Thursday, December 31, 2009

Melanie's Two Year Anniversary Hop!

Melanie Muenchinger is celebrating two years of blogging and illustrating for Gina K Designs, and ringing in the new year with a huge blog party!

I am featuring A Year of Flowers, one of my all time favorite stamp sets. I especially love to color and this is one of my favorite sets to color. Details about how I made the card are below.

Today Melanie has invited 25 designers and YOU to join the party! First hop through the following designers' blogs using every set she has created since January 2008, from the first to the 25th! Then go to Melanie's' blog to leave a comment for a chance to win a number of different prizes! So let's get hopping!

Here we go!

Just So Hippy-Charmaine

Just So Hoppy-Donna

What’s in Your Tin 1 & 2-Donna

Hip Hop Accessories-Bee

Jumping for Joy-Barb

Cuddles and Hugs-Jessie

Little Tees-Cat

Just So Sporty-Pam

A Year of Flowers-Theresa
(you are here!)

Say it with Flowers-Selma

Have a Cookie-Carolina

Tee Talk-Gabby

Hand in Hand-Ally

The Best Things in Life-Shannon, Sankari

A Charmed Life-Cathy

Wee Tees-Libby, Laura Jean

Arranged with Love-Selma

Sporty Accessories-Tina

Inspiration Mosaic-Jennie

School Sports Spirit-Melissa

A Year of Leaves-Geri

Hip to Be Square-Karen

Festive Frame-Linda

Tech Talk- Lee

Finally, Nina and Jessica from the GinaK Senior Design Team have joined in, too! You can also get in on the hop yourself and increase your chances of winning a prize by creating your own project with any one of Melanie's sets and linking it in the Mr. Linky in her post, see full details here. Hope you can join the fun! Enjoy your first hop of the year!

To do the reflection technique, I first stamped a partial image of the rose on my mirror image stamp. Then I stamped that on my cardstock.

Next, I used my stamp positioner to stamp the rose above the reflection.

Then I stamped the stem and leaf, first in Tuxedo black for the main image, then in London Fog for the reflection. I didn't bother using the mirror image stamp for these two images, since they were easy to flip around the other direction and appear to be a reflection.

I used Copics to color, starting with R29 in the darkest areas.

Added R22.

Filled in with R20.

For the reflected rose, I started with R27 in the darkest areas, so the reflection would be just a bit lighter.

Added R22.

Filled in with R20.

Next, I used some grays to add some shading under the rose, starting with N3.

Added N5.

Added N7.

Used G24 on the leaf and stem.

Used YG95 to add some shading to the main stem and leaf.

Next, I heat embossed the entire image and reflection with clear embossing powder. I used my Versa Mark pen over both images so the embossing powder would stick.

I masked off the bottom portion of my cardstock and then sponged Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Removed the mask and did some more sponging with black, this time more lightly, to make it look like the rose was placed on a table or counter.

Here is a look at the inside of the card. The sentiment is from Say It With Flowers. I stamped it with Tuxedo Black ink and then stamped the rose over it, using Memento Ladybug Red, stamped off once.

And here is the finished card again. I layered with Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx and Rocket Red and used a Rocket Red cardbase. I used Pure Luxury Organdy Ribbon to accent and used an EK Success slimline border punch.

Have fun hopping! I hope you have a safe and fun new year!!!


joy said...

I just sit and stare at your card -- it is truly art! Beautifully stunning.

Tina Gilliland said...

Again... no words. Just gorgeous... outstanding. I am truly in aww of your work!!

Allison Cope said...

Stunning card Theresa! I love your intense inking! Gorgeous! Happy New Year!

Cathy said...

This is the set that introduced me to your blog. You amaze me everyday and I love to see everyone of your creations. Happy New Year GF!!!

Lyneen said...

Beautiful... the card is amazing TFS
Happy New Year!

JessicaK said...

Beautiful, elegant card, Theresa. So stunning. And thanks for sharing the deets on how everything came together.

