Monday, August 05, 2013

Beautiful World Tour - National Flowers

Welcome to the August Beautiful World Tour, brought to you by Flourishes! Each month the team presents a themed blog hop, hosted by our group of international designers... we are literally spread out all over the globe!  At the heart of our projects is the idea of truly showcasing beauty in card making – whether it just be in a beautifully colored image, a fabulous way to incorporate an embellishment or a new twist on a card layout.

 If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can start back at the Flourishes Blog - you'll find a full list of participants there, and all the details you need. If you're already hopping and you arrived here from Iwona's blog, you're doing just fine.


This month we've been challenged to choose a floral image that would be found in our country! Orchids are the obvious answer here... mine is blooming again, too!



I had great intentions of including a sped-up coloring video with my post, but some of the segments came out with a terrible glare, and since the camera is above my head, I didn't realize that there were a few moments where my panel was a bit off screen... so... I'm sorry about that! I need to work out some glitches with my camera and lighting before I try that again... it always seems to go awry when I do pencil videos. Here are a few snapshots of the piece while I was coloring, though!



I colored the Catteleya orchid image using Polychromos pencils. The image was stamped in a light green ink so that the lines would fade as I colored. I love this effect, as it makes the piece look like a drawing rather than a stamped image!


The background panel was sort of a happy accident - I actually had chosen the colors for my pencils based on some scraps of paper I had put together as a base, but after the coloring was done, the papers didn't 'work.' I found this piece in my stencil bin, already painted and already diecut with the same oval, and it matched! I love the rustic brush strokes.


The sentiment I used is from the Spring Bouquet set, and the buttons are from etsy - they're "threaded" with a thin strip of paper cut from the background panel.


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32 comments:

  1. This colouring just killed me... WOW to the max!! :)

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  2. Gorgeous card Dina and gorgeous coloring! Orchids are beautiful, popular in Slovenia too but in our country we just have them on windows in a pots thouhg :)))

    Have a lovely and blessed day! Hugs from Slovenia,
    Aleksandra

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  3. What a beautiful card. Your shading is amazing! And I loved your pictures of the dendrobium. I have never seen one that color in person! Stunning!

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  4. What a stunning floral creation. I love the painted background and your perfectly colored flowers. :)

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  5. Just gorgeous. The coloring is fanstastic. You are a true artist.

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  6. How gorgeous! I love the painted look with the image stamped in the lighter color.

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  7. OH DINA!!!!!!! This IS GORGEOUS!!!!!!! I ALWAYS LOVE IT when stamped images look HAND DRAWN!!!!! Your coloring with the pencils is WONDERFUL!!!!!!! PAIRED PERFECTLY with the painted piece too!!!!!!!!!:) IT'S ALL-AROUND WONDERFUL!!!!!!!:)

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  8. Beautiful card. The flower is gorgeous .

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  9. What a STUNNING card!
    Your coloring is amazing!!
    Such beautiful and vibrant colors.
    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent with all of us.
    And for the Chance to win some yummy stamp set!
    Hugs
    Lorianna

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  10. GAH....such amazing colouring girl. Sigh. I love it!

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  11. Beautiful card Dina, awesome coloring! TFS

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  12. What exquisite coloring, Dina! I so admire your abilities with pencils! Gorgeous card!

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  13. Absolutely stunning Dina!! You never cease to inspire!!

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  14. Absolutely gorgeous orchids! I love the background and the way you colored them with pencils. Beautiful
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  15. Stunning! Love the effect the light green ink gives to the image, it truly looks like a painting! Your background is gorgeous! TFS

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  16. Good golly Dina! What a stunner! I love the end result of the pencil crayon colouring - so need to work on that skill. Can't wait for another shot at your colouring technique on a video! Gorgeous card!

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  17. Gorgeous. Fabulous colouring. Thank you.

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  18. Dina, such a beautiful card. I hope one day to be able to colour in just like you, such style and taste. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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  19. Beautiful card!!!Awesome coloring!!!Thanks for sharing!!!

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  20. what a fabulous colouring with the colour pencils! love this card!

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  21. Wow, simply stunning. I will have to try stamping with green!!

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  22. Dina, I feel like I am constantly repeating myself when I visit - you just always blow me away with your amazing techniques. So SO beautiful, as always!

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  23. Dina, I have always been a fan of your work......this is gorgeous!

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  24. Wow....this is beautiful!!

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  25. Dini, such forethought to showoff that wonderful gift orchid from months ago! Flourishes can Grin from Ear to EAr in appreciation of your gentle touch in orchid coloring appearing to be a drawing from a stamp! Mighty fine.
    Keep Looking UP! mt23stamperatyahodc

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  26. Dina
    This card is just BEARUTIFUL!!!! I love those flowers and coloring and the background. You always do a bang up job.
    Hugs...Leanne

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  27. STUNNING!!! I should just let my jaw hit the floor before I land on your blog....it always ends there anyway!!! LOL!!! Seriously, your skills are just amazing, I am in awe!!! :)

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  28. Dina this card is absolutely stunning! I love the way you coloured the image and the background is perfect.

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  29. Such beautiful coloring, Dina! Love it.
    <3 J

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