Monday, February 17, 2014

Card Design: Digi Darla's Challenge #102--Sympathy with Inspiration Photo

Happy Monday everyone!  It is Family Day here in Ontario and I have a special treat planned for you, a little later today.  However, first up it is time to announce the latest challenge over at the Digi Darla's Challenges Blog. This week for Challenge #102 the theme is "Sympathy" using a photo for inspiration. The photo is of a beautiful funeral arrangement with a basket of yellow flowers and some pretty greenery.  You can check out the photo on the challenge blog to help inspire you for this week's challenge.

One person will be the lucky winner of FIVE Digi Darla (DD) images!  AND any entries using a DD image get entered into a SECOND drawing for THREE images. So, you could technically win eight images!  If you do use one of Kim's wonderful images make sure you let us know by writing DD after your name when you enter.   

Please note though that starting the first Monday in March, there will be some changes to Digi Darla's Challenges in terms of both frequency and prizes so be sure to check out THIS POST to find out what is happening.
Now on to my project for this week in which I've used the following Digi Darla images:

General Comments:
  • While taking care of some commenting duties during the 'my style' challenge for Digi Darla's a couple challenges ago, I came across a card where a lady, Maxine Diffey from Kiwime's Creations, had used a floral image from another artist and worked at it to make it into a 3-D creation.  I loved the idea so much that I cased it for my creation this week.  If you'd like to see the original post where Maxine created her version, click HERE.  I took it a few steps further for my own design to achieve even more depth and of course it is a different flower.

    Digital Image: 
    • Large Bloomer: You can find this image in the DD store by clicking on the image name or watermark linked above.
      • It took me almost 3 hours from start to finish for just the flower.  First I brought it into Photoshop Essentials and coloured in all the petals.  Next, I printed out several copies of the image to work with.  I used coloured pencils to add some depth to the petals.  I also filled in the stamens with Copic Marker E25 on two of the copies.  I cut one of the original images out and left it for the base.  I took a second original image and just did some cutting and shaping to achieve a bit of depth.  I then proceeded to cut and shape two more layers.  Finally I cut out a copy of the flower centre and crinkled it up.  All the cut layers were edged in the same colour marker before shaping.  Once all the layers were cut and shaped, I stuck them together to come up with something I'm rather proud of.  Here is an angled view to better see the depth...
    Digital Sentiment: 
    • My own. 
    Designer Paper:
    • Recollection's Paisley and Damask Paper Pad.

    Digital Image: 
    • Iris SimplicityYou can find this image in the DD store by clicking on the image name or watermark linked above.
      • I doubled and flipped the second image for a mirror balance.  It was coloured using Copic Markers.  Petals:  V01, V04.  Leaves/stem:  YG61, YG63.
    Digital Sentiment: 
    • In Sympathy Sentiment: As with the other two, you can also find this image in the DD store by clicking on the image name or watermark linked above.

     Paper Products:
    • Card base: Crafts Brand Cardstock, browns collection -- purchased at Dollarama.
    • Paper used for sentiments and backdrop in behind the flower on the front is Michael's Recollection's Cardstock, white.
    Challenges I am hoping to enter...

    • Avenue 613 -- Anything Goes with optional twist (entry 1)
    • (5E)-- Anything Goes (entry 1)
    • (3E)-- Anything Goes (entry 3)
    • -- Sympathy
    • -- Lots of Flowers
    • (3E) -- Dreaming of Spring Flowers
    • -- Flower Power
    • -- F is for Flowers
    • -- Spring Flowers
    • (3E)-- Floral Images
    • (3E)-- Anything Goes/Option of Make Your Own Flowers
    So, how about you come on over and show us a lovely sympathy card by entering in our current challenge this week over at Digi Darla's Challenges?  While you are there please check out the great projects from the rest of the design team.  We always look forward to seeing the delightful creations you come up with.  

    Until next time,


    Kelly L said...

    Oh my goodness, Lisa, this is gorgeous!! Look at all of those lovely layers, and the sentiment on the inside is so very touching. Thank you for the inspiration. Hugs, Kelly

    Bernardine Cuttino said...

    Beautiful design and fab composition. Thanks for playing in our neighborhood at 613 Avenue Create. We look forward to seeing you again.

    Maryann Laursen said...

    Beautiful card Lisa, and the sentiment is awesome. I´ve always felt that Sympathycards are the hardest ever to make, but you manage that really well here.

    jonim52 said...

    What a gorgeous flower. Very stunning card. Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions for our floral challenge.

    NanaConnie said...

    WOW, what a fantastic flower, Lisa! Beautifully built and the dimension is incredible. I'm really excited that you chose to play along in our challenge at Scribble & Scrap this fortnight. Good luck in the draw.
    NanaConnie DT

    KarinsArtScrap said...

    it's a beautiful card and flower Lisa.
    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

    Unknown said...

    You have me drooling over that flower. It is so beautiful as is the whole card. Thank you for sharing this lovely art with us. Please come back soon.
    Blessings, Carole Word Art Wednesday DT

    Edwina said...

    So gorgeous! Love the flower on your card. Beautiful sentiment inside. Thanks for sharing. Edwina Brown

    Drea Slee said...

    Beautiful card!! Your stamped flower is just GORGEOUS!! Thanks for joining us @ Red Rubber Inspirationals!

    Mynn xx said...

    That flower is GORGEOUS! I love the layering and the curling--this is just stunning! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! :) HUGS and enjoy the rest of your week! Mynn xx

    Red Rubber Designs said...

    Your flowers is awesome - I love it! Thanks for playing along with us at Red Rubber Inspirationals!

    arlsmom aka Lynda said...

    Lisa, your cards are both fantastic. Love the depth of color you achieved on the first card! Thank you for joining my challenge at the Red Rubber Inspirationals challenge this week! Lynda -DT Champion Red Rubber Designs.

    Sparkly Engineer said...

    You've made a gorgeous card for a very difficult time. I know how important they are after loosing my own husband.

    Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

    Mary Anne,
    Red Rubber Designs Inspirational Team

    Desire Fourie said...

    Oh wow Lisa, this is amazing. Just adore the dimension on the flower. I gather its the same flower image just printed in staggered sizes.
    Very creative.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

    Kaija said...

    Lovely gorgeous card!
    Thank you for your participation in the Challenge ScrapbookStampSociety
    Welcome again. '
    A hugs Kaija DT-member

    ~ Kendra ~ said...

    Beautiful! Love the layered flower! Beautiful inside sentiment!! Thanks for playing along with us at Red Rubber Inspirationals!

    Patty Sue 2 said...

    I love this sympathy card. It is hard to find a card that relays your feelings and yet lets the person know you put time and effort into it. Beautiful job! Thank you for joining us at ABC Challenge! Good luck and please join us again!

    Anne H. said...

    Such a beautiful card!
    Thanks for joining us at Stampavie and More.

    Marja B. said...

    Your card is so elegant and beautiful, Lisa! Thanks so much for joining in our challenge at Stampavie and More!

    Hugs, Marja
    Stampavie and More DT

    Jo Ann said...

    What a beautiful and heartfelt creation. Love the layered flowers that you fancy cut and the sentiment inside. Great job! Thanks for joining our Challenge in my neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create. Hope you join us again in the brand new challenge this week. God bless you!

    JO ANN

    Chris said...

    WOW! that flower is outstanding, just gorgeous.
    thanks for playing with us at SFTW.

    Crafting Vicky said...

    This is such a GORGEOUS card!!!! love the fussy cutting you have done. The colors you have used are just perfect as well!