Friday, June 25, 2010

PTI June Blog Hop - Sweet Blush, Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Cream



Welcome! I'm so glad we can all be here tonight. I wasn't sure I would make it. Many of you know that my Mom lives with us and has been recuperating from a broken hip since January. Just when we thought she was about to regain some semblance of independence, she broke the other one last Thursday. Well, I guess it could be worse (but don't mention that to her). In between emergency room, surgery, hospital visits, etc., I was able to color the new Year of the Flowers: Rose, literally one petal at a time. IMHO this is the most beautiful image Nicole has designed. It was so exciting to see it come to life. I'm in love!



I love the soft pink of SB with DC. I added the new 2009 Bitty Dot Basics in Kraft and cream. I had to substitute another cream cardstock in order to use the Martha Stewart border punch. ( I would have preferred Rustic Cream, but the fabulous quality of PTI cardstock makes it difficult to punch a design like this.) Color Box Sand ink complemented the Kraft nicely and was subtle enough for the Fancy Flourishes. The Sentiment, from Damask Designs, is stamped with DC.

I tried a little different approach to the rose. This is not a quick technique. It was first stamped on Neenah white with a combination of first Versa Mark and Sweet Blush (the newer formula). I then embossed it with Filigree clear embossing powder. This gave outlines to each petal, but almost disappeared when colored. (Don't color over the embossing. The Copics will dissolve it.) Copics used were R0000, 20, 22, 24. The first layer of pastel (Pink Beryl) allowed me to shade and blend for a very realistic image. I finished off with some strokes of a white Uni-ball Signo and a dew drop of Star Dust Stickles topped with Ranger Glossy Accents for dimension.

I'm hoping the recipient is going to enjoy this as much as I enjoyed making it. I hope you liked it.
Thanks for hopping by.

(Oh, and if you are so inclined, prayers and understanding would be greatly appreciated during the coming months. Thank you.)

57 comments:

Nerina said...

GASP!!! Linda I don't have words to describe how beautiful this is. Utterly EXQUISITE!! WOW!! I'm in love too .... with your card! I'm so sorry to hear about your Mum! I will keep her in prayer!

Lindsay said...

Lovely card! That rose is gorgeous!

Taheerah (*LittleMissT*) said...

Wow, your rose is beyond beautiful!! Looks so realistic and coloured to perfection! I'm bowled over!!

Karli said...

WOW!!! I can't believe that is the same rose - yours is incredible!!! Beautiful card :) Tfs

BonnieRose said...

such a beautiful card! wow!

Ted said...

That rose looks like a photograph...stunning!

Mariana said...

I am bowing here!!! Your rose is just amazingly perfect!! Awesome!

Sherry said...

Just WOW....I cannot believe you colored that rose! It looks totally real! STUNNING card!!

Lorraine said...

Your card is gorgeous! Love the coloring you did on the rose.

Jessie said...

WOW!! That is gorgeous!! So sorry about your Mom hope the recovery goes well!

Marge said...

WOW is right -- with all that stress in your life, hard to believe that rose is totally beyond belief & so real looking! Don't have this set, but guess I must one day -- STUNNING!!! Hope your Mom recuperates quickly; hang in there! ;-)

Kara said...

That rose is just breathtaking!! Looks like it has been painted in oils!
Kara

Rebecca said...

It seems like I may be just repeating - but this takes my breath away! Its beautiful!

Jen Carter said...

Wow!! That rose is stunning!! Your coloring is spectacular!! Wonderful work!

Jill said...

Your coloring of the rose is stunning, Linda! The best I've ever seen! This is such a gorgeous card overall--wow! Prayers for your mom & you in the coming months!

Rhonda said...

Oh my goodness Linda!!! The rose is absolutely stunning. Praying that your Mom recovers quickly and strength for you as well.

Kerri said...

WOW! Your coloring look amazing!!! Absolutely gorgeous card!

Shirlann said...

Hope your mom recovers quickly and that she is also appreciative of such a great daughter! Your rose is absolutely stunning!

Michelle said...

I had to do a double-take on your rose. Stunning! You have some amazing coloring skills. Absolutely gorgeous!

Carol's Ink Spot said...

Your rose is 'drop dead' gorgeous! It looks so real!!! Now I have to order this stamp set. I wish I could come over and have you show me how to duplicate the coloring. Just beautiful! And yes, a little pray each day to help you and your family get through the coming months has been noted.

