Saturday, December 19, 2009

PGP Winter Walk Hop! (+Pomegranate digi freebie & beading tutorial)

Welcome to the Paper Garden Projects'
Winter Wonderland Garden Walk!

Paper Garden Projects pomegranite card mel stampz

I love pomegranates madly, so I drew this one.
They feel wintry to me (for the PGP Winter Wonderland hop)
since they are in season then & we always nosh on them at Christmas.

The 2 cards here have seed beads sewn on the pomegranate...

Paper Garden Projects pomegranite card CLOSE mel stampz

1...Paper Garden Projects Blog Hop & prize info to...beaded pomegranate card
3...Pomegranate digital image freebie


Hope you can hop through the blogs of all us Paper Gardeners
and enjoy some winter inspiration!

(and get a better look at the Frosty Prize)

What you'll need to do to win :o)

1) Follow the hop order (below)--visit the Paper Gardeners' blogs
2) Make a little list with the designers and their treats on it
3) Email to by midnight-EST Nov 24


...stitch a beaded pomegranate card

Step 1)
Print & emboss the digital pomegranate image (It's linked below for free, if you like it.) I've printed it on Paper Temptress Incandescent cardstock & embossed with clear embossing powder.)

Step 2) Colour with Copic markers. I've used these Copic markers: Lipstick Red R-29; Cadmium Red R-27; Cardinal R-59; New Leaf YG-23; Moss YG-67; Abyss Green BG-75.

Embossed red Copic marker... Not sure if you can tell by this photo, but I added some clear embossing powder to the wet copic marker to give the pomegranate rind some texture & shine. The PT Incandescent paper is one of those semi non-porous papers that will let Copics stay wet for embossing. It just requires working in stages to be quick enough to get powder on before the Copic ink dries.

You could use the image as it is after colouring, of course,
or you could bead the pomegranate seeds:

Step 3) Pierce holes in the image on either side of the each pomegranate seed section. (I like two holes for each bead so that the bead lays flat on its side--instead of showing the hole side.)

Step 4) Stitch seed beads on with needle & thread

Step 5) Mat & embellish the image. Cut the image into a circle, add it to a green mat (this is Intense Kiwi Prism cardstock), and pierce around for white stitches.

Step 6) Add a scallop detail:

A) Punch circles (these are scraps of Cosmo Cricket papers.
B) Add the circles as scallops around under the mat
C) Adhere it to a piece of Vanilla Cream Prism cardstock
D) Pierce around each scallop circle
E) Stitch with different coloured thread
F) Trim around the scallops leaving a bit of an edge
G) Mount the whole thing on dimensional foam tape:

The Cuttlebug embossing background is simply a section of more
Vanilla Cream Prism cardstock (using the Provo Craft Textile folder.)

I cheated to get a tidy bow...
(since ribbon is not always my friend):

A) Cut a strip of ribbon about 4 inches or so
B) Make the main bow shape--Fold it in on the ends--to the middle and adhere it
C) Add a small middle piece (cut to about 1 inch, wrapped around, & adhered)
D) Cut two tails & adhere them to the back of the bow
E) Stitch it all together for strength
F) Add a clear button with patterned paper glued to the back of it

....and here's a mostly white on white version:

Paper Garden Projects white pomegranite card mel stampz

The pomegranate for this white card was....

Please click the links below the pomegranate
to download, if you would like to use it:

Personal use only, please. (Creative Commons Copyright)

The pomegranate PNG is here
The pomegranate PDF is here

Blogger photos (click to see them big...
in case the Flickr ones up top are misbehaving)

And for your list to win:
my word is Frosty (& i'm mel)

Hope you're feeling fabulous today!

P.S. Stuff is on sale at Paper Gardens.
LOTs of it! All That Glitters Sale!


Rhonda Miller said...

Mel, I love your card. The pomegranate is great. Thanks for the freebie.

StampinCathy said...

Mel, Your cards are just stunning. Love the colors, layout, details, and your coloring is amazing. Thanks for this inspiring eye candy along this winter hop. Also for the great tutorial and freebie digi.

Margreet said...

What a gorgeous cards you made what that fab pomegranate...thanks for sharing that great freebie and tutorial!
xxx Margreet

Dawn said...

another fabo post kiddo! yes, pomegranates just say winter, Christmas! your's is beautiful!! and of course the beads just make it!!
a week ago I got a WHOLE bag (about 10) pomegranates on the reduced rack at my grocery store for...wait for it... are you ready... a dollar! they were just perfectly ripe too... the grandkids loved them!!
I shall think of YOU next time I have one!! xoxo

Dawn said...

oh yeah...thanks for the freebie too *wink*

mekei said...

thanks for sending me on this hop. i super extra love your stitched scallops

Jane Jeffress said...

