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1/24/2017

Krafty Pencil Flowers

Good evening, and today was a beautifully sunny, blue sky day after several gloomy days of rain & gray. I was a happy camper to see the sun.

Yesterday went to a Silhouette Cameo stencil cutting class.  Had to dust off the cameo. (shameful yes). It took some doing, because my cameo was cutting an acetate material that my friend Loll - who does stencils all the time - recommended. (couldn't find the stencil material that was purchased a while back). But finally the teacher's patience and my efforts paid off. First, I think I selected a more complex shape than I should have. Should have just been something very basic. Also we learned that the silhouette Platinum blade worked better for the acetate with my cameo. But here's the final result, and we were both very pleased with it. Hard to photo the material, so I had to darken the photo. (Big pats on back to ME but even more to the teacher!!! LOL). And thanks to Loll for the stencil link.

 

Now in case you didn't know this, there is a BIG NBUS challenge going on over at Darnell's  . She has some optional rules for different techniques that can be part of the challenge --- BUT - the main requirement is to use a NBUS. You ask, what does this NBUS mean? It is Never Before Used Schtuff
(the Blog-a-nition tab has a lot of these peculiar terms if you get cornfused). I missed the deadline for the kraft & pencil, and dang, I did 2 of 'em. I'm rather rubbish with pencils, but here's the one I liked best. Will share the other one later.



 Pretty sure this old wooden stamp was a NBUS, and was stamped with a Hero Arts soft green shadow ink pad (which was NBUS too). I didn't want the outline to show. Then used Polychromos (oil base pencil) to color. The kraft paper is just some Recollections c/s from Michaels, and it seemed really difficult to blend. I struggle with that using pencils & watercolor anyway; considered using gamsol, but decided not to do so. Used a white gel pen to add some highlights, and a copic green multiliner pen to darken the leaf and some stems. (then as usual, wished I'd left that alone!)

Scored the bottom lines, then used a S/B basic square to emboss a frame, which was outlined with a copper Pentel Slicci pen. Had to rescore the lines after embossing the square.

- Sentiment from a clear set (and that definitely is a NBUS -- had to cut the words apart too as it's a 2-line sentiment). Used WOW Ultra embossing ink, then WOW Copper pearl to heat emboss.

Finally added a small rhinestone as the center of the pink flower. (Don't laugh! I keep trying to get better with pencils! Maybe one day I'll get a decent one.)

Added some cards to the Cards by Friends page too. Hope you'll have time to enjoy them with us.

And join in with Darnell's NBUS Challenge too. Ya know what, even though I missed the kraft & pencil, #9 still has an optional NBUS general usage, so I'm going over!



Hugs & thanks for joining me. Come again when you can. Don't forget tomorrow is also the start of the first Rudolph Day for 2017.



46 comments:

scrappymo! said...

This card is so pretty. I think the shading is lovely. I think the oil based Polychromo's are fabulous pens...you lucky lady!

Your stamp is pretty and the colours you chose look wonderful.

Maxine D said...

Wow - that stencil looks as though it will be marvelous to use Mary - well done on persevering with it. Your card is gorgeous - love the colours you have used, and the way you have 'framed' it with the embossed die.
Blessings
Maxine

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful floral card Mary, your pencil colouring is brilliant, Kate x

Sue said...

Hi Mary, Pretty card.

I love the heart.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

Olga Fink said...

Both your creations are beautiful!
But I especially like your coloring of the flower!
xoxo Olga

Marilyn said...

Cute stencil and card!!

Pat said...

That looks like a very complicated piece of cutting on your Silhouette Mary and good to take a class which helps with getting to grips with using it. I love your pretty pencil coloured flowers on kraft and the colours are beautiful, such a shame you didn't get to enter it last week but will as you say still be OK for this week instead. x

Brenda said...

OMGosh, I love that heart stencil you made Momma Mary!!! It is just stunning and now I can't wait to see it used on a card. What kind of acetate did you use?? So you needed a different kind of blade to cute your stencil for your Cameo...who knew! Glad you and your teacher figured out what works and what doesn't!! Now on to your kraft coloring....What the heck?!! It is gorgeous!!!! Looks like you blended well to me! I am so in love with your pencil coloring and think you should do it more often! Makes my little flamingo look sick. lol I'm impressed you started with a larger image, not like me with a small image. lol You are very good at coloring on kraft Momma Mary!!! Hugs, Brenda

Stampsnob. said...

