May 30, 2008

Vintage Cherries

I love today's card, it's so cherry.....I mean cheery! My card sketch today was inspired by a scrapbook layout in the Page Maps idea book. I just took a small portion of a layout and adapted it into a card layout. I couldn't wait to try this one. For supplies, I used Honey Pie patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket, the Itty Bitty Cherry and Cherries stamps from Karen Lockhart, Copic Sketch markers(from Ellen's store), Spellbinder's Nestabilities (from Ellen's store) and Papertrey cardstock and ribbon.

After choosing my supplies, I used my Copic charts that I made to find the perfect Copic colors to color the stamped images with. By lining up my solid colored cardstock and patterned paper right next to the Copic colors, I can find a perfect match every time. Here's what my Copic charts look like. I made simple charts by setting up a table in a word document with columns. I added every Copic color and filled in the colors that I have.
I inserted my charts into page protectors, both front and back, and keep them right next to my stamping table for easy reference. I attach mine to this *clothespin line* I created with wood trim and clothespins. It hangs with cup hooks from a metal shelving unit.
Now onto the card. If you look back at the card layout, you will notice that one of the blocks on the card looks like a tag of some sort, tucked under the horizontal strip. I created my tag by placing a strip of cardstock into an oval Spellbinder's Nestabilities Template. I only wanted one part to have the oval cut so one side of the die is placed to cut the cardstock and the other is placed under the cardstock so that it will not cut. Of course, this all was flipped when I ran it through the Wizard die cutting machine. Before I cut, I made sure that my stamped image would fit onto the cardstock. I simply placed the wood stamp on the paper to make sure the width of the paper was wide enough. I then cut and embossed the partial oval. Then I wanted to color the cherries. I started with the Itty Bitty Cherries to show you how to start. I always, always start with a lighter shade. Even though ripe cherries are not pink, you want the pink undertone to be the first layer so that you can build the color. You can always add color but it's harder to take it away.
After getting all the cherries colored pink, I added red to the left sides of the cherry. I continued to blend back and forth with my pink and red markers until the cherries looked like the ones on the Itty Bitty Cherry stamp.
Then I wanted to add a highlight to each cherry. I took my Copic Colorless Blender marker and refilled so that it was nice and juicy. You don't have to remove the tips to refill your markers.....you can simple squeeze some refill ink right into the tips. It soaks in little by little.
Then all you have to do is touch the sketch tip of the Colorless Blender to each cherry. Let it rest there for a few seconds and then the magic happens. The blending solution will actually remove some color from the cherries, creating a tiny dot of highlighted area. Cool!!! By having your Colorless Blender really inked up well, you get that nice saturation.Onto some distressing to make my card look vintage. The patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket that I chose for my card was aged looking so I wanted the rest of my card to match. I used Old Paper Distress Ink by Tim Holtz/Ranger and a cool new inking took that has a soft sponge applicator that velcros onto the wood handle. This inking tool gives THE softest application of color, I love it!! I inked up my stamped images, the edges of my card and some of the patterned paper to give it a worn paper look.
And tadaaa, here's my finished card below. I added a small Itty Bitty cherry image with pop dots, which was cut and embossed with a small Spellbinder's circle and scallop circle Nesties die template. I also added some polka dots (gotta love the polka dots!) to the top of the card with Papertrey's polka dot stamp set. I tied a little bow with snipped notches and added it to the bottom of the stamped cherries image. I just LOVE how this card turned out. I was able to incorporate lots of patterned paper and different design elements. You could easily stamp patterns or sentiments onto the two rectangle blocks where I have patterned paper. A sentiment could go on the horizontal strip also. For the tag portion, you could use pre-made shipping tags, etc. The possibilities are endless! Hope you enjoy!!
Well, I've procrastinated all I can this morning.....I have to go to the mean dentist to have a cavity filled. I DO NOT want to go and cannot wait for noon to get here so it's all over. I'm pouting like a little kid about the whole thing!! Waaaaa!!!

33 comments:

Karen said...

I can relate to the dentist phobia. I hope it is quick and painless for you. The card is just precious. I love Karen Lockhart stamps and you have the skills to make them come alive. Thanks for sharing.

Lorie said...

Oh, my gosh! This card is absolutely gorgeous! Last time I was at the dentist office (just to have a filling replaced) I had, what I come to find out, a minor panic attack. Not cool. My 10 year old son did better with his root canals than I did with my filling. *sigh* Good luck today!

2stampis2b said...

I must say this all the time: This is one of my favorite cards EVER! The partial nestie technique, the sweet cross stitch paper, everything! I just love your work and your organizational sensibilities (my kindred spirit!)

