Thursday, March 25, 2010

A Beautiful Life Frame





Melanie Muenchinger has another new stamp set that matches the "A Year of Flowers" set that I love to use.  The name of this set is called "A Beautiful Life".  To make this card, I used three stamp sets:  A Year of Flowers, A Beautiful Life and Pressed Flowers.  They are all a perfect match so the variety of things you can do is endless. 

To start with I stamped the "A Beautiful Life" frame on a piece of MS design paper.  I didn't want the center of the frame to have the polka dots so I used petite oval Nesties to cut two frames for the center.  The Nesties are a perfect match in size.  The white frame was sponged with green ink.  The verse from this set was stamped in the center.  By adding the Nestie frame in the middle, I was covering up part of the beautiful tulips.  I didn't have to worry because the tulips in the other sets are a perfect match.  I used the tulip from the Pressed Flowers set first.  Because this set is solid rubber, I first colored the tulip with a yellow marker then highlighted the bottom of the flower with an orange marker.  It was then lightly sprayed with a fine water mist to "mix" the colors then stamped onto white cs.  Next I used the tulip from the "A Year of  Flowers" set.  This is an outline stamp.  I used an Apricot ink to stamp the outline over the colored flower.  I love the effect you get when you do this technique.  It all blends together so well.  The new flowers were cut out and glued over the ones stamped on the frame. 

The next step was to use a Copic marker to color the stems and leaves a darker green.  The butterfly and bee are from the  "A Beautiful Life" set.  The butterfly was stamped on light yellow cs and lightly colored with Copic Markers.  When you look at a bee, it is always very black so I used a VersaMark pad to stamp it on bright yellow cs then used extra fine black embossing powder to give it that realistic look.    Both the butterfly and bee are on dimensional tape. 

The frame was matted onto a piece of black cs.  The background dp is from the Basic Grey "June Bug" paper pad.  The rectangle rhinestones were added to complete the card. 

I hope you like this card.  All six of Melanie's "A Year of Flowers" coordinating sets can be purchased from Gina K Designs.  Here is the link to all Melanie's stamp sets.

11 comments:

Sabrina aka okimom2girlz said...

Oh my goodness, Selma, this is beyond gorgeous!!! I absolutely love it!! Hugs and blessings, Sabrina

Brenda said...

Stunningly beautiful card Selma!!! I love this one, you sure can do some amazing cards with Melanie's stamps!

CraftinGranny said...

Fantastic Selma! Spectacular card as always. I'd go broke buying all those stamps trying to duplicate your beautiful creations......LOL
"Hugs" Granny

Joan Fricker said...

Selma, I love your color choices you have used for this card. Everything about it is so beautiful. Great job!

Sue W said...

This is a stunning card Selma - love the soft 'Spring" colours you've used.

craftieodamae said...

Selma this is jaw dropping gorgeous! How do you come up with such gorgeous ideas!!!!

naneruth said...

Selma your card is gorgeous! I just love your blog. I do have a question about the nestie you used. You said the petite oval but is it from the petite oval small or large set? I see they have both size sets and wondered which fits that frame before buying. Thanks.

Winnie and Patty said...

Selma, this is a beautiful card! I love everything about it. Great job. TFS!

Selma said...

naneruth asked which size oval Nesties I used. I don't have an email to contact her so will answer here. I used the large petite oval nesties for the black and the small petite oval nesties for the white. The way I determine which size is to determine the top size then lay that Nestie inside another die so that it fits perfect inside the opening. That gives you the very narrow mat. Hope this helps.

Bbetty Benton said...

So very lovely!! This is definitely your forte -- gloriously beautiful flower cards!

redwasher1 said...

WOW! Just stunning!! Love how you did this card.

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