Friday, August 19, 2011

Blue Hydrangea

    Today's card features my favorite flower:
 Hydrangea's. I love this stamp and I've tried coloring it with watercolor pencils, tobow markers, Le Plume markers and I've never been satisfied with the results. I wish I had copic markers but I must work with what I have. So today I tried chalk...using a blending pen. I was able to get the different shades of blues and violets that show up on my plants. I completed the coloring and I started to ink the edges of the rectangle it's stamped on and then I messed it I trimmed around the image and glued it to a new rectangle rather than waste my efforts. I will try this technique again and hopefully improve. 

 I babysat my Grandchildren yesterday so I used my phone camera to take these shots of the memory box I made for Wyatt's birthday. I wrapped it before I remembered I wanted to take pictures for my blog. I save cardboard backing from all the paper and products I purchase so I have it on hand for just this purpose. I used the cardboard from watercolor paper because it was the sturdiest. I used a strong packing tape to connect the sides. I decided to use craft paper and diluted glue to create a paper-mache  type look.

 I searched the web for free clipart and created svg files for the cowboy with 2 guns and the cow head and horseshoe. The cowboy boots and running horses were free...from SVGCUTS  I love their files so affordable compared to buying cartridges. 

The font used for "WYATT" is called ChockABlock . The lid is attached with double stitched black ribbon using terrificly tacky tape. I used glossy Mod Podge over the entire box to insure that the cuts could not be ripped off by a 5 year old. HEHE.

Last week when I babysat (before the party) I took all the cuts to make a birthday banner. Happy Birthday was cut from white watercolor paper so the kids could choose how they wanted to color it.  I cut extra cowboy hats and horses and stuff so they could glue it on the banner too. I think they enjoyed creating their own decorations for the party and proudly told everyone how they did it. 

Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not. ~Henri Frederic Amiel

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  1. Hi Carole!
    Your hydrangea card is absolutely gorgeous! The color is just amazing! I also love your sweet memory box:)

  2. I'm a huge fan of your art and adore what you have done for the let them explore their own creative outlet is wonderful! Thee memory box could have been any better looking, I LIKE! The new card is sooo pretty and I too love hydrangeas along with many other flowers. I think it's kewl how mine change colors too.
    Hope to visit and see you soon.
    P&L, DG


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