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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Pure summer

I am absolutely in love with these Poppy Patch stamps from Flourishes. It's one of those sets for me - as soon as I saw it (when Sharon posted it on her blog the night is was released!) I immediately went and bought it. It's just sooooo beautiful. But honestly that's a problem for me. I have a really tough time making cards with Flourishes sets, because they are just so stinkin' beautiful! I am much more at ease with cute stuff. Beautiful and me don't get along very well. But I am quite happy with how this one turned out. Originally I went in the stamp room thinking I'd watercolor - I had just finished rereading some of Leslie's fabulous tutorials (<-- that should be the link to all the tutorials she's posted so far - she completely rocks, she's my coloring (and general cardmaking and gardening...) idol!!) but mine turned out way too ugly and embarrassing to ever display in public. So then of course I had to give it another try, but this time I gave up on the watercoloring (for tonight) and turned to my best friend, my Copic markers. I really have no clue what I'm doing with the Copics, I really need to go to one of those certification classes people keep bragging about... I really hope someday they have one in Texas! At any rate, my method for using the Copics is just mess around with them until you get to a point that you like what you did, even if it's not done "correctly" and even if you have no clue how to shade things right. I really wish I knew how to shade - I know you're supposed to imagine which side the light is falling on the object and go from there, but I just can't seem to get that. I'm sure my end result is as if there is light coming from every which way!! Oh well. It makes me happy when I color, and that's all that matters!! So after I was done coloring these gorgeous poppies, I put them onto a fairly simple layout of a card. Of course I had to squeeze in some polka dots! I played with adding ribbon for quite a while, but in the end decided it just took away from the poppies so I left it ribbonless. So yay, I've conquered my scary but beautiful poppy set! Maybe someday I'll figure out how to color my lilacs!! Thanks for stopping by today. :-)
  • Stamps: Poppy Patch from Flourishes
  • Paper: So Saffron, Real Red, Neenah Solar White, Making Memories DP
  • Ink: Adirondack Pitch Black, Copic markers for coloring, So Saffron sponged along the edge
  • Accessories: sponge dauber, tiny brads from my stash


  1. Libby, you're WAY too hard on yourself (but you do it in such an entertaining way). This is stunningly gorgeous! It looks like the light is shining directly on the poppies and they're casting a shadow on the wall behind them. You have a little glow in the center of the flowers and your leaves are shaded very nicely. You did beautifully with your Copics! Someday maybe I'll have Copics, too... Thanks for saying nice things about me. I absolutely LOVE your card!

  2. Wait-that's my Copic method :-)

    Seriously, a beautiful job.

  3. Gorgeous! I think you are a natural artist. I can't wait to see what you do with the lilac set. I haven't bought any Flourishes sets yet, but the new flower sets are so beautiful! Hard to resist!

  4. Your coloring is gorgeous, Libby!! No need to worry about doing it the "right way", as long as happy with the end result. (I haven't gotten this set yet. What am I waiting for??)

  5. Libby I just took the copic certification and although you learn so much and Marianne is a great coloring is gorgeous and you would rock the class if you are this good with it.

  6. What a gorgeous card!!! I love how you colored your Poppies and just love the card in general -- lots of life and POP!!! I love that!!! And I agree with Leslie -- you are way too hard on yourself, but very entertaining -- LOL!!! A great read and a lovely card!!


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