Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Earth Laughs in Flowers

Hello everyone !

I've been working on card designs for Designs by Ryn.  I enjoy using her high quality & deeply etched stamps.   Also love the images !

The background for this first card is different than planned.   I was experimenting with 'stamp kissing' that did not turn out the way I visualised.    I will go back and play again with that technique.        

I used the following stamps for this card:   CMF15 Leafy Branch, CMF1 African Daisy & CM-F5 Leaves set all by Designs by Ryn.   The beautiful sentiment 'Earth Laughs' C3671 is by Impression Obsession. 

I ended up using a solid Cover a Card by Impression Obsession (CC084) and inked it up with Memories Pigment Ink - Foxglove and then stamped onto white card stock.   I blended Old Paper Distress Ink around the outside.  Probably blending Milled Lavender Distress Ink (vs the Mauve Pigment Ink) would have worked as well. 

I stamped the leavy branch on the background with Colour Box Moss Green Pigment Ink.    I stamped and embossed the flower twice and the leaves with gold.    I painted the flower and leaves with Mica Colour Stargazer paints.     I cut the flowers & leaves then layered as shown.  I cut less of the petals for the top layer of the flower. 

The sentiment was stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa Dye Ink.   Everything was layered onto co-ordinating card stock and I added a few cool purple & green glass beads.  I used Lime Stickles in the centre of the flower.   I thought about adding ribbon but wanted to let the flower & leaves stand out.

This second card was created with just the Leafy branch and another sentiment by Impression Obsession - 'Just a Note' B3552.  

I kept the card above clean & simple.   I love this branch image and wanted it to be the feature.   The image was stamped with black Versafine ink and coloured with Prismacolour Pencils.   A little black ribbon & peach pearls are the finishing touches.

That's all for this evening !
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day !



Beautiful cards Shirley - the leafy branch is so effective and very elegant. Love the CAS look of the second one, but I love the vibrant colours on the first - the flower is stunning.
Sylvia x

Alda said...

Wow Shirl, beautiful, you are a true card artist.
I love them both, but the second one is stunning.
Keep it up!!
Deb en Jon are comming for dinner tonight. Marn is comming after work.
Wish you could be here too. Take care!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Stunning Shriley, I love the background effect on the first one even if it didn't come out the way you imagined, the flower is gorgeous.
I really like the clean and simple feel to the second, that branch looks as though it's one that will get used many times.

Sue x

Marja's Stamp Addiction en Marja's Creativity said...

Both cards are so lovely but specially beautiful Shirley. I adore the first one. love the composition and the colors.
Also the second, so elegant and stylish. SUPER>
Lovely greet

Julia said...

Very nice cards ! both are beautiful and I love the leafy backgrounds ! Great Work ! :)

Miranda said...

Hi Shirley, both lovely cards! What a fine structured branch is that!Beautiful!The first one is one of my fav quotes and just keep playing with the kissing technique! That solid background is perfect for that......thanks for your kind comments on my blog Shirley, always a treasure to meet souls on the same level!warm greetz Miranda

Ellen Taylor said...

I like your style Shirely! Both are fabulous!

Marn said...

Hi Shirley,
This is soooo beautiful again! Both cards are just gorgeous! Those stamps are just gorgeous and they are very clear as well, and you have used them well in these two very very nice cards! I love the "clean" look of both cards, it looks so nice! Very very nice colours again for both! Well well done again!
Greetings, Marn :)

Anneke van Groen said...

He Shirl.....WOW what beautiful card!!! I LOVE that stamp with the branches....want one myself...haha.
Another beautiful projecTTT xxx Anneke