Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Glittery Valentine

What is Valentine's day with out a little BLING?!?

When I stamped the main image I had planned on using colored pencils to color it in. So I stamped using StazOn on plain white cardstock.
Well, I woke up in the middle of the night unable to go back to sleep. So what is a girl to do??? You got it, stamp. I didn't actually stamp, but I watercolored (I had left my pencils at the bedside next to my exhausted and sleeping husband). AND Emily on Splitcoast had posted the color challenge for the week (YIPPEE!). Sage Shadow, Rose Red, and Apricot Appeal.

So I got out my re-inkers and watercolored! Very relaxing to me. I used a grey watercolor crayon (Lyra brand) to do the background. I have to say following the swirls and the lumpy bumps was quite therapeutic. Though I would have to add--I did wish I was using watercolor paper. The color was difficult to move around on the flat white--I could not get even coverage nor could I get the shading I wanted.

The following morning I die cut the shape and STICKLED it. With both Diamond and Crystal stickles (they reflect different colors).
Close up of the STICKLING:

I have to admit--I do not like Apricot Appeal. To me--it is peach or light orange. I neither like peach NOR light orange. So, taking the advice of Erin K. :
I think when you are using a color you are not sure about you should use it in
small amounts with colors you are confident about. That's the Erin tip for the
So the ONLY Apricot Appeal you see in this is in the watercoloring.

For this Valentine I only used one stamp. This stamp is called "Ornate Tooled Leather" by Starving Artistamps. I am finding it quite versatile (you see I used it for the main image AND for the background).

The line of pearls is a sticker. (no--I didn't line them up myself--can't/won't do that)

ANYWAY--the result is a very sparkly card!
Thanks for stopping by!!

1 comment:

Heidi said...

I didn't even recognise this stamp because you rocked it so well! Wow! I need to try coloring it in!