Your work is always so gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! You are an artist!!! Seriously! You raise your creations to the level of fine art! I love your blog! maryv

Holly said...

Gosh Mel, it's not fair that one person have so much talent! I love your image, and it's fabulous beaded like that! Looks super yummy!

Tricia said...

What a beautiful card & so much work!! TFS!!

Kim Etherington said...

Gorgeous pom. You are too talented. You need to be selling your drawings girl. Better then lots that I see online for sale. Love the bow cheat... as ribbon and bow tying is not my friend. Gorgeous cards!

lisa808 said...

Your pomegranate is great. I like to drink pomegranate juice.

Anonymous said...

granted this is gorgeous work..really
ron G. on his way over love lady

Danni said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous and gorgeous!

Beth said...

OMG Mel how gorgeous you are so talented GF always love seeing your stitching on your cards and those beads wow.

Digi Free said...

Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Tutorials search engine today (look for timestamp: 19 Dec [LA 02:29pm, NY 05:29pm, UK 10:29pm] - 20 Dec [OZ 09:29am]).

Tinker and JingeBear's Mom said...

Ack!!! I love this image - adore pomegranates! I love to bead on my cards too. Thanks for the reminder to pull out my stash of beads!

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Lovely card, and thanks for sharing the process for it too (and the image!) Loving this winter hop!

Khunter47 said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.


Lori said...

Thank you for freebies. Link on your post was added to Lori's freebie list

kathy s said...

Mel that Pomegranite looks divine-you must be patient to sew all those beads on- I probably would have glued them. It looks superb Merry Christmas

Suzi said...

Such realistic detail! Looks good enough to eat! You are amazing!

Mina said...

wow this is amazing work Mel and your tutorial as always is perfect...Have a wonderful Christmas and thank you for taking the time to follow my blog
Mina xxx

Cathy at Paper Garden Projects said...

This is just gorgeous Mel - really, honestly gorgeous. I love everything about the cards - but especially your beautiful image.

Vina said...

Another gorgeous project Mel! I wish I had a sliver of your creative brain! A zillion thanks for your amazing tutorials and freebies! Take care

Gabriele said...

I`m again writing nearly the same as always, namely how much I like your cards! The white-on-white version looks way elegant.... oh, I have the same relationship to ribbon as you, so thanks for the mini-tutorial on how to make them *gg*.
Thanks also for the picture!

And now... I`ll be hopping a bit around,

Ruthie said...

love the pomegrante and the beads!!!!!!

Christina said...

Mel, Thank-you so much for the comments on my blog.. I just love your creations and get so much inspiration from you. Thank-you for all you share...
Hugs, Christina

Karin said...

I love the beading you do on your cards, but this is just genius! Love the texture it adds! I rarely comment, but am a huge lurker around here :) I appreciate your eye to detail...Happy Holidays!

Heather "Hev" said...

Although I havent had much chance of coming by and saying hello during this past year - I am hoping 2010 will give me the opportunity to do so.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Heather from Vanilla Hevn

Oxana said...

Simply beautiful!!!!

LuLu said...

Mel your card is stunning and what patience you have. Love the white card one myself and if it doesn't have a home . . . . ! lol

Have a great christmas,


Elena said...

What a gorgeous project! I love the flower shape and your hand sewing! So pretty, Mel! Amazing work on pomegranate!

The Wired Angel said...

You are amazing! The pomegranate cards are terrific and I also love Bella and Bronte on the sleigh. Thanks so much for the free digi... You are the BEST!! Merry Christmas.

Savitri said...

Wow, this is amazing! You're just waaaaay too motivated :P I'd just stitch the bead and be done ha ha ha!

Have a great holiday lady and hope your new year is wonderful!

Meda said...

Mel, these cards are terrific! As always, I love your cards and I love your beading, I am in awe at your detailed tutorials and so on!
Have a Mery Christmas my friend. I hope you are enjoying your time with your family.

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Wow Mel! The seed beads in the pomegranate look so beautiful and real! You can almost taste their juicy goodness!

CBH-Freebies Search said...

Thank you so much for this Freebie. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Hands Cricut Freebies Search List, under the Elements post on Jan. 08, 2010. Thanks again.