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8/28/2014

Worn Shoes Birthday

Cheerio on a sunny Thursday afternoon and welcome to 2 lovely new followers:
Nadine of My Scrap'n'Stuff and Nancy of What's on My Kitchen Counter.  Please take a visit & tell these talented bloggers that I sent you to say Hi, and just enjoy a good browse around their blogs. It will be a fun visit I can assure you.

Before I share today's card, let me say that I enjoyed the free workshop by a Silhouette rep sponsored by our local Scrapbook Creations. I'm not very advanced with my usage of the Silhouette Cameo that lives here, but one exciting thing I learned that I want to pass along. Silhouette has a new kind of mat (PixScan) that allows the user to place a 12x12 cardstock on the mat - stamp an image, photo the image either with a digital camera or your smartphone, upload to the silhouette software, and then have the Cameo cut it out. No more fussy cutting. I want to learn to do this! Here's a picture of the mat & I hope I'm not violating any copyright laws with sharing this picture! This mat differs from the regular cutting mat because it has registry markings on it. (I hope I've relayed this information correctly, but I'm sure the Silhouette website has better information on this mat. It's not very expensive either to save a lot of fussy cutting!). I saw the rep do the stamping - then upload and cut out the stamped image, so now just gotta learn myself.



Today's card was done with the Polychromos pencils that I'm trying to learn how to use. I think the pencils worked better for me on this one, but the image was so detailed, I kept to just a neutral palette of colors (beiges, tans & some greens). I tried to go very lightly with the pencil strokes and get the intensity by repeated layers, and not going too hard with the pencil strokes.



- Impression Obsession Worn Shoes, by Gary Robertson, one of my favorite IO artists. Stamped with Versafine Sepia ink, since it was such a detailed stamp. Thought the Sepia would work better with the theme of the image, rather than a harder look with black Versafine.

- colored with Polychromos pencils, distressed with DI Frayed Burlap around the edges after taking the distressing tool around the edges of the trimmed out image.

- mats are snippets of black, gold and green from the snippets box. All underlying areas were removed with a deckled S/B rectangle. The cardbase is kraft.

- Cheery Lynn sentiment die was cut 3 times from a snippet of natural c/s that was the back piece of an old recycled card. Colored with Copics to pick up the tones in the card, then glued together for dimension, and some Glossy Accents added. I'm on the hunt for some less fancy family word dies. This script is not particularly appropriate with the subject matter of the image, but it's the only one I have. As my friend told me yesterday, I _could_ cut out this type of thing on my Silhouette, if I but would!

Woo-Hoo..Just did a quick check and Lil Parsnip is still waiting by the Snippets Playground to let in any latecomers. Since he's a cute little bear-type of fella, I want to go give him a big ole hug, & as there's some snippety bits on this one, I think he'll let me in. C'mon along, if you have time. I KNOW you must have some snippets to use on a card & play with the Snippeteers for Week 139.

Now I must be away to visit some Rudolph Day cards and then back to see some lovely Snippets Playground cards...so off I go. Thanks for stopping in to say Hi. Big Hugs.

56 comments:

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Mary, what a wonderful card, I love the image and your colouring is fantastic, the shading is teriffic as is your colour theme is lovely. Pleased you enjoyed your workshop, hugs Kate x

Kathleen said...

Great image and a fabulous use of the pencils, looks like you are getting to grip with them very well.

Kath x

jimlynn said...

You rocked this card with those pencils! WOW! I love the image, sentiment, the simplicity of the card. Guys don't want a lot of fluff and stuff on their cards and this will be just perfect.
I have several of the images from IO and am going to try coloring them with pencils now! Really gives this a beautiful look.
LYnn

Jacee said...

Lovely card Mary, fab colouring and a really nice image.
Hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Pippa said...

Mary, I just love this card. I think it is my favourite of yours to date. x

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
this is a superb card.
Superb colouring in of that stamped image.
I love, love, love, it.
Great designing of your card too, and beautiful inking.
I bet you did the happy dance once you finished that.
Lots of crafty hugs and love. Jenny L.

Pippa said...

