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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Cherry Branch

Here's another new-to-me stamp (cherries, by Rubber Stampede) - I always get ridiculously inspired by new images. I thought the Technique Junkies Marker Water Coloring technique would be great for this, although I wondered if I could paint in the lines LOL It's in the current (June 2008) issue.

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Card measures 5 5/8" x 4 3/8"

Oops, forgot the waterbrush here!

Still on my quest to keep it simple and use what I have. I've always loved fruit images and I really like the branch on this one - very realistic. I followed the instructions for the main panel to a T, using Canson 140lb cold press Watercolor paper. There was literally no warping which tickled me to no end :o) I used a touch of white gel pen on each cherry for a little highlighting. I used some Marvy LePlume II markers from the 'Garden' set - they are the skinny style, and even tho they've been around here forever and a couple were a little dry, they still worked great with this technique!

I ran the panel thru the largest of my circle Nestibilities to cut it, and then emboss a line around the edge. I then laid this circle on my red cardstock and traced around it with a pencil. I used the scallop scissors to trim around this. And speaking of these scissors, the following is for Laurie especially :o)


When making scalloped edges on a square/rectangle so that the corners look right, here's what I do:

  • trace around the main image panel with a pencil onto colored cs
  • starting on a long side I cut a line with the scalloped edge scissors, starting and ending with a full circle at each end
  • then I line a circle on the blade up with the last circle on the cardstock and cut a line along the short end
  • I do the same thing with the next long side, starting where I just left off on the short side
  • when you get to the end of the second long side it's easy to finish the last side doing it the same way

I applied white Uniball Signo gel pen to the scallops as shown, and adhered the main image panel to the red one.

For the striped panel I used second generation Stampin' Up!'s Real Red dye ink on the Hero Arts Holiday Stripe stamp. I used Versamark on the cherry stamp to make a background on darker green cs and then dried it with my heat tool.

I rounded the bottom corners of the background panel and layered it to a reddish brown cardfront with rounded corners. After tying a white grosgrain ribbon around the striped panel I layered it all as shown.

Thanks for looking!


leenda said...

Beautiful artwork! Your coloring looks perfect!

Connie Paxman said...

Nancy love the card and tips on cutting with the scissors..awesome job on coloring the image.
Connie Paxman

Shirley said...

Lovely as always. I can almost reach out and pick them up.

Manna said...

Great colouring job! Lovely image and awesome colour combo!