That stencil looks like a time consumer but worth the effort Love the pencil work I do like working with pencils but they are never under hand for reach so copic usually wins ..........Lis

*Vicki* said...

WOW!! This is really brilliant Mary!! I think your coloring over the kraft is absolutely GORGEOUS on those flowers!! You've done a great job! I have never tried the Polychromos and have heard many good things about them and how vibrant they are too! I would like to, but actually just got the Prismas to give me a start on the pencil coloring! LOL!! :) So glad that you've played and joined along with the NBUS challenge...I always seem to miss deadlines too!! HUGS

Redanne said...

Well done for persevering with the stencil, it will be worth all the effort, it looks beautiful.

What a shame you missed Darnell's first challenge (sadly I did too) because your card is beautiful, your pencil work looks wonderful to me! Hugs, Anne xx

Lisa said...

Wow, the heart stencil looks amazing!! What a beautiful design!! And your card is fabulous!! You colored the flowers perfectly!! Love them both my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

Lisa
A Mermaid's Crafts

Bonnie said...

I think you did a wonderful job coloring and shading with the pencils, Mary! I love the added touches with the white and black and that's the sweetest flower! The scoring and embossing highlight the beautiful design!

jimlynn said...

Mary, this is stunning! I've never even tried the no line coloring before but this is so pretty and I guess I'll have to try now. Outstanding!
Lynn

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow!! I enlarged your photo and I have seen your absolutely stunning heart!! Amazing stencil!! Surely you will make a lot of fab creations with it!
The pencil colouring on your kraft card looks so lovely!! Well done! And you made a very elegant design with your scoring and the square die to embossing the frame!

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
oh what a very superb card.
I love that wonderful stamp used, and your colouring is ace.
Your stencil looks really super, and arn't you very clever to be making your own with your cameo.
Oh by the way that wasn't my 40th Anniversary card we haven't reached that milestone yet.
Love and big hugs from my house to yours.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Jenny L said...

Hi Mary,
forgot to say I love your jewelled cardinal in front of your card.

Pia S said...

One item I can't be without is Kraft paper. I'm rubbish at coloring on Kraft but I so love seeing it. You were right to go with the no line option, it gives it all a softer look. Very pretty!

Daffodil Cards said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! Mary you have surpassed yourself, the Kraft card colouring is absolutely STUNNING, the strokes of the pencils, look so beautiful as are the colours. THEN you went even further with your CAMEO, Love the design too. I am SO VERY proud of you, now you can help me, when I shout out LOL. Both wonderful results.
Faith
x

cotnob said...

Your stencil looks beautiful Mary, well worth the patience and effort.
Your card is so pretty, a fabulous CAS design and beautifully coloured with your pencils.
Pauline
x

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Wow! Your card is the perfect example of what comes to mind when I think of colored pencils on kraft. It's not what I make, mind you, just how I think it should be. Quite stunning!

Kathleen said...

Strange don't know how I missed this yesterday but hey ho I am here now. Love your use of the pencils, I think that you have done a fabulous card using them. Great image and really gorgeous colours.
Super card.

Kath x

Nancy Stislow said...

Your coloring is outstanding, Mary! This is absolutely beautiful! And kudos to you on that cut on the Cameo! Good for you for taking that class too!

My Paper Epiphany said...

So very pretty! Great colouring!

pam said...

Beautiful coloring on the wonderful image Mary, such a pretty design, perfect embossed frame and sentiment.
Gorgeous patteren on this stencil..
Hugs Pam x

Loll said...

You did a wonderful job colouring with pencils Mary. You are always so hard on yourself. I have the feeling that everything you make is good. Love the colouring and the highlighting with the white. xx

Sheila H said...

Mary, your Kraft coloring is totally awesome! And you told me yours didn't turn out well...! The highlighting rocks. Then you create your own stencil - love it. Make something with it soon - please!!

