Sunday, July 19, 2009

Stampin Up Stipple Gardenia

***update: The name of the stamp set is "Stipple Gardenia" not "Stipple Rose".

Hi Friends! Happy Sunday to you all! Do you have stamps that you've had for a very long time and have not inked in ages. Well, let me tell you. . .I have so many of them that it's really quite sad because many of the images are so pretty. I tend to want to use the more current stamps and totally forget about the old stamps. Yesterday, I walked into the garage and decided to pull out my old stamps and this rose image from the Stampin Up Stipple Gardenia stamp set was one of them. Isn't the gardenia pretty image pretty or what?

I colored the gardenia with my Copic Markers and added a bit of Stickles to parts of the image. I also decided to do a polished stone technique to my background. I cut out the rose image then remounted the image on to the polished stone background with foam tape to give it a 3D effect.

I wanted to discuss photographing your cards and the importance of lighting. If you scroll down below, do you see the photo of the same card? Well, I had bought a new set of lamps for my craft room and I had used regular light bulbs. I decided to test to see if there were any difference to my photos if I used a mixed OTT light with the regular light bulb. Regardless of using the OTT light as a secondary light source, the regular light bulbs still created a yellow tinge to my card.

To avoid this effect, buy craft light bulbs which provide true color spectrum's meaning the light illuminated do not distort the colors of what you see in the room; instead, the colors are as you see it in natural sunlight. You can find the light bulbs at Lowes or any hardware store. They're a bit expensive but so worth it.

It really makes a difference when you take photos of your cards. As you can see in the picture . . .the color in the photo is a lot of more orange. I used SU Cameo Coral and Old Olive card stock and as you can see in the picture . . the colors are distorted.

Anyway. . .hope you all have a wonderful day!

Card Details:

Stamps: Stampin Up Stipple Gardenia, Sweet Serendipity
Paper: SU Hawaiian Papaya DSP, SU Cameo Coral, Old Olive
Ink: Copic Markers, Scribbles Iridescent Paint, SU Cameo Coral and Old Olive Reinker (Polished Stone)
Accessories: Stickles glitter, EK Success Punch, Provo Craft Punch, Nestabilities, SU Key Tag Punch


Danni said...

Wow!! Gorgeous card!! Wonderful job!

montygonza said...

That is so beautiful. All the detail is amazing, thank you for brighting up my day.


Becky said...

Gorgeous card, love the coloring, and thanks for the information.

Becky said...

Gorgeous card, love the coloring, and thanks for the information.

PaperCrafty said...

Beautiful card Maria! Love all the deminsion.

Dawn Easton said...

Maria, that rose is GORGEOUS girl! Wowzers! You are right, the OTT lights are definitely the BEST! ;)

Kyoko said...

Hi Maria! LOL ... I know exactly what you mean about stamps that have never touched ink! Beautiful card and thanks for the photo tip!

Jacquie said...

OMGosh!!! Maria!!! This is GORGEOUS!!! As ALWAYS!!! However, this? WOW!!! My mouth is still hanging open!! Thank SO much for sharing your talent!! Hope you are well!!!

Take care!

Linda said...

Hey Maria! OMG - such a beautiful card! I love it! Like I told Cami, I wonder when Hallmark is gonna come knocking on your door with a job offer ... TFS and have a wonderful week!

Sukari-83 said...

Thank you commented on my blog. You are absolutely unbelievably gorgeous cards displayed here. I like how you color.
I added you to my favorite blogs, and certainly visit again.

Heidi from Finland

scrappingnana said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

Norine said...

Just gorgeous it looks like a work of art love it

Monika/Buzsy said...

Maria... stunning card! I just love that rose and the beautiful colors... the polished stone BR is fabulous! TFS!

Cathy said...

This is really beautiful!! Love the colors. Super card! Hugs, Cathy

Risa said...

Your card is very pretty Maria! The flowers is gorgeous, I love all the detailing and sparkle!

de said...

I LOVE the details on your flowers! Beautiful! I saw your photos... they turned out awesome! I have completed two challenges so far... I'm going out and about this weekend to finish up! It's fun to have the motivation to do it!

Elena said...

Wonderful card! I love the coloring and sparkles! Thank you for sharing information about pictures.

Anonymous said...

I'm it a rose or a gardenia????
Aren't gardenias white?
In your directions you say rose on one line and gardenia on the next.
A rose is a rose is a rose.

Creative Mish said...

Trying to catch up on comments this morning... I've been drooling over your cards for a few days now!! This one is beautiful!~

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