Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Memories of Santa Fe

Good morning everyone! Did you know Suzanne Dean at Color Me Creative Classroom is still having a fun "pastel" challenge? It is time to get out those Copic colorless blender pens and have some fun! This is a card I created for the Pastel Challenge.

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Technique: Using a “colorless blender” to give a soft, pastel color.

Personal Challenge:
1. Practice with using my colorless blender for soft colors
2. Practice with shadows and lighting. (Check out the shadow next to the pottery :)
3. Practice creating a background freehand. (Mountain range and horizon)

Card Base 5.5 in. X 8.5 in.
Score and fold at 4.25 in. (This makes card for a 2A envelope)
Card Base Layer 4 in. X 5.25 in.
Focal Base Layer 3.25 in. X 4.25 in
Focal Image Layer 3 in X 4

Focal Image: Rubber Stamp by Copper Leaf Creations – “Pot With Hummer”

Background Image: Posh Rubber Stamps “Cacus Cluster” by Dee Gruening

Copic Markers: YG63, G28, G40, BV20, BV23, BV 25, R20, R22, R24, E00, E11, E02, B000, B01, B02, B04, Colorless Blender

Card stock : Cryogen White for focal image, GKD Pure Luxury in White, Pumpkin Spice and Black Onyx.

Ink : Memento Black, Bahama Blue, Summer Sky, Bamboo Leaves. Tangelo, Angel Pink, Cantaloupe.

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, brayer, Cuttlebug or die cutter, Distressed Stripes embossing and Pop Dots.

Tip: The problem: You want to create a background or image but you do not have “that one stamp you need”….. hee hee…. Isn’t that always the case?…. Just one more stamp is all I need- honest! Well the solution is to take your copic multiliner and sketch it in freehand. I have had to do that for backgrounds or images…. It works great but be certaint to use a copic marker so you do not ruin you precious Copic Marker!!

This is a close-up of the beautiful stamp I purchased while visiting Santa Fe. It is a rubber stamp from Copper Leaf Creations called "Pot with Hummer". I just love humming birds. I have feeders in my back yard and they come to visit every day. I remember one I named Cutie. He would come and hand less than a foot in front of my face and just talk for hours!!! I was trying to read a good mystery but I just had to put the book down and visit with the little guy!

I colored the image and then cut it out and used it as my focal image for this card.

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I did not have a background tht looked like aSanta Fe mountain range so I created it with my Copic multiliner. I drew my horizon and then colored with my copic markers. I then sponged the background. I stamped the very light cactus cluster from Posh Rubber Stamsp "Cactus Cluster" by Dee Gruening.

I hope you enjoyed this card. Please stop by Color Me Creative Classroom and try your hand at some pastels!

Thank you so much for stopping by. Please feel free to leave a comment. I really find you comments inspiring!

Hugs and Smiles,


  1. ohhh wow Marie this is very creative.

  2. Wowzers Marie ... that's a beauty! I love how you use very different images from most ... certainly not 'run-of-the-mill', that's for sure!

  3. Marie - you GOT the coloring down! Went through a few of your postings -- WOW! You are a fabulous colorer.. :)

  4. OH my...such a beauty!!!! YOUR coloring skills are out of this world!! WOW!!!! EXCELLENT job...beautiful look!!!!!!!! WOW!!!!

  5. Wow Marie! I love this stamp!!! Did I ever tell you that I grew up in Santa Fe! Yepper! I would love to go back but can't afford it! The house my parents paid $14,000 for when I was a little girl sold for over $750,000. Whew! Wish they had kept the darn thing! LOL!
    You nailed this with your coloring Girlfriend! I absolutely love it and really makes me miss home! I love how you colored your background especially the landscape and cactus! Tooo pretty!
    Big Hugs!


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