Sunday, September 25, 2011

Ode To Nasturtiums

I've been very blessed to be able to work with some of the most fantastic images in stamping.  I love lots and lots of stamps from different places and companies, but if you know me, you know that I only use what I love.  What I stamp with also represents me too, so what you see here on the blog is what I love.  And I also love the privilege of representing the companies I have been able to in the past 3 1/2 years.  Creating is joy for me, and probably for you visiting too.

I've been with Flourishes for almost 3 years, so I also feel very grateful to have most every set we've ever made :)  And sometimes some of those older sets don't get the love they're entitled to!  So, I thought I'd bring out some of my older Flourishes sets on a more regular basis and give you an "Ode to" that set.  I'll create something new, and then show you some of my older creations from that set too, it will remind all of us of style changes or how I've changed as a designer :)

I pulled out my pretty Nasturtiums set from Flourishes.  When Marcy first illustrated it a few years ago I bought some seeds and planted my own nasturtiums outside too.  They came up beautifully, full of plentiful delicate looking blooms, varied warm colors, gorgeous green round leaves....and they're even edible!  Sort of a peppery taste to them.  

Coloring on this card is done with Copic Markers (R22, 27, 29; G40, 82, 85, G21, 24, 28, BV00, Y17, 35, 38), and I've used the Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Three Die to cut all the shapes.   This perfectly pretty paper is new in the store from My Minds Eye.  This one's called "Lost and Found - Rosy".  I am beside myself about all the new My Minds Eye line in the store :)  The pretty ribbon is a lovely puckered/pleated Satin Plisse.  The card is 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 in size.  

Because I set the sentiment overtop of the main image, I took a second stamped nasturtium and layered overtop to match what was underneath and popped it up, as well as popping up one of the leaves (lower left leaf close to you).  Full of cheer wouldn't you say?

Now how about some OLDIES with this set?  

This card was colored with Copics as well, and I added a few extra blooms with the other stamps in the set filling out the design a little more.  Sorry - the photo is a little over-exposed....but it's very white on white.  

This was a fun one, I made a little gift seed-box out of cardstock vellum to put in a package of nasturtium seeds to give away.  This one was watercolored.  And again I popped up the flowers.  I seem to love that :)

I love how dramatically this card turned out.  As you can see I've stamped the nasturtiums with a horizontal orientation.  I stamped the image in White Craft Ink, embossed it in white on the black cardstock, and then colored it in with Prismacolor and metallic pencils.  It's really iridescent and has a  cool effect.  
So there you have it, my first "Ode To".  Hope you enjoyed this beautiful set!  

Let me know what FLLC sets YOU'D love to see featured and I'll put them on the list!    

Have a great Monday friends!


Marisa said...

Fabulous set of cards, Christine! Love that flower image.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow christine these cards are stunning.
every card is beautiful and that flower stamp is fabulous.

greetings karin

DottyA Cards & Things said...

Love them all, the old as will as the new ones! all the beautiful colors!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great set of cards with each one being different and lovely in it's own way. Love the look of the black one. Water colouring would be another "wow" with that stamp.
I'd love to see some ode to the poppy.
Thanks for sharing!
Beth Greco

Regina aka Mrs. Ham said...

love the colors of your flowers.

Michele Boyer said...

These are all so pretty, Christine! I especially love the popped up pieces, and your first card is SO very cheery!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous cards, and colors.
Mary L Schreiber

Ida said...

So pretty. I passed a yard with these in it today and almost stopped to take a picture. They are such colorful flowers and your card really does justice to their beauty.

Linda Carson said...

What a fun idea! Each one is quite delightful! Love the colors, extra layers and added details!

Conniecrafter said...

so pretty, love the papers to go with the image.... fun to see how you did the same set in the past too, neat layering of the dies too

Amanda said...

WOW! How did I miss this post, Christine? This is spectacular and I love, love your idea! If you keep inspiring us, we'll keep drooling - LOL :)I can't wait to see more of the Oldies but Goodies posts!