Red Roses

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Hi All! I'm anxiously looking forward to my Copic Certification classes in April, and in the meantime, I've been practicing.

This beautiful rose stamp is from the Roses Are Red stamp set by Flourishes, which I won during their release week extravaganza, which makes it even nicer. ;) It's colored with Copics, and I randomly sponged Fired Brick and Tea Dye Distress Ink along the edge of the oval die cut as well as in some of the white areas between the flowers. Yellow Sparkly Fluff is in the centers of the blue violets, and the white lines on the petals were drawn with a white gel pen. I distressed both the dp's with ink and with my Distrezz-It-All, sewed them to mats of black cs, then added a little more Distress Ink to the stitches.

I'm entering this card into a sketch challenge for one of the SCS Love Fest challenges, and it calls for two flags across the bottom of the oval, but I couldn't bear to cover up that much of the image after I spent so much time coloring it, so I opted to use a delicate flourish die cut instead.

The bow is made from ivory seam binding, which I dyed with Distress Reinkers. After it was dry, I stamped a script text on it, then tied it into a big bow. It looked a little naked just sitting there all plain, so I added a crocheted flower and jeweled brad to gussy it up. :)

When I had finished dying the ribbon, my palms were completely covered in red ink, which wouldn't wash off. I was worried that if the bow wasn't completely dry it might stain the card, too, but then I had a lightbulb moment. This card is supposed to look distressed and aged! So, I helped it along by sponging Fired Brick Distress Ink underneath the bow.

The upper left corner needed something, but I definitely didn't want anything shiny, so I adhered two yellow pearls that I colored with a Copic marker (E87-Fig). They still looked too new, so I dabbed some black marker on them, making them just right.

For the sentiment panel on the inside of the card, I used a Romantic Rectangle die to cut the black cs, then used that same die to cut out the white cs, using a craft knife and cutting along the inside of the die. I wanted a little bit of red inside the card, so after I distressed the white cs, I added the single rose stamp from the Roses Are Red set, then used a brown Copic to shade it just a little bit. I am leaving the inside sentiment-free for now, until I decide who I want to send it to. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have a great day!

I'll be entering this card in the following challenges:
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge FTTC208: I'm Seeing Red
Splitcoaststampers LoveFest Challenge: LOVEFEST2013B (A sketch challenge)


Stamps: Roses Are Red (Flourishes); Distressing--stamp used on ribbon (Glitz)
Paper: The Timeless Stack (DCWV); Picket Fence (Lily Bee Designs)
Ink: Copics; Distress Ink & Reinkers; Memento; White Gel Pen
Dies: Classic Ovals Lg, Fantastic Flourish One, Romantic Rectangles, A2 Matting Basics (Spellbinders)
Accessories: Seam Binding (Hug Snug); crochet flower; Sparkly Fluff (Our Craft Lounge); pearls; jeweled brad; Glossy Accents; sewing thread
Size: A2 (5.5" x 4.25")
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Carla S. said...

Stunning card, Cheryl! Fantastic coloring of the beautiful flowers!

Angela said...

Such wonderful shabby-chic-ness!

Sue Lelli said...

Cheryl, YOU should be teaching the Coptic classes! Such GORGEOUS coloring! Love the text on the ribbon and the flower and bling on the bow!

Leslie Miller said...

Your classes will be fun, I know, but I must say you're already doing a beautiful job with your Copic coloring. This is breathtaking! Love your ribbon and jewel detail. What a nice set to win. Lucky girl!

Debbie said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Cheryl!! Your coloring is amazing and every detail is wonderful!!

Heather Jensen said...

Beautiful! Love the distressed look and your flowers are colored so well. I still have not taken classes. I can't talk them into coming here. LOL :)


Conniecrafter said...

oh my Gorgeous, love the coloring, your practicing is really paying off, they stamping on the ribbon is a great idea, like the stitching and how you antiqued the pearls!

Shea said...

Oh WOW - you've already got a huge head start on those Copics classes! You've done a fabulous job with this card and I'm definitely going to bookmark it for future inspiration. I absolutely LOVE all the details and distressing you've done - that bow and its ornaments make me positively swoon. GORGEOUS creation!

maria f. said...

What beautiful coloring on those flowers and I love all the little details like the stamping on the ribbon and zigzag stitching. And the flourish instead of covering up the image - totally understand. TFS.

MariLynn said...

This is gorgeous. I saw it on SCS and had to check out your blog to see a closer look. I love how that bow looks with your fabulous coloring.