Saturday, 16 March 2013

Whimsy Blossom Berry Sitting Pretty With Gelatos

Another sketch challenge, this time at Simon Says Stamp, they also have a chic to be shabby challenge as well so I decided to try and combine the two as well as add a little spring for all those spring challenges about at the moment.
I started by stamping the Elisabeth Bell Whimsy stamp Blossom Berry Sitting Pretty with black Archival ink on watercolour paper and using a Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Square die to cut around her. Looks like a rectangle in this pic but its not lol.
To colour her I used both Pitt Artist Markers (my big brush are packed away atm) and gelatos, sometimes mixed together. I was surprised by how well they mixed together to make new watercolours!I scribbled down some colour then either spritzed with water or used a waterbrush to add the water to mix my colours depending on how light I wanted them to be. Be light with the metallics, a little goes a very long way!
I mixed some on my mat some on an acrylic block, depending on how much space I had on the block at the time. I will post a list of the colours I used and what for at the end. Those with a number after them are markers, those without, gelatos. I added some gold highlights to some strands of her hair. The only way I could get them to photograph was to do a super close up :)
The crochet flowers are repurposed off an old bag that was made entirely from these flowers. They were cream though, so I took the Metallic Melon and scribbled down a fair bit on my craft mat and spritzed several times with water. I spritzed my flowers and then painted and dabbed on the colour with a paint brush.
I chose three papers from the KaiserCraft Pink Gelato 6.5" stack, 2 of which I cut with the same die I cut my image out with. The other piece I cut with a larger die to fit my pre-made card base from twiddlybitz. I used watered down Metallic Melon around the edges of the last two pieces.
I then used my scissors to distress all the edges on each piece of paper as well as my image as my edge distresser is MIA . . . After I stuck the large piece to the card base I worked out where I wanted the other two positioned and used a black pitt pen to put a teeny dot just under one corner of each piece so I could lign them back up. I used double foam tape on my image to allow enough height for the lace which I glued down with Matte Multi-Medium.
Colours Used:
Skin is Peach,  Light Flesh 132 and Cinnamon 189
Bird is Lemon, Cream and a touch of Tangerine
Sun and flower centres Lemon
Grapes Metallic Purple
Wild flowers are Tangerine
Hair flowers are Pink Madder Lake 129
Leaves are Metallic Mint and Spearmint
Book pages are Ivory 103, Green Gold 268 and Raw Umber 180
Bench is Butterscotch, Green Gold 268, Walnut Brown 177  and Chocolate
Undershirt stripes are Metallic Mint and Metallic Blueberry mixed with Cotton Candy
Roses are Metallic Blueberry and Cotton Candy
Shirt Metallic Melon
Jeans are Idanthrene Blue 247
Grass is Green Tea and Lime with accents in Green Tea and Chromium Green Opaque 174
Hair started with a base of Raw Umber 180, followed by Dark sepia 175 mixed with Chocolate and a smidge of Black 199. Highlights added with Gold Champagne
Sky is Light Cobalt Turquoise 154
Book cover is Gold Champagne
Happy Scrappin'

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Chic to be Shabby
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Sketch
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times - Spring is in the Air
One Stop Craft Challenge - Spring
Make It Monday - Anything Goes 


  1. Adorable card!! I love how you used the sketch and I love that sweet image! Pretty crocheted flowers too!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  2. Gorgeous card, I like the adorable image, the colours and those recycled flowers.
    Kevin xx

  3. Beautiful spring card you made!
    Thank you for joining us at One Stop Craft Challenge, I hope you see this time, too!
    Hugs, Andreja

  4. Super Cute! Sweet image and design! Glad you joined us at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  5. what a pretty card ,love what you did with the crocheted flowers ...fabulous
    Thanks for joining us at MIM and good luck
    tracey x

  6. such a pretty card - Thanks for joining us at MAWTT for my spring
    Lisa x

  7. Hi Saw you on MIM and had to come to your blog for two reasons:
    1. to see in detail the awesome creation and
    2. all shades of purple are my absolute favorites, can never resist anything purple :)

    am so glad to be here, am following you now.

    I have started a new blog , do visit whenever you have some time. I also invite you to join it :)
    Happy Crafting !