Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Tulips


These Christmas tulips are for my mother, who lives very far from me.  I can't wait for her to see this card, enclosed with her holiday gifts.  She truly appreciates my craft/addiction, and like most moms, she thinks her kid's artwork is just terrific!  Even if her kid is, well, let's just say, "middle-aged".  ;)

This tulip stamp is from Blockhead Paper Arts, and I have the pleasure of designing for them now.  Before owner Stacey Dunning and I met, I had never heard of her company before.  When I visited her webstore, I found myself making a LONG list of all the stamps that made me ooh and aah.  This full sheet of stamps I worked with today, Flower Garden, was at the top of my list.

Poppies, marigolds (also known as Calendula) and tulips - they're such gorgeous images to color!

I used a sheer ribbon, so I did not completely cover the beauty of these tulips:


I used Copic markers R14, R24, R29 and R39 for the blossoms, and G40, YG63 and G85 for the stems.  What a pleasant break from the busy-ness of Christmastime, to just color.  It soothes me.


I used Spellbinders' Classic Frame die.  In one stroke, it cuts a frame and a center.  I stamped the tulips on the center, colored, then mounted on the card base.  The frame is popped up on foam dimensionals right over the image.  You can see it best here:


Thanks so much for joining me today.  I know you are busy, so I really appreciate your visit!

Colleen

Stamps:  Flower Garden - Blockheads Paper Arts
Paper:  white - PTI
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black - Tsukineko
Other:  Copic markers - G40, YG63, G85, R14, R24, R29, R39; Big Shot; Classic Frame die - Spellbinders; Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder - SU; white sheer ribbon - Stamp Simply Ribbon Store; pearls

26 comments:

Maria said...

Wow!!! Those are fabulous red tulips, Colleen! Superb coloring! Love how they encased in the lovely white frame. Pretty soft ribbon for the final touch, too. I'm sure your Mom will love this card! And, congrats on your new DT assignment! Take care, hugs!!:-))

Susie said...

What a beautiful card Coleen! Your coloring is just perfect. And I love all of the layers of white surrounding your image. Gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous card! Your coloring is well done! Love that soft ribbon too. That is a pretty cool frame thingy too! In other words, I love it! Perfect for where I live with our annual tulip festival in the spring.

Chris R. from Iowa

P.S. congrats on your new endeavor too!

Marisa said...

Well done on the DT :) Lucky are they to have you!

I loooove tulips, love white on white, love sheer ribbon and pearls so this card is right up my alley :) Beautifully done! I know your mom will love it! Form one middle aged child to another ;)

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Congratulations on your new design team. They are so lucky to have you. This is one beautiful card. I love your coloring on these awesome tulips. Love your frame and soft bow. Just lovely.

Bear Hugs,
Carol

Donna Bowman said...

Gorgeous card Colleen! LOVE your coloring - it's so beautiful. This card is so pretty with the white background textures. Congrats on your design team!!

Benzi said...

Oh my gosh, I absolutely love this card. Tulips are my favorite flowers. Spectacular job here!
Congrats on your new DT position...sounds like you'll be a busy bee.

Annette said...

WOW Colleen this is just GORGEOUS...love those red tulips...

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OH COL!!! I feel like it's been FOREVER! I hope you are doing well:) TONS of hugs!!

I LOOOOOVE this card--and I think that your mom will too!! How clever to make Christmas TULIPS!! LOVE it! and your coloring is AMAZING! I love those pearls ....and that frame die--to DIE for! I love it:) Beautifully done:)

Vicki Dutcher said...

Beautiful coloring Colleen!!! She will love this!!

Leslie Miller said...

Oooooh, tulips for Christmas! What a lovely idea! Gorgeous, gorgeous card! I'm intrigued by these stamps and I'll have to go look, even though I'm trying not to buy too many stamps for a while. You know how that goes... Congrats on your new gig! I think I'm going to LOVE seeing what you do with these stamps!

E.T. said...

What a beautiful and elegant card! I love how the red just pops and makes the white shine.

Linda R. said...

This is so beautiful.. I love the way the red pops against the white.. So pretty.. Your Mom is going to love it!

Hugs, Linda

Bonnie said...

This one takes my breath away! Those tulips are painted so beautifully and should be framed. The organdy ribbon is just perfect. And yes, I dream about stamps too. If I'm crazy, I know that I'm in good company. Hugs.

redwasher1 said...

Colleen, wow your coloring of the tulips is outstanding!!!! Beautiful card!!!

Shirley said...

A really beautiful break from traditional Christmas! How lovely and elegant too! Your frame and BG are gorgeous for your lovely tulips!

Stacey G.-2 Craf-t-4u said...

How beautiful Colleen! Love that frame! It is perfect for scenery images! Must put that one on my list! My parents love my cards, but chuckle that I still love to color. I just tell them I use my big-girl crayon s now!

Linda Callahan said...

Absolutely beautiful tulips! The sheer ribbon is gorgeous as is the white background!

MmSs said...

WOW!! These tullips are so pretty! You painted them really beautifully! I love how they are popping out on the white background! And those pearls are really pretty!
Hugs
- Maria

Patrice said...

That card is just gorgeous!

Leigh S-B - The Sharpie Domino Queen said...

Stunning Colleen, your Mom will definitely be pleased to receive such a gorgeous Christmas card! I'm thrilled you've joined our Design Team over at Blockheads, welcome aboard!

Karen McAlpine said...

Beautiful Colleen and welcome to the Design Team. Love all the texture you added to this fabulously colored image.

Emily Keaton said...

WOW! WOW! WOW!! Colleen, this is absolutely stunning. Your mom will be bowled over by the artistry of this card. What a great Christmas surprise!! And a huge CONGRATS on joining the DT at Blockhead. You will be a huge asset!! And that stamp sheet you chose is out of this world. I can see why you put it at the top of your list!! FABULOUS, all around. Have fun with your DT position!

Andrea Ewen said...

This card is absolutely stunning, Colleen! I am POSITIVE that your mother will adore it! The red of the tulips are so striking against the white background...they just smack you in the face!! In a good way!! Beautiful!

Karin (PeppermintPatty) said...

I wanted to comment on one more card before leaving - all your cards are so beautiful it was hard to choose - BUT WHAT YOU'VE DONE HERE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD -wow THE COLORING, (why do I always hit caps lock when I'm stressed????)the design, all the beautiful details - LOVE your card!

Jinny Newlin said...

Wow! Those tulips really pop on all that beautiful, bright white! Just LOVE this to pieces!

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