Tuesday, 9 February 2016

... Power Poppy February Challenge

Hello again everyone,

It is a snowy blustery day here in eastern Ontario so I have squirreled myself away in my craft room making cards.

I have a card here for the Power Poppy February Challenge.

The challenge is to use some sort of colouring medium that is not what you would normally use. I usually use Copics to colour Marcy's fantastic images. I use watercolours sometimes, pencil crayons sometimes and other markers but for some reason none of those really appealed to me this time.

Then I happened to receive an email from Jennifer McGuire about a new post on her blog. She is one very creative cookie, let me tell you.

The technique she used is one whereby you lift colour from a stamped image. Let me explain as I show you my card.

I started by deciding to use the stunning stamp from the Potted Primroses stamp set. I inked it up with Versamark and stamped out on heavy white cardstock. I heat embossed with Detail White embossing powder.

Then I very liberally rubbed Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Festive Berries all over the piece of cardstock, being sure to get into all the little nooks and crannies of the image.

At this point you simply take a paintbrush and a bit of water and dab it on the image. The colour simply lifts away leaving a much lighter image behind. I did this to the entire image. 

Then I went back in with Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters and painted some colour back onto the leaves. I left the flowers alone.

I cut out the focal image with Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Eight second largest die and an additional piece of white cardstock from the largest die of the same set.

I then cut out the 5 x 7 Enchanted Labels 28 also from white cardstock.

I am using a 5 x 7 white cardbase but I did not want all the rest of the card to be white as then the focal image would look out of place. I searched high and low through all my cardstock and could not find a piece that matched the ink colour. Easy to remedy. I cut a piece of white cardstock the required size and merely rubbed the same ink all around the perimeter. 

I them assembled the card with all the layers and only added a few pearls for additional interest. I did not even add a sentiment as I really want those beautiful primroses to carry all the attention on the card. Now that I have it all done in red and white I realize that it would be great for Valentines Day! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. I do hope that you will leave me your comments and do consider following my blog so we can keep in touch. Have a wonderful day. Cheers.

   ~ Melanie ~


  1. Wow, Melanie, this is a fabulous technique, and I had to take a close-up look! What a gorgeous card, and you've really achieved the look you want with a switch-up for you! I love it and love your coloring of these sweet primroses! Oh, the ways we can make cards just never seem to end. Sending up warm hugs, my friend!

  2. Wow! This is amazing! Seriously. Love the technique you described. I never remember to white emboss my images, but it's so pretty. This is just stunning with the white embossed flowers against the red. Again, wow! So good to see this in our Power Poppy challenge, Melanie!

  3. Very pretty indeed! I like the white embossing and the frame is super cool. Very pretty. Thanks for playing in our challenge this month at Power Poppy!

  4. Oh my ---- what an incredibly cool effect you've got going on there Melanie! I am still
    trying to "get" how you did this but maybe I will just check out Jennifer McGuire's post. Regardless ---- this is so incredibly pretty -- your image just POPS! So glad you joined us gals over at Power Poppy this month!

  5. Very pretty! I bet this was much harder to do with red than the blues that Jennifer used in her video. I love the way you used this stamp!

  6. No way! What a cool use of a technique! Such an eye-catching card Melanie! So glad you joined us at Power Poppy this month!