Mary, I love this card. I think it is my favourite of yours to date. x

Sharon said...

The image is gorgeous Mary and your colouring is fabulous. Love the tones.
I am seriously thinking of buying some pencils as I really like the effect.
Have a lovely evening.
Hugs Sharon. x

Redanne said...

Wow Mary, this is utterly gorgeous! Your colouring is out of this world,mi love everything about it. This has shot to the top of my favourites of your work now. Love it...... Hugs, Anne xx

Veerle said...

Hi Mary, wow you really blew me away with this card. Good thinking to stamp it with sepia.
I think your colouring is brilliant, you really got the hang of it. I adore this card.
BTW I checked it and indeed Joanna Sheen has the Inkylicious brushes and she herself says the small ones you were talking about just aren't as good as the original Inkylicious ones. She shipps all over the world and free from a certain amount. Ones you've had these in your hands you will not want anything else anymore. BTW 2 you have a silhouette cameo ? Waauw.
Loooots of love and greetings from Veerle x x x x
BTW 3 thanks for your reaction on my new profile photo. I wanted a more recent one and this one is taken last june on holliday in france. Bye x x x

Benzi said...

Mary, that is an awesome image and you worked it up in a great way. I think this will be a big hit. Great guy card!!!

Jean Straw said...

Oh Mary I love this stamp and the lovely muted colours.It has made a really fabulous man card.
jean x

Mrs A. said...

Fantastic Mary. Looks just like a photograph. The colours are a perfect choice and your colouring is perfect. 10/10.
hugs Mrs A.

Patricia said...

Brilliant, absolutely stunning.
A wonderful image so beautifully coloured, I love it. I would have that framed and hanging on my wall.
I still have not had the courage to start on my beautiful box of Prisma Pencils ... silly I know but that's me
Hugs

Patricia xx

Carol said...

This is a fabulous male image Mary, I love how you've coloured it. I must get around to using up some snippets again...not been to the playground for a long while! Carol x

Pat said...

I love that stamp Mary, it's so detailed and you have coloured it beautifully, with the green and gold framing it perfectly. I can see why you like this artist's stamps. x

Lisa said...

This is so gorgeous, Mary!! Wow, your coloring is amazing!! This is just fabulous!! Love it my friend!! Have a great evening :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Carol L said...

What a wonderful masculine card! Those old shoes really remind one of home, and I love how the hat is tilted on top of one! Great card, and that Silhouette cutting technique sounds like some serious fun!

Maxine D said...

Mary this is a beautiful card - love your colour palette and the way you have used the colours.
Blessings
Maxine

Greta said...

Wow, Mary--this is just amazing! LOVE the image & how you colored it!

Sue said...

Loving the card. I find it hard to do cards suitable for men.

Hope you have a fab Friday.

scrappymo! said...

What a fabulous image. You have done a great job colouring, blending, and colouring again till you reached the perfect amount of detail.

I love the muted look to it and agree the Sepia ink was the right choice.
Stunning card, Mary!

Rainey's Craft Room said...

A wonderful card Mary, a great image and you have coloured it beautifully.
Lorraine

nwilliams6 said...

Lovely shading with the pencils on this beautiful image! I had to look closely to see if you had added dimension with fussy cutting - so well done. Great feel to this card. Looking forward to seeing what you do with your machine once you figure out the new feature - that would really come in handy! Happy Friday my friend. Hugz!

Debs Willis said...

What a great image and the colouring is spot on!
Debs x

Brenda in IN said...

This is a great card. You are really doing a good job with your new pencils.

Brenda said...

Oh my Momma Mary, I am so loving this card! First off the image is fabulous, I can't believe your colored it with your pencils-wow! Love your coloring and love the colors you chose. Very masculine of course and we all need more masculine cards. Love, love it. Love the Cameo mat too and how that works, so awesome and neat, I sure hope you learn how to do it too! Hugs, Brenda

jackiescrafts said...

What a fabulous card I love that image and your colouring is great too
Jackie x

Bonnie said...

This is a wonderful image and you've done a great job of coloring the scene! Love how you've colored the shoe! Have a great weekend, Mary!

