Sunday, 5 June 2011

Epilogue to stamping heaven



First can I thank you all for your very positive comments on my "Stamping Heaven" post. It's really great to get the nod from everyone and also from some of my very talented artist friends. I know this is only colouring but I really do feel that I have learnt a new skill which will be so useful with my card making.
So finally, here is my epilogue to my day at the colouring master class.



 At the end of the masterclass last Saturday we were given a kit form of a card that we could make up at home. It contained instructions for how to construct the card and we spent the last session of the day colouring the image that was to be used as the focal of the card.









It was the very sweet "Love Grows" stamp and I carefully followed the tutors' instructions and coloured my image using Promarkers followed by some extra shading using Prismacolor pencils to achieve the final image as shown here. The next day at home I carefully cut the image down and made up my card.











And here it is! I really love the details used and I already have mulberry flowers in my "stash" which I had not used very much so I was delighted to see how they can be used. I have also not used the little pearls as accents before so this inspired me to buy some.




So having been inspired by this "recipe" I stamped out the images of some of the new stamps I had bought at the class as shown above. I then began colouring and new card making on  my own, remembering the colouring techniques I had been taught.

This was a birthday cake stamp I bought. I coloured a red variation as shown here and and also a blue variation. I made them both up as cards which I was pleased with.










I added some glitter and some other accents and made these both as birthday cards. I have put the blue version in my Etsy shop for sale if anyone is interested in buying it. They are quite time consuming to make but they do make such unique cards.

Spurred on by these 2 cards I continued my colouring on some more difficult, highly detailed images. These are shown below




I rather like the greens here.













I finally worked on one of my favourite images of "Tea Time" and produced these 2 coloured focals.














As these took me some time to complete I decided I would try to make them into "luxury" sized cards. My normal cards are 5X5" but I noticed that many of the really talented card makers out there tend to use  6X6". I decided to made my own card blanks out of quality linen white card and then I really did go to town! I used mulberry flowers, glitter highlights on the cake tops and shoes, die cut shapes and more.I had SO much fun..mind you they did take me a long time to make.

So here below are my 1st "Deluxe" cards. At moment I am not selling them, as I am not sure if people would pay enough to cover the extra time and material involved, but I will use them for special birthdays and for people who commission me to make cards. Here they are.......




Above is my first effort. I used matching pink and purple accents and I just L*O*V*E the paper flowers. As you all know I am not really a pink girl but I do like green with pink. So for the 2nd card I tried something different....
Now this one I really do like. I found some lovely green backing paper with pink roses and have you spotted my first use of pearls?

What do you think?

I do hope this post has not been too long but I really have been in stamping heaven and I am so inspired to use my new skills in my card making. For now though I will be putting my card making on hold as my garden is calling, my enamelling at jewelery needs completing and we are off on holiday soon. And all of that is before we have our trip to Wimbledon Tennis (and yes I do still need to go to work 3 days a week ;0)  I will be back with one more post before we leave for our summer holiday and I look forward to your visit then. Thanks so much for reading this rather long post! 

Bye for now,

Jane x

28 comments:

  1. JANE, I so loved your long post and it didn't seem long because of all your beautiful work. Wow, I would say you have really gotten the skills down pat. The cards are so detailed and beautiful. I love your use of colors and shading and ornaments. I kept saying to myself, I love this one best and then the next one, I would love that one best. SO I love them all. I also love green with pink! Congratulations they are truly lovely. Have a lovely holiday. I will also be away for a bit visiting my mom. xoRobin❤

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  2. Hi Jane, I'm delighted to see your latest crop of stamped card designs! I do like the pearls as accents, (especially fitting for the "Tea Time" theme) and I suspect that the "Love Grows" design is very near and dear to your heart. Such wonderful, loving care goes into each new piece, that it would be hard to part with any one. They're truly destined for special occasions! Sending you into June with warmest wishes! :o)

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  3. Ahhh you are so kind Robin, I really do appreciate your comments, I'm so pleased you liked them!
    Have a super time with your dear Mum. "See" you soon,
    Jane x

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  4. Hi my clever artist Michele! I'm glad you spotted the pearls, they are great fun to use.I will tell you a secret that the love grows card is destined as a new home card for my dear daughter when she moves again in August...shhhh, don't let her know!
    We have had a little welcome rain today but we are certainly having a flaming June here.
    Jane x

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  5. Jane, your stamping and coloring and the way you put your cards together is just amazing and impressive! Bravo!

    Didn't you used to have blog links on your blog? I didn't see them today.

    We had a great day at the beach yesterday.. photos on my blog.

    ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  6. Thanks Teresa, I'm glad you liked them. I'm not sure what you mean by blog links..?? I will come and visit you at your blog and ask you there too.See you there!
    Jane x

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  7. Wow they are fantastic, I love them all. What great creations, well done!

