It's Not All Black and White

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

My Sunshine

Good evening everyone. I'm squeezing in a post tonight to share this cute little card with you. I wasn't in the mood for card making the other day. So I just stamped this sunflower and colored it with Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol.

I bought these when they were all the rage, about a year ago, tried them, and didn't like them. So, in my desk they went. I finally read somewhere what I was doing wrong. The colors WOULD NOT blend for me. My hand would be cramped and tired by the time I got the look I was going for. It was as easy as this: I was using the wrong paper. I usually watercolor, which works best on watercolor or some thick paper. I figured this 'gamsol' technique was similar to watercoloring, so I'd use the same paper. I was using SU! Natural White. No, no, no. The colors just sit there. Now that I've tried it on Whisper White, I'm loving it. Very quick and easy blending on this nice smooth paper.

Here I used a few shades of greens, browns and yellows. I had done the sunflower on a skinnier piece of paper. So I taped it to another piece of white and covered the line with the ribbon. "You are my sunshine" is done in timber brown stazon, as is the sunflower. The squiggles are done with a choc. chip marker. I ran the green thru my cuttlebug and added some brads, which were coated in copper ep. A rather simple little card, but I like it.

The Ingredients:
Stamps: Give Thanks, mini casual Karen Foster snap stamps
Ink: timber brown stazon, chocolate chip
Paper: kraft, garden green, marigold morning, whisper white
Other: brads, copper embossing powder, cuttlebug bloom dots embossing folder, taupe grosgrain ribbon, prismacolor pencils and gamsol

I'll talk to y'all in the morning. I actually have my cards all ready for tomorrow's Featured Stamp post. Shocking. I know.


Rose Ann said...

This is very pretty! I love how you improvised! Good tip on the pencils as well.

Cat said...

Beautiful card! It's all about the right papers :) TFS

Jimmi said...

What a cute card!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness--so that's the secret! Maybe I'll give them another try. I like the Prismas, but didn't get such great results with the Gamsol. Like you, I was using Naturals White. Your card and coloring look great!

Angie Z ~ Duckwaddlequack said...

Very pretty!