Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Hope happens.

Just wanted to share a card I made for Lydia's Hope You Can Cling To challenge on Monday - she challenged us to create a card that expressed our personal style. I love poppies because they remind me of home, and I love watercoloring, and I combined those two loves into a card that shows my love of bold color, realistic design, and balance... I chose a favorite coloring technique too... I love this sentiment, too... because it's true.

The stamps I used are from Sheena Douglass' line of Paint Fusion stamps - these are from the Poppy set. These outline stamps are perfect for a borderless coloring technique.

 If you've never tried this technique, I have a tutorial available! The tutorial is done using watercolors, but the principles are the same for markers, pencils, or whatever coloring medium you're comfortable with.

On this card, I stamped the images very lightly in Willow ink (Ranger) to create my scene, then began layering colors until my shading was deep enough.

The sentiment is from Flourishes' Magnolia set.

Speaking of Flourishes....... they are sponsoring a wonderful cause over at the Copic OZ blog! If you are a Copic user and you're making cards this month (for Hope You Can Cling To or any other breast cancer awareness cause) I'd love to encourage you to check out the  challenge this month (my friend and design teammate Kathy is the hostess!). Every entry to the challenge results in a $5 Donation to the McGrath Foundation in support of those suffering with breast cancer. The more entries, the better!  Thanks in advance for what YOU are doing to promote breast cancer awareness!

Lots of goodness going on this month!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous card. And lately I have been loving any shades of orange.

  2. Stunning - you always do such an amazing job of that borderless colouring - the depth of these is just beautiful!

  3. Oh Wow is that ever Gorgeous, such a lovely creation!

  4. Beautiful card. I love how you took the sentiment off the page and the black really makes the colors pop!

  5. Oh my goodness, Dina. I think this is one of the prettiest cards I've ever seen. WOW!!!

    I'm off to read your tutorial on borderless coloring.Sounds like a ton of fun.

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my graffiti flower card. If you ever want to try that style, I have a tutorial on my blog that is a fun and easy introduction to it:


  6. wow this is really beautiful!

  7. Simply gorgeous! Truly outstanding! I can't say enough about how much I love this!

    Found your work thanks to the Hope challenge on Splitcoast - glad I did. Deb

  8. A beautiful card and your watercoloring is amazing.