Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Simple Poppies

Yesterday it was sunny and warm and very 'springlike', and I spent the day outside gardening.

Today has turned wet and COLD, so I retreated to the studio and made a card.

Although this looks very simple, and one may think it would have gone together quickly, no-way - it fought me every inch of the way.  This is the third stamping and second colouring of the image!! (Precious Poppies by SNS)

The flowers were coloured using ink from distress pads, as that was the only way I could get the red that I wanted.

After painting the feature panel, I spritzed it with perfect pearls in a blue tone, and the distress inks reacted with the moisture,

Which added to the 'watercolour' effect when the perfect pearls had a wee splotch in the middle of the stems.

I finished the panel with some ribbon, pearls and faux stitching before mounting it over the red base.

I am quite happy with the final result, but what a marathon to get there!

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mamapez5 said...

Deceptively simple but well worth the effort. It's beautiful! Kate x

Darlene said...

Maxine, love the wonderful poppies, your efforts certainly paid off! Beautiful hues in their colors. The faux stitching is a great way to frame them too.

I also love the blog's new look!! Very pretty!

Sylvia Anderson said...

I'm glad you completed the marathon Sweetie, your card is stunning.

Thank you for joining in the LEJ Designs challenge, good luck x

MariLynn said...

The pearls, the ribbon and your gorgeous poppies make for a very stunning card. I wanted to tell you what a wonderful encourager your are and I am blessed to have you as my sister in Christ. Love you!

JD/ Jill said...

Pretty flowers! Thank you for the nice comments on my blog. I've been trying to play catch up because I haven't been blog hopping for a few days...due to being away.

jimlynn said...

The distress ink really does give it a watercolor look! So lovely!!!
Sorry about the drastic weather change but sure it'll warm up soon.

Sandra said...

Love this card Maxine1 great coloring on the poppies!!
Thanks for joining the TTCRD challenges!

Unknown said...

precious poppies and pearls, WOW this is a real beauty. Some days we stamp more than once.
We like seeing your artwork thank you for posting your sweet project with us this week.
Carole Robb Bisson
Word Art Wednesday

Natalie said...

Maxine, this is beautiful. Love the added distress marks of water. A gorgeous card!

Dawn T said...

gorgeous poppies Maxine. Love the colour with the blue spritz

Lisa said...

Really pretty card Maxine! Thanks for joining us at Papertake Weekly :)

Lovely Linda said...

Love this pretty card Maxine - those poppies are lovely! Love the touch of colour with the Spritz too! {{{hugs}}}

paige said...

Your perseverance paid off Maxine - what a lovely card!

Linda Carson said...

It is amazing how the simple ones fight back! Your efforts paid off on this beauty though! Thanks for joining us at ODBD!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

This is gorgeous Maxine!! i love the red and white and the crisp and beautiful feel. Gorgeous job on the one layer card!! Thanks for joining us at ODBD!!

MiamiKel said...

Now this is a beauty, Maxine! The red is such a brilliant color! (and it matches your blog, my friend!) Lovely! Blessings!

PaperDaisies said...

What a stunning card. Love the spritzing technique used. Just beautiful. Thank you for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

Unknown said...

great stamping

Thanks for joining us this week
Jen xx
"Less Is More"

Grace said...

Oh this is GORGEOUS Maxine!!! I love these poppies and look how beautifully they match your blog!!! Sorry it fought you, but I'd never know as it came out awesome!!!

Have a great weekend!!


Karen Letchworth said...

This is really pretty, Maxine. Your technique makes the flowers look almost life-like. Great job, and thank you SO MUCH for sharing in our challenge this week. I appreciate having you play along with us, and I always want to thank you for your sweet and encouraging comments. You're such a blessing to me. Hope you're having a blessed week.
Word Art Wednesday

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful card- your coloring is so pretty- I love the ribbon and pearls you added. The spritz is a perfect finishing touch!!!

Athina said...

Your final result is gorgeous! I love the way the blue pearls worked with the distress ink. Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

CherylQuilts said...

Ah, Maxine, what a beauty indeed! And coloring is such a challenge...but so worth it! I love the rich color you achieved with Distress Ink! Such a beautiful card and lovely entry for the one-layer challenge this week! I love it and am so glad you've joined us this week at ODBD,

Marilyn said...

Fabulous! I love the effect of the spritzing and this is such a pretty image.

Amy said...

Ahhh, I just love these poppy stamps.

Shannah said...

LOL Maxine! I always have trouble with the 'simple' ones too! This one looks simple but is very elegant and beautiful! Hope your lovely spring weather is back soon! Hugs, Shannah xox