Wednesday, 27 September 2017

PowerPoppy Hues to Use

Hello everybody...

I have a card today for the latest PowerPoppy Hues to Use.

Here is the inspiration photo. I just love hens and chickens in the garden. They are such charming little things, don't you think?

I really like that colour combination. I knew immediately that I wanted to use that gorgeous huge PowerPoppy Dahlia blossom. I actually grew a Dahlia a couple years ago that had these same pink tones so thought I would have a go at recreating it.

I opted to use a brand new set of ZIG Clean Color Brush Markers that I finally purchased. I have heard so many people rave about them so after mulling it over for ages, I took the plunge and bought them. I am accustomed to using either Copics, watercolours or just plain Prismacolor pencil crayons so these will require an adjustment period. 

I stamped my image with Memento Tuxedo Black on watercolour paper and selected two colours of pink to use for the petals. I had problems right from the start as the water brush I bought with the markers gushes out water so it was everywhere. I ended up using a regular paint brush and water to blend the colours. And, in actual fact I did not really want the colours blended as there was a pretty sharp demarcation line on the actual flowers.

Now that I have given you all the doom and is the card.

I used a raspberry card base, layered on some olive checked paper, a strip of pink ribbon and then the focal image on top of Spellbinders Labels 42 Decorative Elements die in solid green. 

Yes, I know. I did fussy cut out the blossom. Yes. I know. It is a lot of work but I do it anyway. :) I used mounting squares for the blossom and the die cut behind it. I do love dimension on a card. 

I finished off with a wee sentiment from PowerPoppy Geraniums Takes Two which I cut with a Spellbinders Oval Majesty die and softened with a bit of ink and a soft pink flourish called Sprigs in the top corner, also from Spellbinders.

I cannot say that I am really happy with this card but there was a lot of hard graft put into it so kept on trying to save it. Clearly I need a much better water brush and a lot more practice with these markers.

Thanks a lot for stopping kind with your comments!




  1. Sooooo pretty Melanie! Love this bold and bright color and the layout with those fun die cuts just adds that special flair! :-)

  2. Melanie, this is a perfectly lovely card! I really like your colorin and color choices--the background paper with the dahlia reminds me of Mackenzie-Childs stuff, which is very graphic and uses checker boards. I know what you mean about water brushes---I have three, and keep trying to use them....and then keep putting them away. For me, too, they are just too hard to control. I've gone back to regular brushes! Anyway, LOVE this!