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"Power Poppy" Guest Design post: Hues to Use!

Power Poppy Hellebores

Hi everyone! I‘m very excited to be sharing a project with you today as a guest designer for Power Poppy stamps! I love the beautiful stamps this fabulous company makes: they have both clear stamps and digital stamps, all their stamps have a lot of detail and there is a lot of variety to choose from!

There are a couple of things that I would like to show you today:

first I would like to show you what a different colouring medium can do for the effect that you want to create (coloured pencils versus Copics in my example), usually coloured pencils create a softer coloured image.

Second I would like to show you that cropping an image (digital or with a die) can change the outcome of your project a lot. This way your stamps are a lot more versatile then you would think. Third I would like to address the fact that a different colour paper gives you a lot of variety in your colouring experience, it’s so much fun to colour on a different underground once in a while. If you never tried you should!

And lastly, fourth, I would like to point out that you can do more with these beautiful stamps then put them on a card, in my example I created an art journal page with today’s stamp of choice, and that’s the gorgeous “Hellebores“ digital stamp, of course from Power Poppy!

Lots of ground to cover today, so let’s get started.

Since this is “Hues to Use“ after picking my stamp I started sorting my colours: what colours would suite the “Hue”-board, but also the flower best. Those I put on my desk and those are the colours that I will start with, maybe adding a couple of others in further along the road, to create the effect that I want. These are the hues that I will be working with today:

Power Poppy Hellebores

Card 1:

First I printed the image on Canson 1557 paper in black/white scale (makes the lines more grey, to create a no line colouring base). Then I coloured the image with the following coloured pencils.

Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils in the numbers 135, 133, 166, 168, 173 and 102.

Holbein Artist’s Colored Pencils in the numbers OP222 and OP127 (both from the Pastel Tone set that you can find on Ebay). I didn’t had any prior experience with no line colouring so this was a lot of fun to try out!

After the colouring was done I die cut around the image using a stitched square die and then I used a ruler with a craft knife to cut part of the white paper of and I fussy cut around the bottom part of the image with my Fiskars scissors. I also used the knife to cut around some of the leafs and one flower to create a pop up effect in the white area. Because this ads a little dimension to the card it will make the card more interesting to look at.

Because I printed the image in a light colour ink and after colouring and cutting around the bottom flower the vase the flower originally stands in in this stage is no longer there!

Power Poppy Hellebores

I also die cut a stitched square panel from some olive green linen textured card stock. I edged both panels with first Memento “Olive Grove“ ink and then Archival Ink in the colour “Leaf Green“. I put some one millimetre thick foam tape behind the popped up area’s and then adhered the white panel with the flower onto the olive green panel using liquid glue.

Then I stamped one of the sentiments from the Power Poppy clear stamp set called “Azalea“ onto the olive green panel using Versafine “Onyx Black“ ink and my MISTI.

Next I die cut a slightly larger square panel from some matching dark pink card stock and this panel I edged with Archival Ink in the colour “Plum“. I adhered the flower image with the olive green panel onto this panel using liquid glue.

Then I created my card base in the form of an easel card: this is very easy, you just have to use a top folding card base and then make an extra fold on the front half way. Now I can adhere the combined panels to the easel card base using liquid glue (only on the bottom half) and I finished the front of the card with some Pretty Pink Posh “Sparkling Clear Sequins“ in different sizes that I adhered with Ranger Medium Matte.

Power Poppy Hellebores

For the inside of the card I printed the quote that comes with the “Hellebores“ digital stamp onto white paper (edging this small panel with the same green inks), matted it on the same dark pink card stock (edged with the same plum ink colour) using liquid glue tot adhere them together and then adhering these combined panels to the inside of the card using one millimetre thick foam tape. Now the easel can stand on it’s own!

And that finishes this first card for today!

Power Poppy Hellebores

Card 2:

For my second card I printed the “Hellebores“ stamp onto Copic friendly paper. Then I die cut part of the image to create a different look on my card, today I used a circle die for this. After die cutting I started colouring the image with my Copic Sketch markers. I don’t have all the Copic colours so I had to manage with what I had to create a nice blend. I used the following colours: Y000, Y11, Y04, RV91, R83, R89, RV99, G40, G43, G94, BG75, N2, B0000, B21, B91 and B95. I also used a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen to ad back in some of the details that I lost. When the colouring was done I matted this circle image on some matching dark red card stock to create a bit more definition.

