Monday, September 23, 2013

Sending You Sunshine ~ CYP Challenge 181

It's time for another new challenge at Craft Your Passion Challenges and this week's theme, No Colouring on the Images, really pushed me creatively. Now you would think that not being able to add colour to an image would make it super quick to least I did. Usually I spend a lot of time colouring each image because I enjoy the process so much plus I love colour. I swear this card took me longer  to complete than normal even though the image remains uncoloured. Talk about out of my comfort

 I began with this gorgeous and detailed image called Art Deco Butterfly Garden from our wonderful sponsor, The Sugar Kissed Cottage. In order to emphasize parts of the image, I printed it twice and fussy cut the two largest flowers and the butterfly.These were sculpted, lined with black Big Brush pen, and popped up on clear dimensional tape to raise them off the background. Normally I can get that dimension with shading and highlighting in my colouring. Small half pearls were added to some of the flower centers.

The background was a paper from Authentique's Renew Collection matted on black cardstock. I wanted something graphic with high contrast and it fit the bill. The image was matted in black and then matted again with a piece of mixed media paper taken from my old art journal. The torn holes where the coil binding had gone through made an interesting pattern since they allowed the print to show in the tiny squares. The border on the right side of the card was created by using MFT's Harlequin Diamond die on black cardstock and then bordering the diamonds with strips of black. White half pearls were used to mark the points of each diamond on the narrow strips.

The sentiment was created on the computer and cut out with a Spellbinders ticket die. Black Soot Distress ink around the edges as well as faux stitching took it from plain to more interesting. And finally...colour! Two shades of yellow Prima flowers were combined with a black mulberry flower to provide a pop of colour and contrast to this black and white card.

Thank you for visiting me today. I really appreciate your visits and the sunshine you bring with your lovely comments. I need all the sunshine I can get right now because my mom is in the hospital so your kind words and thoughts are doubly appreciated.. If you get a chance, pop over to the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see how the rest of my talented teamies handled this No Colouring of the Image challenge. Hope you'll join us.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create ~ Challenge 38 Anything Goes
Hobbycutz Challenge ~ #17  Black & White & one colour (yellow)
Through The Purple Haze ~ Inspired by a song, book, film, cartoon (You are the sunshine of my life - song)
Lacy Sunshine Challenge ~ Challenge #17 Anything Goes
One Stitch at a Time ~ #182 Anything Goes
Sister Act Card Challenge ~ #25  Anything Goes

Life is good; so is art.


ParkNSlide said...

Love all the patterns, the texture and the bright yellow flowers shine so much sunshine on your composition and do so much to focus attention to the sentiment and anchor the images.

butterfly dream cards said...

wow oh wow amazing i love the card...fantastic

fiona DT

Ingrid Mason said...

Bonnie, having enjoyed seeing a number of your cards and appreciating your wonderful use of colour I can quite understand how this card would be a big challenge for you. However, I have to tell you that you have risen to the challenge and boy oh boy, have you succeeded. This card is wonderful.I decoupage of some elements in your digi give depth and interest, The bold patterned backing paper adds impact, then the sentiment with those wonderful sunshine yellow flowers - all I can say is "W..o..w " Absolutely stunning.. Bonnie, I hope your Mum is soon home from hospital and well on her way to full recovery.Please give her my best wishes and have a cyber hug from me for yourself. Good luck in our challenge this week. Ingrid xx (OSAT Team)

Michelle said...

Fabulous card and great sentiment. Lovely with those yellow flowers.
xxx Michelle

Redanne said...

Well Bonnie, if it is any consolation, it looks like you have spent a long time on it because it is just as stunning as any of your 'coloured in' beauties. I love the monochrome look, even if I cannot do it myself! Your card is so beautiful and I just love the little pop of colour you added with the lovely flowers.

I do hope your Mum's stay in hospital is a short one, it must be such a worrying time for you. I wish your Mum a very speedy recovery. Big hugs, Anne x

Unknown said...

This is a beautiful card! The yellow flowers look like Sunshine! Best of luck at Sister Act this week!

Trisha-DT Member

stitch-and-greet said...

Hi, Bonnie, it´s always difficult to make a card without colouring but your card is amazing! Brilliant idea and beautifully done! Just perfect. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at 613 Avenue Create and please come back soon. Regards and "Hugs", Renata (DT)

~ginny said...

Ok - LOVE the sculpted flowers and butterfly - but then you knew I would, eh? I am continuously amazed and fascinated by your process - and I am grateful you give us insight into that! The background paper is a perfect fit for the concept you had and the colored flowers leap off the page shouting your sunshine message! Hope you are giving this one to your Mom - it seems perfect for her!
Take care of your self too while all this is going on with her! I am sending energy your way...

Tracy said...

Just stunning Bonnie. It makes me think of zentangles. Hope things are progressing with your mom for the good. Hugs!

Chana Malkah said...

Bonnie, to make the sun shine with color is artistic. To make the sun shine in black and white is pure genius! Your composition is top notch...each element has it's own voice, but they all complement each other in a most wonderful way! We are so glad you like to "hang in the hood." We definitely enjoy having you here! Thanks for another delightful visit here at 613 Avenue Create!
Chana, Owner

Denise Goeldner said...

Great card , beautifully done, perfect song choice too, thanks for joining us over at Through The Purple Haze ~ Denise DT ~

Lisa Winnard - TheCraftarageStudio said...

Love the b&w theme with the yellow flowers adding a touch of colour. Gorg!
Thanks for playing along this week @ TTPH.
~ Lisa DT

Crafting with Darcy said...

What a wonderful card. The pop of yellow is perfect with your black and white card! Love that song too! Thanks for joining us this week at Through the Purple Haze Challenges.

Darcy DT

Chriss America Real said...

This card is extremely cool! I love how you added just that little bit of yellow to make it pop!

Thank you so much for playing along with the Stitchy Angel Design Team this week! Hope to see you next week!


Chriss- OSAAT- DT

Unknown said...

Hi Bonnie :) Beautiful card! Love the monochrome image and backing and then the burst of colour with your flowers. What an impact! :) Thanks for joining us this week at Through the Purple Haze Challenges.
Eithne DT

Esperite said...

This is stunning, the black and white with one splash of colour is so dramatic, thanks for sharing at Through the Purple Haze, Lynne DT xxx

CraftyGirl said...

Bonnie this is a stunning card in black and white. Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

Nikki Byrne said...

Beautiful B&W card with a touch of colour. Thank you for joining us this week at OSAAT and good luck. Hugs NIKKI DT

Scrappy Scatty said...

How lovely thanks for joining us at Hobbycutz xx

mixamatoasties said...

What a pretty card.

Thanks for sharing at Hobbycutz this week.

Susan x