Aug 6, 2009

BC111 Color Challenge - Lemon Tree Very Pretty...




Lemon Flower Very Sweet, But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat. Peter, Paul and Mary.

This week the Blogger Challenge Group was given a Color Challenge: Crushed Curry or (Yellow), Old Olive, Soft Suede (or Brown) and Neutrals as needed. For some strange reason an idea popped into my head to use an image that I had in my stash of colored images for this challenge. The problem was once I found it I realized that the colors were all wrong for the challenge so I decided to stamp another image and color it to meet the challenge requirements. I chose the Lemon image from Sun Ripened II (retired) which again I have to say I love this set and it's companion set and never plan to get rid of them.

Once I had decided on my image I paired it up with a Mojo Monday sketch from my files (I save them all) and from there I got started on my card. I decided to Water Color my image which is something I rarely do because I feel my technique isn't always the best. In this case though I am well pleased with the results. Yes the Lemon was watercolored with the Crushed Curry ink. If you spread it out on paper first before coloring your image you will get a nice yellow color to it. The leaves are Old Olive and Crushed Curry and the stem is the Soft Suede.

Out of all the new "In-Colors" this year, Soft Suede is my "least" favorite but I think that the touches I added of this color went really well with the other two colors. I highlighted parts of the flowers with a White PrismaColor Pencil and lightly dusted the lemon and the yellow portions of the flowers with Gold Aztec Pearl-Ex Powder for some subtle shimmer. Hopefully you can see a little of it in the close-up photo.

I used a piece of the retired Haiku (love that DP) and layered it to the Crushed Curry and Old Olive card base. I mounted my image on Soft Suede and Crushed Curry. The sentiment is from (The Greeting Farm - McSplendid Farm stamp set). I used friendship because after a little research I discovered that is some pagan religions the lemon symbolized, Friendship which I thought was lovely.

My ribbon is a piece of 5/8" White Satin ribbon that I dyed using a Soft Suede reinker. I added a Filgree Brad and a Fire Rhinestone Brad to complete the card.

So now it's your turn to visit the other Blogger Challenge members blogs and leave them some "comment lovin" - You can do so by clicking on the Blogger Challenge Icon on my sidebar.

Have a truly wonderful weekend.

18 comments:

Lisa Bohler said...

You did such a beautiful job on this card. I really like the way you used the layout!

Elena said...

Very beautiful card, Ida! I love your watercoloring! What I like about your cards also is that you always put a thought in it! That is what make this really special!
You are an inspiration for me!

Lisa said...

Very pretty card! I love the Sun Ripened sets also!

Shona said...

This is beautiful! Nice job coloring!

Marcia P said...

Oh wow Ida, this is gorgeous.

:) Marcia P

Sheryl Dickinson said...

Pretty! Your image is colored so beautifully. Great layout too.

Rachel Hope said...

Stunning Ida!!! I LOVE it!!!

Lisa Somerville said...

Very pretty - love your coloring and the rhinestone through the brad was a great touch!

Basement Stamper said...

Wow! Love it, this card is stunning. I too loved this set even though I did get rid of it.

SweetMissDaisy (Anna Wight) said...

Hello Ida!
Love the card, and your painting is perfect! I love that you added white to the flowers with a pencil -- that's a great way to pop those flowers, and it worked so well! I also like that you dyed the ribbon to match. This is a really lovely card! Looking forward to more of your watercolored projects. Cheers! -Anna. =) (PS: Yes, your blog is one of the blogs I keep in my reader!)

ChristineCreations said...

This is a beautiful card Ida! I love that set!

Joan B said...

what a gorgeous card. love the way you worked the lemon

Patti Chesky said...

I love everything about this card. I agree with you on the Soft Suede thing. My favorite part is how you secured the ribbon with the brad. Stunning!!!

Jane said...

What a great card! Your coloring is excellent!

Kimberly Gajewski said...

This is beautiful Ida! The coloring is so soft and pretty! Love the ribbon and your design is spot on! :D

Heidi Van Laar said...

This is stunning! I love the warm vintage look it has!

(-: Heidi

Connie said...

Wow...love your card. The rhinestone in the Filigree is a NICE touch!

Dee Dee said...

Beautiful coloring.