Terri said...

Beautiful! You did an amazing job coloring the rose. Love the colors you used on the rest of the too. Sorry to hear about your mom. I hope her recovery goes well and she will be able to come back home soon.

Heather P. said...

*GASP!* Your card is AMAZING! Just look at that rose! Wow!

Stephanie said...

I don't know if I ever want to stamp my rose after seeing how AMAZING your's is!!! Wow, girl - you are talented! The coloring is astounding :)

Hope your mom recuperates soon.

Dana said...

Very pretty card! Your coloring on the rose looks amazing!

Kay said...

Wowza! That is an amazing rose- your coloring is divine, darling!

Kelly S. said...

HOLY MOLY that rose doesn't even look like the same one I got in my set :) That coloring just made my jaw drop...it looks like you cut it out of a magazine! WOWZA one awesome card for sure!

Andrea M said...

...had to pick my chin up off the floor... GASP! I can't believe you colored that rose!! It looks so completely realistic - WOW!!! STUNNING!!!! Great color combo and Happy hopping!

Mandy said...

oh my goodness, your coloring of that rose is to die for. You did a fabulous job!

Victoria said...

Oh my goodness! You do the most amazing coloring! I'm in awe!

Debbie Gaydos said...

WOW!! The coloring job here is truly stunning. I got this set too but haven't tried it out yet, now I'm a bit intimidated! lol Beautiful card.

Susan said...

That rose is stunning!! At first I thought it was a picture. Your coloring is just amazing!! Love the color combo you chose.

Emm said...

Absolutely beautiful!

Becky Carafa said...

Holy cow, your coloring is phenomenal! Love the combo, one of my faves!

resmith said...

Your card took my breath away!! Gorgeous rose!

Jessica said...

That rose is breathtaking! You did an amazing job shading it all in - it looks real!

Laurie said...

WOW! The coloring is amazing! That is just gorgeous!

Mary said...

OMG! That is the most gorgeous rose I have ever seen - almost better than the real thing!

Anika said...

Wow! So soft and pretty! Are you sure that's not a real rose that you glued to your card?!? ;)

Nancy said...

Oh my word your rose is just breath taking!! Absolutely beautiful.

Danielle said...

Wow-your rose is stunning! It looks so real! Beautiful card!!

Antoinette Seminario-Skinner said...

I was left speechless. I am still learning how to color with Copics, and what you did with that rose...WOW!! The whole card is beautiful!!
Hope your mom recuperates quickly!!

jen said...

Holy toledo! That is the most beautiful rose I've ever seen. I had to click on it so I could look more closely & it is breathtaking!
Good luck to you with your mom- hope she has a quick recovery!

Donna said...

Wow! I did a double take- this looks like a picture, it is so detailed & gorgeous! You have done an incredible job!!! Send this card to me- I'll appreciate it! Best of luck to you and your mom. We have been dealing with similar issues in our family, & it can be so difficult.

Dr. Ivy said...

The rose is stunning. How gorgeous is your card!
Thank you for sharing.

Amy said...

Wow what a beautiful card!! Stunning!

Maureen said...

breathtakingly beautiful!!! Wow!!! what a fabulous colouring job!!! Gorgeous :) Hope your mom is okay and keeping her spirits up :)

colleenk said...

Thanks for the step by step instructions how you achieved this stunning rose, but I dont think I could ever come even close to that beauty! You have an amazing talent! It is sooo beautiful! I hope your mom heals quickly and I will keep you and your family in my prayers!

Lee said...

Absolutely beautiful! Lovely colours.

Laurie's Sunny Studio said...

This card speaks to me like none of the others have. It is simply sensational!!

Karen C said...

Wow!! Your coloring of the rose is truly amazing! Beautiful card!

Sue Lelli said...

OMGosh! Your rose looks so real! Your card is simply stunning!

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Lori said...

What an amazing rose! Just stunning!

Monica K. said...

That rose is just gorgeous! What a pretty card! The flourish is such an elegant touch too.

peggysue said...

Linda you have created such a beauty here! And I am sorry to hear about the second broken hip. Prayers all around, for wisdom, forbearance and healing.

Cammie said...

Linda, this is breathtakingly beautiful! Your coloring of this rose is stunning! I am sorry to hear about your mother. I certainly will be keeping your family in my prayers.

Alyssa S said...

Oh wow! This is amazing! Really jaw-droppingly beautiful!!