Blendabilities Blooming With Hope for The Paper Players

by Joanne James27. July 2014 08:00

Good morning everyone - it's Sunday and time for my Design Team card over at The Paper Players where Ann has a great sketch challenge for us this week:

Now I love a sketch challenge and often I follow a sketch completely to the letter. Today is something of the exception to the rule though - when I saw the 'any shape' piece, I really wanted to use one of the flowers from the Bloom with Hope hostess stamp set that I had coloured with my set of Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities. As a consequence though, the layers didn't work for me - so I switched them about and offset them - I hope Ann doesn't mind! Take a look at this week's card to see what I mean:

I wanted my flower to take centre stage so went with a neutral Crumb Cake card base, with a Hardwood stamped mat. I really wanted to use a sentiment alongside my flower - this stamp set has a great selection of really useful ones, but to follow the sketch literally I would have needed to stamp my sentiment on one of the banner flags to be seen, but this didn't work as I wanted them to bring some additional colour to my card. So I decided to tuck my banners behind my central rectangle; this allowed me to both stamp my sentiment onto it and add some leaves, which I stamped in Mossy Meadow and coloured with my Old Olive Blendabilities (they work on coloured cardstock too!). Here's a picture of my fussy cut flower, coloured with Cherry Cobbler and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, in all its glory:

Isn't it just lovely? I'm still getting used to my alcohol markers and how they differ from water-based colouring. I am no expert (yet!) but I think this flower shows you can get great results without much experience - it looks much more 3D than with ordinary markers and a blender pen. I have a little tip for you too - when you fussy cut a coloured flower like this one, you invariably end up with some white that shows around the cut edge. If you run your marker around the edge of the flower, it takes that away and makes your flower look just a little more finished.

If you would like to know more about Blendabilities, do check back for more hints, tips, techniques and tricks as I learn what works best. Better still, if you live in Northampton and the surrounding area, get in touch about attending my August card class where we will be using Blendabilities, along with the lovely Blended Bloom stamp. Also, if the 'Bloom with Hope' set has caught your eye and you would like your own set, do get in touch to book to host a party or enquire about my new Stampers 6 Club that is beginning next month: for a monthly commitment of £25 a month for 6 months, you get to be the hostess one month and enjoy a minimum of £25 hostess credits to spend free on anything in the catalogue, including hostess sets. Party freebies without needing to actually invite your friends round!  There is one space left in this current club - get in touch if you'd like it to be yours!

Do pop on over to The Paper Players blog to see what everyone else did with this sketch - there are some great cards there this week! I'll be back tomorrow with another card; until then, happy stampin'!


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Comments (20) -

Laurie schmidt
Laurie schmidtUnited States
7/27/2014 3:03:14 PM #

It IS a lovely card, you coloring is beautiful, that flower rocks!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/28/2014 10:39:56 PM #

Thanks Laurie - glad you like it!

MikeUnited States
7/27/2014 3:55:43 PM #

Joanne, this us so beautiful.  It reminds me of the wild roses up at our cabin!  Great use of the Hardwood image!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/28/2014 10:50:51 PM #

Thank you Mike - what a lovely thought! As for the Hardwood stamp - this has been one of my best investments, so versatile!

GemUnited States
7/27/2014 3:58:40 PM #

I think it's clever how you mixed up the layers in the sketch. The flower is so beautifully colored, and all the other elements work so well to complement it!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/28/2014 10:51:49 PM #

Thanks Gem - glad you liked my rather unconventional take on the sketch!

YaphaUnited States
7/27/2014 4:33:28 PM #

What an absolutely lovely card! Your coloring is fabulous, and I love the flower with the hardwood!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/28/2014 10:57:42 PM #

Thank you Yapha - I'm really starting to get to grips with my new 'Blendies' and am loving the streak-free colouring you get with them.

LeAnne Pugliese
LeAnne PuglieseUnited States
7/28/2014 2:11:06 AM #

Very pretty, Joanne!  I love that you offset the center panel; it looks lovely!  Your flower is colored so nicely, too!  I have not really mastered these Blendabilities yet....I need to practice some more to become as well as you!!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/28/2014 10:58:51 PM #

Thanks LeAnne - I wouldn't say I've mastered them yet, but I've always liked colouring in, so these are a little like being young all over again!

Sandy M
Sandy MUnited States
7/28/2014 2:11:53 AM #

So, so pretty, Joanne! You've colored that flower beautifully, and it looks wonderful against the woodgrain!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/28/2014 10:59:24 PM #

Thank you Sandy!

Ann Schach
Ann SchachUnited States
7/28/2014 3:08:25 AM #

Very pretty, Joanne.  Your coloring is gorgeous!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/28/2014 10:59:41 PM #

Thanks Ann - great sketch this week!

Nance Leedy
Nance LeedyUnited States
7/28/2014 12:58:43 PM #

I really like your modifications to the sketch.  The way you've handled the sentiment on a panel with the flower is just beautiful.  Gorgeous coloring too!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/28/2014 11:00:36 PM #

Thanks Nance - I don't usually stray so far from the sketch, but once I had coloured my flower I was determined to use it!!

Andrea W
Andrea WUnited States
7/29/2014 1:33:02 AM #

Love your coloring on the flower! The colors blended together nicely and the crumb cake background really allows your flower to pop. Very pretty!

Joanne James
Joanne James
7/30/2014 10:22:08 PM #

Thanks Andrea. Glad you like the Crumb Cake; I originally had the sentiment panel in Very Vanilla, but it just didn't look right, so switched and am so glad I did.

jaydeeUnited States
8/1/2014 11:32:09 PM #

JoAnne, this is so pretty.  The flower is beautifully colored and I love that you anchored the focal image on the woodgrain background.  It reminds me of the dogwoods growing up against a fence.   Fabulous.

Joanne James
Joanne James
8/3/2014 8:57:41 PM #

Thanks Jaydee - so glad you like my cottage garden combination!

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