March 24, 2013

PTI Blog Hop–Larkspur Sequinned Bookmark Card

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This month’s theme is all about sequins. It was harder than I would have thought to find sequins. The ones at Michaels were horribly gaudy! I phoned to ask if they had any and the clerk went to look. I had already told her I wanted pastels and she came back to tell me they had two packs and where they were. When I found them, they were in super metallic Christmas colours – red, green, blue, silver and gold! Seriously, they need new staff!

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I finally found a roll a white iridescent sequin trim in the bridal section and removed the string holding the sequins together then airbrushed them for colour. Unfortunately, they aren’t faceted like many I’ve seen people using lately and I wish they were but they will have to do.

I embossed and coloured the larkspur first without a clear idea what I was going to do to make it into a card. I used Distress markers to watercolour it using a loose, painterly technique and not necessarily staying in the lines. Though I have to admit, that is outside my comfort zone so I sort of coloured in the lines first then added some colour outside the lines after. Then while the colour outside the lines was still wet, I added the sky/background colour.

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TIP: Leaving white around the outside of the image and not taking the paint to the edges of the paper adds to the ‘painterly’ effect. Sorry the picture is a bit dark, it was the only way you could see the lighter painted areas at all.

Once I trimmed out the image on the sides, I realized it was pretty tall and thin. I could have trimmed the top but I got the idea to make it into a bookmark. I needed a card for a young friend’s recent baptism and then thought about this sentiment and it all fell into place! (We baptize as teens or young adults, not as babies.) She is quite the artist and paints a lot so I knew she’d appreciate it. To hold the bookmark in, I used an old tool, the Basic Grey Notch and Die tool, to cut the circular notches.

I hope you have fun looking at the rest of the projects on the hop. If you’d like to visit again, be sure to sign up for RSS or email subscriptions on my sidebar. Thanks for visiting.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Out on a Limb Sentiments, Year of Flowers Larkspur-PTI
Ink: Versamark, Archival black-Ranger, lemon, lavender, wisteria, chartreuse, moss-PTI
Paper: watercolour paper-stash, rustic white-PTI
Accessories: Distress Markers-Ranger, sequins-Simplicity, Copics and airbrush system, Notch and Die tool, Masterstroke seam binding ribbon, white EP-stash, Crop-a-dile


Sandy Kay said...

This is really pretty! So soft and feminine!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful card! Love the soft watercoloring and how creatively you created your own custom sequins :)

Karen C. said...

So pretty!!

samantha's cards said...

very pretty!

Marcia Hill said...

It's beautiful...I love your colors! Very soft and subtle and just perfect for the card. Great job! :0)

Marybeth said...

Oh , you sure had to do a lot of work just to get your sequins. I love your very pretty card! Just the right amount of sequins , love the flower too!

Leigh Penner said...

Oh, wow, is this ever gorgeous! I like the placement of the sequins, too!

Nancy Penir said...

Oh yes, she'll be thrilled to receive this precious bookmark! Completely agree on the Michaels comment. Unfortunately we lost our one and only scrapbook store, so it's slim pickings where I live!

@JoyceCasaldi said...

What a pretty bookmark!

victoria h said...

love your watercoloured larkspurs - beautiful card

Jacquie Southas said...

This is so soft & pretty - I agree Michaels does not have the best selection of sequins!

nancy said...

This will be a lovely bookmark to tuck in a Bible. Perfect for an artist.