Monday, May 12, 2014

SPS - Forest Blue

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps for Variation Week were we are all using the same image, Forest Blue by the awesome Ching Chou Kuik

Apart from the awesome digi I just loved the name and the thought of a blue forest for my background seemed perfect.  I love photography and take all sorts of strange things and I knew I had several images of forests.  Time to hunt one out and edit in Photoshop, playing with the colour balance to transform the photo into a blue forest.  Next I overlaid a transparent to blue gradient to enhance the halo effect on the digi.  I love doing this sort of thing <g>.  After printing the paper with the digi in place I added Crystal Stickles to the dotted halo of the digi.  Time now for a coffee break while this dries.
 There is no die cutting on this card, or distraction from the digi, I had decided I wanted the digi large (mind you that is a challenge to colour) and really be the one thing that jumps out at you when you see the card.  I have coloured her with Promarkers.
The wings caused me a problem, with printing the digi directly onto the background this meant the wings were white and in place.  I could have printed a second digi and fussy cut the wings to to late for the I have only just thought of it.  What I did instead was to colour the wings in a matching blue to the background and then used green tulle to enhance their transparency.  More Crystal Stickles added for a bit of bling.
Time to add some butterflies.  These were cut using Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies and coloured with my Promarkers
and then finish off with more Crystal Stickles.
 Here are the Promarkers I have used in this creation.
 Some time ago I bough a bunch of velvet feel ribbon with leaves and thankfully I saw it in my box last week.  When I saw the leaves on the digi I knew I had the perfect ribbon to work with <g>.  Once the ribbon was in place I added a big blue bow and the butterflies (well only one butterfly as when I put the three on the card became cluttered).  I hope you like the finished creation and thanks for taking the time to read this, hope I have not bored you lol.

  • Digi -  Forest Blue by Ching Chou Kuik
  • Promarkers
  • Dies -  Cherry Lyn Designs Mimi Butterflies
  • DP by me
  • Stickles, ribbon etc. from my stash
Challenges entered
  • Glitter n Sparkle - W - #84 Female
  • Open-Minded Challenges - 2W, 3E  (W1 of 2) #10  Use some ribbon
  • PunkyouGirl - M, 3E, C15 (first Friday of month) must use Dark Nature style (Gothic, punk, emo, gory, steampunk, fantasy)  - May -  Things With Wings
  • Wags 'n Whiskers - 2W, 2E, SIO - No. 128 - (W2 of 2) -  Ribbon & Bling
  • Creative Knockouts W, 2E, C8 #36 Ribbons and Bows
  • Fab 'n' Funky - 1E, C10 - #215 Pretty hair
  • Nutcrafters - 2W, SIR for 1st prize, any image for 2nd Prize, 1E -  #67 Bingo* (2nd week) NO LAYERS, RIBBON OR STRING, GEMS,GLITTER OR BLING


  1. This is just gorgeous! Your coloring and background are amazing and the tulle is just clever, very pretty!! Thank you for joining us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun!! :)

  2. Stunningly beautiful card, love the image, background and all the little embellishments you have added. Thank you for joining us over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun, Good luck and we hope to see you again soon. Alison DT x

  3. Gorgeous image and beautifully colored. I like the tulle wings. Thanks for playing along at Creative Knockouts!

  4. This is Gorgeous!!! LOVE your coloring.. love the colors you have chosen!! Love how you used the green tulle for the wings.. I think it looks fantastic!!! I love how you did the halo effect too.. This is just absolutely gorgeous!!!! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges!!! Good Luck! I hope we see you again!!

    - Susan, Co-Owner @ Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenges
    {Scrap A Thousand Words}

  5. Wonderful! beautfiully crafted card, love the blue and the wings look amazing, thanks for joining our ribbon challenge at Open Minded Challenges this fortnight.

  6. such a pretty card, and i enjoyed reading how you made it! such talent.. I can't use photoshop at all! LOL love the colouring and the colours you have chosen :)
    thank you for joining us at PunkYouGirl this month!
    Rachel, PYG DT

  7. Fabulous card, gorgeous colours and beautiful image, thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky.

    Pat xx

  8. Wow this is one amazing creation.So beautiful.Thanks for joining in with us over at Nutcrafters.Good Luck.Hugs Debbie x

  9. Wow!! This is so stunning! Love the image and your coloring. Gorgeous design. Stopping by with another hat this time. Thanks for joining us at Creative Knockouts this week. Good luck. Maggie - DT

  10. That is truly the coolest thing ever! I wish I knew how to manipulate photoshop like that. I still have lots and lots of learning. Your coloring and attention to detail are spot on!!!
    Thank you for joining us on the Ribbons and Bling Wags 'n Whiskers Challenge!
    Yolanda DT

  11. Wow, what an awesome card on which to showcase the awesome "Forest Blue" image. Oh how I am with you in making her the focus of your creation and she looks wonderful set against the photo edited misty blue forest background. It's so mystical and serene.

    In keeping the image 'large' it is such a joy to be able to admire and respect your colouring talents ... and the sparkling halo and tuelle wings give "Forest Blue" all the delicacy and gentleness that her body language conveys.

    I imagine this card would be a dream to hold in one's hands, especially with the wonderful texture of your velvet ribbon leaf spray. That's very beautiful. It's so nice to see you making beautiful bows without feeling the need to apologise for them. You have cracked the frustrations so well now. Well done. xxx

    A very beautiful card treasure. Lots of love xxx ♥ ♥ ♥

  12. Jane, this is truly gorgeous. : D I love it!! I am just in Awe, and just can't stop staring at all the beautiful detail you did and coloring. :D
    Deborah xxx

  13. wow totally love the background you have used! The wings are totally stunning and a very creative way to showcase them!

    Thanks for joining our fortnightly challenge here at Open Minded Crafting Fun Challenge. Hope you will join us next time co-owner Crafting Vicky.

  14. #Gorgeous!!! I love the background! love the tulle on her wings! Fabulous leaves and ribbon and the wee butterfly just finishes it off! Thanks for joining our challenge at PunkyouGirl this month! mo x


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