Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron

Monday, March 21, 2016

The unfolding

Well lets try this again, I had the post complete, when to hit enter and for some reason I hit delete!! GRRRRRRR.....  so lets start again!

Hello there, Happy Monday, and it is my day off again - woohoot!!  We have a program at work if you work an extra hour every day you get every other Monday or Friday off, so I opt for the Monday. We are busy at work so the extra hour a day goes by fast.  I had lots of errands to do this morning, then after lunch I finally got around to taking pictures of the cards I have made over the last week or so.

The card I'm showing you today, I actually had the image done about 3 weeks or so ago.  This was just a practice piece, never thought it was going to turn out good enough for a card, but it did!

I'm using Penny Black's - The Unfolding

I didn't keep track of the inks I used because like I said this was just a practice piece.  I used Tim Holtz distress markers to colour the image, gave it a spritz of water then stamped onto some water colour paper. Once dry I went back in with my prisma colour pencils and added some darker shading to the flowers.  I used my new Gansai Tambi paints to do a wash around the image.  It does look a bit more green in the picture than what it really is in real.

Since this was suppose to be just a practice piece I cut my paper too small to do any fancy die cutting  with it, so I used spellbinders long rectangle die to cut it out.  I then took some white paint and a very wet paint brush, picked up the paint and splattered it onto the image. Once it dried you couldn't see to much of it but you can see a bit on the large flower.  I also did the same with my wink of stella gold pen, tapped the end to flick some gold paint on the image.

I tried layering the image onto some papers, but it was too distracting, so I opt to keep it simple. I used spellbinders scalloped border two to cut along the bottom.  I wasn't sure whether I should do the same to the back of the card or keep it plain. Would you of kept the back plain as I did or would you cut the back to match the front - would love to hear your thoughts on this?

To finished off I added some pearls and some silk ribbon.  Lesson learned - don't use silk ribbon when you have dry hands, the tiny pieces of dry skin seem to catch on the ribbon and snag it!

Thanks for your visit.  Have a wonderful day!



Shirley T. said...

Hi Pauline,

This card is perfect as it is, I wouldn't change a thing.

Much love,

Shirley T. xxx

NancyT said...

Wow. I wish my first attempts looked this great. I love the colour of your beautiful flower. It was a great idea to use the spellbinder for the bottom of your card. Your wash came out beautifully. Penny Black has great flower stamps. Enjoy the rest of your day off.

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my! This is sooooo gorgeous! I almost bought one of their solid image flower stamps recently, but opted for open line instead. I swear, now I have to go back for a solid image. Love this watercolor look, and the extra shading you added brings it to life. Your splatters look fabulous, too. Love those white speckles across the bloom. The border looks awesome and I probably would only do the front unless you could match up the die cuts just perfectly. Love that silk ribbon, too. Silk is my favorite and I have that same color/size. So pretty! I sure do know what you mean about the dry hands. So glad you finished this off and shared it, Pauline!

Tracy said...

So beautiful. I like it just as it is. You picked some great colors. Wish my practice pieces would look like this. Hugs!

Kerri said...

beautiful and I love that you left it simple!!! great great job

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Pauline, this is gorgeous, and I love it just the way it is - the front die only! And what a beautiful watercoloring of this image! Stunning! And I agree with Leslie that I love the silk ribbon and the splatters! Super duper fabulous, especially for your first try - wow! Hugs, sweet friend, and I hope to see more of these! :-)

Leslie said...

Beautiful! I love the one scalloped edge. I can't believe that started out as a practice piece. It is beautiful and a gorgeous image. My favourite colours too!