Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Smeared Ink Blog Hop!!!

I'm SO thrilled to be hopping today with my my fantastic Design Team from Smeared Ink as WELL as our awesome artists who work with us on a regular basis! Our super, fantastic, and awesome fans!!!

This month I've been lucky enough to be working with the SI set Nymphs.
Today I busted out with the Bird Nymph. As some of you know a friend and I successfully rescued 4 orphaned, newborn Robins the week of Mother's Day so I have to tell you I have a new found respect for the species and a complete and utter "aweness" of them as well.

So when I got this image in my hand the creation literally just came to life in my hands. I know that may sound silly to some...but I can't explain it any other way.
I first inked my image up in Momento Tuxedo ink and colored her with my Copics. I wanted the grass to glow and seem firey and I think I accomplished this. (btw...Tori/Terra...the grass ROCKS on this...I love the scribbly edginess of it!)

I colored her wings and feathers in a dark maroon and coated them in crackle glaze (at the end of my coloring). I colored her feet and claws in similar tones and used crystal glaze on the talons on her feet and used my red Sakura sparkly gel pen to color her hand talons.
Her hair is done in a firey, brown/orangy glow embellished with a silvery Sakura pen.

I then set her aside to dry with all of the different glazes on her.

My cardbase is PTI Scarlet Jewel, followed by a layer of chocolate brown Basic Grey paper, followed by another layer of Basic Grey paper (the same style that the card is sitting on for the picture).

I then had some Cosmo Cricket paper with this awesome flower right in the center. I trimmed out the flower and by then my image was dry so I matted it to SU! True Thyme (retired). I stitched the two together using tan and brown threads and a leafy/feathery pattern that I have on my machine. I mounted the entire panel on 3-D foam adhesive and added it to my card. I had a strip of the gorgeous teal grosgrain ribbon that I made into a tiny loop for a little balance and added visual interest.

I then added tiny peridot colored rhinestones on each petal of the flower - very subtle yet effective. The last touch is the black cording that has the 2 silver beads hanging. It's actually an embellishment that I took off of a dress from a few summers ago. It just seemed to be the finishing touch that I really needed.

I am in just simple awe with this set. The female form is simply stunning and in it's raw natural beauty it's just intoxicating!!

I love how the crackle glaze set on her feathers. It really makes a statement.

I truly hope that you enjoy hopping today!! There are a TON of gorgeous creations to be seen!!!

Please leave some love!!!









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Alison said...

This looks fabulous! Your stitching is insane! What a wonderful card, especially because of your story with the baby robins! Wonderful job!

DonnaMundinger said...

Oh WOW, GORGEOUS Meredith! The feathers look especially fab and I love thet flower. WWWAAAYYY cool stitching too! xxD

Tori said...

This is awesome. The bird nymph is my favorite out of that set...she is so powerful! The wings are really awesome. I love the crackle affect you put on them and I love all the autumn/warm colors you used. Really great job!! :)

Unknown said...

Yay! Bird Nymph is stunning on this card!! You really brought her to life, Meredith!!! I ADORE the side leafy thing you have going on, it really makes the card stand out and brings all of the warm colors together. I wish I could see this one in person, I bet those glazes are awesome!!!!

Kathi said...

Yikes. Fabulousness! So many cool little touches and details.

I adore the wings and her hair.

Kelli Green aka Cajunstampingqueen said...

I understand what you mean about coming to life....doesn't matter if anyone else does!!! LOL Great card, love love love the details and the stitching, I am not very good at that, will have to practice more...Great GreatGreat card! LOVE IT!

~Lady B~ said...

This is fantabulous! Great shading. Love the dimension and texture in the feathers. The flaming red grass rocks. The design turned out really well. I love it! She is so powerful!

Barb said...

Gorgeous work, Meredith! LOVE the glazed wings, and the earth tone colors you've used. Beautiful!

Crazy Creations said...

Gorgeous,Fabulous,Awesome,Wonderful,.I could go on and on .I just love your card!Hugs Sarah

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

You have certainly done a spectacular job on this. It's awesome

Daniella said...

These are fabulous doll!! You know it!! Gorgeous!!

Alexandra Lundgren said...

Meredith, Meredith, Meredith, you are almost making we want to do boobies! You are one talented girl. Amazing. I love the way you did the feathers, they look like I could touch them!~ WOW!

Steph said...

Wow, your card is simply gorgeous! and all that detail is amazing, my fave is the crackle on the wings. Amazing!

blackdragon said...

Everything you make Meredith has such elegance and style.
This is my fav nymph and you have made her ...just soooooooooo beautiful.
Everything about this card is perfect.

ldfdesign said...

i love the wings, wonderful work!! all around great card!