Friday, April 10, 2009

Tilda with Thistle

This card is for another sketch challenge, the Twisted Thursday #6, hosted by Shirley's2Girls. I was ready to punch, emboss, embroider, stencil, whatever, but the twist this week was a color challenge. In addition to the layout, you have to use eggplant, olive and rose. . . or some variation of those shades. For some reason, using the color purple is like pulling teeth for me and this is the second time in a month I've had to use it! 
  I ordered this Tilda stamp because my oldest daughter loves thistles . . . think of Mel Gibson in Braveheart and you'll understand why. I've not had the chance to color her in before this and I used, in addition to peach and rose for her cheeks and mustard and summer sun for her hair, eggplant and rose on her dress and olive and eggplant for the thistle she is holding. I like using SU reinkers for watercoloring objects and clothing, but I use SU watercolor wonder crayons for her face and such, less intense and gives a more natural look I think. 
Yet in all the time I've owned my SU watercolor crayons, I've never tried directly applying them to a stamp, spritzing with water and stamping on watercolor paper. I happen to own a Fred Mullet thistle stamp that seemed perfect for both the background and this technique, so I tried it out and I like it! I colored the thistle first with the eggplant crayon, added a bit of rose towards the bottom of the blossom and then used olive on the stem. Of course I decided to live dangerously and at the last minute add an embossed sentiment on the paper and as I was blissfully aiming the heat gun at it I noticed I was starting to curl the ribbon . . . not something I wanted to do. I share these ooops! stamping moments because its a great reminder that you are not alone. Even though I've been stamping now for five years almost every card has those oh no! elements and if you're lucky you can do a save. Thanks for looking. 
Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with Thistle, Fred Mullett lil' Thistle, Papertrey Ink Green Thumb (sentiment), Guidelines
Inks: Black, white craft, rose, olive (stamped off so they came out lighter), SU reinkers in summer sun, mustard, eggplant, olive, rose, creamy caramel and close to cocoa. 
Paper: Eggplant, olive, rose, confetti white, watercolor paper, Papertrey Ink guidelines
Other: SU watercolor crayons, aquapainter, random ribbon from my desktop, white EP, glitter, Fiskars threading water punch

27 comments:

Jackie said...

Cute card Peggysue and nice coloring too!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Adorable Tilda card! I'm lovin' that ribbon along the left edge.

GMTA on the sentiment!! ;)

Jeannie said...

What an awesome job you did with the crayons!! I've too intimidated to try them!
Great job!

Peace and Luv,
Jeannie

Jaspere said...

Simply adorable.

Debbie Pamment said...

Gorgeous Job!! Love what you've done with this challenge!
xXx

Karolyn Loncon said...

Now THAT'S what I'm talkin' about, sistah! This sweet little Tilda is adorable - I can totally understand why your daughter loves her!! And I LOVE the effect of the watercolor crayons on the flower image - you are so danged clever. Absolutely AWESOME, my friend. Thanks for playing!

laos348 said...

Your card came out great. I really like using the watercolor crayons directly onto the stamps - comes out looking so neat.

BethH said...

OH, she's such a sweetie. Beautiful card!

katiesniche said...

Great card. I love the fact that you colored with your WCC, I have those :) I just got a couple Magnolias and it seems everyone is using Copics on them, well I dont have Copics and I love to see that someone else out there is using other ways to color these great images.
And that background is perfect with her!!

Toni said...

WOW WEEE! Cute Tilda card! You make the little girl with no mouth absolutley lovely! the coloring is beautimous

The Mama Monkey said...

She is just precious! I think I might need the Watercolor crayons. I was holding out. This may have pushed me over the edge! Simply gorgeous coloring!

Pat (mspfd) said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love everything.... Thanks so much for playing!

Leah said...

Such a sweet card, I love thistles too:) Happy to have found you through the PTI blogging group!

BethieJ said...

Oh that is a darling card Peggysue.. so cute!!!
Looking forward to our PTI blog group!
have a GREAT day!

Debbie said...

This is a beautiful card! OMG! Love you what you did and thanks for playing Twisted Thursday!

LLB said...

Hey girl! What a gorgeous no-mouth girl card! I love that background thistle stamp and it really makes "Tilda" pop! The coloring on the whole card is superior, it really is! Great artistry, friend!

Diane said...

You did a beautiful job! You are a very talented stamper!

Kay said...

I love it! I had to have that Tilda when she came out because of the thistle, and I love the background stamp you used. Off to see if I can source it online...
Thanks for sharing your adorable card ;)

Elizabeth said...

Love the image PeggySue. What an awesome job on the colouring. The shading on her dress is perfect. I am like you - using purple (especially a dark purple) is very hard for me. TYFS (I may have to get that stamp).

Gina said...

Wow, your coloring is amazing! Love this card. Thanks for sharing your oops!

Lee said...

Very cute card. You are a busy blogger.

Val said...

Very Cute card. Your coloring is fabulous.

Anonymous said...

congratulations! you are our TT winner! email us and we will be happy to send you your goodies...thanks for playing along!
S2G

Ann said...

So pretty! I love the colors!

IamDerby said...

What a gorgeous card! I was just popping by, checking my links for the PTI princesses. Looking forward to our little group.

Mara... said...

Wow! That is a fantastic image and you did an amazing job!!! Looking forward to getting to know you through the PTI group!

Justine said...

Congratulations Peggysue and thank you so much for coming out to play our Twisted Thrusday challenge with us. I hope you will play again??
BTW, I took a peek around your blog and I love all of your projects