Friday, July 4, 2008

More Beautiful Peonies

Yes, we have some more beautiful peonies to show you. Everyone is just smitten with this large Peony stamp, so I thought it would be fun to share some more samples and techinques with you.

I'll start with this highly dimensional Peony done by Faith Hofrichter. Many of you are familiar with the fun, vibrant and exciting style of Markie's Mom. Well, she took it to another level with this one!!! Her layered Peony was stamped and gold embossed 6 times, and each of those images was then watercolored with 4 reinkers, before she cut them all out, curled and layered them onto her card!!! What an amazing look!!! The Thank You sentiment is from Flourished Words, and Faith used her go-to Black Dotted Sheer Ribbon. You can read more about how Faith made this card on her Blog here.

The next two Peonies I'd like to show you are both done by Jenn Balcer, who we all know and love from SCS. Jenn stamped both of her Peonies onto a Shimmer White Cardstock and then colored them with her Copic markers, and what an amazing job she did!!! Her Peonies look so lovely and realisitic.

This first card is just striking in it's simplicity. Jenn's color choices make the main image just pop off the page at you, and I really love how she used the Peony blossom to create her lovely background on the green panel. This card needed nothing more -- this beautiful Peony image and Jenn's striking design can stand very well all on their own!

Jenn's second card uses both Shimmer White and Chocolate cardstock and she's added a bit more glitz with Dazzling Diamonds and a sparkly nameplate for the Peony sentiment -- how fun!!! And the Chocolate Sheer Ribbon tied off to the side is the perfect accent for this gorgeous creation!!

And lastly I have a card that I did using the masking technique. I first inked my stamp with ColorBox Chalk Inks and stamped onto white cardstock. I then colored in all the white areas of the Peony with my Inkksentials Opaque White Pen, and accented the leaves in the same way. I then made a Peony mask using my Eclipse Masking Tape and stamped on my scripted background (SU retired). A little sponging, layering, accent pieces and ribbon, and I'm done!!! You may read more details on this card on my personal Blog.

We've done several previous posts on the Peony set and different techniques to use with it -- you may see them here, here and here.

Thanks so much for stopping in to see more of our Peony creations. I hope you are all enjoying your Peonies!!! They are available here.

Sharon Johnson


Jenn Balcer said...

Sharon, I'm so flattered! I can't wait to order more of these botanicals. I've been collecting botanical prints for a while, and these, these are just beautiful and a delight to play with! Can't wait to meet you!

Lois Bak said...

What gorgeous cards, Sharon! I remember our peonies from when I lived in Pennsylvania. I don't think you can grow them in Florida -- it doesn't get cold enough for long enough. So I'll just keep looking at the beautiful cards created with this set.

Libby Hickson said...

These are all absolutely gorgeous!!