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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Congratulations in Pastlel Colours


Boy do I struggle with Pastels. I really hope these are pale enough to refer to them as pastel. Tried so hard to keep my colours light but I had to add shadows and definition so the colours started getting darker.

This was my first attempt and as you can see it certainly didnt make the pastel ranks as I got heavier handed with the colours and it became a brights to be left for another time.



This is my second attempt at pastels and I feel I got as light as I can with watercolours.
This stunning collection of flowers came as a stamp, this stamp:

Beautiful, easy to stamp. I did heat emboss in white which meant it was a bit harder to work out where the flower started and ended and where the leaves were but by keeping my coats very very pale to begin with I left myself room for error.


After I finished painting, I added a bit of blue for highlight and washed it away to nothing. I added a bit more shadow build and lightweight with my Coloursoft Pencils. Finished it off but using the stitched Rectangle die then inlaid it back in so it remained one layer. Added a silver narrow card 'Congrats' die.

So what do you think??? Pastel enough??

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Thank you so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon.



36 comments:

Esther said...

Beautiful! I love the soft watercolours and inlaid die. Great LIM card, well done!

Ashwini Rao said...

Gorgeous!!

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Stunning Aileen! I know what you mean about pastels, when I try to get them I usually end up with bright, vibrant colour! I've decided that I just can't 'do' pastels! I think you've done a great job with this and I would call them pastels! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx
My Card Attic

lostinpaper said...

I'm a bright and bold girl myself lol. These pastels are truly beauiful Aileen, what a gorgeous design!

Hannelie said...

I also struggle with pastels, but you did a great job!

Anonymous said...

This is a lovely card and the colours work beautifully together.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Oh WOW! What a fantastic work of art. Coloured to perfection in the most delightful pastels. Crisp and clean stamping too. Thanks for playing along at Less is More this week. Sarah x

Viv said...

Lovely pastel colouring! Great job.

Cara said...

It's me playing catch up this week! This is definitely pastel and so pretty. All my pastel attempts have so far ended up in the bin, it's very tricky to get them right and you nailed it. Cara x

*Vicki* said...

These flowers are truly stunning! I do love pastels and use it often without realizing it! I think you've done a great job keeping them soft and pretty!! :) HUGS

BożenA said...

Hi Aileen
the interpretation of this stamp is amazing. I love pastel colors, the card is very delicate and full of romanticism. love, love, love!
hugs,
BozenA

Mac Mable said...

Oh boy are you sensational at colouring in flowers (and butterflies too x) Your colours are fabulous and looks pastel to me xx

Patti said...

Ooooh! there is that "signature sparkle" you have as your well named blog promises!! BEAUTIFUL!! and amazing and stunning!! and wow! : )

Thank you for joining us at STB!! we love seeing your work in the gallery!

Patti

Patti

Craft-E-Place said...

Beautiful card, fabulous water colouring.
Elaine

Ruth said...

Definitely pastel enough! And I do like your first attempt too - those bright colours work really well together :) I struggle with light colours too, but it's beautifully done and such a gorgeous stamp. Xx

Kim Heggins said...

Fabulous...just stunning my friend! I love your gorgeous choice of colors!

frommycraftroom said...

Beautiful! :) I think pastel enough.

כאן ועכשיו יצירה מהנשמה said...

wow!i love it Beautiful!

Flo Langley said...

Gorgeous card. Lovely pastel colours.
Flo x

Pop's Cards said...

This is perfect as always sweetie :0))

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Oh Aileen, how gorgeous indeed!!! you hit the pastel shades perfectly, so lovely!! and I love your first attempt, the intensity of those colors is just beautiful.
I adore those Penny Black stamps, it's so hard to resist getting them all!!!!!
Hugs,
Maria.

G Peplow said...

Fabulous! Love your beautiful flowers, great card :D x

brenda said...

Doesn't look like you were struggling to me Aileen as it's a beautifully coloured card, I think we are all critical of our own work at times. But looks perfect to me.

Many thanks for joining us again at Penny Black and More challenge.

B x

Unknown said...

Wow! Beautifully pastel, Aileen! Awesome coloring and shading!

Chrissie said...

Oh my!
What amazing colouring,.. so beautifully done.!
Lovely card!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Aileen this is stunning what a glorious mix of colours they remind me of ice cream, the flowers themselves are beautiful, superb creation
hugs
Lorraine x

Colleen said...

OMG your coloring is absolutely stunning!! Yes, this is pastel and it is gorgeous! Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday!

Karen Dunbrook said...

wow...gorgeous card mf.

Sid said...

Lovely flowers !

Darnell said...

This is breathtaking, Aileen! I would never guess you had trouble with pastels!! You should do them more often! Hugs, Darnell

Neets B said...

I think you did an amazing job with this card. Great colouring and I love the gently washed away blue.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Nancy said...

WOW!!!!! You outdid yourself Aileen! Such a show stopper! Thanks for linking up with us over at Seize the Birthday and we hope you will be back again soon!

Shelly said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Little Tangles!

Glenda J said...

Your colouring is absolutely amazing! Thanks for playing along with Seize the Birthday.

Whisper said...

Absolutely stunning and thanks for joining us at Penny Black & More this month, Luv Sam x

Tracy said...

Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Penny Black & More @ Allsorts challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x