Janet said...

Stunning. Just stunning. I love the distressing with "old paper". It looks so natural and not over done.

Heather B. said...

Such an awesome card! Thanks for sharing & thanks for the inspiration I get when visiting your blog! Quick question for you - where did you find the acrylic holder for your PTI ribbon in the picture? I have been looking for something just like that and I am having a hard time finding it.
Thanks again,
Heather

Anonymous said...

Wow! I always enjoy your style & creativity. This card is so pretty & I love the vintage look! I hope all goes well for you at the dentist, I know exactly how your feeling. TFS! Sheila

Jessica said...

This is so gorgeous! I love to see your progression from sketch to finished product.

DeeDee said...

Oh GOSH Mish....I'm right there with ya on the Dentist visit....YIKES!!! On a better note.....I LOVE your card today....so darned CUTE!!!! All the patterned paper reminds me of a quilt...so sweet!!

Dannie Graves said...

Your card is beautiful! Good luck at the dentist. That's never any fun.

Erin K said...

This card is totally adorable! It is homey in a wonderful way and just darling with all the detail. It makes me think of quilts and cooking with a grama and everything wonderful. Love it.

leenda said...

Brilliant! Love your clever use of the nesties!

Raquites said...

Love this card!!!! I am intruiged by the peek at your scrap space, now I want to see more. Have you posted it before and I missed it? If not I would love to see where all the magic happens. :)

Sherrie said...

Beautiful card! I, too, would like to know about the acrylic holder for your PTI ribbon. Thanks for sharing your talent with us!!

lakind said...

You really are an amazing artist! You always make the "tadaa" moments and everything else look so easy! I feel challenged all the time when I sit at my table! Wonderful card again and TFS!

jenstamps said...

Sorry you have to go to the dentist, I am really afraid to go too.

I LOVE this card and tutorial! I NEVER thought to use the Nestabilities Dies like that! TFS!!!

Gail S. said...

Hope the dentist went okay. Love the card and I was wondering also if you could share with us more of your crafting room? I would love to see where you create all of your wonderful creations!

Darthy said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous

Crystal M. said...

Love the card! I also just wanted to say thank you for the great idea on how to keep track of my copic markers. Such a simple idea, but it definitely fits the bill so THANKS!!
~Crystal M.

Laurie in MN said...

I love the cherry card. I visited your blog Thursday but didn't scroll down enough to see all the cards. I love the little fish bowl.
The coloring on the wagon bug card is so well done.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous card, love that vintage look. Really love your detailed description of how you do your cards. Do you ever use stamping on your scrapbook pages?
Christine (NZ)

Tess said...

Oh my gosh, where do you get all of these wonderful ideas. Your work is gorgeous. What's that thing that you are using on your distress ink.

happiness blooms said...

I love the clothespin holder! You are such a genius!
The card layout is fabulous... as is the card!!!

Michelle said...

Beautiful card! I love how you just cut the bottom of the piece with your nestabilitie

Jacqueline Tr├ęsBella said...

How did you learn to use the copic markers, you did such a great job, a beautiful card. I want to get the markers, but I don't understand what all of the different shades of grey, clear, whatever is for. Beautiful Card!

Jac http://sparklescharmsandbows.blogspot.com

Simply This That and the Other said...

LoVe your bLoG! LoVe cherries too! I plan to visit often!

diane mcvey said...

That is a gorgeous card! And thanks for the info about refilling...very helpful!
By now your dental visit is over, I'm with you~~HATE to go!!! I wish we could just have all our teeth sealed when they come in. That way, there would never be cavities! :D

Amy said...

You really are amazing. I love how you show us how you go from nothing to a fabulous creation. Beautiful work.

Carrie said...

You just keep amazing me with your talent - love, love, love your cherry card. I'll have to try that technique with the nestie. Again, love the card!!!!

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Oh gosh Mish...........absolutely stunning!!! LOVE those sweet little cherries!! And the gorgeous dp!! AHA!!! I'm new to Copics and now I see why folks are getting the blender pen!!!! Thanks for such a detailed tutorial with awesome close-up photos!!! Those are just wonderful and truly help me out so much!!! Now........about that nasty dentist appt........take a deep breath and it will be over soon and then you have an excuse to eat soft and yummy foods!!! LOL

Pam Wilson said...

This is just way too cute. I love how you ovaled the bottom edge only! Such cute patterned papers.

Jason said...

I'm addicted to your blog!! Thank you for sharing not only your ideas, but the how-to's!
Are you willing to share your Copic color guides??? Please...

thedardi@gmail.com
--Tammy D.

Debbie Olson said...

Fabulous job, Mish!

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