Friday, May 28, 2010

A Fairy Fun Friday Inspiration Challenge

Good morning and welcome back once again on this Fairy Fun Friday. I'm so glad you dropped in to see what I have made for this week's challenge because I really love the way this one came out and was excited to share it with you. Please stop by the challenge blog to check out the inspiration and what the other designers have to offer. When you look at what the others have done, you will see that I was the only one who intrepeted the bright color in the inspiration photo as red. Everyone else used orange. I guess because red is my favorite color that I just automatically saw red when I looked at the photo.

We'd love to have you stop by the blogs of the other designers and leave them some love too! Here's the line up:

TerryCarlaTrisha, Guest DT

This is my first attempt at using the distress inks to watercolor. I haven't watercolored much in the past so I am encountering a learning curve, but I am reasonably happy with the way this one turned out. It was my second attempt. With the first try, I didn't let the piece dry long enough between colors and I had some bleeding/running together of the colors. The image is a digital image from The Prairie Fairy. (As a side note, Roberta is coming out with some fabulous new images, one of which she has used on her DT card today.) I wanted to start watercoloring digis, but one of the problems I have had with digis is that when I apply the watercolor the printer ink runs. Roberta came up with a wonderful fix for that issue. (See her post here.) Using the gray tone helps prevent the running problems AND looks so much more natural. I printed my image with light gray lines and used Tim Holtz distress inks to color it.

I used this week's Mojo Mondays sketch, Very Vanilla CS with Antique Linen sponging/distressing. I don't know who made the bottom layer of DP because a friend gave me a few sheets of DP that she didn't care for and this was one. I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder and a Spellbinder Label 5 die. The black DP is digital from The Pink Petticoat and was printed on my printer. The sentiment was also printed on my printer and cut with the Spellbinders Label 5 die. The black pearls are from Kaiser and the bead caps were purchased on eBay.

I think that about wraps up the details on this one. If you have questions, please leave them in the comments and I will post a reply here in this post. Thanks os much for stopping by and for your lovely comments. Don't forget to leave a comment for my 30,000 hit blog candy!

Note: A reader asked which Spellbinders label die I used - it was the Label 5 set and I updated my post above to reflect that. Thanks for asking!

Blessings & hugs,

Challenges entered:
Crafts and Me - Distressing
Just Us Girls - Wild Card Dry Embossing


stamp500 said...

May I ask which Spellbinder set you used?

Irene said...

Hello Linda

Oh Wow your card is amazing. Well done on using Distress Inks - our colouring is perfect. I use them nearly all of the time.

I usually use a heat gun to dry my colouring as I am too impatient to wait for them to dry !!!!


Sian said...

Gorgeous card, the image is beautiful.

Lori said...

Another masterpiece Linda, you have such a fabulous way with your style, just love it!

Margreet said...

You're such an artist, your delicate card with all coordinating details as the swirls!
Enjoy your weekend!
xxx Margreet

Suzi Mac said...

Beautiful as always Linda, love the distressing and the design.
Have a lovely weekend.
Suzi x

Cor* said...

Oh my funky-junky monkey gal, the more I see it the more I love it! It is soooooooooooooo wonderful. Great coloring!

Little K Smith said...

Oooh an absolutely stunning card! Gorgeous flower, love everything on there!

Anonymous said...

Ooh wow Linda, your painting with Distress inks is stunning ! What a brilliant idea to grey out the lines, I've just been extremely careful and been lucky I think when I've used this technique. Beautiful image and your design is gorgeous, as usual. Sue C x

Joseline said...

Beautiful card Linda!!! I love what you did with the Mojo Monday sketch. Well done my friend!!

CarlaKH said...

fantastic....willl have to try the watercoloring of the digis...yours is great!

Kathy Martin said...

Pretty! :)

Cassie said...

this is delightful! what a beautiful flower - i would not have guessed that you are "new" to watercoloring - it looks fabulous!!

Cassie said...

what happened to my comment???
this is beautiful! i would not have guessed you are new to watercoloring - it's just fabulous!

Jennifer Scull said...

this is just absolutely gorgeous! I love it!

I watercolor with my digis all the time and don't have any trouble with the ink running. check either your cs or the ink in your printer.

Teresa Kline said...

this is gorgeous, luv the embossing, sponging, and distressing...have a wonderful weekend!

enjoy *~*

Dana Gustafson said...

How lovely! Great water coloring technique and I love that embossing envelope! Thanks so much for joining in at Just Us Girls this week!

Unknown said...

Totally gorgeous Linda! I LOVE your take on the challenge. Red suits it perfectly.
Hugs Viv xxx

crafty amy said...

Wow this is beautiful I love the way you have coloured the image the distress inks look great!
Thank you for joining us at crafts and me and good luck.


Amy xx

gina g said...

Wow this is beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us at The Crafts and Me Challenge blog this week. luv gina xx

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