Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Dutch Iris Sympathy Card

I am thrilled that I have another sympathy card to add to my stash! This card has a lot more bling on it than I would normally have for a sympathy card, but it's softly coloured so I think it works well for its purpose. The directions to make this card are posted on the Heartfelt Creations blog.

This spring, K&Co release this fabulous specialty paper pad designed by Tim Coffey called Cottage Garden and it has several different sparkly iris papers in it. How stinkin' perfect for this Dutch Iris March Release for Heartfelt Creations, eh?!!! My irises were inspired by the paper I used for my card. Too, too perfect! I love this paper!!

I used 3 stamp sets for the front of this card; Vintage Life Background stamp, the Dutch Iris Oval Set and the Dutch Iris Medley set. I know it's quite the boatload of stamps but, sometimes it just takes this much to get the results I picture in my head. This is an easy look to achieve. I stamped the oval iris image, coloured it, sponged the edges, then cut the smaller oval out of the center. I cut the smaller brown oval not only to frame the main iris image, but to camouflage where I cut it from! A totally cheater pants way of accomplishing a very complex look.

The other lickety split technique I used was to cut a vellum oval 1" larger than the iris image oval. I used the loopy corner punch to punch out the 12-3-6-9 'numbers' places that would appear on a clock face. After, I went back and evenly punch the remaining 'number' places. It was quick to do and the look is lovely!

I didn't use as many copics on this card as I seem to be using lately.  Here's the break down;

Leaves; G82, G85, G99
Upper portion of the blossom; E33, Y0000, Y00, Y11, Y15, Y18, Y21, Y23
Lower portion of the blossom; V000, V01, V04, V05, V06, V09

The inside of the card is simple and I love the look of this Sympathy Sentiment placed a little off center.

There is a great deal more inspiration on the Heartfelt Creations blog, so take a peek and enjoy!

stamps; vintage life background stamp, sympathy sentiment, dutch iris oval, dutch iris medley (heartfelt creations)
paper; cottage garden specialty (K&Co), hershey, walnut creme (bazzill), vellum (paper accents)
ink; espresso adirondack, pumice stone distress ink (ranger)
accessories; decorative dutch iris die (heartfelt creations), sm & lg classic oval nestabilities dies (spellbinders), loopy corner and border punch (martha stewart), brown brads (bo bunny), rhinestones (heidi swapp), ribbon (unknown), copic markers 

a spoon full of sugar #144- flowers, ribbon and pearls
the shabby tearoom #54 - BINGO - gems, flowers, punch 
my grafico - anything goes 
paper cutz - anything goes 
sugarcreek hollow - anything goes anniversary celebration 
stamp with fun #103 - spring! 
stamps R us - spring 
the kraft journal - spring 
aly's sunday #38 - spring 
inspiration ave - spring 
Mami doodles #22 - spring 
stamping vacation - punches and nestabilities 


Judy I, St. Louis MO said...

Loretta, When I pulled up the Heartfelt blog this morning, I was just blown away by your awesome card. It is gorgeous. Thanks for providing the wonderful details. Irises are my favorite flower and the Dutch Iris medley has quickly become my favorite stamp set. Your card is truly an inspiration.

Debbie said...

Oh my ... gorgeous coloring, pretty satin bow, sparkly rhinestones, so many FAB layers! A stunning creation! Thanks for joining us in the Tea Room this week :)

Jan Hunnicutt said...

Wow, this is just stunning! Thanks for playing in our challenge at Stamps R Us!

Lisa Somerville said...

Stunning Iris! Love your coloring, and the softness the vellum layer adds!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Awesome, Loretta! This just stopped me in my tracks! The image and coloring are phenomenal, really just exquisite! LOVE what you did with the vellum too!

Hope you are doing well, my friend.


Olena said...

this card is so feminine and lovely! Olena

baby crib said...

I can say that this card is perfect. The colors and the designs are way too beautiful.

Deanna said...

Very nice. I love the colors in the iris.

Selma said...

Loretta this is the most gorgeous Iris I have ever seen. This is definitely an award winning card. Really, really fabulous.

Cec said...

This is absolutely stunning and your colouring is beautiful. I love the punched work, all the layers and your gorgeous bow. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

Donna Hanley said...

This card is gorgeous! What a beautiful coloring job and the ribbon is beautiful. I love how you stampted script in the background. Very, Very elegant. Thank you for sharing.

Mari said...

Fantastic coloring! I feel like I could just reach out and pick it!

Mami Doodles said...

WOW, what an amazing card! Many thanks for taking part in the Mami Doodles challlenge.

HappyCrafter said...

I absolutely love this card, one of my favorites in quite a while! Great job with all the little detail and tying in the dp.

Lynn's Place said...

Holy Moly what a fabulous looking flower...great job...tfs

Dawn said...

Wonderful card! Beautifully coloured!
Thanks for playing at My Grafico!
Dawn xxx

artangel said...

Wow you do beautiful work! You've combined several media, colours and textures so well - really lovely!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my is this ever Stunningly Beautiful, I love your tip on layering the image, what a great look and your loopy oval framing is so pretty, I am going to have to give that a try, thanks so much for sharing all your tips and tricks!

Danielle Therese Greenwood said...

Gorgeous card! Love the coloring and the bit of sparkle. Also like how you labeled your ciao copics! Thanks for joining us in The Shabby Tea Room this week.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm not a card maker, so this looks absolutely incredible. You make it sound easy, but I know it must have take a long time to make.

Pattie said...

Gorgeous coloring! Love the bright colors. So glad you could play along with us this week in the Tea Room!

Judy Goddard said...

Lovely composition, lovely colors, lovely card!

priti.lisa said...

You do such delicate detailed pretty :)

Lindsay said...

beautiful card!

I have an award I'd like to share with you if you wanted to pop on over to my blog

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