Sunday, December 15, 2013

A New Card

Good day my friends and fellow bloggers.  Well I keep saying that I am going to do better about posting and life just seems to get in the way.  :-)  But I am trying to get myself organized and one of the things that I have always been very bad about is writing down what colors I used where on my images.  Sooooo I now have a dedicated notebook that is beside me when I color and I am doing my best to keep it up to date.  I will have some cards that I finished before I got "smart" LOL.   I did not keep a list but at least I can tell you the markers I used.  :-)

First, can you believe how "wicked" this weather has been this year.  We have been cold here in the south, but some of you have just had so much snow, ice, etc.  Dang it, I'm looking forward to Spring soon.  :-)

OK the card I am sharing today  was for a friend's birthday and I think she liked it a lot.  I have parrots and she loves to come see and talk to my African Grey, Jabber.  Now this is not a parrot, but a cute bird and it made me think of her when I was coloring it. 

My image is a Penny Black stamp called Good Friends and I used Tim Holtz Distressed Markers for coloring.  I have loved the Distressed Inks and used them for several years but found that the Distressed Markers work very nicely and are easy to travel with.  I also blend with a "waterbrush".

Colors used: 
Umbrella - Mustard Seed and I shaded with Spice Marmalade.
Hearts on umbrella, scarf and flowers - Spun Sugar shaded with Barn Red.  I also touched up the black between the hearts with Black Soot.
Dress and Bird - Tumbled Glass shaded with Salty Ocean
Checks on bird - Worn Lipstick
Grass and Leaves - Mowed Lawn
Shoes - Pumice Stone and Black Soot
Strawhat - Squeezed Lemonade and shaded with Mustard Seed
Apron - Barn Red
Sunflower on Sleeve - Squeezed Lemonade, Spie Marmalade and Barn Red
Skin - Tattored Rose shaded with Vintage Photo
Cheeks - Worn Lipstick.

Whew.....Lots of colors.  One of the things that I love about the watercolor effect is that you can blend so nicely. If you cannot find a color that matches to shade, then let the area you just colored dry and then go back with the same color and darken where you want shading.  I hope that Tim adds the entire line of Distressed Inks to his Distressed Markers.   And hoping that he adds more new colors.  :-)

Another thing that I am bad about doing, is coloring my image first and then going on a hunt in my craft room to find papes that match.  I am paper "poor" as I imagine a lot of us crafters are.  So I can definitely "shop" in my room and never have to leave the building.  LOL  So I used a little of this and a little of that but I think it turned out nicely.  Hope you think so too.

I  used a Martha Steward Lattice punch that is one of my all time favorites.  I cut a strip a little larger than I wanted, punched down one length and then turned it around and punched the other length to make it look like lattice work on both sides.  I love that look.  My flowers are from Wild Orchid.  Love Love Love their flowers.  :-)  The scallop mat was with a Spellbinders Die.  Dang it, gotta start writing down the names of those things too.  LOL  The sentiment was from Stampin Up.

Got some exciting news to share and I'll try to get that information out to you all this week. 

Hope that you all are staying safe and warm and enjoying good health during this special time of the year. 

Thank you so much for stopping in to visit with me for a bit.  I promise you will be seeing a lot more of me soon.  That is part of my exciting news.  Don't you just hate when someone gives you just a little tease of what's to come.  :-)  I will tell you SOON.

God bless you all my friends. 
Many Hugs,


  1. Hey Pat, Nice to see a beautiful new card. You did great with writing down your colors. That is a big fault of mine, and I doubt I improve on that one. Laughed when I read the 'paper poor' bit. Ho, Ho,Ho. Loved the image, loved your coloring (wish you'd teach me how!) and all your papers & trims. Really a special card. TFS, Merry Christmas & hugs.

  2. This is darling! Penny Black is another of my faves too!