Timeless Tuesday #245: Negative Energy

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Hey, all you Flourishes' Fans! Cheryl here with this week's Timeless Tuesday Challenge. Ready to create some Negative Energy? ;) No, I'm not talking bad feelings, bad vibes, or bad chi. I'm talking about die cutting!

You know, the part that's left over after you cut out your die? That's the negative die cut. My challenge for you is to put some energy into the negative and create something positive! :)

For my negative energy, I started with a cardbase of Patch, from the Pistachio Color Made Easy Paper Collection. Then, using Flourishes Classic White Cardstock, I die cut the center out of an elegant Spellbinders die cut and used the negative as a frame. That beautifully detailed tree is from Flourishes' Trimmed With Love stamp set. I stamped it with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, colored it with Copics, added Stickles for sparkle, airbrushed Copic B000 around it, then set it in its frame. So easy!

A little tip for coloring shadows: make blue violets your new best friend! The Copic Sketch Hyacinth Collection is my go-to collection for creating shadows. Once I had colored my darkest shades of red, brown, and green on the ornaments and tree, I finished them off with touches from the Hyacinth collection of blue violets. The result is subtle, but it definitely makes a difference in your finished image. I couldn't get it to show up in a photo, but when you pivot this card slightly, it looks like the ornaments and ribbon are raised--as though you could run your finger over them and feel bumps. I absolutely know it is a flat image, but I still keep checking to see for sure. ;~)
I made use of the die cut from the front by using it for my sentiment panel on the inside of the card, which is stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink, and sponged Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, while still in the die. The corner designs are Spellbinders die cuts, too.

Couldn't get much easier! So...are you ready to work out some negative energy? Let's see whatcha got! :)

Remember, you don't have to use Flourishes stamps, but if you do, you get two ballots toward the weekly prize! You can find all the details for the challenge here.

Before you get too far, be sure to visit the rest of the DT's blogs, as well as our November Guest Designer, Connie MacFarlane, and leave them a little blog love. In return, they will amaze you with their beautiful work.
Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful, POSITIVE week!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Catch the Bug Challenge: November-Anything Goes
Challenges 4 Everybody #32: Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create Challenge #44: Anything Goes/No Optional Twist
CAS-ual Fridays CFC#119: Embossing


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Leslie Miller said...

Oh, that tree is beautiful! Your shadowing with the blue-violets really does give such a dimensional look. Beautiful shine on the star and such delicate sponging with the blue. Gorgeous frame, too!

Deborah Anton said...

Beautiful coloring on that tree and that is a wonderful die you have used. Once again, we are on the same page... we used the same color paper! :)

Judy Rozema said...

Gorgeous shadows and colors. Loved the challenge today, Cheryl! Thank you for hosting in my spot when my mom passed away. I appreciate it so much!

Jessi Fogan said...

Oh Cheryl, this is amazing! Your colouring is just incredible. You can totally feel the dimension it creates. Love that detailed frame too!

Connie MacFarlane said...

Beautiful card and great challenge today Cheryl! I love the intricate die cut that you used to frame your beautiful Christmas tree. Great idea using the die cut for the inside of your card. Love the bit of sparkle, soft airbrushing of blue around your image and your ornaments do look three dimensional, thanks for the tip on the use of the blue violet collection.

Katie Sims said...

Girrrl....you are quite the Copic master! Beautiful tree with sooo much dimension and detail! Love this card, Cheryl! Thanks so much for a great challenge this week...yeah, you rocked it! ;)

Allison Cope said...

What a framed beauty Cheryl! I love that you used the same die on the inside too! The colouring of your tree... well.. it's stunning! Gorgeous card and fabulous challenge this week!

Debbie said...

Beautiful card!! Your coloring is amazing!! Even in the pic, the ornaments look 3D!

Diane said...

Wonderful die cut frame for your lovely design.

Hugs Diane

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous coloring, it does give the look of dimension!! Lovely framing using the negative, love the inside sentiment!

Karen Amidon said...

Stunning Cheryl! Your coloring is fabulous. Love your positive energy!

Unknown said...

Gorgeous coloring! Love the whole design of your card, great choice in die too!

ChristineCreations said...

Such beautiful framing on this design Cheryl! Beautiful coloring of that tree!

Melissa Bove said...

Gorgeous card!! Love that pretty tree and your coloring is fabulous!!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!


Maria said...

Wow! Your card with Christmas tree is so gorgeous! Perfect coloring! Truly, a lovely card inside and out...well done!

Jackie said...

Wow! That tree is so beautiful....really just pops off the page! Love this card...thanks so much for playing along with us @ 613 Avenue Create & hope to see you back again next week!!!

Min said...

This is just lovely!
Thanks so much for playin’ along with us this week for the Catch The Bug Anything Goes Challenge with Bugaboo Stamps!
Be sure to check out The Bug Blog for our next challenge that begins tomorrow! We hope you’ll play along!
Hugs & Happy Days!
~Min: Bugaboo Asst DT Coordinator
Kaymin Kreations

Sue Lelli said...

Oh WOW, Cheryl! LOVE the fancy mats and your tree is Amazing! LOVE the sparkle detail, too! FAB card!

Alice said...

beautiful coloring on the image and love that you finished the inside of the card, too. wonderful work! thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!