Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Card for Giovana

Here is a card I sent to my guest designer this month, Giovana, her first guest spot will be posted this evening! I stamped the flowers first, masked them and then stamped the pot on this large label die cut. Instead of using the whole label, I cropped the left side and tucked it under a piece of lace. I also inked up my embossing folder with some lavender ink before embossing, intentionally inking it up unevenly to have some parts lighter than others for a faded look. The individual cut flower gives the card more life, as though the arrangement just dropped a bud.
I love how the pot turned out, I used Dull Ivory, Putty, Brick Beige, and Warm Gray No. 5 (Is it easier to give you the numbers, what is your preference?) I colored this before the release but I will be back to show step by step pics for coloring each. The dark and light areas stay the same if you have the light source coming from the right, so once you are familiar with these areas, it's just a matter of substituting different colors from your palette to make a terracotta pot, green pot, etc.
I added a little peek of Sepia for the dirt and then just hand drew some Ocean Green lines leading to the flower instead of masking and stamping in stems. Shadow below is W-3.

Stamps: Gina K Designs Buds and Vases
Paper: Gina K Pure Luxury, Lovely Lavender, Vibrant Violet, White
Ink; Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin’ Up! Lavender Lace, Copics
Accessories: Cuttlebug Victoria folder, Cuttlebug die cutting machine, Spellbinders Labels One Nestabilities, lace, buttons, glue dots

See you again tonight!


  1. Giovana will love this card! Love your coloring - I like it when you give us the color numbers.

  2. Very pretty card! I'm sure Giovana will love it and I can't wait to see her creations with this set. I like the color numbers as reference since that is how I locate my markers. Thanks for all the detail on how you created the card. I always find that helpful and I look forward to your coloring tutorial.

  3. Gorgeous card for Giovana, Melanie! I am sure she will love it! Can't wait to see her creations with your new set!

  4. Beautiful card, love the coloring and that lace is a must have :). Giovana will love this.

  5. Ooo that pot did turn out gorgeous! I myself do prefer the #'s...the darn writing is so small on the copics anyways, lol! (i KNOW its not my eyes needing bifocals...nope...)

  6. This is so beautiful, Melanie. Your coloring is magnificent!

  7. I love your card Melanie!! I have it at the entrance of my living room :) so everybody can enjoy your beautiful creation.

    Thanks so much for the chance to design for you
    God bless.

  8. Gorgeous card and I'm sure Giovana will love it as much as I do.


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