March 31, 2010

Hollyhocks for Spring!

We got a glimpse of a gorgeous spring a couple weeks ago and it has been kinda poopy ever since! I keep making springy projects to cheer myself up! I’ve loved this stamp wheel for so long but I just recently bought it.

hollyhock perhaps
The Copic colours were all saved in my iPhone but if it is after 8 am EST and you read down from the top, you already know why I can’t list them! I have been trying to come up with a good use for this DP for ages but you really ruin it by using it as a mat or by placing too much stuff on top. I finally decided this layout would work for both the stamp and the DP.

If the sky looks kinda uneven, well, it actually is. I started to colour it in using B12, my ‘go-to’ sky marker for airbrushing but it was much too dark full strength. So I ended up trying it with a tip-to-tip technique but I suppose that is better for shading than for a large area. Live and learn right? Next time I will airbrush the sky very lightly, then use the blender pen to push the colour out of the flower areas, at least for yellow, orange, peach or pale pink flowers. The darker flowers or blue or purple ones won’t be harmed by the slight bit of blue in the background if the blender doesn’t push it all out. This stamp just isn't something you can mask. The leaves  could be done before or after the airbrushing.  I need to make myself a half- or third-strength B12 for direct colouring.

Enjoy, Rebecca

Hollyhock wheel, Everyday Flexible Phrases-SU!
Ink: memento black
Paper: DP-Perhaps Basic Grey, white CS-Taylored Expressions, saffron CS-SU!
Accessories: ribbon-stash, green button-stash, white button-SU!, pink button-PTI, silk ribbon (buttons)-May Arts


Emma @ emmanemhandmade said...

Wow that is beautiful and springy!

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Brittany said...

Great colors! They remind me of spring for sure.

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Charlotte said...

Oooh. stamp wheel *same sound as triple chocolate cake ecstasy*... Such a nice card.

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Bubbles said...


I absolutely love this card and it looks like your looking out of the window at a real garden :D

Anonymous said...

You are so talented!
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Agnes Sim said...

hello, i'm came again! ;-)
sorry for just left u 2 comments. ;-)
I wish my country got spring season as well. :p

Agnes Sim said...

great job! ;-)
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Jennifer McLean said...

I actually think the sky looks fantastic. Sometimes out of trial and error comes beauty and inspiration. You're right, I'm missing Spring too. It's cold in Victoria, colder than usual. How about I send you wishes for warm sun and you reciprocate. :o)

shafarina said...

and owh, i'm following you :)

shafarina said...

Love spring colors!

And I love your idea of stamping + pp + ribbon!

Jessica said...

I really like this card. Very springy. I can see why you like that stamp.

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The Creative Place said...

Oh this is absolutely beautiful. I love all the spring colors - so bright and cheery! :)

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Ambrosia @ The Purple Booker said...

Another beauty. You are very talented.

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Lindy said...

Love the card... and the use of mixed media. Gorgeous!