January 18, 2010

JustRite Garden Tour Blog Hop

JustRite Stampers is hosting a Garden Tour Blog Hop today for new sets releasing this month. The timing couldn't be more perfect because I am missing my beautiful flowers......and sunshine. It's been dreary and terribly foggy here for almost 2 weeks. Today the sun finally came out and I saw blue sky. For inspiration, I started thumbing through my pages of flower pictures that I have collected. Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers so that's the image I'll be working with today.

The image is from JustRite's new set called Plant A Little Love Borders and Centers. I wasn't quite sure what color scheme I wanted to work with so I looked at these samples below: ......but finally decided to use the colors that I love so much from the photo below. My favorite colors of hydrangeas are when they are turning colors like the ones below. The colors range from light greens to salmonly pinks. I really liked the blue wood paneling in the background too so I kept that in mind for my project too.
I knew I'd be coloring with my Copics for my image, so I wanted to match them up with some patterned papers. The two below are from K & Company.
I stamped the beautifully illustrated hydrangea image onto Kraft cardstock with Palette Black Noir ink. My Copic Sketch colors I used are shown below. I colored my image in a tapping motion, just dotting color onto the entire image randomly with the YG03 marker first. Next, I used the RV42 and R14 to add the shades of pinky/salmon. I did not color any one flower image in detail, I just used that dotting of color in a random pattern. Saves a lot of time that way. The other two greens were used for the leaves. I also used a white gel pen to dot on some color and then I used my fingertip to smudge it before it dried. This added a few highlights to the flowers.
Please note that I'm using only the hydrangea image today. The Plant A Little Love set comes with circle border sentiments, but I wanted to show you that you don't have to use the sentiments with your images. I did end up trimming my hydrangea image like you see in the photo below.

Next up, I wanted to get a little artsy-fartsy today so I got out my Claudine Hellmuth Studio paints. These are great paints that are really thick and do not need to be stirred. I love them and really want to experiment more with them. Igot mine from Ellen Hutson's online store, the link is at the left.
Using my craft mat, I mixed a tiny dab of the white and blue paints. I used my spray bottle to thin the paints down a little. I then sprayed my colored images with water. Since the Copic markers are alcohol based, my colored image did not run or bleed. Using a fine tip paint brush, I worked some blue paint around my colored hydrangeas. I used a little on the left and a little more on the right. While my paint was still wet, I used a needle tool to carve some vertical lines to resemble the wood paneling in my inspiration photo.
To get more of a wood grain look, I used the darker Papertrey tea dye ink and inked up my Hero Arts wood grain stamp. I placed my dry image onto the inked surface, image side down. By pressing my finger down only around the outside of the image, I was able to save my colored image and not get the wood grain on it. You can see the circle I drew in the photo below. I pressed my fingers only around the outside of the image. The areas where I did not press did not pick up the wood grain image. You can zoom in on images below to see a close up of the wood grain.
Next up, it was time to assemble my card. I ended up using distressed sheet music, a gingham ribbon I distressed with the tea dye inks and some PTI Vintage Buttons tied with Rustic Cream Twine.
Here are my completed cards below:And a close up of the pretty hydrangea image below:
And the accents here:
This was such a fun stamping session for me. The painting took a little extra time but it was well worth it. The artist in me got to play a little and I was able to to dig around in my stash for the perfect accents. I think that's what I love about line images so much. The art work is already done for you which allows you to play around with color, your supplies and fun embellishments. I hope you enjoy my cards today and just maybe you got a glimpse of Spring!

The Details: JustRite is taking pre-orders today (the 18th) for the new stamp sets.
Actual product will ship on Wednesday, Jan 20th. You can see all the sets HERE at the JustRite web site.

Also, did you know that JustRite is now hosting weekly Friday Challenges? You have until Thursday Jan 21st at 10 pm Est to participate in the first Challenge. JRC_001: Get Creative With Font! Use JustRite's font to make your own custom card sentiment, scrapbook page title, background paper, monogrammed or personalized 3D gift, home decor, you name it. JustRite wants to see how creative you can get with Font! In celebration of their first ever challenge, they are giving each of their blog readers a chance to add to their font collection by using this coupon code: FONT25BH to receive 25% off all JustRite font sets and the Horizontal & Vertical Stamper! This Coupon Code expires at midnight January 19. Happy shopping.

