Sunday, 9 October 2011

Okay, I KNOW it’s not Spring – honestly, I do (I live in North West England, so I can assure you the weather is, bluntly, crap – wet and cold) but I just got this stamp and fancied playing with something different.  I stamped the image, got out my Prisma pencils and three hours later – YES, THREE HOURS -  this is what I ended up with.

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I was inspired by the Beeswax website, where I noticed that one or two of the artists stamp in strange colours – ie not black or brown, lol.  Eeek!  Had to try it, though, so I stamped in something or other Pumpkin (Versamagic, chalk ink) and then proceeded to colour.  The yellow IS a bit lighter than it looks on here – can’t win cos a scan washes out the background colour but a photo darkens it :-(  Might have something to do with the fact that there’s no light here – it’s only 5.30 but it’s really overcast!  I think they’ve become narcissi, rather than daffs…
I stamped again, cut out a mask, then added some text in Stazon Dove Grey.  Finished off with a Stampin Up sentiment.
Can’t believe it looks so simple after all that work and blending, lol, even though it’s far from perfect.  It has a sheen from the pencil, too.
Speaking of Stazon Grey – not Dove Grey, but Stone Grey – does anyone need one?  I discovered two when looking for one, so I’m quite happy to share it… first come first served, but I’ll be offering it on KCUK, too.
You can see a bit more of the yellow here, in a close up – AND the grain from the pencil :-)
snippet of yellow

15 very much appreciated comments:

Terry said...

"Thinking" this is beautiful! Love your Spring garden! Time well spent! Have a great Sunday!

Anne C. said...

I love this image,cheers me up on this cold,dismal, day. Beautiful colouring, Cath, love from Anne C. xx

Helen said...

Love your springlike card, even if your weather doesn't match! Thanks for your visit and the suggestion - it's a good one!

Sandra Hall said...

Just what we needed Cath - a little bit of Spring to make us smile in these grey Autumn days :D The 3 hours was definitely worth it! x

sam21ski said...

Great card Cath and the brights are very cheery indeed after the rain and dullness of the last couple of days!!!

Sam xxx

Hermine said...

Absolutely gorgeous, love the colours

Paul Browning said...

Wonderful card Cath. Great to see that you're stretching your own creative levels. Beautiful shading. I know what you mean about the darker days!!!! You're right, it's difficult finding the right time to photograph. And on a personal note, i've FINALLY got your blog coming through to my google reader!! I don't know why but some of my blogs that I follow went astray & I've been missing new posts. Hopefully now I'll see every creative project you post :) Oh yes & missed you at Port Sunny :( Pxx

Sally H said...

Totally gorgeous, Cath! A reminder of spring is just what we need - weather here hasn't been great either, although the sun did show itself briefly between the hefty showers. Must get my pencils out a bit more and I love the idea of stamping in a lighter colour

Jack said...

Fabulous piece of art. I have to admit I usually stamp in black/brown but must give other colours a try. xx

Hels Sheridan said...

Gorgeous... reminds me Spring is soon here... well, I can wish lol I can see how it took so long to colour because it is stunning... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

Tessa said...

Oh wow... love your blog!! I became a follewer!!

xx Tessa

Marilyn Rock said...

Image and background - perfect!

hazel said...

A lovely card Cath - the flowers are beautifully coloured.
xxx Hazel.

Chris said...

This is beautiful, Cath. I can just imagine how much work went into it.

I'm looking forward to spring already...

Chris x

Alison Horne said...

Sunny and delish, maybe we should rename the 31st Daffoween?x