Saturday, March 7, 2009

Floating Lotus

Goodmorning! I hope your weekend is off to a good start. Here is a card I made using Melanie's A Year of Flowers set. This flower is one of my favorites in the set, because it does double duty either as a chrysanthemum or a lotus flower.

I wanted to do a reflection on this card and I don't have a reverse image stamp, so I used the plastic sheet from my Stamp-a-ma-jig. I stamped the image on the sheet with Momento ink.

Next, I turned the sheet over and pressed it on my cardstock, leaving a reversed image that is not quite as dark as if I had stamped it directly.

Now I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig in the fashion it was intended. I placed the plastic sheet into the corner of the guide and then stamped my image on the plastic, lining my acrylic block up with the corner of the guide.

Then I placed the plastic sheet on my cardstock where I wanted my image to be and moved the guide into position.

Being careful not to move the guide, I removed the plastic sheet and stamped my image, using the guide to place it exactly where I wanted it.

I used E53, R20, R22 and R24 to color the lotus. I started with E53, leaving a portion of each petal white. Then I added each color working lighter to darker and using the previous color to blend the next one.

For the reflection, I used E53 again and went over the entire image.

Then I just used R20 and R22, leaving off the darkest color since I wanted the reflection to be a bit lighter.

I went over both images with my Versa Mark pen and then heat embossed the images with clear embossing powder.

Sponged over the entire surface with Bashful Blue ink. The embossing resists the ink, leaving the image clean.

Used post-it notes to create a horizon line and sponged more Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue, going darker around the edges.

Using a stamp from Tropical Flowers, I inked up with Not Quite Navy, stamped off once on scratch paper and then stamped on my cardstock. I really like the images from Tropical Flowers for framing my scenes and drawing the eye to the focal image.

I used another image from Tropical Flowers and stamped it with Not Quite Navy, this time with it fully inked. Then I used some Copic markers to make some faint wave lines and shading around the flower.

I finished the card with black and white layers, and a card base made from Pacific Point (SU in color).

I wanted to mention that I started a discussion over at stampTV with some tips on how to customize your page. You can see it here. Feel free to add me as a friend if you are a member. A girl can never have too many friends, right?

Have a great day!


Elena said...

I admire your talent, Theresa! How creative you found a way on stamping in mirrow image! I enjoy looking at your step-by-step card making! It makes me feel like I was sitting next to you in your room and was watching you!
Love the blue color and your amazing coloring!

Shirley said...

This tutorial is just outstanding and the card is breathtaking!

CraftyC said...

What a beautiful card, your flower is gorgeous!

Brenda said...

Outstanding!!!! I love the colors, stunning card. I need to try making a card with that flower I have been afraid to use it, now maybe I will finally give it a try.

SiSi Sparkles said...

This looks gorgeous! You are so talented :D

Deb Neerman said...

Just gorgeous, Theresa! Great tutorial too ... I really would love to try this technique ... you make it seem so "doable."

Debby said...

Breathtaking! Thank you so much for the tutorial.

Chelsea said...

Stunning ... thanks for sharing all the details with us!

craftimamma said...

Your tutorials are excellent Theresa, thankyou.

I love the soft colours on this card and once again your colouring of the image is lovely.

Lesley Xx

Anonymous said...

Theresa, Your tutorial is great! It is so nice to have it in photo form so that I can go back and re-read your details. The card is beautiful! By the way, your sis is sweet and she has a nice blog too! Thanks for the lesson!

Sandy Knecht said...

Your card is beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial.

Shauna said...

I am new here! What a great blog! Hope you are having a great weekend! ♥ Hugs :

Pop's Cards said...

Amazing, thanks for showing me how, have a great sunday hugs Pops x x x

Toni K said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

Deb Wood said...

Absolutely Gorgeous and thanks for the tutorial!

Phree said...

Beautiful, love the colours and the mirror image reflection.

Nancy Jensen said...

What a brilliant way to make a reverse image of a stamp! Haven't tried to do a reflection before but your post inspires me. I love your card and appreciate your tutorial! Thanks for sharing!