Saturday, March 26, 2011

Penny Black: You are the Bestest - birthday card

Hi blogging friends :-)

After having had a very busy week this week, I finally was able to turn one of my watercoloured images into a card.  This card will be going to my SIL for her birthday next week.

In case you missed by last post, I have been learning how to use watercolour pencils and really loving it and found it very relaxing to just sit and colour while I watched TV.  I saw some videos by Bob Davies on You-Tube on how to use watercolour pencils and found his tutorials very helpful.  He has videos of other mediums too eg: acrylics and oil painting etc.  Now that I have finally worked out how to embed a You-Tube video on my Blog, you can find Part 1 of his Watercolour pencil tutorials here:

I used Faber-Castell watercolour pencils which I bought from Riot Art and Craft about 6 months ago, and they weren't expensive, yet their colours are beautiful and vibrant.  They are my new favourite toy LOL!!!

There really isn't a whole lot to explain about my card.  The bottom panel was run through my Cuttlebug using my Budding Vine embossing folder (which is now largely hidden by the ribbon!) - oh well!  I attached the beautiful silk ribbon in 2 separate elements, and the bow itself was made with my Bow Easy.  I made a button using my designer paper and Epiphany Button Studio tool and sewed this to the centre of the bow.  And the main image panel is up on mounts.

Here is a close-up photo of the image and the colours look more true-to-life in this close-up - they are little washed-out in the first photo:


I am entering this card into 2 Challenges.  The first is the Penny Black at Allsorts March Challenge of "Welcome Spring" and thought all the beautiful daffodils and daisies looked very "springy".

The 2nd Challenge is the Splitcoaststampers - Free for All Friday F4A56 Challenge of "How does your Garden grow?" - what makes you think of a garden and happy springtime?  I have lots of daffodils in my garden that start flowering very early in spring and they always seem to chase away my winter blues.

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a fab weekend!


Card Recipe:

Stamps:  Penny Black "You're the Bestest" 40-015, Sentiment by Penny Black from "In the Garden" 30-044 clear set

Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black

Designer paper:  Fancy Pants Pure Item #823 (from 2007) - retired

Accessories:  Cuttlebug, Budding Vine embossing folder - Craft Concepts, Spellbinder Labels 1 Nestabilities,1mm mounts (dimensionals), Pearls - BR207 Yellow - Basics by Kaisercraft, 14mm Epiphany Button Studio Tool and 14mm button blank, Bow Easy, 1" - 2.5cm wide Burgundy silk ribbon, Faber-Castell Watercolour pencils (set of 48), small round paint-brush, 225gsm Watercolour paper, Cardstock:  light mustard, rusty burgundy

Punches:  Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop


brenda said...

Hello Jocelyn

A perfect Spring creation.

Your colouring is perfect and a lovely design.

Love the heading of your blog, spot on with my thoughts.

Thank you for joining us at Penny Black at Allsorts, good luck and look forward to seeing you again next month.

B x

MARY B said...

A purr-fect card. Mary x

Baukje said...

Your card is wonderful Jocelyn, and you've mastered those water colour pencils beautifully.

I also love the photo of your magnificent hydrangea, I've been making some from paper and punches for a project for my daughters birthday.


Mervi said...

Wow; so gorgeous,
beautiful colouring and so stylish paper combo and bow! Stunning creation!

Thanks for playing with us at
Penny Black @ Allsorts, good luck and welcome again;-))m

Clare *Littlebear* said...

This is a gorgeous card. A great design and I really love your colouring.
Clare x

Tracy said...

A cute and pretty creation. Thanks for joining Penny Black @ Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

What a fantastic card. Your watercoloring is amazing and so well done - and on such an adorable image too. Loved the video...thanks for sharing that.

Have a blessed Sunday!

Anita said...

Your card is fabulous. I love that PB image and the papers and bow are gorgeous. Your watercoloring looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. I haven't used my wc pencls in years and I need to pull them out and have a play.

Ellie said...

So beautiful! Absolutely love your coloring, the image is just adorable and I love the sketch you used!

Thanks so much for sharing with us at penny black at all sorts! Hope to see you again next month!

louise said...

Hi jocelyn your card is beautiful and I love your tutorial, thanks for joining us again at Penny Black at Allsorts.
Louise xx

Merry said...

Oh wow....I so love your colouring. I shall have to return with time and check out that video. Thanks so much for sharing.

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Amazing there Jobear and congrats on being among the favourites @ Splitcoasters! you can see why when you look closely at it... I really love the colours you have chosen too and you certainly have grasped the use of the pencils - God bless,
Shaz in Oz.x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Well JoBear . . . you have certainly taken well to watercolouring . . . lovely results here. After I've visited you, I'm off to take a look at those tutorials you mentioned.
Hugs, Sandra

Jean said...

Your coloring is stunning, love this card. The dp's are so wonderful and your button on your bow what a nice touch. I have been out of touch with all this and you make me want to buy things... LOL

Denise Marzec said...

Oh, Jocelyn!....this is AWESOME! Loooove your coloring and that DP!

Kristine said...

awww, FUN FUN! So cheery, makes me smile from ear to ear =) LOVE IT!! Make sme want to get out my stamps again. =)

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