Friday, February 20, 2009

Flourishes Friday - Perfect Pencils

This month at Flourishes it's all about color, and giving you new ideas of how to use color in your designs and hopefully inspiring you too!
Today our very talented Julie Koerber walks your through a tutorial on using colored pencils in our Friday Focus. This is her specialty and her tutorial is really great. So head HERE to the Flourishes Newsletter to stock up on your pencil coloring savvy.

I've had Prismacolor Pencils for about 6 months, and yet have only used them on a couple of projects till now, just because I wasn't really sure I knew what I was doing. But the tutorial gave me more confidence. I have two projects to show you today. A wax based pencil like this gives you gorgeous blending and color. Yummy!

DD Know When to Fold Them
Today is also the 20th so it brings a brand new Dirty Girl and Alumni challenge. This month Jami had a doozie for us.

Here's her rules: Challenge Focus: Cards/Poker/Games/Gambling/Luck - anything loosely related - just tell us how it relates. Required Element: A card made with other than a standard fold (think joy fold, z-fold, tri-fold, accordion, hinge card, etc.) Restricted Element: No buttons. (Yes we know buttons are *hot* right now.) No faux buttons, no real buttons.
So really I was wracking my brain for weeks trying to figure this one here's my card and then I'll tell you how it's related... (and I have a lot of pictures because I love this project SO much!).

Cover Closed:

Front Page Closeup - LOVE the embossing

Page 2

Page 3

OK Here's my story relating all this to Cards - as in playing cards. In playing cards you have two colors red and black, I have red poppies and a black background. In cards you have four suits...hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. I have poppies which sort of look like red Hearts, Diamonds - which are my pretty rhinestones, Clubs are the pretty flourishy elements embossed on the black, and Spades? Well, that's what I dig my poppies up with because very honestly they sometimes take over!

Here's page 1 - 2 open

I've used an interesting fold, I don't know what you'd call it. It's a 5.5 x 12 panel + another 4.25 x 2.75 inch panel. I scored the 5.5 x 12 panel at 4.25, 7.75 and 11.25. Then I added the extra 4.25 x 2.75 inch panel to that little leftover fold. I trimed down each progressive height so that you could see the different layers, folded accordian style and the adhered the sections together like a book. So it's like a tri-panel card. Here's pages 2 - 3 open.

I colored my poppies with Prismacolor Pencils, and then blended with odorless mineral spirits and a colorless blender. Isn't it classy looking??? LOVE IT. I think this will be for my mom for Mother's Day. She gave me gorgeous red poppies from seed and I hope they come up this spring.


I had so much fun doing the pencils that I tried another card. This time with Figs and Pomegrantes. Oh those leaves are so beautiful to color.

I did something odd for me...I tipped the layout, just to make it look different and to add to the diagonal feeling of the figs and leaves.

Be sure to check out all the beautiful and colorful creations by the Flourishes Design Team:

Cindy Lawrence
Faith Hofrichter
Julie Koerber - D.T. Coordinator
Latisha Yoast
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan


DD Challenge - Stamps: Flourishes - Poppy Patch; Ink: Palette Noir, VersaMark; Paper: Prism Papers- Blush Red Medium, Black, SU Whisper White; Accessories: Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Colorless Blender, Black Embossing Powder, Eyelet Border Punch, Black Organdy Ribbon (Flourishes), Word Window Punch, Rhinestones, Black Brads, Corner Rounder Punch.

Welcome - Stamps: Flourishes - Figs and Pomegranates; Ink: Palette Noir, Elegant Eggplant; Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Purely Pomegranate, K & Co Que Sera Sera, SU Whisper White; Accessories: Nestabilities, Big Shot, K & Co gems, Prismacolor Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, blending stump, Dimensionals, Swirly Sizzlit, Pomegranate Satin Ribbon


Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Beautiful! Love the three panel poppy card...and your playing card story made me giggle! The figs are gorgeous...looks like you've mastered another tool!

Wendy said...

Wow, that poppy card is amazing!

The Rubber Maid said...

Absolutely beautiful, I love black and red as a combo and I must say the fig card is a knock out. Pat

Julie Koerber said...

This is sooooo pretty - both of them! WOW! You should pull out those colored pencils more often girl! ;-)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful 3 panel card Christine. The flower really pops against the black and your pomegranite is very pretty! Great coloring!

Latisha said...

both cards are just beautiful! There is so much depth in the first one, Wow is it gorgeous!

Rose Ann said...

Both are your cards are so striking and gorgeous, Christine!! I LOVE them, girl!!

Leslie Miller said...

Ooooooh, pretty cards, Christine! Beautiful pencil coloring on both, and love all the added interest with the folds on the first! Wow!

Norine said...

this is very pretty love the 3 panels and the colors

Dee Jackson said...

OH WOW!!! This is Fabulous! I LOVE the three panel card that is so cool!! Beautiful coloring on both.

Jeannie said...

Both are great but the poppies card is truly amazing!

Peace and Luv,

Becky said...

The Poppy Card is amazing..what a wonderful challenge for a Saturday morning!!

Joan Ervin said...

OMG, Christine...your cards are fabulous!!! The poppy card is spectacular with the beautiful coloring and folds!!! The colors on the fig card are amazing and I love how you tilted the layers...AWESOME work, gf!!!

Cindy Lawrence said...

Christine, these are just gorgeous! That three panel card is UNBELIEVABLE!!! I am in awe.... :)

Jerri Kay said...

Both cards are gorgeous Christine! I love using Prisma pencils. Is there a time limit for the challenge? I'd love to play when I get a chance to get caught up . . . LOL!