Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Aimee Nugent

Today marks the release of a new designer at CHF, Aimee Nugent! You've seen some sneak peeks already, be sure to check out the gallery for more.

I've had this idea in my head since I got this image and decided yesterday to put it to paper and see how it would come out! I'm super happy with the results.

I started by using my Top Score, on the main panel, to get the embossed curve and cut the extra away.

Next, I stamped the Cross With Vines 3 times with Black Soot (remember Ranger distress ink stays wet long enough to emboss) and heat embossed with detail ep.

I took my ol' trusty piece of torn copy paper, two sizes of daubers and started sponging off the edge. For this one, I turned the panel upsidedown and sponged down with Tea Dye, moving the copy paper at angles to get the 'hilly' effect. Then I took Frayed Burlap and darkened various places, adding some Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint lightly in a couple places. Walnut Stain was lightly added to the tops of the hills for definition.

I masked where I wanted the sun with a circle cut sticky note and sponged down with Broken China, stopping just before the horizon.

I removed the sun mask and took my reverse mask (a piece of copy paper with a circle cut out) and placed it over the area where the sun would appear....and started sponging with Mustard Seed from the center outward. Using a small dauber in Spiced Marmalade, I sponged just the edge inward a little ways. *you can see where the paper slipped and my sun oozed a little! the camera makes it look worse than it is IRL....honest!

Using what yellow was left on my dauber, I lightly sponged the horizon.

Leaves on the vines are colored with a copic marker.

Cut the black mat the same, using the Top Score for the dry embossed arch.

  • Stamps
  • Cross With Vines, Aimee Nugent, Cornish Heritage Farms
  • Geometric Flowers, Mona Lisa Moments, Cornish Heritage Farms
  • Ink
  • Black Soot, Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap, Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain Distress by Ranger, Adirondack Pitch Black by Ranger
  • Cardstock
  • Georgia Pacific White
  • Sunflower med, Mystic med by Prism Papers
  • Accessories
  • detail embossing powder
  • Top Score by Crafter's Companion
  • Small and Jumbo Daubers by Tsukineko
  • Copic marker www.ellenhutson.com

Two more Easter cards with Aimee's images, this time coupled with Beautiful from The Rummage Bin.

I so admire Michelle Zindorf, her work is so beautiful and she's so creative! So artsy!! The other day she did this absolutely gorgeous card, you can see it on her blog and see just how she does it!!

I decided to give it a try............well, I'm nowhere near the artist Michelle is, (practice makes perfect right?!) but I'm pretty pleased with the 2 cards. As you can see, I used my Top Score again....LOL, because several ideas going at once for one card turned into two!

Using a Copic marker, Sakura white and Stardust gel pens and a super fine Faber-Castell artist pen, I highlighted parts of the flourishes.

Sponged, again using Ranger Distress inks.
Here is a close-up of the Stardust pen.


Broni said...

These are truly gorgeous cards, Dawn!!

Anonymous said...

Dawn - Your cards are magnificent! They are works of art!

- dlm.

Angelnorth said...

Fabulous! When I saw these in the CHF gallery my first thought was that you'd been checking out Michelle's fab tutorial for the swirls. I think you did a great job with them and the Stardust pen adds a nice subtle sparkle - great job on these Dawn.

Tee said...

Holey smokes, those are some elegant cards. Fabulous!

Anonymous said...

This card is so ingenious. I love this card w/all the layers and your coloring is the bomb!


Anonymous said...

WOWIE!!! I love all of them......WOW!

Judy Rozema said...

Dawn, I love your new cards with these images -- they are so elegant and beautiful!

Carolyn (snowmanqueen) said...

Dawn, I love the card with the 3 crosses! They all are beautiful!

Jen M said...

Gorgeous cards!

Dotti's Hobbies said...

Oh my goodness! What a beautiful Easter card with the 3 crosses! I love it. And the one with the cross in the frame is lovely as well. Spectacular!

Sybrina K said...

Dawn, Your cards are so pretty. I saw the sample card on the OWH site and had to come by. So glad I did. Reading the techniques used was very helpful. TFS!

Donna Nuce said...

I love you backgrouds on these cards. So beautiful!