Thursday, July 30, 2009

CDS Sneak Peek - Pansy

Wowee! It's early in the morning here and it's already hot and toasty! Seems like quite a few of you are experiencing the heat wave with me, but we are at record highs for us! The heat and I don't get along very well so I may just camp out in the air conditioning here for a bit and then head out to do some air conditioned stores *grin*

Welcome back for day three of the CDStamps sneak peeks. I have a gorgeous pansy to show you this morning ... but a very troublesome pansy in the end! This pansy set is one of my newest illustrations and will be available on August 1st with all the rest of the loveliness that I have been sharing with you the last couple of days. This pansy though...what a test of patience!

Let me just start by telling you a little bit about how I watercolour. I always pick out my shades of colours, test them to see that they will work with each other and then set them aside in groupings ie: petals, leaves and flower centers so I know what I will be working with. It's all fun and games until you get sidetracked and accidentally grab a fluorescent pink instead of a light mauve...after you have already spent the time and coloured up your first layer! So then I spent literally hours trying to correct it with a number of different shades...when I say a number, I really mean 17 other shades only to find out in the end ... after much frustration ...that a combination of 5 other colours came out to the same as my first layer of the pansy! The moral of the story is this: If you get sidetrack and paint with the wrong colour...scrap the original and start from scratch! lol

So enough about the trials of achieving the perfect shades and onto the rest of the card. Dont'cha just love this quote? I do and that's why it's in the set! lol I paired it up with another sentiment in this set for the inside of the card to read "Missing You".

This card is actually 4x6" and worked really well to highlight the off set pansy. To achieve the airbrushed look on the nesties die cut, I used the actual die to mask off the edges and then sponged very gently toward the center of the paper with creamy caramel ink - I just love the vintage look! My butterfly has been made but punching out vellum cardstock with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch and then used some mini pearls to create the body. A little cuttlebug embossing and some more sponging and you have a very elegant "Missing You" card :)

That's it for this morning's eye candy, but don't forget to pop back here later today to see the last creation of the day which is one of my new sets :0) See you then!

Stamps: Clear Dollar Stamps - Pansy
Paper: Gina K, Always Artichoke, Watercolour, Misc. DP, Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Versa Mark, Versafine Onyx Black, Creamy Caramel, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Cuttlebug and Embossing Folders, Nestabilites, Marth Stewart Butterfly Punch, Fisgars Border Punch, Corner Rounder, Mini Pearls, Sponges, Dimensionals, Gold Embossing Powder, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Tombow Markers and Aqua Painter

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The Stamper's Touch said...

I am utterly amazed at the beauty of this card!!!! A real work of art! I am honored to have this set in my own greedy little paws -- I knew I wanted it the moment I saw it!!!


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Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love the look of the gold embossing and watercolors together.

Becky said...

This is stunning, the colors are just breathtaking, I need this stamp :)

peggysue said...

That is one gorgeous flower! And yes, I've done that, grabbed the wrong color and had to start over. Although you triumphed in the end, right?

Beautiful Greetings said...

This is gorgeous Kim! What a beautiful stamp. I am going to have to have this one for my collection!

Colleen said...

Kim, absolutely stunning!!!! WOW. I can't wait to see the whole set... beautiful watercoloring!

Chef Mama Lori said...

Beautiful Kim! Can't wait to get this stamp!

Christi said...

Beautiful set and beautiful card Kim! I love all your flower sets and look forward to adding this one to my collection! I would love to know more about your watercoloring process! It is one of my favorite techniques!
Thanks for your inspirations!

the funkie junkie said...

This is really gorgeous, Kim! Beautiful color work on the pansey, even though it was a hugh pain!! The card is really beautiful. Loved the tug boat card from yesterday too, just didn't take time to leave a comment. Congrats on designing these fabulous stamp sets!!

Lisa Lara said...

Well,I cannot tell you had any color challenges, but I sympathize with you. It looks gorgeous and I love the gold embossing with it. Perfect.

Joani said...

As I sit here with my mouth open thinking "WOWZERS!" I had to post a comment. Your card is a work of art, it's amazing!!
Thanks for sharing your talent with us.