August 8, 2007

Dancing, Just Because

This card uses one of the first stamps I bought -- 3 Dancing Hearts by Hero Arts. It is no longer available through Hero Arts, and if you are interested in obtaining it, let me know and I'll put you in my will. Speaking of dying... I bet you are just dying to know how I made this card, aren't you? I stamped the hearts twice with Memories Black ink on Stampin Up's So Saffron cardstock. I used a variety of Prismacolor pencils and my awesome kindergarten coloring skills to color in the hearts and then the background. I prefer not to use a smooth cardstock like SU's Whisper White, Beckett's Expression #80 or even Memory Box when using pencils, because I like a paper that has a little tooth to catch the crayons. The nice thing about pencils is that you can color over colored cardstock if you add enough layers. Every once in while I picked up a piece of a paper towel and rubbed it over the layers to help to blend them. There are so many layers here, and therefore so much pencil wax on the card, that I didn't think I could stamp over it. I held my breath and used Papertreyink's Paper Trey set and stamped "Just Because" in the Memories Black ink. "Just" came out fine, but "because" was a little spotty, so I worked over it with a Sharpie fine black pen. Added some brads, layered it on SU Black and Pixie Pink cardstocks and then mounted all of it on Memory Box Lime cardstock (LOVE this color and duplex quality of this paper) -- it matches the main image better IRL than on the screen. The finished card is 6 and 1/4" x 4" and is 100% approved by ME.

10 comments:

  1. Lovely card. The hearts are very pretty. I have the colorless blending pencil to use with my Prismacolors. Works well. Maybe needs a bit of practice, but not difficult.

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  2. Joan - just gorgeous and the colors you picked are great! Thanks for sharing your technique and a great card!!

    Beth (mommy to a busy almost-4 yr old)

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  3. I love your kindergarten coloring skills.. looks great!
    Liz

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  4. Great card, and thanks for the reminder about a better kind of paper for prismacolor pencils. I have very limited coloring skills, and get so mixed up with all the different kinds of paper. And I need all the help I can get! Next time, I'll grab some colored cardstock. What about the Georgia Pacific white? Is it also considered a smoother CS? Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love your sense of humor. I like how the saffron layer is just a hint behind all your great kindergarten coloring lol

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  6. Barbara Haché8/08/2007 02:21:00 PM

    This is the nicest card that I have ever seen made with this stamp!
    :-) Barbara

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  7. I love the vibrant colors, excellent card.

    I've been meaning to ask you, do you keep your SCS gallery up to date or are you only posting your work on your blog these days?

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  8. Love this post Joan. You are too funny!

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  9. Joan,

    What a fantastic card! Love the colors and the layout!

    Shawn K.

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  10. This card is AWESOME, Joan! Love the hears and the colors. GORGEOUS! :)

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