Thursday, April 12, 2012

Love & Irises {CCMC197}

Happy Thursday, friends, and welcome to another week at Create with Connie & Mary! It's a color challenge this week and the colors are gorgeous together...take a look:


I combined the colors with this fantastic sketch from the gals over at Card Patterns--love their sketches! 

 

Blues and greens are probably two of my favorite colors but I rarely use purple and Concord Crush even less, lol!  It's a very intense color so for my card, I lightened it up a bit:


The set Love & Sympathy is so pretty with two heartfelt sentiments and this gorgeous, grassy flower.  To me it looks a bit like an iris so Concord Crush was a perfect color choice.  I inked the flower with a Concord Crush marker and after stamping off once, inked the grass with a Certainly Celery marker and stamped the whole image onto some Very Vanilla cardstock cut with the Labels Framelit die.  I repeated another flower, for a field effect, and added the lovely sentiment in Maria Mist. To the background I stamped the grass from Inspired by Nature in Certainly Celery to compliment the grass of the flower.


So, are you wondering where the Concord Crush DSP came from?  Curious?  Well, you can probably guess...that's right...My Digital Studio!  I realized that I didn't have any Concord Crush DSP and I actually didn't have one in MDS that I liked either...shocking, I know!   So...I made my own.  I used a digital stamp called Fancy Fan (it matches a letterpress plate by the same name) and colored the "stamp" in Concord Crush.  Because I wanted it a little lighter, I used the "opacity" command in MDS to reduce the intensity of the color.  So not only did I make my own DSP, I also made my own color, lol!  Concord Crush "lite"!

I mentioned that this set has two pretty sentiments--you saw the first one already and the second one is perfect for the inside.  Stamped here in full strength Concord Crush and this time with a Marina Mist flower.  I hope you've enjoyed today's card and feel inspired to play along with these gorgeous colors.  Be sure to check out the rest of the amazing design team over at Create with Connie & Mary.  If you decide to play along, you have until Wednesday, April 18th at Noon (EST).  I hope you'll join us!
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Supplies 
Stamps: Love & Sympathy; Inspired by Nature
Paper: Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla CS; MDS hybrid designer paper
Ink: Certainly Celery, Concord Crush, Marina Mist classic ink
Xtras: Marina Mist 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; Labels Framelits; Basic Pearls; Stampin' Write Markers (Certainly Celery, Concord Crush, Marina Mist)

15 comments:

Dana said...

Very pretty card. I really like the way it turned out.
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Rita said...

I was thinking you must have a secret about using the letterpress plates that I wasn't aware of there for a minute! :) What a fun way to make your own DSP! I wanted to try and print out some myself...any tips on which paper works best? Whisper White? Such a lovely card with lots of stamps that are on my wish list.

Nance Leedy said...

Thank you Rita! I have found that Whisper White & Very Vanilla work best. They are both a little thinner than colored cardstock and go through my printer (EPSON Stylus NX515 ink jet) easily. For tips on maximizing full-page printing in MDS, see my Tutorials page. Thanks for stopping by!

Deb said...

So beautiful! Love the softness of your card! Just perfect for a sympathy card! And what a clever way to add ribbon!

Donna Earley said...

I think this card is just beautiful! I love the serenity of it. It just seems so peaceful. I think your use of the colors and there placement is just perfect!
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Marisa said...

Love the bit of ribbon peeking out and love that silhouette image :) Well done making you own DP!

Diane - oliverdi@att.net said...

Nance beautiful card and I love Iris flowers too. I'm a fan of Concord Crush, but I really like how you did the flowers, they look so real. The long grass works perfectly too.
Now I Love that you made you own DSP! (I really must try that)Beautiful sentiments that go so nicely with the flowers. hugs.

Linda Callahan said...

Oh so pretty - cool and elegant! And you always have such a neat way to use ribbon!

Christina said...

How clever of you to make your own DP! Really lovely pattern and a beautiful use of the sketch. Thanks for joining us at Card Patterns!

Nancy said...

Aren't you the clever one making such gorgeous background paper...it's beautiful. Love the card and the elegant look especially the tall grass stamped behind the focal image, very nice

cbuswell said...

Fabulous card! Thanks for joining us this week at Card Patterns!

Debbie Henderson said...

Cute way to incorporate the banner and the framelits. And that little "poof" of ribbon is sweet!

Margaret said...

LOVE your 'hybrid' card! I'm still learning my way around MDS, and this was a great tip! Your field of flowers effect is beautiful!

Connie Babbert said...

LOVE this card, Nance! Great idea on making your DSP...and that set is one of my new favorites! Great job with the color challenge this week!

Lisa said...

So calming and serene. I just love the stamp set you chose. I will probably case this card for some sympathy cards to add to my stash. Seems I never have one when I need it. Great working with you on Create!