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  8. Thanks for your visit and your very kind comment. I had such fun creating them.
    Jane x

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  9. I think 'it's only colouring' is a bit of an understatement Jane, isn't it!
    I love all your little images and your new cards especially the pink and green one and that's from another non-pink girl! :)
    The shading really brings the image to life!
    Off on holiday soon, lucky you!! I'm ready to go again, it rained here non-stop all day yesterday!! Thankfully it's looking a bit more promising today (fingers crossed).
    Have a good week and I'll drop in again before you go!
    Vivienne x

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  10. I LOVE your cards, Jane! I think even they're all so so so so beautiful, that red-gardening-one must be my favorite! Or the green one...or...These are ALL FABULOUS!!!!

    We're having the greatest weather here and I wish you the same! And I am looking forward to seeing your holiday and tennis "reports" with many pictures (no pressure there, dear!). And a certain little tweet with his berries left you way this morning, let's hope he'll make it "in time" :)

    Kisses to Billy and sunny days!

    Yours,
    Mia

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  11. Hi Vivienne, you are so kind and sweet with your enthusiasm for my crafts, thank you so much!You and I have fairly similar tastes with colours and I agree the green with pink is my fave too. Nearly holiday time, I need to check we have everything to take with us.We also had a good watering of rain but only the 1 day. My lawn still looks like it is August rather than June!
    Have a good week.
    Jane x

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  12. I'm so glad you are getting some lovely sunshine Mia and are enjoying knitting in the garden; how good is that! I can't wait to get my little tweet, he needs to fly here as quick as he can. I'm so glad you like all my cards, thank you for such kind comments. Yes it's nearly holiday time then Wimbledon, my camera will be kept very busy recording everything for you.
    Have a sunny week too, Billy sends a purr,
    Jane x

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  13. Gorgeous cards, Jane - and I can see how going to Stamping Heaven has inspired your creativity! The cards all look lovely in different ways, and I love the decorations like the flowers and the circular word embellishments. Well done on using the stamp colouring lessons so well, too. Have a happy crafty week.
    Helen x

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  14. Thanks Helen, I certainly have been inspired but now must concentate on getting ready for our upcoming holiday! It was stamping heaven indeed. Have a good week,
    Jane x

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  15. Beautiful work Jane....the designs and colour combinations are lovely...special cards indeed...I am very impressed!..
    Wishing you a wonderful holiday too..
    Susan x

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  16. I love the cards x They are beautiful. There is an art to 'colouring in' and you have mastered it, they are stunning. If I didn't draw my own cards I would buy several xx

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  17. Hi Susan, thank you, your little teddy sign in has very similar colour combos to my card! I love green/pink. This time next week we will be on holiday, can't wait.
    Jane x

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  18. That is a great compliment indeed Laney, your drawings are very beautiful. Thank you :0)
    Jane x

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  19. there is something wrong with my browser and i have to log in my blogger for the second time....to my surprise I found this blogger with the same name as mine. it is very nice to meet you....

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  20. Hi Jane, how extraordinary is that...welcome to my Jane's Journal. lovely to see you here!
    Jane x

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  21. Hello Jane, thanks for poppin by my blog, yes we were on the same table at the LOTV class! Wow well done on your cards, hey are fab!

    Keep in touch I hope

    karen xx

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  22. Hi Jane! This was a beautiful long post! All your cards become so sweet and unique! I'm sure also that you enjoy making them! Happy to hear that you have soon holidays - I hope you'll have the best time!
    xxx Teje
    Ps. Finally about the painting in the trees here in Greece: you are right one reason is to be beautiful and to be seen better in dark. Also that painting should keep some unwanted insects away.

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  23. Good to be in touch Karen, that was such a great course wasn't it? Lovely to see you here,
    Jane x

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  24. Thanks Teje, I'm glad you enjoyed seeing them all in my long post. Yes our holiday is fast approaching, we can't wait. Mind you we are still having such lovely weather here.
    Jane x

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  25. Hi Jane,

    I am new to your blog and it is lovely.
    I love your stamped creations they are lovely, thepearls look great, I use pearls, especially on wedding cards. I like them all but am drawn to the red versions.
    Andrea

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  26. Hello Andrea and lovely to see you here. I'm glad to hear you enjoy using pearls too. I shall be making a very special wedding card next year for my daughter. Thanks for your kind comments and enjoy my blog.
    Jane x

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  27. Jane! Your cards are delightful...and so beautiful. You definitely have the eye. I especially love the pearl accents..the little ones next to the big one in a line...so tastefully done! And yes, the greens and pinks is gorgeous. You will surely sell all of your sweet and special cards. I love handcrafted items and yours have a high-end quality that draws me in. Always good to see you and thank you so much for your fabulous comment..it means a lot!

    And, my husband would be SO jealous of your proximity to Wimbledon and your tickets these past years...oh so jealous, but I am so happy for you and your hubby! Hope the garden tending and jewelry are coming along!

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  28. Hi Shirley great to see you hear and thanks for such possitive comments coming from such an artist as yourself *smile*. Your Hb would love Wimbledon, such a great day. I will do a post Wimbledon blog post, watch this space.
    Have a great weekend,
    Jane x

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment; I really enjoy reading every single one of them.
Jane x