Friday, February 18, 2011

Wplus9 Design Studio Color Challenge

Happy Friday!!!  I have taken the "day off" around here.  I've been trying to take my Friday's as a chill day.  I don't deal with the laundry, cleaning, major projects, etc.  I do what I want to do.  If I feel like be it.  If I feel like puttering be it.  But I'm working on taking my Friday and just enjoying.  Which is what I did this morning while my kids were at school.

A darling friend came over and crafted with me.  I was SO inspired by Sarah's post here that I had to jump into the Wplus9 color challenge. 

I LOVE the soft and quiet colors of kraft, lilac, turquoise and white together.  So beautiful. I needed a birthday card for my Grandmother's upcoming 80th birthday and this was the perfect inspiration that I needed.

I started with my new PTI Stamp Set - Lily Of The Valley.  (well it's not NEW but it's new to me - never yet inked up!!) I was thrilled to have a chance to bring it out.

I stamped my flower in PTI's hybrid palette ink in Water Lily Green.   I used my Copic markers and Prisma pencils to color my image in.  I wanted to lend my image a watercolor vibe to it so I first colored the bottom of my bells in an aquaish Prisma  pencil.  I went over it with E30 - Bisque to bring the color forward a bit and to tone it down.  I colored the inside of my flower bell with a lilac colored pencil and did the same technique with my E30.

I then colored the leaves in BG11 - Moon White - one of my favorite Copic colors.  I went back in with my E30 and traced the leaves a bit for some contrast and colored the stems loosely with E55 - Light Caramel.

Using my Nesties (ya...I'm new to them and am LOVING them!) I cut my main image to use it as a focal point.  I nestled it with it's Kraft counterpart behind it to make the white and flowers simply pop.

My background papers are both SU! cardstock in Tempting Turquoise and Orchid Opulence.  I distressed them both by crumpling them up in my hands first.  I then stitched around the edges of both for added texture.  I ran my SU! Grey ink pad over the edges of the Orchid and I used my white craft ink on the turquoise.  I coated it with white embossing powder and heat set it so it would off set the springy image with a little touch of the winter we still have here in New England.  
I used an aqua double stitched ribbon to tie into a tiny bow (my card only measures 4X4").  A teensy bit of twine tied around the bow for a bit of a rustic feel and a tiny snippet of turquoise glittery ribbon for the bit of bling that I know my Grandmother will love.

I love how this turned out!!  Thank you W+9 and Sarah for the inspiration!!!

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and for those of you whom it applies to, a great February vacation!!


Sarah Martina said...

This is GORGEOUS! So glad we were able to inspire you this month! :) Xoxo!

Lea L. said...

This is very pretty! The flowers are very sweet! Great job with the colors!! ♥♥♥

Unknown said...

Wonderful layout! Love how you weren't afraid to feature just a portion of the lily adds so much interest.

Thanks for playing along with us at Wplus9!

Jinny Newlin said...

This is stunning! LOVE how you've displayed that gorgeous image! Great use of layers, too! Thanks so much for playing along with the Color Cue this month!

Kerrianne said...

Such fun use of these colors! Thank you so much for playing along with wPlus9's Color Cue this month!!

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