Jan 07 2008

Beautiful Thing

This is a card I did today for yesterday’s Featured Stamper Challenge on SCS,and the FeaturedStamperis Nancy Riley — YAY Nancy!!! Here’s the link to her Blog and to her SCS gallery. I got to know Nancy through the world of Blogging, and she is every bit as sweet as her work is beautiful. I rarely do the Sunday Challenge, though it would probably be my most favorite — what fun to go into someone’s gallery and recreate anything you want — it’s like being a kid in a candy store — LOL!!! But, Sundays are busy daysfor usand I’m not usually able to stamp, but I did make time today, and here’s my result:


The card of Nancy’s that I cased can be seen here. However, as is usually the case with me, I took the easy way out — LOL!!! Nancy’s gorgeous card was done with reverse masking where she created the illusion of 3 floral panels. I simply and quickly stamped my images on a piece of white cardstock (4 1/2 x 4), then cut it into thirds so each strip is 1 1/2″ wide, and adhered them to my card. They were first lightly watercolored with reinkers and a combination of an aquapainter and blender pen. I used the beautiful new set from SU called A Beautiful Thing — love this new set!!! I combined it with Doodle This — see the stem?

Then came the fun part — I used my new Rub-ons from SU — what fun!!! I haven’t had much experience with rub-ons, so this truly was a thrill for me — LOL!!! I rubbed the white large flower onto black paper and cut it out, the Smile was oval punched, and the Life is Beautiful was rubbed right onto the card itself. Talk about fun!!! I think I may do this card at Hostess Club this month — I know my friends will LOVE these rub-ons!!! Cool stuff!!! I won’t have enough large flowers, but I think we can make a flower to look similar by stamping, cutting and layering 2 of the large Doodle This flowers. Oh, and I added the half pearls from the Pretties Kit — don’t they just finish it off perfectly!!!

I’m really pleased with this card, and it was rather quick to make; however, there are 2 mistakes on this card, which I probably shouldn’t mention — but I will!!! I see so many people obsessing about *getting it right* — well, as far as I’m concerned there is NO right — it’s just what you do and how it comes out. Here’s my mistakes:

1) The white panels were supposed to be large enough to cover the entire card front — well, I calculated wrong when I figured a 4 1/2″ wide piece of white would do it — so, I ended up with the black space on the right – oh well — fill it in with something and call it good!!!

2) The Life is Beautiful rub-on — well the L on Life is messed up a little, but not too bad. Being inexperienced with rub-ons, I did find it a bit difficult to cut out this thin little saying and then get it straight where I wanted it – and then when I was rubbing, the paper just pulled up itself before I was done — so the L is messed up — but, live and learn — hope I do it better next time around!!!

  • Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Doodle This
  • Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
  • Accessories: Aquapainter, Blender Pen, Eastern Elegance Rub-ons, Large and Small Oval Punches, Pretties Kit, Mini Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Pop Dots

Thanks so much for looking!!! Hope you all have a great day!!!

31 responses so far

31 Responses to “Beautiful Thing”

  1. Catherine says:

    WOW! What a gorgeous card. I love, love this stamp set =)

  2. joann(sarahzoe) says:

    Sharon…how beautiful!!!!! I love, love, love that flower. It’s so pretty and the large pearl center is awesome. Like the pearls in the background flowers, too. Fabulous card!!!

  3. flossie says:

    this is fantastic, love those flowers with the pearls in the center. Beautiful

  4. cwilliams says:

    It’s Beautiful Sharon!!

  5. Nancy Riley says:

    OMG OMG OMG !!!!!!!!!! Sharon, you are an AMAZING artist … I am just constantly in awe of your work, and this card is surely no exception! It’s incredible, and I’m so honored and flattered that it was based on one of my cards (how FUN is that?!). Thank you for your constant inspiration, Sharon!

  6. Jacque (SCS: Petals) says:

    Hah! I wish my mistakes would turn into such gems. This is a really beautiful card. Your stampers will be lucky to make one of their own!

