May 6, 2008

Garden Clogs

I had a lot of fun creating this card. Coloring the image and getting those Lockhart Garden Clogs to look all muddy was a fun challenge. After I colored the image with Copic Sketch markers, I took a brown marker and pounced all over the shoes. Don't worry about ruining the Copic Sketch marker tips. They hold up to the test and stay pointy. And check out the sky and the grass. If you zoom in, you'll see that the colors are really laid down very loosely and sketch like. By meeting the green grass color with the blue sky, there is instantly the indication of a horizon line....no need to create beautifully rendered skies. The markers do the work for you and as long as you give a hint of grass and sky, the viewer will get the picture. When you're zooming in, I believe this photo below gives a crisper image of the colors. I finished up the main layer with a cut and embossed Spellbinder's rectangle, which was then matted on a brown scallop cut rectangle. You'll be noticing some fun card sketches that have *house themes* to them. Maybe it's my interior design background, but for some reason one evening I sketched pages and pages of sketches that had themes of rooms, appliances, etc. I named this sketch Grandma's Living Room. There is a "photo" on the wall which is where the main image goes. Then the bottom portion of the card has strips of patterned paper which resemble mismatched "wallpaper" or "wainscoting/paneling". The horizontal strip above the patterned paper is where the sentiment goes and acts as a "chair rail". Funny what the mind thinks up some evenings, huh?
One great thing about this card layout is that you can use lots of patterned paper and it all looks good! Don't worry about being so matchy matchy all the time......mix it up, get a little quirky and slap it on there. Do you think your Grandma worried about those layers of wallpaper she slapped on the wall? Nahhhh, she loved it! Yes, you're paying for it now because after removing 5 layers of that stuff, it gets a little old. LOL! Here I used some SEI Dill Seed paper from my nature themed Inspiration Station. Something else you could try is selecting papers from different companies....shoot for a similar color scheme and go shopping through your paper stash....or look for similar flowers,etc. Some of my favorite projects are ones where there's just a little something quirky thrown in. It's fun, try it!

21 comments:

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Cuteness with those garden clogs!!! I love that horizon!! Ohhh...I'm addicted to patterned papers......what a cool way to use them!!

Bunny B said...

This is adorable! Cuteness!!

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Love it and have that sketch with the different patterned papers at the bottom!! Great job!

CherylQuilts at SCS said...

Totally love your style! This is another wonderful idea and card! You rock!!

Lana said...

Mishie I absolutely love this layout! It's perfect for scraps! Thanks for the inspiration once again!

Ruth Shanahan Allmart said...

Beautiful card Mish! You did a phenominal job colouring it in, love the abckgroun, it really adds a lot to the card. TFS :o)

Sandy said...

This card is adorable ... love the muddied clogs and I love all the different paper.

Dottie K. said...

Adorable card and love the background you created on it. I love this paper and bought it in the aqua and pink the other week. I can't wait to use it. Love the earth tones. I just love seeing your sketches. Going to try this one. TFS :)

Darcy said...

Your cards are always so perfect but the garden clogs are wonderful! I just may have to buy that stamp.

Karen said...

This is a great card. I never would have thought to mix the patterns of those SEI papers, but they work beautifully together. I must go try this. Thanks for sharing.

Kar said...

this is just cute!! Love the colors, and the layout!

Julia Aston said...

Love this fun design and hearing how you created it! love these cute clogs!

Raquites said...

Mish, I just love all your work! You do such a good job coloring your images. Do you make your own envelopes? If so what type of template do you use?

Amy said...

Michele-- Love your work and I am nominating you for the Arte Y Pico award. You can get the details at my blog: http://amysaddiction.blogspot.com You will pass the award on to 5 other bloggers.

Amy said...

I love all your cards, they are so awesome and original.

Michelle said...

so pretty! I love those clogs. I want some to wear for my gardening :)

Kerry Davis said...

Mish - this is fab as usual! I see that you use your nestibilities on nearly everything you do -- what machine do you use with it? I have never used a die-cut machine, and love those nestibilities, so am thinking of investing and wanted to get your *expert* opinion. =D

DeeDee said...

Oh my cuteness!!! I love the "muddy" clogs Mish...and the sky and grass....looks good!!! I also love Grandma's wallpaper.....very cute idiea!!! Wonderful as usual Mish!!!

Otter said...

Mishy I love how you used the pattern paper here!! Too cute.

Juanita B said...

Oh so BEAUTIFUL!! This card speaks to my heart...I LOVE the colors and your coloring. FABULOUS, TFS.

Angela Lemmons said...

I just LOVE this sketch! I just used it on a 12x12 scrapbook page and it's amazing and super easy!! I will be using your design A LOT!! Thanks for the inspiration.

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