If you'd like to see other garden creations, please visit these designers' blog today. Please note, if my links aren't working, please visit the JustRite Inspiraition Blog for all of the designers' links.

JustRite Inspiration Blog
Debbie Olson
Sharon Johnson
Angela Barkhouse
Barb Schram
Sharon Harnist
Becca Feeken
Heidi Blankenship
Michele Kovack
Kellie Fortin
Kathy Jones
Jerri Kay Jimenez
Lori Craig


Angela said...

very pretty Mish. Makes me long for Spring (as I am sitting here looking out my window at snow falling from the sky)


JeanFB said...

These are gorgeous! Love your painting, the wood grain background, and the vintage music - everything is so perfect together! (Oh, and the color scheme, too :))

Nikki Schmaltz said...

Wow Mish. This is just amazing. I love the colors and thanks for the technique

Charmaine said...

LOVE this! The coloring is fab...the the blue wash background and the wood grain effect...WOW!


Sharon (notimetostamp) said...

So fresh and pretty, just love them!

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Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Ouuuuu! Your colouring is off the HOOK gorgeous. What a brilliant idea to use those references. I have honestly never seen a flower coloured with such irresistible beauty! GENIUS!

Debbie said...

I love the colors you chose for your hydrangea, those are my favorites also. beautiful!

Eveline said...

Very creative cards. Love the woodgrain on the background.
The snow has completely gone here. It's strange looking out and seeing green after 4 weeks of white, which is quite a long time of snow over here.

Wendi said...

Your card is beautiful! I hope there is plenty of flowers and sunshine in your future! You could always move to Southern California where we have too much sunshine and not enough rain!! Don't come this week, we actually do have rain here today!!

KAY LONG said...

I really like your ideas on this beautiful card. This would be a card I would buy if I didn't make my own. Thanks for sharing.

Lindsay said...

Just gorgeous! I just love the technique you used. I can't wait to see the flowers in the spring! It just can't come soon enough.

Cindy H. said...

This is card is just so pretty!! Neat technique with wonderful results. tfs

marilyn said...

What a wonderful card!!! The painting was a wonderful touch and love the varigated colors of the hydrangeas!!!

ashjoy said...

Love the background stamp as well. Beautiful!

Cheryl (aka CherylQuilts) said...

What beautifully colored hydrangeas! Love them and this new set!!

Becky Halfhill said...

You just "Rock" girl!! Beautiful card, love everything you make. Keep it coming! Thanks for sharing.

Nancy said...

It's great knowing that masking does not always need to be done.

The cards are glorious. You really captured the essence of your photo inspiration.

♥Liz Weber♥ said...

Wowzers Michelle you make that look so easy - just adore the woodgrain technique - how clever are you! Love the gorgeous photos of the garden and your cards turned out perfectly! Thanks so much for sharing these gorgeous creatins and techniques.

Diana said...

Beautiful! Thank you for walking us through the details. You are just so creative.

Peggy said...

Lovely card. You always make it look so easy but I know better. I always enjoy your work.
God bless!

Marge said...

All so vintagey & lovely; also love the color scheme!!!

Heidi Blankenship said...

Very Pretty! Love the soft Spring colors and the vintage look.

KathyJ (Wattle) said...

WOW these are Beautiful!!! Your colouring is exquisite and love the wood grain BG and the papers you've used!!

Tina said...

Wow! These are very pretty.

Lynne Phelps said...

I really appreciate that you shared your inspiration piece and your thoughts during the design process!

chelemom said...

Love these pretty spring cards!

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

WOWZERS!!!! This is gorgeous! I love hydrangeas and you colored these perfectly!

stephanie said...

Very pretty.

Anonymous said...

As always you have done a beautiful job. You've inspired me. I am ordering that stamp set.
Is the paper still available...do you remember the name? Thanks.

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