Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sympathy Poppy

Cornish Heritage Farms is having a summer contest, one challenge each week for five weeks. The competition is out of this world already, but here's the fun part . . .if you enter a card each week for five weeks, you get a 25% off coupon for your entire purchase at their store. You don't have to win or be the best stamper, you get the coupon just for entering. How cool is that?Check out the details here

The first week is a coloring challenge. Lots of talented stampers have colored those intricate Thomas Kinkade stamps . . . um, I tried one once. Let's move on! 

This is a wee bit simpler. I decided instead of the more traditional red poppy to color this one as a California golden poppy. First I used my SU watercolor crayons in orange and pumpkin on the poppy flower petals. Poppy petals are very shimmery, so I overlaid the crayons with twinkling H20s in Mandarin Blush and Mango Mamba. I also used a black crayon, painted with an aquapainter, for the poppy center. And here is where my botanical knowledge leaves me, but you know the center of a poppy looks like hundreds of little black balls (pistils? stamens? something). I used black diamond stickles to recreate that look. The stems and leaves are colored in with crayons and I sponged the outside of the oval with chalk.

My daughter picked up on the symbolism of the black bird, she said she didn't like it, it reminded her of death. This is a sympathy card, that is what the bird is meant to represent, so I guess it works. This is an Autumn Leaves stamp that actually faces the other way, but I wanted it to face the poppy to keep the focus inside the card and not draw the eyes outside, so I stamped it on acetate and flipped it so it faces center. Notice I have the edges under the ribbon knot and the orange panel so the mini glue dots I used to hold it down are hidden. Thanks for looking. 
Stamps: Cornish Heritage Farms Poppies, Autumn Leaves Round and Round
Ink: Graphite Black Brilliance ink
Cardstock: SU black, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Tangerine, Summer Sun, Neenah solar white, acetate, someone's DP
Other: SU watercolor wonder crayons, SU chalks, Twinkling H20s in Mandarin Blush, Mango Mamba, dewdrops, Nestabilities, fiskars corner embossing punch, Martha Stewart edge/border punch, PTI lemon tart ribbon, gold pen

19 comments:

Kim said...

Very pretty!!

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Chef Mama Lori said...

Beautiful card, Peggysue. You are so creative!

Stephanie said...

I love poppies - my pappy grew so many including pink ones (my fav). Your card is lovely :)

BethieJ said...

Peggysue your card is LOVELY.. the coloring is wonderful!!!
and NO I didnt run 13.1 miles! I WALKED 12 of them! HA HA! only ran maybe a total of 1 of them... but I did complete it!!!
Have a GREAT day!

TattingChic said...

That is a pretty card. Thanks for visiting my blog today! That is really neat that you used to tat! Thanks for sharing with me. I'd love to see some of your work! I love to make handmade cards and have even utilized tatting in embellishing them with my rubber stamps, etc!

Traci M said...

You captured those poppy centers beautifully...I took a picture of one upclose and you are right! I like the idea of the acetate flipped over to change the direction of a stamp, never knew how to do that. A very lovely sympathy card and congratulations on using sooo many colors and tools. Now when it comes time to use your 25% coupon, you can say you'll use everything you buy! :)

Toni said...

PS...this card is gorgeous, i love how you used multiple mediums on the poppies. your are sooo talented!

Belinda said...

Pretty!

BethH said...

This is just beautiful....I really like it!

The Mama Monkey said...

This is gorgeous! It sure does look like CA Poppy!

Val said...

Peggy Sue, This card is really pretty. Just lovely.

Gina said...

Love all you attention to detail and your knowledge of flowers! When I color flowers it goes something like this "I think I have seen those in pink" I hadn't thought of using the acetate and flipping it over when I needed a reverse image, thanks for the tip.

laos348 said...

Very pretty card - you did a great job coloring the flowers.

JazzyH said...

Pretty!

DaDoodleDiva said...

I just love this card! This is the first time I think I have seen a poppy design. Great choice on this one.

Leah said...

Beautifully done! I am loving the color you went with for the poppies and I think it makes a lovely sympathy card.

Mara... said...

Gorgeous card!!! I love the poppys!

Holly said...

Peggysue~
You always make the most stunning cards! This is no exception - the color combo is amazing. I like the idea of "flipping" the image too - clever!