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Monday, 23 May 2016

Fritillary Flowers

Hello everyone, I have a card to share with you today using a selection of some stamps that I have had in my stash for a little while. Sometimes it is great to look at your stamps with a fresh viewpoint, and try using them in different ways. I have always used the Snake's Head Fritillary stamped individually as a focal point on a card, but wanted to create a meadow effect with the flowers for this particular card.

I started to create the card by stamping a few of the flower heads in Onyx Black Versafine Ink, and masking them as I went along. If they were higher up the card, I ensured that I did not stamp the end of the stalk, so that I could draw a longer stem  freehand afterwards, using a fine tipped marker pen. Once I had stamped five images, I switched to Smokey Gray Versafine Ink, and stamped the remainder of the images.  I wanted to give the feeling of depth to the flowers, and the grey ink helped some of them appear to fade into the background, as if I were creating multiple layers of flowers.

I coloured the flowers with Polychromos pencils, adding grey pencil to the flowers at the 'back' of the picture, to tone down the colours a bit. I also used much paler colouring for these flowers, making the flowers in the foreground much more vibrant.

I used Distress Ink to colour the background, and added some stencilling, using the same colours of Distress Ink to keep a layered look to the background. I stamped a couple of butterflies from the Harebell and Thistle butterfly stamp sets directly onto the background, and then stamped the images again onto some spare card. I coloured these images with pencil before cutting them out, and decouoaging them onto the background. I added a greeting from the Birthday Words stamp set, and mounted the background onto a large black card blank.

Thanks for stopping by, xx

3 comments:

Elaine said...

Gorgeous card Judith. Fritillaries are one of my favourite flowers and you have made this stamp work so well in your design. I love the way your subtle stencilling echoes the checkerboard pattern on the flowers. Beautiful pencil colouring as always and a lovely palette of colours here. Elaine xxx

cuilliesocks said...

Wonderful card, and brilliant inspiration as I have newly bought this stamp and my plan was to enter my make into the challenge. You are showing how the stamp can be used in such a different way, I love what you have done here, Kate x

Evelyn Browning said...

Your use of colour with the brilliant butterflies against the purple & green makes this quite magical - a wonderful lesson in colour theory as well as making it representational with the depiction of sky & meadow. The stamping in grey & black has really achieved that sense of distance & space with the flowers & I particularly like the way that each flowerhead is individually coloured with slight variables in shading. The linear stencil not only echoes the check pattern of the flowers but helps to draw the eye upwards to the sentiment where the font is beautifully in keeping with the foliage of the flowers. The butterflies facing each other helps to create a framing effect in the mind's eye. As I said "MAGICAL."

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