Natalie said...

Wow! That's incredible, what a beautiful card and thanks for the tutorial. That is so awesome, just shows how much is involved in your beautiful artwork! Again, gorgeous!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

My eyes popped outta my jaw dropped to the brain exploded!!!!! LOL This reflection card is just too die for!!!!

Happy New Year my friend!!!

Carolina said...

Oh my word Theresa is this ever gorgeous!!! Thanks so much for sharing the your tutorials!!! Hope you have an amazing New Years!

catdidit said...

I agree with joy, your cards are just a work of art my friend! LOVE this! Happy New Year T!!

Donna said...

I Love your tutorials, Theresa. You are always so inspiring. Great job on this card! Happy 2010!

lasona said...

As always Bee-U-Til-Ful!!!! Never disapointing, jusy amazing..Thanks for sharing..

melissac said...

WOW!!! You never cease to amaze me!!

May 2010 bring you much joy and many blessings!!

craftieodamae said... make it look so easy

StampinCathy said...

This is one stunning and inspiring card. Thanks for the easy to follow tutorial too!
Happy New Year!

Melanie said...

waesoem design and aamzing tutorial as always!! I was thinking you colored all the background in at first but should have know you sponged iit!! ;P hugs!!!

Carla (cmsuto) said...

Your card ia absolutely stunning, Theresa! Thanks for the great tutorial for creating it!

lisa808 said...

Oh my, is this ever beautiful!

Maria Levine said...

Beautiful, stunning! A Year of Flowers is one of my favorite sets as well. Fabulous job!

Maria Levine said...

Beautiful, stunning! A Year of Flowers is one of my favorite sets as well. Fabulous job!

Cheryl said...

Lovely, elegant card!

Pamela Smerker said...

WOW WOW WOW, this is absolutely stunning!

Whimcees said...

You have created a beautiful card!

Wishing you all good things in the new year!

Barbara Diane

Rhonda Miller said...

Your card is so elegant. TFS.

Lori said...

So beautiful, Theresa, you constantly amaze me!

redwasher1 said...

Okay Theresa, I will take this one too!!!!!!!!You know I love it!!!!!

Marie said...

your techniques are wonderful. thank you for sharing

Libby Hickson said...

Wow what a stunner! Thanks for sharing the wonderful tutorial!

Becky said...

This is stunning..

Sue VanDeVusse said...

Theresa, this is gorgeous! I love the reflection, just beautiful.

Lynne in NI said...

And thanks for the tutorial too!

leenda said...

I'd give it a 10.....PERFECT!

Vickie Kertz said...

The rose is stunning and so are the directions. TFS

Payne Holler Cards said...

i need to just start copying and pasting:

because that's why I say everytime I pop in here... LOL..your talent is incredible!
Happy New Year GF!

tlgirl353 said...

The reflection is gorgeous- beautiful card!

~Q~ said...

stunning!!! what a great tutorial also. Thanks for sharing!

Donna said...


Michelle said...

Oh that is just gorgeous!

joanne said...

Flower stamps are my favorite. I like that you give detailed tutorials on your posts.

Shawna said...


Ravengirl said...

Wow, that is an amazing creation! Just beautiful!

Flowers said...

These are by far the coolest ever! Love your samples flowers card.


WOW what a lovely card. I see this stamp with lots of possibilities. Love it.

Diane said...'s my favorite set too, though I don't own it...yet!!

Laura Jean (LJ) said...

So beautiful!

Terri E. said...

The scenes you create are always so stunning!

It's a good life!
Terri E.

Shannon said...

Just stunning!!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Wow, this is stunning!!

Robin McK said...

This is such a lovely card! Where did you get the mirror image stamp? I've never seen that before. TFS!

Christi said...

Oh, wow!!! Theresa, you are just such an amazingly talented artist! Your rose reflection card is absolutely stunning!!! I LOVE it!!!

Brenda said...

Awesome and very beautiful. Now hurry and send some help for Lee!!!