It feels like it's been a while since I've been here.... that's what one week of vacation will do to ya. heehee. I went to the French Quarter, New Orleans- what an interesting place! I was inspired by many things and you'll probably see it in today's card but also in future cards. Not only did I go to the French Quarter but I also went to the Bayou. At first it may seem like a hot wild jungley place with lots of humongous bees but when you sit still and pay attention... you'll discover the beauty in all of your surrounds. There were several species of birds with their lovely songs- some that I don't know the names but also this beautiful bird called the egret, snakes, alligators, pretty dragonflies, Spanish moss decorating the trees light Christmas garlands, varying types of lavender iris and lilies. One flower in particular was a yellow lily and lily pads for this card I didn't color my flower all yellow but it seemed that my eye caught it's beauty a lot better than I did with my camera. Now that I'm not on vacation I'm left with many of the sounds and visions of what I saw, felt and heard. I did get some photos though... don't get me wrong just not very many of the yellow lily pads. heehee.
Kelly has already introduced Luisiana, the artist and designer for Red Hibiscus Designs along with a couple of freebies for us to play with but today is the big release day with 4 new stamps. The stamps will be exclusively sold at 7 Kids Crafts. For this card I used Red Hibiscus Designs: Water Lily but I added the lily pads. When I was out in the bayou the water was quite dirty and in some spots in looked very dark but the beauty of these flowers and plants all around remained. There were little seeds and pollen floating in the air making it look like a scene of a fairyland. I found this beautiful quote/poem from Suzy Kassem and I decided to handwrite it. The quote/poem reads:
Whenever you should doubt your self-worth,
remember the lotus flower. Even though it plunges to
life from beneath the mud, it does not allow the dirt that
surrounds it to affect its growth or beauty.
Copic colors used:
RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV13, Y00, Y02, Y35, T0, T1
(water) and Scattered Straw
This was in the middle of working on my card.
As you can see I only colored a little more than half way
with the C8. I then, printed another lily with just basic
printer paper to create a mask- the paper is still good
where the Distress Oxide doesn't seep through to my colored image.
I used Distress Ink: Black Soot and then with a brush I
damped it in a small amount of water. I didn't want it to drip but just
enough to react with the Distress Oxide and then I added
a little bit of Distress Oxide: Scattered Straw to add a tad bit of color
to those spots. When the Distress Oxide was dry, I hand-wrote the
quote/poem with a uni-ball Signo angelic white pen.
I noticed that the white pen mixed a little with the Distress Oxide
so I waited a little and wrote over it again. when I finished
I added some Nuvo Jewel Drops: Pale Periwinkle
I hope you grab some of the new line of stamps
from Red Hibiscus Designs.
Also, Sweet November vault images will be release on April 20th and will be available only for a limited time.
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