Tuesday, 7 February 2012

My first Saturated Canary image... and more Valentine’s over at Dream Valley!! :)

Hey folks!! :)

Sorry I'm a couple of days late with this one- I’ve had a bad week and an even worse last few days... but it’s definitely a case of distraction-therapy rather than waffle-about-it-therapy needed so I’ll do us all a favour and crack straight on with the point of my post...

It’s time for another fab new challenge over at Dream Valley and this fortnight we’d like to see you Valentine’s inspired projects!! :) Another lovely easy one at the moment!! :) We’re sponsored this time by the fabulous Joanna Sheen!! :)

Now, for someone who doesn’t normally do much in the Valentine’s card line I put a rather disproportionate amount of time and effort in to the various digi files I created for the card in my last post and so really wanted to enjoy playing with them while I had the excuse... so this card uses many of the same items along with the rather fabulous addition of one of the (quite a few!!lol) Saturated Canary images I got from the lovely Krista while she had her discount running last weekend!! :)

While not exactly CAS, I did go for a simpler, less busy look to this one as I wanted to see how I could get different looks with the same basic materials... I think the two do have quite different feels to them despite both being suitably masculine... or masculine enough- they are Valentine’s cards after all!!lol

This is by no means the first SC image I have bought or coloured but it is the first that has made onto a completed card so far (Christmas kinda took over!!lol) and I’m pretty happy with how she came out- though I can see massive room for improvement in virtually every area of my colouring... the hair is the *most* glaringly obvious mess-up, but you’ll be kind and not look at that, right!?!!lol Seriously, every time I think I’ve cracked ‘hair’ at last, I prove myself sooo very wrong!! :S I wasn’t sure if I should get this image, if I would get that much use out of it, but I really loved it and I do think I’ll be to use it for plenty of other occasions in different colours :)

I’d cut the circles in alternate colourways and embossed and sanded them as before, then layered them up with some leftover paper. I then had fun with a Fineliner, some gems and a glitter pen!! :) The sentiment stumped me to start with... ‘til I remembered a freebie set of Val’s Day stamps from a mag last year (or maybe the year before!!) and the hearts allowed me to add a pop of red to balance out the gems, too :)

I just took this for my own curiosity regarding the similarities/differences really but thought I may as well add it in!! :)

The List:
  • 6” Sq. White card blank
  • Fab Saturated Canary Digi ‘Love Letter’ from Krista’s Etsy shop, coloured with FlexMarkers, ProMarkers and Fine Nibs (photo included below to save energy!! FMs- Ice Grey 1, Soft Aqua and Copics- Blender and Warm Grey 1)
  • My own design digi paper
  • Core’dinations cardstock- red from the vintage selection, grey an All-in-the-Family pack
  •  My own design embossing mask and cut files for the heart circle and lacy rectangle, created in my graphics program and cut on my Cricut
  • Sanding block for cardstock
  • Black Fineliner and Sakura Clear Stardust pen
  • Red gems 

I’d like to enter this card in the following challenges: Cards for Men– Seeing Red :) ; Joanna Sheen – Love is in the Air :) ; Sarah Hurley – Love is All Around :) ; OSCC – For the One I Love :) ; Allsorts – Free and Easy :) ; Sweet Stampin’ – The One I Love :) ; MiC – Shading Red :) ; Crafter's Companion - Anything Goes :) ; Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes with optional 'Love' theme :)

Well, thanks for stopping by today and I hope you like my first SC card... I’m off to link that lot up now and then have a much needed rest, I think... or maybe the other way around!! :S Hope you’re all keeping well and warm (what a weekend here n the UK, eh?!)!! And don’t forget to pop over to the Dream Valley blog to have a look at all the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the fab team!! :)


Sandra said...

So beautiful is this image and l love the colouring and layout too!:) Sandra H

Robin said...

Love your fab layout and great colouring.... what a cool image!!

Pink Dandelion said...

Smashing card Rachel. Love the colours and you are right about the hearts they balance it out perfectly. Debs xx

NGCARDS said...

Great creation hun! Thanks for playing over at Joanna Sheen & PTW! xxx

Carole of Brum said...

Hi Rachel, I love the similarities between the 2 cards, the design elements you used are worth repeating. Now, how do you think you messed up with the hair? I saw it and thought it looked great, like the light catching it in different places.

Sorry you've had a bad week, petal, I hope things improve. Hugs, CoB.

Anonymous said...

Hi Rachel, hope you are well. How on earth have I missed so many of your posts and gorgeous makes?! I check my blog updates almost everyday and this is the first one of yours I have seen for ages. So many lovely posts and I missed them :(

coops said...

so gorgeous rachel.i love your fab colours and design and the sc image is stunning ;D

xx coops xx

Angie said...

Sweet card love the image and sketched feel, fab colours. Thanks for joining us at Papertake weekly.
Angie x

Feebsy said...

Rachel why do you say your colouring is a mess? I think she looks great and the hair looks realistic to me. Love the sketchy border with gems and the layout is great. All the elements you've created are brilliant too, you've got real talent.

I hope that you're feeling much better very soon.


Francesca said...

Absolutely beautiful

Thanks for joining us at One stop craft challenge this week and good luck!


Natali said...

Wow!! I didnt expect Red, White and Grey can look so fantastic!!! Beautiful cards. Love "hearts everywhere around". Doodles are amazing.
Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin` “The One I Love” Challenge and we hope to see you again soon.

MagsB said...

Oh how chic and elegant! Beautiful!

love Mags B x

Janette said...

Hi Rachel, Now I think this is a really fab creation and I love the hair, it looks all fab and funky to me...xx

Debs said...

gorgeous hon..and careful those images are addictive :0)...hugs Debs x

sparklingblackrose said...

Absolutely gorgeous Rachel, love it :-) Elaine-xxx-

Patricia St Martin said...

Wonderful card. Thank for joining us at Cards for Men. Great job sticking to the theme. I love seeing your creation.
Hugs, Patricia

Jenny said...

Looooove this image and your layout too. Thanks so much for joining us at Sweet Stampin.

Melly said...

Ohhh honey this is just beautiful! Couldn't believe it was your first SC image tho, you'll be buying all them now heee!
It is such a stunning wee card and I love it all!
hope your keeping well?
Hugs M xxx

Diane J said...

BEautiful card Rachel, the image is gorgeous, lovely colouring. Love Diane xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Oh these look super-stylish! :) Your Saturated Canary image is just so elegantly coloured. Great colour combo and design Rachel :)




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