Monday, April 22, 2013

"Pleasant Poppies" A One Layer Card

Pleasant Poppies (126480 w)  or (129499 c) is a perfect stamp for a One Layer Card!  
The simplicity of a one layer card is the perfect way to show case the amazing detail 
Stampin' Up! puts into its stamp designs. 

It's also a sure fire way to complete a card in just a few minutes!!

Fabulous Phrases (117002 w) or (120501 c) can round out any card.
 Fabulous Phrases Stamp Set - by Stampin' Up!

Today I answered a challenge from the Paper Players #142

There were lots of ideas bopping around in my head ...but I went with simple to really show off the art of the stamp.  This is the whole reason I was drawn to Rubber Stamping in the first place.
Incredible images, so expertly crafted.  I could be an artist (which I'm NOT) in seconds by tapping these wonderful tools into ink and then onto paper.

Today, I colored in the flowers with markers.  Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Cherry Cobbler.  With the aid of a Blender Pen (102845), I smooshed up and blended the colors.

 Scribble on the darker color and then go over it with a lighter color.  
I scribbled on the Pumpkin Pie and then went over the white areas with the Daffodil Delight. You can see I even left a few white spots. None if it was a plan..I just do it.

Here are TWO tricks to blending.......

When you look up close it does look messy.  But have you ever looked really close at a lovely watercolor painting??  Don't fret it.
If you don't like might just be looking too closely.

The Blender Pen is a super tool to help you blend in the darker and brighter colors.  

You can accent the centers of a few flowers with Basic Rhinestones.  
For a Faux Frame I took the fine pen side of the Cherry Cobbler marker and free handed a scribble line around the edges.  This technique doesn't require measuring or a steady hand.  Don't you love it?

There are definite TECHNIQUES to water coloring and I am not saying anyone can do that.  
But I am saying....ANYONE can color in a stamp!  Anyone can blend a few colors.

Just do it!  Do it quickly and be finished! Don't look for perfection!

Come back tomorrow and see another large Stampin' Up! stamp, with even more incredible detail!

As a side for Wednesday's post! 
I will be releasing the list of stamps that will be retiring from the 2012-2013 Stampin' Up! Catalog.

Make it a CREATIVE day!


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  1. Just lovely...beautiful coloring! I had the same thought when I was introduced to stamping...I wanted to be an artist, but wasn't very good, so stamping fulfilled that need!! That IS why we started stamping, you'e exactly right! Awesome take on the PP challenge this week!

  2. THANKS LeAnne!!!
    The PP142 challenge has inspired me to try to do more of these simple cards.
    THANKS for the challenge!

  3. Wow, what pretty poppies, great job on the coloring and nice tutorial.

    Regards diane

  4. Mary, you are so right. Stamping is the reason most of us got into card making. A one layer card allows you to really showcase those gorgeous images and the techniques that bring them to life. You certainly did with this set. The added hand drawn frame is perfect to help focus the eye on that fabulous image. So glad you joined the Paper Players this week and thank you for rocking my challenge

    1. Jaydee---THANKS for the challenge. I want to do more one layer cards after this challenge. Thanks for getting me to reset my thinking.

      Diane and Babs---That's for taking the time to comment too! I really appreciate it!


  5. Love your tips for blending--you are so right. I totally over-analyze my work...thanks for the reminder to just go with it! Love your colored poppies and scribbly line. Great job with the challenge! So glad you joined us.

  6. Beautiful card, Mary! This is a great stamp set to use with this challenge, and I love your hand-drawn border. Thanks for joining us at the Paper Players this week!

  7. THANKS Amy! I had fun making the Simple Challenge...Simple ;-)