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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Asters Abuzz

Hello, sweet friends! So have you recovered from yesterday's celebration of the Fourth of July -- Independence Day? I hope you had a wonderful time and also commemorated this special day by remembering the reasons our country was founded and the sacrifices by many to give us the liberties we have today. We are truly blessed!

Today I get to share a new digital image...one the talented Marcella Hawley will explain. Wow, will you be excited, and there will be more to follow. So if you (like me) cannot get enough digital images, just pop over to read what Marcy has shared at the Power Poppy blog and then get ready for Asters Abuzz. This freshly remixed digital set comes with two sentiments, and it's available for purchase now...ready to print, color, and make a card!

After finding lots of beautiful floral images for coloring ideas, I decided I wanted periwinkle asters, pinkish clover flowers, and soft pink flowers for the thyme. But there are SO many different colors that I almost got stuck trying to decide what colors to use! 

Once again, I opened Microsoft Word, pulled in the image, resized it, and printed it. To keep it very simple, I used a sheet of patterned paper and used Copic markers to color another sheet for the matting. I cut my focal image out with a lacy circle die, and (of course) pierced around it and even pierced around the base layer. I added some ribbon, popped my focal image, and added some pearls to dress it up a bit. 

Power Poppy, Asters Abuzz, Digital Image, CherylQuilts, Designed by Cheryl Scrivens

Now I have to share a hint (if you've not already discovered it yourself). When I color an image, I usually make a color copy on plain paper and use that to "audition" or "stage" a card layout...making sure what I want to do before I cut the original! Earlier this year, I ended up copying on Neenah paper by mistake. Was I surprised at how good it looked. I enhanced the colors a bit with more Copic markers, and I could hardly tell the difference from the original. So I used those copies to make more of the same card (since I like to send out multiple cards after doing all the creative work). So this is in fact a "copy" of the original colored image (after going over some of the coloring to enhance the colors that didn't copy well). I could hardly tell the difference. Nice tip, eh? Now, can you figure out what other card this year (there's only one) that I did that with? Hehe! Some colors just don't work as well, but some do. Try it sometime, and let me know how it works for you.

Be sure to stop by and see what some of the girls have done with this "sweet" image...and visit the Power Poppy blog to read and see what Marcy has for us! (And be sure to visit all the Power Poppy digital stamps!)

Thanks so much for "stopping by" and sharing a comment, thought or question, and I hope you have a wonderful week! 

Blessings,

Stamps:  Asters Abuzz (Power Poppy) 
Paper: Solar White (Neenah), Almost Amethyst patterned paper pack (SU), White (PTI)
Tools/Accessories: Copic markers, Lacey Circles dies (Spellbinders), Perfect Layers tool, piercing tool, Whisper White organza ribbon (SU), pearls (Jolee), Wink of Stella (on wings), Diamond Glaze, 3M dimensional tape, red tape
Techniques: Digital images using Microsoft Word, paper-piercing
Card Size:   
Copics used:  Asters - V20, RV00, VB02; Clover flowers - RV06, RV02; Thyme flowers - R00, RV11; Leaves - YG01, G40, G43; Bees - Y13; Background - YG30, YR31, 0; Paper edging - BV02, B41, B32


21 comments:

Lin said...

This is summer on a card, Cheryl! Beautiful coloring, and thanks for the tip!

Julie Koerber said...

Oh Cheryl, what a sweetly colored up image! I also love the charming layout too with the die-cut and splash of pearls. And, yes, nice tip on the color copying -- I would never have thought to try that!

Stacy aka Twinshappy on SCS said...

Beautiful ans springy Cheryl! I like the layout and your slick ribbon, awesome! I never would of thought to print a color copy and try that. Very clever even if it was a mistake. Looks beautiful.

Pauline said...

Cheryl, this is beautiful! Love the colours you decide on, purples are my fav!
Love the layout, nice and simple, but the pearls and white ribbon just finish this off perfectly! Thanks for the colouring tip, I would of never guessed this was not the original.

Tosha Leyendekker said...

Cheryl, your coloring is always fantastic! I absolutely love how you colored the clover!!!! It's so dimensional! What a beauty!! And the Asters are so bold and beautiful! You, my friend, are an inspiration!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

My dear sweet friend, this is gorgeous!! Your coloring is gorgeous!! I just love the periwinkle you used and the look of dimension you created!! So vibrant and elegant my friend!! You always inspire me...in more ways than one!! TTYS!!
hugs,
Chris

Becky said...

this is gorgeous Cheryl! Beautiful colors. And great tip :)

Caly Person said...

So pretty Cheryl! I need to try digital images!

Alshandra said...

Wow Cheryl what a beautiful card! I love the colours. Gorgeous image and wonderful layout. Thanks for the tip on copying - I wouldn't have thought of that.

Christina Hor said...

A gorgeous creation Cheryl! The soft floral pattern work nicely with the bloom. Digi stamps are so fun to play with, allowing you create it however you want with the image with a simple Microsoft Words and the magic eraser :). And thanks for sharing your tip. I too like to make a copy or two of the image and work out the coloring mixture on the scrape before colored the one for the card. Have a wonderful new week.

Leslie Miller said...

I've done the same thing with an extra image. Printed it on what I thought was really crummy paper and it ended up coloring up very nicely! Who would have guessed? This is certainly pretty! Your asters look like the wild asters we get here in the fall. Very nice with your background papers and ribbon, too!

Robin Clendenning said...

Very pretty Cheryl, of course!! Love asters. We have wild asters up here in the mountains that we see quite ofter when hiking. Those bees are really REAL looking too! Very sweet!

Conniecrafter said...

Cheryl it is just Gorgeous and no I had never thought of doing that before, aren't you ever so clever, you know I just thought you could use a copy for the base, hand cut the ones you colored originally and pop them up on the copied one, that would really cut time....now if I could just remember that, LOL! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Susan (rainy) said...

Beautiful BEAUTIFUL card, Cheryl. And a great tip, too. I also like that you made your mat color with a Copic for a perfect match!

Kathy Jones said...

This is so soft and pretty Cheryl!! Love the colours you've used and that lovely lilac background! What a great tip you've given us - such a clever idea!! :)

Irish Cherokee said...

I was so impressed with the coloring of this image i had to enlarge it to have a better look. Excellent coloring Cheryl. Love the card. Bravo.

Love, Hugs and Blessings
Jim

Graciellie Design said...

Wow I enjoy seeing your coloring and beautiful images. These flowers look so pretty and your design completes the look nicely! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Gracie.

Monika/Buzsy said...

Beautiful card Cheryl. Love the pretty image in the circle. Another amazing coloring job. Thanks for the tip on using marker to color the edge of the background layer.

Traci M said...

Cheryl. Your card is beyond lovely!! I am not too into Digitals, but have a few. Your hint about multiple copies and rehearsing your layout is such a keeper...I hope I can remember to do that!! Love your card and beautiful coloring! Blessings to you! ~Traci

Tracy said...

There is no way I would have thought this was a color copy with accents. Wowza! I love the simplicity of the design. It really lets the flowers take the spotlight I really like your soft highlighting too. :-)

Allison Cope said...

Absolutely stunning Cheryl! The hues of purple as simple divine and my favourite colour! Stunningly breathtaking!