Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A couple MFT cards

These cards are already posted on my Splitcoast gallery, but I thought I'd share them here in more detail.

This one, Rusty Flopsey, was for a colour challenge on Splitcoast, using Going Grey and Really Rust and Very Vanilla.

As soon as I saw the colours I thought of my MFT Reading Flopsey stamp.
The image is stamped with Memento black onto SU Very Vanilla cardstock, cut out with nesties and coloured with Copics. Colouring with Copics on SU vanilla was a little difficult...tough to get nice blending, but it's the only Vanilla I had. If anyone knows of a great vanilla or cream CS for copics, please let me know.
I added a little crystal effects to his glasses for the look of real lenses.
The patterned paper is SU retired Fall Flowers. I still love that paper. There was an empty space above the books so I stacked some Primas and attached them with a rhinestone brad. I think they fill the space nicely.

There was no space left for the sentiment so I decorated the inside a bit and stamped it there.

The next card is a real hoot!
These Christmas Owls from MFT are super cute, so I couldn't resist using them for the MFT What's Up Wednesday Water challenge.

I stamped them with Palette Noir onto Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper. If you've never used hot press watercolour paper before, the difference is that it's really smooth compared to cold press paper. Fine line images stamp beautifully onto hot press paper. It can't take as much water though and it takes longer for the water to be absorbed into the paper, so you have to be patient. I used an aquapainter and inks to colour the image, and I finished off the shading with a
blender pen and ink for more precise placement and more concentrated colour.

The card base is Baja Blue, then I ran a piece of Ridinghood Red through the Cuttlebug folder and sponged it with white ink to tone down the red. The patterned paper strip is My Mind's Eye...I love the colours it contains! I grabbed my new Janome sewing machine (which arrived to me purely by accident...I was surfing around checking out where I could find it for the best price and comparing shipping costs...apparently I clicked continue one too many times cause I got a message in my inbox thanking me for my purchase. I'm such a nerd! Good news is it was from the place with the best price and shipping! grin!). Having said all that...I LOVE my Sew Mini...I'll never sew clothes but I'm happy to sew paper!

Sorry, back to the card...I sewed all the layers and tied a pretty bow with Ridinghood Red striped ribbon. Finally, I added some liquid applique to the owl's hats and some shimmer to the ornaments.
I copied my Flopsey card and decorated the inside of this one too...nothing complicated, just two strips of paper, a little more sewing and the stamped sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by!


Leslie said...

Good morning to you. LOVE both of these Karen. The Flopsey card is too cute and your bow is so perfect, it mimics his ears! The owls are cute too. Don't you just love liquid applique? It's perfect for winter hats and trim.

Leslie said...

Can you post, say two, three, four times a day please?! :)

Joanne B. said...

Love both of these cards, the owl is my total favorite, so so so pretty. And hey birds, imagine that.

Ugh, I'm so sick, luckily you're posting enough for both of us. Giggle.

Gina K. said...

Your blog is phemominal!

Lisa said...

I found your blog through Joanne' everything you have posted.