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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Fabulous Flamingo PP357

There's no other title to give today's post because the flamingo set I used for my card really is, well... fabulous!  And, so is the tropical color combination Sandy is hosting for us this week at The Paper Players:
 I knew right away that I would ink up the new-to-me Fabulous Flamingo set.  I can't live in Florida and not own this set, right?!  Advance apologies to Sandy....as I sat down to make my card I discovered that my Pear Pizzazz ink pad has dried up!  It's the old-style felt ones and I had no ink refills for it.  So, I substituted the current in-color Lemon Lime Twist which pairs equally as well with Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral.  I'm also happy to share today's card with my dear friends on our sister site, Freshly Made Sketches as they celebrate sketch #300!  Congratulations, gals that is a huge milestone.  You'll notice that I flipped the sketch to better suit the orientation of the flamingo.  Here's the awesome sketch and my card:

This card is deceptively simple.  Deceptively because although it has only two layers, there are some details that take a bit of explaining.  In order to match the sketch, I needed a short and narrow panel for the flamingo.  Because the image is wider than I wanted, I stamped him on a piece of thick whisper white cardstock and trimmed the sides leaving just a bit of the image hanging off the edge.  To do this, use a rotary cuter and cut down each side just to the image.  Then use small scissors to fussy-cut around the edge you want hanging off.  This might help:
This image is four stamps! There is the solid base of the bird's body, the shadow which highlights the neck, lower body and legs.  These were both stamped in Calypso Coral with the solid body image stamped off once.  The line art on the body and legs are two separate stamps.  All these stamps give a lot of flexibility with how you want your flamingo to look.  TIP: I found the best results stamping the highlight image w/legs FIRST.  Using this one first makes sure that your flamingo ends up standing straight and tall instead of leaning forward.  That's not such a fabulous look, lol!
Lately, I've been making simple cards with less layers and I didn't want to use another layer of paper under the panel with the flamingo.  I decided to mask off an area that would mimic a layer of paper and stamp directly on my card base instead.


That's all for the tricky parts---oh, the Bermuda Bay "enamel dots" aren't  really Bermuda Bay.  I didn't have any in that color but I did have a aqua colored Sharpie marker which did wonders for changing the color of my enamel dots!
 Have to show you a close up of the flamingo as her plumage is bedazzled with Wink of Stella.
And, lastly a peek at the inside with some stamping in the corner.  Just shows how pretty these three colors look together.  Whew, and that's it!  I hope you liked today's card.  Be sure to check out the rest of my teammies with their lovely creations at The Paper Players!  Also, pop over to Freshly Made Sketches and wish the team there a Happy 300th!

The Paper Players Design Team 

13 comments:

Claudia Wirxel said...

Hi Nancy, I love your way of using the color combo. It makes the card so 'summery' and the enamel dots give the felling of clear deep water. Beautifully put together!

Joanne James said...

Your flamingo is indeed fabulous Nance - and a perfect way to showcase this week's colours! I love your creative stamping and cutting techniques - they really make this a wow card. Way to go to nail this week's challenge!

Narelle Farrugia said...

Oh I love this! The scene you've created is perfect and you've combined the colours perfectly to match the sketch. Thanks for joining us at FMS this week!

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

Nance this card looks Fabulous!
I really love the way you made a faux layer with the taping & stamping of the palm branches. Very cool look. Your magic color change on the enamels dots is favorite trick of mine as well... and the soft touch of "wink" on the feathers is perfect. Nice job! Hugs

Jan Clothier said...

I love this card! I think the masked off palm strip is great and the clever way you've cut the flamingo is clever. I take my hat off to such wonderful multi-step stamping. Such a perfect storm of awesomeness!

laurie said...

This is so well done!I love the design and the palm strip is stamped perfectly..such a FABULOUS card!

Have a great day Nance!

stampwithsandy said...

This is so stunning Nance, and exactly what I envisioned with these colors! Gorgeous flamingo and I love the palm leaves background. Thanks for rocking my color challenge!

Stampingcountry said...

Your layered panels are gorgeous, Nancy! And your teal enamel dots are a great addition!

Ann Abrahamson said...

Love that bedazzled flamingo and your "deceptive" layering! Fab card!

Claire Broadwater said...

WOW~ this is fabulous! I love the layered panels! Your always make the inside of each card as amazing as the outside! You rocked this challenge, My Friend! I hope you are having a great week! XX

LeAnne said...

Wow, you knocked this one out of the park! I love your fun fold and how you masked your panel...ingenious! And the flamingo is amazing!! I have never gotten on board the flamingo bandwagon, but after seeing this beauty, you might have convinced me! It's BEAUTIFUL!

Deanne @ Three Trees said...

This is super duper pretty Nance! Beautiful layers!

Jaydee said...

Nance, I am obsessed with this card. I honestly never thought I would say this... but your card makes me want that flamingo! I love the stamped background and all the wonderful white space. Stunning card
hugs
jaydee