Susanne Vargas said...

Whenever I see Loll use a stencil that I like it's usually one that she made herself. The fact that you can make your own stencils with the Cameo almost makes me want to buy one...
And your card is so pretty! Great coloring and love the white highlights. Have to try that...

Shona Erlenborn said...

Well you brave soul! That's what I need to do - get a Silhouette cutting class! So glad it worked out for you Mary. This card is too cute. I love the effect of the pencils on the Kraft card. Beautiful result.

Carol L said...

I don't own a silhouette but it really makes wonderful stencils, that's for sure! I love that pretty heart and know it will make gorgeous cards! Love the colors on kraft too - your coloring is spot on and I love the white highlights! Beautiful creations!

Anita in France said...

What a gorgeous stencil, Mary ... looking forward to seeing the deliciousness you create with that beauty! Fabulous colouring on those sweet blooms ... soft, delicate and so pretty! Hugs, Anita :)

Barb said...

Your stencil looks fantastic Mary. It looks like a very intricate design.

I love your card. That really is a pretty floral stamp and it looks lovely on kraft card. You certainly gave a lot of thought to the colouring and it has certainly paid off. A really beautiful card Mary. Barbxx

aussie aNNie said...

Love your stencil, I have never tried that on my cameo afraid I may 'wreck' it, so play it safe. Never know what to use to cut either.
Your colouring on Kraft is gorgeous, very pretty in fact...xx{aNNie}

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Well Mary as usual you are too hard on yourself Ma sir ethis NBUS card looks as good inreal lid eas it does on the screen, I love it and especially like how you framed it, that does work a treat doesn't it?
Well done on persevering with your beautful stencil,too.
Thanks for sharing your inspiration,
Shaz in Oz.x

{Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

Mrs A. said...

Rubbish my foot Mary!! This is gorgeous. I love those pretty soft colours you have achieved with your pencils. hugs Mrs A. ps. The Bathroom renovations are finished so now its time for the painter to come in and do his bit and lastly the cupboard door company to put the new door on the boxed in cupboard which thankfully didn't have to be rebuilt.

Veerle said...

By the look of this card I wouldn't say you are rubbish with pencils Mary. This looks so very pretty. I absolutely love it. Gorgeous. Hugs Veerle x

Petra Swart said...

WOW, that heart looks amazing, Mary - good thing you didn't give up on it!!!!! And your colouring on the kraft is just great!!!!! The flowers are really beautiful - love the colours!!!
Have a great weekend!!!!
Hugz

Pam said...

Wow, this is absolutely beautiful Mary! The colors are so pretty and the white just makes it pop!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Brenda in IN said...

You did a great coloring card. The blending is beautiful and the colors are too. The highlights you added really make the flowers pop. I'm glad you were able to cut the stencil. Can't wait to see the cards you make with it.

MagsB said...

The stencil looks great, Mary, it will be so useful. And your card is lovely, so elegant, it looks like something that would be embroidered in silk on a beautiful Chinese robe!

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

love Mags B x

Donna said...

Your card is stunning, your coloring is amazing! Aren't Darnell's NBUS's fun, I'm enjoying having themes this time around.

crafty-stamper said...

Beautifully coloured image on the kraft (never done that)and love the heart stencil
Carol x

Lucy E. said...

Beautiful!
I think your coloring looks
lovely! I am an amateur pencil
user-only have the water color pencils
so far.

Pippa said...

Hi Mary, if that is you not being good at pencils then there is no hope for the rest of us! Your card is absolutely beautiful and I love the white highlighting you have put in.

Darnell said...

Sorry to be so late coming by because of my wee wee surgery, Mary! I'm so tickled that you tackled the cp/k technique and I'm glad you posted it for this challenge! I think you are much too hard on yourself and you did an awesome job coloring this image! I also love the white highlights and the use of the copper!! Thank you so much for playing in my NBUS Challenge #9! Thank you, too, for the beautiful card I received today and the prayers that came with it! I hope you are still getting lots of sunshine! Hugs, Darnell

Aileen Ryan said...

Mary your colouring on your kraft card is wonderful. Don't know how you can say anything negative. It is beautiful and I love the card.