Next I started working on my sentiment: I printed one of the sentiments from the Power Poppy digital stamp called “Easy Breezy Coneflowers“ onto regular printer paper, I draw a banner shape around it using the outside edge of one of my banner dies and free hand cut this out with my scissors. Then I made a mat for this banner from some matte gold coloured card stock.

Power Poppy Hellebores

I choose a white card base, found some matching patterned paper and some blue paper that matched the colour of the vase in the image. From both papers I die cut a square, one slightly larger then the other. I edged the blue mat with Archival Ink in the colour “Cobalt“ to make it stand out a little bit more. These mats I adhered together using liquid glue. I wrapped some yellow ribbon from my stash around these combined panels and adhered ad the back using regular tape.

Now I’m ready to put this card together: I adhered the bigger set of mats with the ribbon onto the white card base using one millimetre thick foam tape. On this I adhered the circle mats and the sentiment banner also using one millimetre thick foam tape.

And to finish this second card I adhered some Cartwright’s Sequins in the colour “Satin Pearl“, in different sizes, using Ranger Medium Matte.

This card came out totally different then the first one, which one do you like best?

Power Poppy Hellebores

Art journal page:

We give a lot of the things we create away and that is why I feel it sometimes is nice to just create for yourself, to have fun and be able to look at it in a couple of months and enjoy it again or maybe wonder how much your creative process has changed, how much you have grown!

For this art journal page I first printed the “Hellebores“ stamp onto Strathmore “Toned Tan“ paper. Then I started colouring the image using my Faber Castell Polychromos/Holbein coloured pencils. The challenge with colouring on coloured paper is that you have to think in reverse a little: you have to create your highlights instead of leaving the paper white. For this I really like a Caran d ‘Ache Lumiance “White “ pencil: I first map in the highlights lightly and then start colouring the rest, working in layers until I like the end result.

I used the following colours (next to the mentioned white pencil):

Faber Castell Polychromos coloured pencils in the numbers 135, 168, 173, 103, 180, 177 and 146.

Holbein Artist’s Colored Pencils in the numbers OP222, OP434 and OP134 (from the Pastel Tone set that you can find on Ebay).

After colouring the image I went over some of the lines that I lost with a black Copic Multi Liner (0.1), you can use any marker you like, but use one with a small tip.

Then I used a large stitched rectangle die to cut around the image.

Power Poppy Hellebores

Next it’s time to start working on the quote: I took my Strathmore “Toned Tan“ Art Journal (14 x 21,6 cm in size) and pencilled in the quote that comes with the Power Poppy "Hellebores" stamp in my own calligraphy handwriting, first with a pencil and when I was happy I went over the lines with the black multi liner (you can of course use any journal you have or even an old book (in that case you just have to prepare the pages)). When the ink is dry you can erase the pencil lines. Of course you can also print the sentiment from the stamp set in a larger size and use that!

For the background I choose to keep it simple: I first applied VersaMagic ink in the colour “Key Lime“ and then partially Distress Oxide ink in the colour “Peeled Paint“ over a The Crafter’s Workshop stencil called “Kitchen Tiles“ (TCW751s) using a foam applicator tool and when that was dry I splattered on some COLIRO Pearl Colors by Finetec GmbH in the colour “Blackberry“.

When the splatters are dry I edged the die cut panel with the flower image and the journal page with Distress Ink in the colour “Vintage Photo“ and to finish this art journal page I adhered the flower image on the page using liquid glue.

Wow, that’s a really long post! I hope you enjoyed it!

Thank you Power Poppy for giving me this opportunity, I had a lot of fun while creating this project!

I wish you’ll a creative day!

I would like to submit this project to the following challenges:

- SSS Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes:

- Kleuren met potloden: Easel card:

I made it in the Top 3 with the easel card:

- We Love 2 Create: Anything Creative / Mixed Media Goes:

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