Thursday, September 24, 2009

Roses for My Parents - Tombow Style!



Way back in May I made this for the Dirty Dozen Gallery called Art of Every Woman because it was inspired by my mom. I kept this card hidden away since then and recently gave it to my parents for the celebration of their 36th Anniversary :)

Whenever I think of feminine things, I think of my mom and her love of them. She has a collection of fine bone china very similar to the teacup in the picture and that's what made me use this particular Rose Stamp. I think that my Mom's china is a bit of a representation of her - Beautiful, resilient, memorable even with a few fine cracks along the way...or perhaps because of them! lol :D (Did I mention that I take after my mother?) *giggle*





I watercoloured up the rose with my tombow markers and then carefully added 5 coats of clear embossing powder to do the cracked glass technique. I really wanted the cracked glass rose to resemble the inside of a well loved teacup, where the tea makes fine cracks in the enamel over time. I chose to use very soft colours of patterned paper and continued the tones with the butterfly punchies and neutrals of the pearls.

I really love how soft the background palette is and that the roses really stand out against it even though they have been watercoloured with semi soft shades. I only wish that I had taken more photos of this card before I gave it to my parents!

For those of you who might be interested in learning how to watercolour like this, I will be teaching a six week online class for Watercolouring with Tombow Markers over at My Creative Classroom and it starts October 1st. Enrollment is open now ;)


Card Recipe:

Stamps: Local King Rubber stamps
Paper: Gina K, Sand, My Mind's Eye DP, Inque Boutique DP, Watercolour
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black, Sand, Pink, Versa Mark
Accessories: Sewing Machine, Coluzzul, Pretties Kit, Clear Embossing Powder, Tombow Markers, Waterbrush, Corner Punch, Ribbon, Martha Stewart Butterfly and Doily Edge Punch, Kaiserkraft Pearls

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15 comments:

Kristine said...

This is so gorgeous Kim!! Love the soft colors, and yet the roses POP off the card! Love your pin and border punches and everything. My mom would absolutely LOVE this card as well. Love your work! :)

Abby said...

Kim your card is stunning! I'd love to learn how you watercolor with re-inkers...are you going to teach that as well?

Abby:)

Gabriela said...

Kim, your rose card is stunning. What a lovely card! The lace, pin, and burnishing lend it a glorious vintage flair. It's always a delihgt to visit your blog.

Bev J. said...

Beautiful card and coloring! I love teacups and teapots, they seem so elegant yet homey. tfs

Danni said...

Simply gorgeous!!

Angela S. said...

Kim,this card is beautiful. It also reminds me of my Mom's china that no one is aloud to touch. I like your cards are always beautiful and your coloring brings everything to life. Your Mom will love this card..

Angela S. said...

Kim, your coloring is always beautiful. This card is stunning. My Mom has a set of china that looks just like your card and no one is aloud to touch.. Your Mom is going to love it..

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my that is just stunningly Beautiful, Love everything about it!

Pattyjo said...

Wow! This is a beautiful, Beautiful card!
Pattyjo:+)

Randi Th. said...

WOW!!! It's beautiful!!!
-hugs-

Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

Gorgeous card, Kim! I love the cracked glass affect. Beautiful work!

Mari said...

This is absolutely lovely. Gorgeous soft colors, amazing coloring, beautifu roses. This has it all!

Gloria said...

Absolutely Gorgeous!

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

This is so beautiful kim. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

This card is one of the most BEAUTIFUL cards I have ever seen.