Sunday, February 1, 2009

Whiff of Joy Challenge #16 --- Valentine Card

The Whiff of Joy Challenge for this week is Valentine Card. Since I had already posted some Valentine cards earlier I made a new one for this challenge. It gave me a chance to try a different style of coloring, too. Instead of using Copics (which I love) I used water color pencils, which are terrific, too. Just one rule for me, though: except for the hair and skin I could use only one color. So I selected carmine and my Koi Waterbrush. I also went even more vintage on the card design using some ephemera and more embellies.
Here it is! I'm liking it the more I look at it, but I did edge out of my comfort zone. What do you think?


I do want to thank two amazing cardmakers who were my inspiration for stepping out of my comfort zone to try something different. Tina at Tina's Kreativblog creates beautiful cards and papercrafts using interesting embellies, always accenting her main image, never drowning it out. And Aija at Kerttulin Paja whose coloring technique is nothing short of superb, uses just one or two simple colors with amazing depth. Thank you, ladies! Be sure to look at their wonderful blogs --- you'll be glad you did.

Now, for some details of the materials I used in this card. The paper and scroll are from Basic Grey collection pack; the rose picture is from a collection of ephemera; and the flowers, pearls and clip are from my stash of odds and ends. I used my Cuttlebug and Nesties to cut and emboss the hearts and long scalloped rectangle.

Thanks for stopping by! Please let me know you were here with a comment. I always return the favor.

10 comments:

~JulieH~ said...

Oh Barb this is beautiful! It is different for you i love the vintage feel of the card and the way you've water coloured her in just is just perfect for this card!

Julie xx

Carolyn Bounds said...

I wish I could be this successful when I step out of my comfort zone!!! This is the prettiest Valentine!!! As always, I love your beautiful coloring!!! It doesn't matter what coloring medium you use...your creations always come out perfectly!!! I also love the vintage feel to this amazing card!!! Totally stunning!!

Hugs!
Carolyn

LOUISE said...

Beautiful card Barb, love the colouring, and you have done a great job with the copics. Louise x

Laurie said...

Cards are best gift for Valentines Day... This card is looking so beautiful...

Rach said...

a stunning card, so pretty, thank you for joining us at woj. Hugs rachxx

Chrissie said...

This looks gorgeous Barb!
I do love this range of stamps and this one is just perfect for Valentine's.

Amy Sheffer said...

Beautiful! Love the vintage rose picture in the background! Bravo for stepping out of your comfort zone - from the looks of this, your comfort zone might be bigger than you think :) Great job!

Myrt said...

Hi Barb - this card is so awesome, as always (even out of your comfort zone). I had a look at your friends' blogs and they are beautiful. I feel my cards are so plain & simple compared to most but then, I don't venture out of my comfort zone (except for Copics) and thank you for the nice comment. I am so honoured that you liked the baseboard done with the scor-pal and would like to use it.

Nancy said...

Oooh, Barb! I love the vintage look of this! The roses are a very pretty touch. I looked at this one before and thought I had already left a comment but apparently I didn't hit the publish button. :)

Nixe07 said...

What a gorgeous card. I love the colours and all the fab details. Great job!
Hugs
Moni