  7. Silke Ledlow says:

    Sharon – your card is so… beautiful!!! I do love SU’s new Rub-ons too…the black and white flower is gorgeous and the pearls make it look so elegant!!!

  8. OMGoodness….this is absolutely gorgeous!!!

  9. Dawn E. says:

    Sharon, this card is gorgeous! LOVE the flower rub on! It’s fantastic!!!

  10. Viv (VivLyn) says:

    Sharon, I love this! I like the *mistake* you made because the sentiment is perfect down the side! How perfect! I am hoarding my SU rub-ons but I might just have to take a chance and play with them. I can always buy more!!!

  11. This is gorgeous, Sharon! So striking!

  12. Linda says:

    Sharon, this is absolutely breathtaking! I’m always just in awe of your talent!

    One thing that I learned with my rub-ons (learned the hard way too as rub-ons are new to me), is that you can go over the portion of the part that didn’t transfer again. I had to do that recently with one of my cards. Part of the sentiment tore off. I just lined it up (as it was easy to see), and just rubbed away. You would have to look really close to see it.


  13. Dawn (stampinscotsgirl) says:

    This is absolutely GORGEOUS Sharon!!!! Your mistakes certainly don’t look like mistakes to me!! We would never have known if you hadn’t fessed up, lol!! This truly is wonderful and I just love the rub-ons!!! Thank you for the continued inspiration and details:)

  14. Wow, I think your card is stunning! I haven’t tried our SU rub ons yet but want to. I think they’d be fun on jars and glass treat holders. Thanks for sharing your wonderful artwork with us!

  15. This is beautiful! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

  16. Sheila says:

    Hi Sharon,
    What a striking card ! I love your idea of rubbing the large white flower onto black paper and then cutting it out. As for your mistakes, I would never have guessed they were mistakes. I thought that was how you designed the card. I’ve been visiting your blog for quite a few months now and this card truly shows your talent. Thanks for sharing your mistakes with us and I wish my mistakes looked like yours. Keep up the great work!

  17. joyk says:

    Wow Sharon……….this is an out and out STUNNER!!!!!!!!! That rub-on flower is really something! The pearls are a nice addition………….and the ribbon……………..OMG………..you don’t have any ribbon on this card!!!!!! LOL

  18. Elizabeth says:

    WHOA! That card blew me out of my seat. GORGEOUS!!

  19. leslierich says:

    WOW! Wow, wow, wow! I don’t know what else to say. I’m stunned. This is just amazing!

  20. Barb S. says:

    Beautiful. As usual you took a “simple” design and made it Awesome!! Now I have to get those rub ons!! Didn’t think they were that spectacular til I see what you do with them!! TFS!

  21. Velta says:

    I cannot believe you Sharon…to even mention those “bitty” mess ups…No one would ever have noticed as this card is “grand!” You sure have a way with cards…I want to thank you for your comments and especially for the happiness that I feel from you to me for being in the Customer Spotlight at Flourishes!!! You are the best 🙂

  22. Jerri Jimenez says:

    This is gorgeous Sharon, a beautiful case! I haven’t had a chance to play with the rub ons yet, can’t wait to try.

  23. Pinky says:

    Sharon, this is so pretty. I love the rub ons on this card. You did a great job w/them. I do not have much experience w/rub ons either. Thanks for the tips.


  24. This card is amazing!!! Just Beautiful!

  25. Janine says:

    Beautiful card Sharon…

  26. nancy littrell says:

    Your rub on flower is stunning on the black cs and yes the pearls are the perfect final touch to all of your flowers. Love it all. TFS

  27. Judy says:

    Gorgeous as usual. I mess up rubons frequently, so I use my Signo white pen (if it’s a white rubon, of course!) to fix it up, can’t hardly tell!

  28. bird says:

    I love it and i think it’s fabulous!

  29. Heidi Karpen (Stamperdoc) says:

    So pretty Sharon- what a great example of how to use the rub-ons!

  30. Joani says:

    I cant say enough, it is beautiful!!

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