Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wee Thumbelina's Giant card (Maria's sweet sketch & a challenge)

This card is ironically large (6x6) for such a tiny subject: Thumbelina clip art. She was all printed out on gesso cardstock. She was embossed & coloured and I was tryin' desperately to make her into a 15 minute card (like some people(!) who must have a genetic advantage or take stamproids!] heehee. ;0) So the 15 minute card stretched into the 45 minute card & I gave up timing myself: it was only the image on a plain card! (I must be part sloth.)

Then, I converted it into a "real card" (feels like my first real card) 'cause I used Maria's wicked sweet sketch (here's another of her gorgeous examples using that same sketch) & here's the challenge to use it. If you haven't seen Maria's creations, then come on outta that cave and check her out; she ROCKs! This is the first sketch I've ever followed & now I'm hooked on her sketches. Good thing she has hundreds. :0)

The Sentiment:

This is an SU scallop punched, then cut into a daisy, then embossed with my favourite background stamp: a paisley (large design category) from Above the Mark (56005 I). (I used Versamark & clear e.p. on the scallop & on the main Coral coloured card too.) The sentiment inside of the Platinum Hodge Podge hardware is from Noteworthy (I touched it up a bit with a marker) & it's punched with the small oval punch. I put Silver Ice Stickles on it for some glitteriness. It's all layered on two Nestabilities scallops which are sandwiched to hide the brads & then I added black dots in permanent marker & some wee dots of Stickles. The whole thing is raised up on lots of Dimensionals.

The Butterflies:

The little butterflies are also raised on Dimensionals. They're 2 stamps from Fancy Pants From the Garden set. I stamped them on gesso cardstock so they'd be sturdy in Pretty in Pink & Cameo Coral marker (embossed with clear e.p.) They weren't workin'--just white with a faint pink at the point--and I wanted them to match the big butterfly in the clip art image...So, I outlined them with a fine-tipped permanent marker. The large butterfly was also coloured with Pretty in Pink & Cameo Coral markers but I embossed him with Iridescent Ice so he'd be blingy.

Other markers used to colour the image:
SU markers: Blush blossom (Thumbelina) Certain Celery (gras & Lilly pads) & Only orange (for the fish) Close to my Heart markers: Breeze & Twilight. The faux stitching around the image is done by sketching in black stitches with a Stamp'n'Write marker & then dotting in silver Zig Painty pen details.

Cardstock: Cameo Coral & Cameo Coral Textured c.s. Certain Celery, Soft Sky, Cool Caribbean, Basic Grey patterned paper: Stella Ruby Clouds in the Park ste-731)

Thanks so much for stopping by! :0)


Kim H. said...

So gorgeous! I love all the layers and textures! You ROCK!

Robin said...

I LOVE this card!

Robin said...

I LOVE this card!

Lisa M. said...

Wow! I love this card! It is sooo elegant!

Sue At Stampndaly said...

very pretty

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, Mel!! Who cares how long it took to make this; it was worth every flippin' hour!! LOLOL, o-----k----a-----y, minute!

This is stunning; every detail is perfect ... this is outrageously beautiful!

Seriously. This is the FIRST sketch you ever followed?!? Wow, pretty decent first attempt, LOLOL!

PS: I DO take stamproids!!! Who tole?!?

LOVE, love, love, this Mel ... one of the best cards I've seen in ... umm, 4-Evuh!

~Hugalisciously yours, Deb

Jodi said...

Mel, what a pretty card!! I love what you did with the nestabilites and glitter!! =)

Annapurna said...

This is gorgeous. All the details are perfect. Hats off to your patience in posting all the little details. Thanks for the link.

You are the second one to talk about Maria today. I am out of the cave and off to checkout Maria's.

Yep Deb must be a super woman in disguise. Stamperoids, where can I get some?

malieta said...

What a beautiful card Mel!!! The butterflies are just beautiful and I love the way you embellished the sentiment, it is SO pretty!!!! Great job with the sketch challenge too:)

Lorraine said...

A little girl`s dream card so lovely.

Penny said...

Well worth all the time - it's gorgeous , colouring is fab and what a cool idea to layer up the sentiment like that .

Tonniece said...

Too Pretty Mel.You did the sketch to perfection and beyond.
I have never tried a sketch or attempted a 15 min. anything. LOL

Hope you are feeling better.


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patty w said...


Love it all. Love the way you did the flower and the butterflies.

Very soft and pretty!

Dianne said...

It was worth every second of that 45 min. Absolutly gorgeous...

Miss Crystal said...

Hi Mel. This card is absolutely amazing! The colors are so beautiful. You did an amazing job!

Janine said...

This is just gorgeous!!! Hope you have a great weekend planned.

Lologrl said...

Holy Guacamole!!!!! This is GORGEOUS!!! I love everything about it. I used to be sooo into fairies, and just love all the fantasy feeling about it. Thanks for playing - and thanks for remembering to let me know, so that I can surely share with others your wonderful creativity!!

Big Hugs,

Erica B. said...

That has so many beautiful details. I'm really never surprised to see something beautiful here though.

Mada_ro said...

I so love this adorable card. The image looks like it was taken from my fairytales book, the one I had when I was 8-9 yo. I've always been a huge fan of these drawings.

The colouring is astounding, but that's nothing new when it comes to your cards :)

Thank you again for all the detailed explanations.

Bouncy, Flouncy, Fun,Fun, Fun said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Mel!
You cracked me up with that stamproids comment! Do they really have those and if they do, where can I get some? LOL
Sometimes it take me hours to finish a card and then sometimes they just come together with ease.
I agree with you about Maria's sketches. They're fabulous!

Stampin hugs, Becky:)

Kathi said...

Wow! That's just stunning!

Maria said...

Wow, Mel! You did WONDERFUL following your very first sketch! Actually, you did not need to follow a sketch. . .you do fabulous doing your own stuff!!

I love, love this card! The image is beautiful and wow, the coloring. . .BEAUTIFUL!!

I bought a large container of Gesso!! I can't wait to start using it! Of course, I have to refer back to all your fabulous tutorials! I know I'll have fun creating with this stuff!!


Jen Young said...

You Won!! Come by and PLAY AGAIN!!!!


E.T said...

you could become a teacher you know... you explain things so well!!! gorgeous card! good to know there are other people like me who print out imgaes either from colouring sites or clip art sites!