Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dances With Dragonflies

Good morning my crafty friends!! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Today, I have a card to share with you featuring one of the stamps from the recently released "Natural Beauty" collection (by artist Carmen Medlin) exclusive to Susana's Custom Art and Card Design. These images are so gorgeous, and the design team has been busy creating some beautiful projects with them. If you sign up as a follower over at the store blog, Follow Your Heart, you'll be able to keep up to date with all the posts by my fellow design team members...they are such lovely talented women, and their projects are always inspiring.

This pretty fairy is "Dances With Dragonflies". The "Natural Beauty" images are so elegant, and they are an absolute dream to colour. :) The design paper is Bo Bunny "Gabrielle". I used Spellbinders Ovals to cut out the image and sponged around it with a combination of Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain Distress Inks. The edges of the paper were all distressed and finished off with some machine stitching. The gorgeous glittery rose is from Prima (Arcadian Collection-Rosy) and it comes in a package of six. It was sponged with a bit of Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain Distress Ink to create a closer colour match to the papers. I tucked in some cardstock flourishes cut out with Spellbinders Doodle Parts and adorned them with some brown pearls created with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

"Dances With Dragonflies" was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink on Neenah cardstock and coloured with Copic markers. Some of you are aware of the fact that I'm not really fond of colouring with my pink markers...pink and I don't seem to get along very well, lol. Rather than struggle with pinks on this image, I decided to paper piece part of her dress....the pink portion of her gown is actually a piece of paper from the Bo Bunny "Gabrielle" pad that I used on the rest of the card. I stamped part of image onto the pink paper and then chose a few markers to add some shading. (I think I ended up using RV42, R11, R59, E17 and E18) The piece was then adhered with a Quickie Glue Pen...this is such a fantastic glue pen for adding tiny elements, as you can acheive quite a precise line of glue. I added some Stardust Stickles to the wings.

Copics: Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20 Dress: E40, E41, E43, E47, E50, BG (Pinks used for shading listed above) Wings: RVOOO, RV42, R11, BG72, BG10, BG0000, E17, E50

The "Natural Beauty" collection is available exclusively at SCACD (or at Quixotic Paperie if you live over in the UK). Make sure to take a gander at all the crafty goodies Susana has at SCACD. Not only are her prices amazing, but her service is friendly and prompt. Her selection is fantastic and she is always adding great new products. :)

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. :)



Stamps: SCACD's Dances With Dragonflies (Natural Beauty Collection)
Ink: Memento, Distress Ink, Copics
Paper: Bazzill, Neenah, Bo Bunny
Embellishments: Prima flower, crocheted trim, Viva Decor Pearl Pen, sewing machine
Tools: Spellbinders


Maria said...

Oooooh Mel! Absolutely stunning!! Such an exceptional work of art hun. Hugs, Maria

Kimberly said...

OMG! this is one amazing colored image...it's perfect, your card should be on their web site to display this stamp....just beautiful...TFS!

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Kerri said...

Ok crazy beautiful..moved you up to a coloring diva on my ladder..love it and thks for sharing

Mary Lou said...

Gorgeous Melanie!! I really like how you made all the wings look like stained glass :)
Background sponging very complimentary to all the colors in your image~~NICE!!!
Have a wonderful week!!
Hugz and blessings

Alex said...

Melanie, I had to pop over here and tell you how absolutely gorgeous and amazing this is. The colors you selected and way you put it all together is fabulous, but the WINGS! WOW!! The wings are STUNNING!! You rock girl!

FitterTwit said...

I'm out of commission for awhile and look what I miss!!!! GORGEOUS!!!

Dawn said...

Absolutely breathtaking!!!! This is art Melanie!