Saturday, February 07, 2009

Hop!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Check out Heidi's blog for the next stop in our blog hop.
You're going to want to visit all the other blogs because one of us has some great blog candy to give away!

Here is the complete list in case you just started hopping from here:

Juliana Swanson http://stampinwinkyfingers.blogspot.com/
Lisa Somerville http://www.lisasomerville.com/
Donna Baker http://stampamaniac.blogspot.com/
Donna Duquette http://www.deesstudio.blogspot.com/
Kathy Daume' http://www.kathy-prettyinink.blogspot.com/
Lori Tecler http://www.inkingaloud.blogspot.com/
Lydia Fiedler http://www.understandblue.blogspot.com/
Andrea Cloutier http://andreasscraps.com/
Natasha Trupp http://palmtreesandpogosticks.blogspot.com/
Heidi Kingery http://www.sweetheidijo.blogspot.com/
Leigh O'Brien http://sunflowerstudio.typepad.com/sunflower_studio/
Irene Silva http://doodlefactory.blogspot.com/
To the new releases: http://www.starvingartistamps.com/

Here's my first card. It uses the amazing Urban background. I LOVE this background and I had way too much fun with this card. It's got 4 layers of dimension. I started with a cityscape colour appropriate card base and built up from there. It was all coloured with Copics.

For my second card I wanted to do something a bit softer, especially since it was the countryside landscape. I went with pencil crayons and mineral spirits. I thought the little version of Basel the sheep was so perfect, especially with that sentiment. The nice thing about the miniature versions of the DoodleFactory Animals and Creatures is that they fit so nicely in this landscape! I love it!

Next up is a bit of a jungle scene. I knew that if I coloured this with markers or pencil crayons it would look similar (i.e. a LOT of green) to a brayered effect, so I took the less time consuming route on this one. Note that getting brayered backgrounds just right isn't necessarily easier than colouring!I added a bit of shading and other highlighting to the background then added in the monkeys. I thought it'd be cute it have the greeting on a little flag!

Finally is a card featuring the tropics background. I knew I had to do a sunset sky theme here. So I got out the glossy cardstock and started sponging. I cut out the background and adhered it over top. I really wanted a sparkly ocean, so I got out the stickles. I was having issues with it (I thought that stuff was non-settling!), so I squeezed onto a scrap piece of paper until enough finally came out. Then I took a paint brush and painted over the blue. I am quite happy with the effect- no globs and an even coverage! To the left is an up close and personal look at the glittering, glistening ocean. Paradise found seemed like the perfect greeting.
Here's the completed card. Other than the background, which was made using various dye inks, the entire card was coloured with Copics.
Be sure to check out everyone else on the blog hop. I cannot wait to see what everyone else did with the background images. I had even more fun than I expected with them!

40 comments:

  1. great cards! Love the sunset on the tropical card!!

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  2. Great cards - beautiful Tropics one!

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  3. OMGosh...that tropical sunset is just like being there!

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  4. Fantastic coloring on the cityscape and tropical ones! I also love how you made the whole background green on the jungle scene!

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  5. Ooh, the city is my favorite with the popped up dimensions, but that sunset is great as well (just like the real thing!)

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  6. wow your city card is jaw dropping!! Your so creative and your cards are the "bomb".

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  7. I love all of the stamps- and samples like your beauties are the reason. TFS

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  8. Wow... The cityscape one is FAB with its muted colours, and the paradise found one is gorgeous too, with the bright colours, and... They're all gorgeous! :D

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  9. Oh I love the cityscape one - it could be London!

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  10. I love the sheep and ocean sunset!

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  11. These are fabulous! Love the vivid colors in your tropical sunset and all of the dimension in your cityscape.

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  12. Lovely cards, your coloring is gorgeous! It's so much fun to see how differently all the cards turn out.

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  13. These are some really wonderful cards. The tropic has such big impact and the city is just so wonderful, and so appropriate, as so very many pigeons call the city home! Great idea for the jungle to do a quick green background, it totally works. And the countryside is lovely!

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  14. oh my word! how long did it take you to make those cards? very cool! My favourite is the Cityscape pingeons; I love all the layers and it does remind me of our downtown! =)
    Cristina

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  15. Paradise Found card- Love, love, love the background; it's beautiful

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  16. OOOOOH! I just KNEW you would ROCK these!! You have such a flair with bright colors!!

    They all rock and I have favorite parts of all of these! BUT that sunset just BLOWS ME AWAY!!!!!

    They are all FABULOUS!

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  17. Love your cards Natasha! The tropics one was stunning, but I think the city card is my favorite. Such beautiful work!

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  18. Your tropical card is just stunning!! Also love the adorable country scene!

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  19. Fab creations, love the tropical one!

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  20. Beautiful cards!! Love the ones with the city scene and the paradise... they are stunning!!

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  21. Such stunning cards and your colouring is amazing!

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  22. Your paradise card is truly paradise...love the colors!!

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  23. Beautiful creations! I really love the 'paradise found' one! LOVE that sky!!

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  24. Oh my GOSH!!! I don't know where to start!!! I love your cityscape - especially that muted color in the background, and the fact that you popped some up!!! It was made for that!!!

    And the green of the jungle, and the SWEEEEEET sheep and that SUNSET!!

    WOW.

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  25. Your colouring is AMAZING!
    Chriss B

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  26. what great cards. I especially love the Paradise Found card.

    M.E.

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  27. Wowsers! They are all fantastic! The tropical one is DA BOMB!

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  28. Wow! I love all your cards, but the intense color of the tropical sunset is my fav, hands down!

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  29. I love all of these backgrounds. Thanks so much for the ideas on how to use all of them.

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  30. All of these are fabulous, Natasha...but I especially love the city one, and your sunset looks amazing!!!

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  31. Wow...beautful cards...love the Paradise Found..gorgeous!

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  32. Paradise Found is beautiful!
    Evette Rice
    evetterice@aol.com

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  33. Oh I love your cards ...you are truly artistic..great use of color Cheers Colleen

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  34. Love your cards and love the colors on the topical one.

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  35. BONK...I just fell off of my chair from viewing your amazing tropical card....I'm speechless...WOW! WOW! WOW!

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  36. Love them all! Great job!

    Kim aka kradaker

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