Tuesday 23 February 2021

Dancing & Roses

 I have quite a few cards in this post as I did a floral card and I also made a set of cards for my granddaughter to use.

You will see all of these down further where I have taken individual shots of each. The inspiration for these came from a card I received from a wonderful friend of mine, Therese, who makes the most amazing cards and every now and then I get one that just screams copy and try your own ideas.
If you would like to go check out Therese's amazing cards  I am going to share her link but you have to promise to come back ok:)

Before going to the dancers I wanted to share another card with the colouring with zigs on vellum.
This is the Big & Bold rose from Colarado Stamps. I just love using their Big & Bold line as they stamp so beautifully and are such a joy to colour.

Here you can see the sparkle on the rose and IRL the whole rose sparkles and does
look brighter than you are seeing in these photos. The image is stamped and heat embossed in silver.

I have then used Zig markers darkest colour with lightest colour to move the colour then lift and complete colour with a 'Wink of Stella' brush that adds all the sparkle. No water used so no warping. Added the vellum layer to a white card base and just attached with douple sided tape hidden behind the images.

Finished off with this beautiful 'hello friend' die cut from mmmm sorry cant think of where from and not home to check.
Anyhoo I finished off with some lovely little smooth sparkles.

Now this is the first one I stamped and it is exactly how Therese had done hers other than the sentiment. I also coloured the tutu heavier as thats just me. The tutu is stamped separately and after I coloured them I fussy cut them.

The next card I decided to go portrait and add full image.

Then this one with one dancer and shoes on.

Then this one (which is my favourite I think). Legs only. Sentiment
'Dancing is like dreaming with your feet'

Ok so thats it today, I love that I used the set for more than one card as I seem to do so often. 

Also I don't know if you notice but these cards I made using Neenah  Solar White 110#,  bases and Copic coloured panels. I wanted to see what I thought of this. 

I will need to experiment more as these cards are only lightly coloured so couldn't really say if it is as good as the paper/cardstock I usually use for copics. It was certainly a different feeling when applying the layers, I cant explain it other than it just feels like the copic drags a bit on it but as I said I do need to colour a lot more. But I must say I love the thickness and the wonderful colour of this cardstock. I would have to use the thinner one I think for fussy cutting as I struggled a bit with this thicker card. Will also need to see how it goes in the Scan n Cut.

Cost wise it was very similar in cost to my X-press it Blending card working out I think at about 60 cents a sheet. I would be using more as I would like to use for the cardbase as well where with the X-press It I only use for coloured images and add to a cardbase.

Another thing to take into consideration as well is that the Neenah 110# is not always available here in Australia and not as easy to get as the X-press It Blending card.

What I need to do is colour the same image on both types and share the end results, now all I need to do is remember I said I would do this then you will see for yourselves.

Let the experiments begin

Crafty Hugs



Vicky Hayes said...

I absolutely love the card you made with the Colorado rose Aileen! Orange roses are just gorgeous aren't they. You've coloured it beautifully and are really making me want to play with some zigs - I know other crafters are mad about them too. Sigh, another thing for my ever-growing wish list! Also love the pretty dancer cards, especially as a whole set. Thank you for a very inspiring visit! Vicky x

lostinpaper said...

These are all so wonderful Aileen, my fave is the card you made with just the ballerina legs....genius my friend!
As for the cardstock, you can have it all and change it up when you want! I do keep some different types but mostly stay with the Neenah purely because it's what most crafters can get and it has the 80 and 110lb versions. With the whole matchy matchy white.
I don't usually colour with copics on the 110 as it doesn't blend as easily and uses more ink. It also took me a little while to get used to the 80lb Neenah, the 'reds' really try to misbehave on it! Certainly the smoother cardstocks like Xpress it are better but they are such a brighter white. The other thing I did was create 'false' fronts for my 110lb card bases and I find that works well too. Hope you have fun on your cardstock search, there are some great ones out there.... I think the Gina K is meant to be nice as well (ps let me know if you try it lol)

I Card Everyone said...

I adore orange roses, Aileen! My favorite after pale pink! Your coloring with zigs just amazes me, especially since you're using them on VELLUM!
Neenah 80# is my go-to for Copics - a friend has sent me a bit of Xpress it but I didn't see the difference, honestly. I didn't care for the color of it, however. Is that why you appreciate the color of the Neenah?
Your dancers are TUTU fabulous, in every form!! Your granddaughter must love them!

Anonymous said...

Some more beautiful cards I do love the legs but the rose if just amazing!