Sunday, November 16, 2008

Buds & Branches Tutorial

Wendy's PCP sketch and her sample with those beautiful punched leaves up the sides like a vine really inspired me to try it with my "A Year of Flowers", but I didn't have a punch like hers, so I had to work with what I have. You all know I HEART my Leafy Branch Cuttlebug Folder, so I decided I should try a little trimming. Is that gorgeous, or what?? (I am NOT taking credit for how pretty that branch is BTW! LOL!!)
It may look like some very tedious cutting, but it wasn't! Imagine if this was a line art image: you would really see every little place that I didn't cut exactly up to the line. But here with embossing on this colored cardstock, I could cut near it, on the edge, or even inside and it looks just fine, so this is a very forgiving process, I cut the whole branch in about 2 minutes. Next I snipped it into three different pieces so I could layer them onto my card in the places I needed. (It actually looked really nice as just one piece but a lot of it was covered by my quote that way, so I decided to separate a few leaves to spread it out a bit more.)


My rose is colored with Peerless watercolors and popped up on dimensionals. As I made this card I was also thinking of another quote in my "Say it with Flowers": "There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom". I don't have any rosebuds in my "Year of Flowers" set, but I realized I could make some for this vine to go with my full blown image.

I embossed my Leafy Branch again on white CS and then went over a few of the larger leaves with the Peerless Watercolors to match my orange yellow rose, then trimmed. TIP: Instead of drawing an outline, I held the chisel tip of my black Copic against the edge of trimmed bud and pulled to make a perfect outline (This is what I did on my yellow layers and greeting too, faster and easier than adding a skinny layer of black CS and doesn't add bulk to my card. Again, just pull the marker around the edge of each side. Really makes your layers pop!)

Last I adhered them on top of each of the green embossed leaves. Oooh, I just LOVE how this turned out. Tip: Extend leaves and flowers beyond the edges of your card, they will look truly alive! (a ramblin' rose...) :)


PS That vertical layer in the sketch had me kind of perplexed as to what to do, so I decided to keep it tone on tone and emboss the branches a third time, this time on a piece of Summer Sun. I like the texture it adds and repetition of the pattern it reinforces (and that is doesn't detract attention from the leaves) So...Have you played the sketch challenge yet?? ;) Don't forget, Monday is the last day to upload a project for the Mixology challenge, you could win a free set of stamps, so go stamp something!!

20 comments:

catdidit said...

Well if this isnt the neatest thing! Your ideas never cease to amaze me! Love it! Love the bud idea especially! Beautiful card Mel!

wendyp said...

WOW! I just love that rose! Its so vibrant. I am definitely going to have to check out those peerless watercolors more. Love how bright they are. And the rosebud...pure genius!

Theresa said...

I love it! Such a great idea to cut out the embossed image. Your coloring is just stunning!

Angela O. said...

wow - gorgeous, as usual!

Denise ~ Paper Ponderings said...

Amazing!

Toni K said...

What a nice card. Great ideas!

Donna said...

what a pretty card, never thought to cut out the leafy branch - love the look!dessra

Stampin_Melissa said...

Absolutely gorgeous Melanie!

Jessie/knightrone said...

Gorgeous Melanie!!

LadyDoc said...

WOW!! Thanks for such a great diea! The card is FABULOUS!

Elaine said...

Very creative! Great coloring on the rose too!

Amy Johnson said...

What a brillant idea! Your creativity never ceases to amaze me!

theneon said...

You should be very proud of this card. Thanks for sharing your creativity. Martha Kay

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

WOW!!! I think I need to buy that folder now..I just love how you did the little flower buds!! Brilliant!!
hugs, Jami

Fink said...

What a brillant idea you had! I don't have the patiences to do cutting like this!

Jessica said...

Wow, this is the coolest use of a CB folder. I think I have this one and never thought of doing a cutout. Great inspiration, Mel.

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

Well there is more of that STUNNING creativity!!! Rosebuds!!! Okay, now I sound like the last line of Citizen Kane!!! LOL I do just love that lively looking greenery!!!

Bee said...

Oooooh, neat!!!! Love how you clipped the embossed cardstock!! :-)

Hannah said...

OK, that card is so amazing it's almost scary! I'm going to come raid your card basket some night while you're asleep. ;-)

Mel M. M. McCarthy said...

Your blog is like a triple-shot extra-hot double-whip-cream but-calorie-free cuppa wonderful creative mojo! This is crazy brilliant. HOW do you do it???? Love it all. Hugs, :O) mel