Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Floral Thank You Card with Yana

Hello, friends! I hope you are having a great stamping week! The card I’m sharing with you today is not just a card. There’s a whole story to it.

But let me start from the beginning! This is Yana and if you’ve been following me for the past few month you probably saw a few of my pencil colored cards on black cardstock. I shared one recently in this post on gray and a few prior on black here and here.

As I started working on this card I didn’t have any black cardstock left, so I used this olive green from my stash. I was at a crafty retreat and just wanted to do some stamping for fun. I didn’t know if I’d finish this card or not or if it would even turn out to be any good.

I heat embossed 4 partial floral clusters to form the background using Simon’s Antique Gold embossing powder and started coloring some sections of these clusters. I didn’t have many supplies with me, but I did bring my set of Polychromos pencils so I instantly reached for my favorite combo - teal and deep blue.

I colored large leaves and also many of the tiny leaves in this set. Next I pulled out a white pencil and colored the small flower buds white. I didn’t really know what color I wanted to color the large flowers so I kept putting off coloring those for as long as possible.

At one point Kristina, a cardmaker I greatly admire, got curious about this background and asked if she should could color it. She picked the greens and colored large flowers over a few day period. So I guess you can say this card was done by both of us!

I didn’t finish this card at the retreat as like I mentioned I didn’t have all of my supplies with me, so I saved this background and took it home. I finally finished it yesterday - adhered the panel to an A2 card base and added a simple heat embossed Thankful sentiment.

This is not a card design I would repeat again, these flowers really did take a very long time to color, but it did turn out absolutely beautiful! I think I am going to save this card and instead of mailing it will keep it for myself this time.

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WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia Stamp Set WPlus9 Beautiful Bouquet Dahlia Stamp Set Shop at: WP9 Wplus9 Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus Stamp Set Wplus9 Beautiful Bouquet Ranunculus Stamp Set Shop at: WP9 Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder Simon Says Stamp Antique Gold Embossing Powder Shop at: SSS Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock Neenah 110 Lb Solar White Cardstock Shop at: SSS | AZ Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200 Hero Arts Heat Embossing Gun PW200 Shop at: SSS | SC | HA | AZ
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  1. A lovely piece of art...I'm in awe.

  2. What a Classy and gorgeous creation!

  3. This is jaw-dropping stunning. Wow!

  4. No matter which color you choose, Yana, they are each absolutely gorgeous... I'm in possession of a crazy golden/greenish ... off to the craft room, once again!
    YEs, in a gorgeous gilded frame!!! to remind you of your fabulousness!
    Rethink that re-creating thing, my friend, it's too beautiful to NOT make again, and again, and again... xx
    =] Michele

  5. This is truly stunning Yana. The colours are simply gorgeous. Beautiful work by both you and Kristina but I can understand not making it again, sometimes certain cards can be a little to labour intensive.

  6. Wow...that is an amazing card. The colour choices are unusual and make it absolutely stunning :)

  7. Oh, Yana, what a beautiful collaboration, and I absolutely LOVE your pencil coloring! You continue to inspire me, and this is a gorgeous and stunning card! And good for you for keeping it...for now! Sometimes we just need to keep some of our cards. Hugs!

  8. Beautiful card Yana -and, I am so glad you finished (keeping it for yourself sounds like a good idea too). The colouring is sumptuous :-)

  9. Yana, this is GORGEOUS! It reminds me of a vintage silk fabric! JUST GORGEOUS!!! OH, I WOULD try this! I remember the other cards you've done! They're ALL GORGEOUS TOO!!! ;)SUPER JOB!!! I don't blame you for keeping this one for yourself! LOL ;)

  10. A joint effort and it’s beautiful! Goes to show that we should try different colors.

  11. Wow! This is breathtaking! I need to try coloring with pencils.

  12. So beautiful! I have loved all of your cards with this technique, you and Kristina have created a masterpiece together!

  13. Wow! Absolutely delightful card, Yana! I don't blame you for hanging onto it yourself - it is stunning! I wouldn't have thought of using this color as a background and it turned out to be so striking. I really think that part of its appeal is the non-traditional colour combination. Brilliant!

  14. That is stunning... took my breath away!

  15. It is truly stunning. I love the colors and the coloring. Thank you for sharing.


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