Tuesday, April 14, 2009

A Spring Color Challenge

Well I'm a big fan of the Color Challenge at SCS....If you know me you know that about me :)

So when Emily needed a little help with the hosting today, I said I'd step in because I had a card ready for a swap due tonight. I took the colors straight from the Bella Birds DSP....

Here's my first card: Spring Boots
I watercolored the little trio of boots (just like my kids, an oldest daughter...and middle son and a little son!). Then I tried my first scalloped medallion, and also overstamped the Designer Paper with the vase from this pretty set. Sweet I think. We'll need these tomorrow when the at least 3 inches of snow that has fallen today melts tomorrow! Spring has taken a brief recess here!


Then later I had an idea in my head that I thought I'd experiment on. I just got my Manhattan Flower Textured Impressions folder (OH MY GOODNESS!) Seriously this folder is gorgeous. I don't know why I waited to get it! It embosses so nicely...especially on the watercolor paper I used in this next sample.


Embossed Roses:


Ok, remember it was an experiment - so it's not perfect....but I thought...how about watercoloring this embossed image? There's a lot about it I love, the hardest part is that because it's watercolor, no matter how careful you are it does bleed into the raised embossing, so the lines aren't as crisp as I'd like...but its something I'll keep experimenting with, it's kind of cool don't you think? It's actually a little softer in person...my photo editing software intensified the colors a little! So it also made me watercoloring lines look rougher than they are.



Here's a picture where you can see more of the dimension of the embossing and the pretty ribbon rose in the gorgeous organza ribbon and pretty pearl accents.

We just did some work in the yard yesterday before it started raining...and that turned to snow...it's so nice to see the world come to life again! This moisture WILL be good I keep telling myself!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Recipes: Spring Boots: Stamps: Scene in a Garden, Oval All; Ink: Black Stazon, Bordering Blue, Basic Brown; Paper: Bordering Blue, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Bella Birds DSP, Watercolor; Accessories: Reinkers, Aqua Painter, Circle Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch, Small Oval Punch, Brads, Pink Pirouette Ribbon, Scalloped Edge Punch

Embossed Roses: Stamps: Oval All; Ink: Basic Brown; Paper: Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Watercolor, Bella Birds DSP, Bordering Blue; Accessories: Reinkers, Aqua Painter, Pretties Kit, Scalloped Oval Punch, Oval Punch, SW Markers, Scalloped Eyelet Punch, Organza Ribbon, Dimensionals, Big Shot, Textured Impressions Manhattan Flower Folder

11 comments:

Stephanie said...

Those are both fabulous! Those little boots just tickle me. And the Manhattan flowers are gorgeous. I think when you are watercoloring, no one expects perfectly between the lines because of the type of medium. Very lovely ideas!

Joan Ervin said...

Your cards are over the top gorgeous, Christine!!! I just love those precious little boots and the embossed roses are just fabulous!!! I wish my experiments turned out so well...mine usually end up in the trash!!!

Latisha said...

Both are just beautiful Christine!! I love the rainboots...is that SU?

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Oh my WORD, the embossed roses just took my breath away. GORGEOUS, girl, reeeeeeally gorgeous!!

LOVE your coloring on the images in the first one. I always look forward to seeing your coloring. It makes me smile. :)

leenda said...

Your roses are lovely! I wouldn't change a thing!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

Love those little boots Christine!! And the embossed roses are just beautiful!! Gorgeous cards!!

Francien said...

Oh such an beautyful card...love this...awesome how you have made the flowers...must have bin a hell of a job..supercard!!
greetings Francien.

Jerri Kay said...

Absolutely gorgeous Christine! I think both are incredibly lovely, I'm especially loving the tag, oh so sweet! Both are just breathtaking!

Jill Haddad said...

OH MY! Those watercolored roses are GORGEOUS!!! I just received my embossing folder last week and haven't had a chance to play with it. NOW I know where to start! tfs

Kelly Lunceford said...

These are gorgeous! Great color combo! YOu are so sweet to step in for Emily! I missed the challenge completely!

"Kirby" (KrB) said...

These are beautiful cards, Christine. I love the one with the boots. How cute! And the one with the flowers is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing such great creations.