One Touch of Nature

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Hi Friends! I'm back again, with another card using this week's Tuesday Morning Sketch.
I used the TMS #150 for the card design. This was my original DT card until I realized that I didn't follow the "twist" of kraft, black, and one other color!  No worries! I just made another card for the TMS post. :)

I used the viola stamp from the Flourishes Botanical Bookplates Vol. I set for my main image. Now, I love flowers, but I don't know a thing about them. If Flourishes didn't always put the names of the flowers on their blog, I wouldn't have a clue about what they are. So, after reading that these are violas, I went to the internet to see what they are supposed to look like, and lo and behold, there is a variety called Chocolate Violas! Being the chocolate lover that I am, that's what I decided these are. I colored the image with Copics and added background shading with Distress Ink. The gold centers, as well as the gold dots on the scallops, are from a Pearl Pen.

I picked up these gold foil filigree corners at the stamp convention I went to a few months back. 
I used Versamark ink and the same viola stamp on the inside, as a watermark. It's almost impossible to see in the photo, but it's really pretty in person. The sentiment is perfect for the purpose of this card. It's a thank you to a couple who allowed me to share in their amazing personal collection of nature's beauty.

On my recent trip to Texas, my friend, Carolyn, honored me with a visit to a friend's home. The home was spectacular, but the real treat was not the actual house--it was what was inside! The couple who lives there are both--yes, both the husband and wife--big game hunters. I made this card as a thank you for the owners of the home, who were away at the time, for allowing me to get a glimpse of the most awesome collection of big game trophies I've ever seen--or even imagined! It was a big highlight of my trip!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by, and enjoy the rest of your week!

Stamps: Botanical Bookplates Vol. 1 (Flourishes)
Paper: A Beautiful Life (My Mind's Eye)
Ink: Distress Ink; Versamark; Memento; Copic markers; gold opaque paint marker
Dies: Classic Ovals Sm, Classic Scalloped Ovals Sm, Classic Scalloped Rectangles Lg (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Abstract Flower Punch (EK Success); gold foil corner stickers (Starform); sewing thread; Pearl Pen
Size: A2 (4.25" x 5.5")
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Michelle said...

They look really real those nice flowers. Great!!
Thank you for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
LG Michelle

Kathy said...

Wow, Cheryl, this is gorgeous! Never heard of chocolate violas, but they are my favorite now. Such a gorgeous coloring job and inside as well. Just stunning!

Sonia said...

Gorgeous creation!. Great JOB!
Thanks for joining us at Lollipop Crafts. Good Luck!~
-Sony DT

Angela said...

Really all the touches of gold!

Shelby said...

Beautiful design Cheryl and of course your coloring rocks these flowers!


Theresa said...

Hi Cheryl, this is gorgeous. I love the colors. The corners are fabulous and such perfect stitching. How did you shade all that purple and not get it on the flowers - totally awesome!!

Michele said...

i love the rich coloring! thank you for joining the "in the garden" challenge at the cheerful stamp pad. xo

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow! SO elegant and beautiful!!

Beate said...

Cheryl, your coloring and card are beautiful! Gorgeous card inside and out.
Thanks so much for participating in the Crafty Friends challenge.
Hugs and smiles

Pauline said...

This is just beautiful Cheryl, I love your colouring on this gorgeous image, and the fabulous die cut edges.

Bernie said...

WOW this is stunning, Cheryl! LOVE, Love, love the color combo and the use of pearl pen. Hey violas are edible, wonder if these taste like chocolate.

Unknown said...

Wow, such a gorgeous card. Thanks for joining us at the Cutie Pies this time. Hugs Lisa xx

Unknown said...

Hi there, what a lovely image and fab colouring.

Thanks for joining in with us this time at the Cutie Pies.


Melissa Craig said...

My jaw hit the table! Oh my goodness Cheryl, this card is absolutely stunning!

Maria said...

So very lovely! Gorgeous flower image colored perfectly! Beautiful touch of gold! Your card speaks rich it!

Conniecrafter said...

lovely coloring of the flowers, like the pink background and the gold accents!

nwilliams6 said...

The lovely shading on this with distress inks and the gorgeous corner jewelry totally set off the lovely flowers. I really admire your inside card work - mine are usually neglected and I need to do better.

Heather Jensen said...

Your chocolate violas look beautiful! Love the decorative corners. :)