Saturday, October 27, 2012

With gratitude

Hi everyone,

Today's card is a thank you card for the doctors and nurses of the Intensive Care Unit who looked after my hubby.  They are dedicated, caring individuals and I wanted to send them a thank you card and some goodies to show our appreciation.

I used my Cameo Coral Stampin' Write marker and a blender pen to color in the rose on the card.  Love this color ... too bad it is long retired and no longer available.  For now, I use it sparingly, hoping the ink will last a bit longer. :)

"With Gratitude"

Stamps:  Garden Oasis (Fiskars); Chit Chat (Paper Smooches)
Paper:  White (Neenah); Watercolor paper (Arches); Black Polka-dot DP, Old Olive (SU!)
Ink:  Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories & Tools:  Big Shot, Leaves Die (Sizzix), 1/4" Basic Black grosgrain ribbon, Stamp-a-ma-jig, blender pen, sponge, adhesives, glue dots and dimensionals

I used the Marker Layering technique to color the rose (see link to tutorial on Tutorial page).  I didn't have an appropriate leaf stamp to match with the rose, so I used a die-cut and Old Olive cardstock with more ink sponged on the edges to create some depth.  I'll have to find a leaf stamp that will work with this rose because I think it would be a lot better with a watercolored leaf to match.  Note to self:  time to go shopping! :)

Tip on fussy-cut images ... after I cut an image rose out, I run a Stampin' Write marker (same color as the stamped image) along the outside cut edge to give it a nice clean look.  I used the Black marker with today's rose ... it covers up the white edge from the cut and also disguises any mistakes I made when cutting.


Patrice said...

This is beautiful Loll - the colouring on your rose is divine. I too run ink or a marker around the edge of anything I fussy cut - just to give it that nice finish.

I'm glad to hear your husband is recovering well.

nancy littrell said...

Gorgeous card Loll. Gord's dedicated caregivers will so appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Do you have Cameo Coral reinker? You can refill your markers. Nancy

Unknown said...

This is a beautiful card, so perfectly colored and fussy-cut. I really appreciate your tip for using a marker after fussy-cutting. I usually avoid fussy-cutting because I'm not very good at it, but I'm going to try your technique! I always love learning something new, especially from someone as talented as you. Thanks for sharing!

Karen M said...

Your card is gorgeous - I love your flower hugs x x

Unknown said...

Beautiful card Loll - love the colouring of the rose; it's so effective.

Karen x

Anonymous said...

Hi Loll, I am so pleased to hear your husband is on the road to recovery. I can only imagine what a frightening time you both have had. Gorgeous card. I am sure it will be very much appreciated.
Sending hugs,
Florence xx

shirley-bee said...

Beautiful card, Loll. I love the split background. The whole effect is very elegant.

Bonnie said...

What a beautiful rose, Loll! I love that color too and still have some. Hate to see it go! Thanks for the tip on finishing a fussy cut! Love the leaves too.