesha said...

Another wonderful tutorial. Beautiful card, thank you. Anesha

Banu said...

Beautiful card. Loved it. Thanks for the step by step directions. For Sure helps me a lot.

coldwaters2 said...

Theresa this is just stunning...what else can I say....I just adore it.

Hugs
Lorraine x

Carol said...

WOW!! stunning! absolutely stunning!

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, this is gorgeous, Theresa! Those blues are fantastic and I love the image and sentiment! Another great card!

Sandy Knecht said...

Beautiful card! I love the colors they are so soft and smooth.

Elena said...

Beautiful, beautiful card! Love the gentle blue color!

Donna said...

Oh Theresa, I so want to case this one. It's just gorgeous! The colors are beautiful.

Mary said...

This is such a great job.

Norine said...

this is just beautiful You always do such nice cards
Hugs
Norine

lisa808 said...

Beautiful card. You always do the most amazing coloring.