Monday, February 22, 2010

Bloom Where You Are Planted...


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The Friday Challenge: Beautiful Botanics is one I was drawn to because, well, who doesn't love flowers? I decided to be a little ambitious and create a scene to house my lovely blooms, in the form of a shuttered window with a flower box and awning. Let's see if I succeeded.
For this card, I first stamped my flower image from Plant a Little Love three times on plain white cardstock, using a mask to create the full image I wanted. This would serve as my base. Next, I stamped three times, separately, on Wild Wasabi and then again on Perfect Plum. Finally, I stamped six times on So Saffron. After coloring with Copics, I carefully cut out each image that I needed. I wanted a lot of depth, so I used dimensional dots to pop out certain blooms and buds.
I then cut out my shutters and cut frames for each, mitering the corners. My awning and flower box were made from textured cardstock and some fun border punches, and I adorned each with some pearls. My window was cut from a bit of textured paper and I adhered some clear acetate and vellum behind it to create "glass." With a Copic, I added some shadows behind the glass and then assembled the whole card.
I didn't think it wise to try to add a sentiment to the front of the card, so I decorated the inside in a similar fashion to the outside and attached the nice sentiment. I thought the card would be appropriate for a housewarming or for someone who has moved on to a new career, somewhere where I hope they can bloom!
BEAN NOTES: JustRite Plant a Little Love and Seeds of Kindness (sentiment) Stamps; Stampin' Up Wild Wasabi and Elegant Eggplant Classic Dye Ink; SU Designer Paper (name unknown); Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock, Vellum and Clear Acetate; Dark Plum Textured Cardstock (generic); Kate's Paperie White Text Sheet; SU Kiwi Kiss, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, So Saffron, and Perfect Plum Cardstock; Copic Sketch Markers; Martha Stewart Simple Scallop and SU Scalloped Border Punches; Paper Shapers 1-3/4" and 1-1/4" Circles Punches; Foam Dimensional Squares (generic); Kaiser White Pearls HAPPY BEANS: Hobby Knife; Craft Scissors

12 comments:

Claire Brennan said...

Absolutely gorgeous regina! LOVE the scene!! great colours!!

Stampin' Diva said...

Regina!! Just gorgeous!!! I love it and you now have to teach me.

Laural-Lee said...

WOW!!! I can't believe how much time you must have put into this! It's so detailed and beautifully done! WOW again!

Patti MacLeith said...

Yowsa! This is gorgeous! Regina, how do you do it!

Cards by Gina said...

Stunning! Wow! You absolutely nailed it. You do such incredible work! Truly amazing.

Karen said...

This is so gorgeous! I love your little scene card!!

kazan said...

Hi Hon
You know I am drooling over this card right now - *lol*..it is that delicious looking.

Carla Bazhenow said...

How awesome... I love it. Hugs,

lisa808 said...

Gorgeous card! So creative.

Mary Fish said...

Oh, come on, Bean. You continue to astound me. Clever and beautiful. hugs, M

Jo said...

WOW!! This is fantastic!

Candy said...

Just wonderful! Love the window and flowers and all the rest. Now, I'd like to see a tutorial on it, so I can do it too. PLEASE! :o)
Candy