Thursday, September 30, 2010

One Stamp Set Two Ways


We have a great theme this week for Flourishes Friday, and it's also the Christmas Challenge for October too ... using one stamp set and creating two looks with it.  I really enjoy doing this sort of thing because it shows the versatility of the stamps.

So here is my pair of cards created with the Doves and Holly set from last Christmas at Flourishes.  One is very Clean and Simple and one is more rich.


I think one thing I really appreciate about Flourishes stamps is that they are so finely detailed that you can color them up beautifully, or just stamp them as they are and you get a gorgeous looking, finely detailed image.  On this beautiful CAS design on the left I did just that.


I stamped with Ranger Distress Ink in Stormy Sky, which is a perfect match for the retired color Buckaroo Blue from SU.  After I cut out the birds with a Labels Seventeen Nestabilities, then I used the nesties as a template and sponged heavily with the Distress Ink in Stormy Sky around the edges.  It leaves a nice crisp border of white around the image.    This would be a great style for Christmas cards I think.  

Then I created the card shape by using the largest of the Labels 17 Nesties shape, cutting out the card just over the folded edge (card folded 4.25 x 11 inches) so you have a shaped card.  I added a Buckaroo Blue layer that had been embossed with the poinsettia folder from SU.  


Then you can see I added a silk ribbon bow, a Finishing Touches brad,  and Dazzling Diamonds on the edges of the card with my Quicky Glue Pen.  To me this is totally a Stacy Morgan style card :)

Then for the warmer version of the card...


I used some of the same themes in the card with the sponging (Ranger Distress Ink - Tea Stain), but this image was colored with Copic Markers (Dusty Rose, Evergreen, Flesh Tones 1 and Flesh Tones 2 Collections, and a W1 and W2.  I used some beautiful papers Capella by Basic Grey and Leslie's new favourite Prima Paper (Analee is still available in the store).   You can see I embossed the layers under the main image and sponged them really well with Tea Stain Distress ink.


For accents I've added two rows of ribbon, Ivory Trim Loop and the gorgeous new Satin Pleat Ribbon that is just dreamy!  Then I've added some lovely pearl embellishments.

So there you have it, one beautiful stamp set, two different ways!  Hopefully that inspired you!  Join us on the challenge and use the keywords FLLCNOEL6 and create two cards with one set.  And I know you'll find lots more inspiration from the rest of the fabulous Flourishes Design Team....

Cindy Lawrence
Dawn Burnworth
Julie Koerber 
Laura Fredrickson
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

25 comments:

Linda Carson said...

WOW Christine! Both cards are so unique, so creative and very inspirational! I really thought the blue one was airbrushed. Beautifully done!

Susan (rainy) said...

Two very different looks indeed, Christine. But both of them absolutely GORGEOUS!!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Wow, I have this set and find that these wonderful birds are just too beautiful for me to do them justice. I keep trying, as I love this set. You did a fabulous job in coloring the doves. I struggle with this. I can never seem to make them look life like and you did! Beautiful!

KarinsArtScrap said...

oooo wow christine these are stunning, they both are very beautiful.
the colors are great.

greetings karin

Beate said...

Wow! Both cards are gorgeous and your details are amazing!
Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs and smiles

Anonymous said...

Wow, It's amazing how different these are. Both are so beautiful. Love the coolness of card 1 and the rich warmness of card 2. Inspiration that's for sure!!
Beth Greco

Jerri Jimenez said...

Christine, I cannot make up my mind which one I like the most. Both are so incredibly gorgeous! The blue is absolutely stunning, and yet I love the beautiful colors of Christmas in the other card. Have a wonderful weekend!

Kinglake said...

Oh wow these cards are absolutely gorgeous ... But my favorite is the rich warm coloured one ! xx jo xx

Broni said...

These are absolutely gorgeous, Christine!! I love them both, but the blue "simple" one is my idea of a perfect Christmas card. I agree about the Flourishes images...they really don't need to be colored!

Nancy said...

WOW Christine,
Both cards are absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Outstanding! Gorgeous creations...love the "blue" birds, and the way you used the Prima flower centres is so cool!

Dawn B. said...

I have to tell you I gasped when I saw your cards... It is so amazing how different this set looks when it is used this way.. Awesomeness as usual..:)

Karen W said...

I love them both and that was my all time favorite set last year. Gorgeous cards and awesome coloring on the doves.

Tanya said...

Wow, both are beautiful. The blue is so different, I love it. Your coloring is amazing in the second, the birds look so real!

Renée said...

oh wow, Christine, both cards are so absolutely fabulous! Love how different they both are yet they use the same image!

Marisa said...

Two fabulous cards, Christine! You did an amazing job colouring the image - love everything about the card. Amazing how the same image can look so different.

Emily Keaton said...

Completely different, yet both are so beautiful!! Love these :)

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Christine these are beautiful. I like the blue and white like you wouldn't believe.... Your colored doves is so rich and beautiful. Fantastic cards!

Amanda said...

I love your cards, Christine!! Just Beautiful!!

Leslie Miller said...

Both are so beautiful, Christine! You're absolutely right about the detail of these images. Your blue card is amazing as is -- no coloring necessary. On the other hand, your coloring is exquisite on the second card. You made the perfect turtle doves!

Mickie said...

Those are just gorgeous Christine. Love your coloring.

Julie Koerber said...

drop dead doubly gorgeous! There's really no other way to say it!! :-)

stampqueen said...

Stunning cards!!! I love them both - loves the blues, so elegant and the doves in brown/flesh tones is perfectly done!!!

Grace said...

Oh Christine these are both just gorgeous!!! Breathtaking really!!! Love the CAS shaped card but the coloring on the other is so rich and elegant I'm in love with it!!! Wow!!!

Traci M said...

These are just gorgeous, Christine!! You always do such detailed work, and I enjoy stopping in to see what you're up to!!