September 5, 2007

Pumpkins for Sale!

We're growing pumpkins this year! My dad had a few extra pumpkin seeds and there was no room left in the garden for them. So I told him to just throw them in the flower bed next to the house. Well now they are taking over! I have about a 20' area in the yard where they have vined and vined. AND we have pumpkins growing. I thought it would be way too hot for them because we didn't water them much but there are about a dozen orange pumpkins hiding in the vines. The girls can't wait to pick them for Halloween! I can't wait to line my sidewalk with them and tell all our guests that we grew them ourselves!!

So I thought this card would be fitting for today. The image is Karen Lockhart's pumpkin cart and matching sentiment. It's such a fun image to color. I used my wonderful Copic markers again. I have found that I like to color my images ahead of time and then have a little stash to pick from when it comes time to make a card. This way, I'm not spending too much time on creating cards. I take stamped images and my markers with me to the pool or when I sub on my free hour. It's so fun to just sit and color like a little kid.

For this card, I also used some pretty patterned papers from Rubber Soul. I thought the viney floral pattern on this paper resembled pumpkin vines. I used the reverse side for the orange colored horizontal strip. Giga and mega circle/scallop punches for the main image. Memory Box note card for the card base.
Tip of the day: Many of you have also asked about the type of paper and ink I use with my Copic markers. For the ink, I have been using a Palette Noir Black Hybrid Ink Pad. I heat set the image with my heat gun and it works great! I also hear that the Ranger black ink pad works well too so I need to try that one also. You can find both of these ink pads at Ellen's store. For card stock, I have been using two types. The first is Neenah Classic card stock from Ellen's store which she offers in three neutral colors. And for a thicker card stock, I have been using the white card stock from Paper Trey Ink.

Another question that a viewer posted was if I use Prismacolors with my images. I primarily use the Copic markers so I don't use many colored pencils. But Karen Lockhart and Ellen Hutson use them often so be sure to check the archives at Ellen's blog. She has done several posts on coloring with colored pencils.

Also a question about more Stampin' Up! samples. I still do my monthly workshop so I will try to post some of those samples more often for you.

Thanks for the questions ladies! Have a great day. I'm off to sub!

9 comments:

Alexandra said...

Nice card! How great you will have your own pumpkins for Halloween this year - what fun!

*STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

Flossie's Follies said...

Great card, love your coloring, amazing as usual, thanks for the information.

My name is Michelle said...

This is a great card. I am so addicted to collecting copics. My LSS only sells the individuals. So I always use my coupon to get them.

dmg said...

Beautiful card! I love fall and Halloween!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my Michelle! Your colouring and designs always AMAZE me! Such a gorgeous card and that DP is so pretty!!!

JJS CARD N CRAFT said...

love pumpkins, but you are too far away, what a shame!
Love your inspiration.
Psss....you look like my cousin in Canada! :)

Amy said...

Michele-- I love your blog.. your work is amazing. I hope you dont' mind if I put you as a favorite blog on my blog... amysaddiction.blogspot.com.

Thanks.
Amy

Christina Fischer said...

Wonderful fall card!!! I love this image, and your coloring is so great! The paper is perfect!

lacyquilter said...

This is beautiful. I just love fall colors. How fun to grow your own pumpkins.

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