Monday, February 21, 2011

Roses are red; Violets are blue...

Howdy folks,

This week has disappeared so quickly!  Too bad I cannot say the same of winter and all the snow...

There is a little bit of a love/hate relationship going on with the card I have to show today.  It took a few long evenings of work/play to complete, there were lots of mishaps that needed fixing, absolutely nothing on it turned out the way I had envisioned and, I won't lie, it was the source of some Guinness worthy strings of not very nice short words.  However, now that it is complete, I am pleased with how it pulled together.  I asked my husband if he would buy it for me for my birthday - I just don't want to part with it.

The lovely Tilda with Balloon is stamped on 300g watercolour paper and colored mostly with Ranger Distress inks as follows:
Dress, ribbon, socks - weathered wood and faded jeans
Hair - walnut stain and antique linen
Balloon - fired brick
Boots - walnut stain and pumice stone
Cheeks - tattered rose
Skin - watercolour pencil
The corners were stamped with a Close to my heart stamp using weathered wood and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  The edges were then washed with walnut stain and distressed with a distressing tool.  Here is a close up of Tilda:

The flowers are all made by hand!  I had been wanting to make my own roses for a while now but just never got around to it.  So, I have the SSS challenge to thank for these - they were the extra little motivation I needed.  How did I make them, you ask?  The short answer is with a great deal of difficulty.  Oh, you wanted the long answer!  It would probably best be shown in a video, but I am just not that technologically advanced, so I will do my best to describe it.  I started with 3 die or electronically (or hand, if you are so inclined) cut flowers for each rose.  I used a 2 inch 5 petal flower from my Straight from the Nest Cricut Cartridge.  When selecting your flower, you want to choose a flower with wide petals.  I then marked the centre of each flower with a dot and cut each petal completely off using the dot as a guide.  Next I used a toothpick to curl each petal back and sideways and the tip of a pencil to shape the base of it.  Have you ever played a video game for so long that your thumb actually hurt from the joystick?  This is exactly how my thumb felt after curling 30 petals.  Then I rolled a petal into an upside down ice cream cone and glued it using a liquid adhesive.  This forms the centre of the rose.  Each petal is then wrapped and glued around this cone, one by one and shaped as it is added.  Once it is dry, trim the base with a really strong pair of scissors or metal cutters.  I then inked the roses with fired brick and sprayed them with shimmer spray.  The blue flowers are much simpler - two flowers inked with weathered wood and sprayed with shimmer spray,  stacked and curled and some shiny glass beads added for the centres.  Close up of the happy shiny flowers:

Ok, so I have no idea why the blogger rotated my picture and I am way too tired to spend the time to figure it out... The ribbon is from my stash and the pretty sparkly brad on the bow is from Magnolia.  The edge punch is from Martha Stewart and the papers are from the Winter Time line by Echo Park.  All the edges were distressed and the papers were matted with card stock from my stash.  The sentiment was computer printed and the tag around it is a stamp from Close to my Heart.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Hope you like my card!  Thanks for stopping by!  And a huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to leave a comment!  I really enjoy reading them!




scrapperjulia said...

All of your hard work on this card really paid off! This is beautiful!

Lorraine A said...

oh wow !! this is absolutely gorgeous Dawn !! Tilda is adorable and the papers and embellies are fab ,, i LOVE your flowers !! stunning !! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge :-)

Lols x x x

Céline said...

fab card, love the border punch and ribbons
thanks for playing this week at paperplay

Karen said...

Awww WOW, your flowers are so gorgeous - you really made them yourself!! WOW!! Tilda looks so awesome too:-) Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful card with us at MDUC this week:-)

Jill said...

gorgeous card beautifully made, love the tilda and your colouring thanks for joining us at PTW hugs Jill xx

debby4000 said...

Oh this is so beautiful.

Gibmiss said...

Hi Dawn
love your blog ...why haven`t you got more followers ....gorgeous card it ....

~Olga said...

I'm a new follower, nice card!

Allison Cope said...

Stunning card Dawn! Thanks for playing along with us for our distressing challenge this week!


Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Beautifully done...fabulous details! Thanks for Playing in Paradise!

Julie said...

This is just adorable! Love the flowers, they are stunning! Thanks for playing in paradise with us!

Allison said...

I really like your card...great color choices! Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapbooker's Paradise!

TaraG said...

WOW! I love your card, Dawn. So pretty! I don't blame you for not wanting to part with it! I love the red and navy and all the gorgeous details. Tilda is so sweet and coloured beautifully! Thanks so much for joining us at MDUC!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card!! Your colouring is gorgeous! Thanks for playing in Paradise with us! :)

Dana said...

Terrific coloring and it must've been so difficult to get that ribbon so perfectly placed!
Thanks for Playing in Paradise! ;)

Lindsey said...

Oh those flowers are AMAZING! No wonder your poor fingers hurt so bad! This card is adorable, love the image and the border punch, thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin this week.
Linds x

Anonymous said...

Beautiful roses Dawn and totally charming Tilda! Thanks for linking up to the All That Scraps Magnolia "Let's Celebrate Birthdays" Challenge! So glad you did!
Pam Going Postal