Thursday, February 24, 2011


This is another beautiful image by NICECRANE DESIGNS. I think the image is so beautiful and just makes me feel so tranquil. In these times, we can use as many tranquil moments as we can get! I used to live in Colorado on a lake that had frequent visits from two gorgeous swans. I couldn't help but remember Phoebe and Cecil (the names I gave them) and remember how many beautiful moments they gave me. I remember how worried I was when they needed to fly south for the winter. I said many prayers that they would make it safe and sound.

Card Base 5.5 in. X 8.5 in.
Score and fold at 4.25 in. (This makes card for a 2A envelope)
Base Layer 4 in. X 525 in.
Focal Layer 3.75 in. X 5 in
Focal Image Layer

Focal Image: Digital Image by Nicecrane Designs/Illustrator Ignacio Molina

Copic Markers: R000, R00, R11,B0000, B000, B32,YR000, YG91, YG95, YG99,
C0, C1

Card stock : GKD Pure Luxury White, Purple-Blue and very light skin toned paper by Bazzil

Ink : Memento Summer Sky, Bahama Blue and Paris Dusk.

Embellishments: Pearls

Tools: Scor-Pal or Scor-Buddy, Paper Cutter (I use Fiskars), Scissors (Tim Holtz helps reduce pain for those with arthritis!), Quickie Glue Pen, Adhesive,large sponge daubers, Tim Holtz paper sander to smooth paper edges after cutting. Cuttlebug or die cutter), small corner paper punch (1 inch circle punch will work if you do not have a corner punch), D’Vine Swirls embossing folder and Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels die.

Tip: When you score your card base make certain you place another piece of paper over the top of the card prior to scoring to achieve a crisp fold without getting unwanted lines on your finished card.

Tip 2: You will save a lot of blood, sweat and tears if you select your cardstock and designer paper prior to coloring your focal image. You may find you want to alter the Copic Marker shades or ink media based on your available paper. This is a taken from someone who did not always follow this rule! LOL!

Copic Markers: R000, R00, R11,B0000, B000, B32,YR000, YG91, YG95, YG99,
C0, C1

I cut the image out with Spellbinders Nestabilaties Large Labels. I mounted the image on a purple-blue card stock and realized I needed to darken the sky. I added Memento Paris Dusk.

Hugs and Smiles


  1. Marie your cards are so beautiful. I love your coloring.

  2. Oh Marie, you have created a work of art with this's stunning.

  3. Hi Marie, I was so impressed by some of your photos at CMC that I decided to check out yuor blog. This is absolutely gorgeous and in line with my favorite types of scene. Your coloring is awesome.

  4. OMG....yes, stunning...and a work of art! Someone is going to be quite thrilled to receive this beautiful card.


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