Thursday, April 01, 2010

Impression Obsession DT Challenge: Celebrating Mom

It's time for a new challenge from the Impression Obsession design team - in this challenge we're "celebrating Mom"!

I remembered our last challenge, where we made a card that would represent a "me day", and I thought about what my Mom might do on her "me day"... Mom loves the beauty of the outdoors, and adds to the beauty of it by gardening (click there to see some of Mom's spring bulbs that were blooming when we were at her house 2 years ago...gorgeous!). She loves butterflies too, and the testimony they are to how something beautiful can come from something common.

I thought this new image, Watering Can with Butterfly, from artist Gary Robertson would be perfect - watering cans, flowers and flower pots, with a butterfly in the center. I watercolored the image with Derwent watercolor pencils and a waterbrush (Niji), using some of Mom's favorite colors. After the piece was dry, I added some texture by cross-hatching with a Prismacolor Pencil (Espresso) in some of the shadowed areas, and added some highlights with a white gel pen. I also cut around the wings of the butterfly carefully, and bent them up, then covered them with some Crystal Lacquer. That little bit of dimension and shine adds so much! I sketched in a few blades of grass behind the scene to give it some depth.

I used the Cover-A-Card Wood Grain stamp for my background panel - I swiped some light blue and sand ink on the cardstock first, then stamped the woodgrain in a sage ink over the top. You can see it closer in the photo below.

Did you know that you can enter these challenges too, using your Impression Obsession stamps? See the I.O. blog for all the details - you might even win a $25 gift certificate!! Be sure to check out the rest of the team's cards for inspiration....links are over to the left!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
P.S. I found another challenge to link up to for this one - Spring cards at Everybody-Art-Challenge!


  1. Wonderful artwork!
    Love the image and arrangement
    Thanks for joining EAC!
    Hugs, Alex

  2. I just adore the coloring on it. absolutely superb.

    I do have a question. I am planning on investing in some good quality color pencils. And a friend has agreed to send them from the US, would you say I put my money in watercolor pencils or prisma pencils?

    I have heard that prisma pencil's lead is too soft and breaks often. And I see you doing wonders with your watercolor pencils, while everyone around is going gaga over Copics (they're not on my must-have list yet).

    considering I don't have much knowledge about color palates, groups, or even shading. I would really appreciate some advice.


  3. Beautiful, elegant card.

  4. So soft and BEAUTIFUL! Your soft coloring is making me want to pull my pencils out and play with them! So pretty, Dina!

  5. Wow Dina, this is so soft and pretty -- love the rustic flair too with the distressed edges!

  6. GORGEOUS Dina! I love how you used the background woodgrain stamp to create such a lovely vintage piece of art!

  7. Totally lovely! Of course your cards always are. How soft, warm, and beautiful too!

  8. G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!! lovely lovely coloring and shading Dina!!

  9. This is beautiful! I just love your background.

  10. Beautiful project. Love the colors you chose, and your coloring is beautiful as always.

  11. Lovely card Dina!!

    Have a nice Easter! Jesus is the reason for this season, too. :o)

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

  12. Beautiful. Love how you did the butterfly.

  13. What a lovely design - and your colring is perfect. I know your mom will treasure it.