Loll Thompson said...

Fabulous coloring with the pencils Mary. Love the warm, neutral palette --- perfect for the image. Loll xx

Tina Campbell said...

Beautiful masculine card. Wonderful to hear of the new thing coming to the cameo would love to figure out how to use this and my stamps :)

mamapez5 said...

A wonderful card. I love the image. You have done a great job with the pencils too. Kate x

Petra Swart said...

Oh, I love your worn shoes, Mary!!! Such a lovely masculine card!! You've done a great job with the colouring!! Great card!!

Have a great weekend!!
Hugz

Shona Erlenborn said...

Great job with this Mary. Love the image and the beautiful shading. Thanks for the inspiration for the masculine card.

Debs Willis said...

Hi Mary, thank you so much for your lovely comments on my TCBH post - I really appreciated you taking the time to read it and say such nice things
Truth is, the housework always comes last lol :-)
Hugs
Debs xx

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card and brilliant colouring the nuetral colours look perfect for the image
Carol x

Darnell J Knauss said...

You did a marvelous job coloring this awesome image, Mary! And I love the way you did the matting!! Have a wonderful weekend trying out the tips you learned!! Hugs, Darnell

Di said...

Gorgeous Mary! Love how you coloured so beautifully using Polychromos pencils - my fave too. Do you blend with Gamsol/Sansodor at all?

Sorry I'm a bit late commenting - got a case of the blues here which is most unlike me :(

Hugs, Di xx

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Mary, lovely to see you over at my blog :D That is a wonderful card , I love the vintage feel of it, well done with the pencil work! It's a winner :D x

Faith A said...

A beautiful beautiful card with amazing colouring.

Thanks for the tip about the Silhouette, something I have been looking to buy this "may" make a difference..

Nadine said...

Awww, thank you so much Mary!
I am really loving that card, fabulous job!

SARN said...

Absolutely fantastic card Mary. Really love this one.

xxxx

Mau xx said...

Hi Mary, thank for calling by my blog xx its so good to see my sweet bloggy friends in this very busy life. I will be so pleased when things settle down here.
I love your card, I have seen this fabulous image before and would love to own it, i will try and purchase it when i get more time to play.
Your colouring is beautiful, I love my poly pencils! even using my markers the pencils are taking a huge part in the shading.....more pencil than marker...lol
Huge hugs for now xx

Irish Cherokee said...

Whew. This is a popular post. Felt like I was falling into a well getting to where I could tell you I liked your post. All of the superlatives are already used up so what everyone else says I agree with. I'm still a little dizzy from that free fall. LOL. That is one impressive image. You did everything just the way it is supposed to be.

Blessings
Jim

Elizabeth said...

Superb Card, Mary. The image is fab and your colouring is wonderful. Elizabeth xx

Sheila H said...

I am in awe of your coloring, Mary. Your card looks like a painting. I love the aged look you gave it. Such a wonderful masculine card!

kbrandy4 said...

Wow! Mary you have created a stunning card, love the vintage image! Hugs x

Esther said...

Hello Mary

I came to your blog true Veerle, and i like what i see. Thank you for visiting my blog an becoming my follower, i think it's worth it to become yours too :) Greetings Esther

JD/ Jill said...

I really like IO images...and this one is especially nice and you colored it to perfection!

Desire Fourie said...

A gorgeous masculine design. Just love the worn look.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Liz said...

What a fabulous card! Beautifully coloured. x

Susan (rainy) said...

This is such a fabulous image and so so beautifully colored, Mary. Looks like you have learned very well how to use the pencils! Wonderful guy card!

Jules said...

Hi Mary

At last I have chance to catch up with the world.

You have been posting some beautiful projects since my last visit.

It looks like you are getting on really well with your pencils - you have achieved a great look here!

Hope you are having a good week.

Love Jules xx

MagsB said...

Wow, what amazing, delicate colouring on that fabulous image! Love it!!

love Mags B x

SarahGeorge said...

Very very elegant masculine card :)

Sarah said...

I really like the neutral color palette for the image. It really works well with the image and it is very masculine. Fabulous card.