Friday, June 19, 2015


It’s a beautiful Friday in the neighbourhood!  The Bloom Brigade is here this week to show off another of Marcy’s amazing digital images.  This month it’s a gorgeous combination of poppies and allium with a little catnip in there for good measure.  It’s a beauty and hopefully you already took a long look at it when the Instant Garden Team showed it off earlier this week.  They are amazing. 

The digital set is aptly named Garden Fireworks because of those fabulous allium.  They are the most interesting, showy flower.  My mom has some and I am amazed at their height and that great big globe of petals bursting with colour at the top.  

Following along with our Pencil Me In Challenge this month, I decided to use my prismacolours again to bring life to this image.  First I printed the digital image quite large, enough to fit in a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch space and coloured that up with prismacolours wanting it to be my background layer.  Then I also printed the image in a smaller size so I could just die cut out part of the image to showcase.  

Here’s what the background layer looked like before I put the card together.  I wanted the background to fade slightly so that the main image would shine.  So, I layered it over with vellum to soften it, sewing the vellum on the top and bottom with some loose stitches on the machine.  I love the dreamy effect it creates.  

And here’s a closeup.  I printed the Scripture sentiment quite small to fit in the smaller circle to match up with this week’s Mojo Sketch.  But I worry that you might need bi-focals to read it!  Sorry this picture seems a bit funky to me.  My editing software was doing weird things when I watermarked it.  

Such a gorgeous image isn’t it?  I had a blast colouring it up with my pencils.  

Now I hope you can head on over and see what the rest of the beautiful Bloom Brigade has to show off for you today!

Allison Cope
Christine Okken
 (you are here)
Cindy Lawrence
Julie Koerber
Leslie Miller
Stacy Morgan

Tosha Leyendekker


Maria A. said...

Christine, this is gorgeous, what a magnificent image to celebrate 4th. of July. Your pencil coloring is superb and I absolutely love the stitched Vellum panel over those amazing blooms in the background, just so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.

JoAnn said...

Beautiful cards. Love the flowers and the vellum over the larger image.

Conniecrafter said...

Very cool, neat effect with the vellum over it, would make a great card for our independence day!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Christine, this is gorgeous! I just love the vibrant red, white, and blue, and having the large image behind the vellum has a dramatic effect. Wow! I love the smaller image along with this very precious Scripture verse (one of my favorites!. What beautiful pencil coloring you've really is beautiful, and I just have to try again. I never quite seem to achieve what I can with Copics, but I do love what you've done here. Stunning card, my friend! Hugs!

Julie Koerber said...

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING Ms. Christine! I love the vellum panel and how it just softens your card. Beautiful!

Marja Sch said...

What a wonderful card. Such a beautiful flowers.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow stunning card Christine fantastic flowers and colours and I love how you used vellum everytime.
Gr Karin

Marisa said...

Love how you used the vellum on this card!!

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Gorgeous Christine! LOVE the vellum overlay softening the background. And, as always, your coloring is inspirational!!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

so lovely

Pauline said...

Christine this is beautiful. Love the vellum overlay, it softens your background flowers to make your front flowers in the circle pop! Love the effect.

Leslie Miller said...

Brilliant design for this, Christine! Wow! Love the extra large colored image under the vellum.

Julee (Vervegirl) said...

Oh, how spectacular! Just WOW! Thanks for playing along with Mojo!