Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge 'Celebrate'

Hello everyone! My OttLite craft lamp saga drags on. I searched high and low for the right replacement bulbs, most places wanted $12 some places wanted $35 for the same bulb! Outrageous, IMO. It's just a light bulb for crying out loud. So as I search online, I see that Lowe's carries them too, for significantly less. I head on over to my nearest Lowe's. Oh, too bad, they don't carry the bulb I need for my lamp. I check online again. Another Lowe's carries them, so I head over to that one. Apparently they're on clearance, there's three left at less than $2 each. I snap them up, bring them home, pop them into my lamp and flip the switch....nothing. I'm getting really upset at this point. I try another bulb, plug it in. Still nothing. I've had this lamp for less than a year, and I get this?! I've contacted OttLite and the customer service rep says they may be able to help me with a replacement. Not sure yet because I don't have a receipt. Hmmph. I'll let you all know how this turns out.
Anyway, enough rambling, it's time for the challenge! For a celebration  I think a wedding is the ULTIMATE of occasions, so I went with that. I chose to work with 'Wedding Carriage' for this card. 
I had to do a lot of finnoogling and editing of these pics because the lamp I'm using now makes everything look so yellow, grrrr....

I decided to use the Burnished Velvet technique to get a really soft look to the image. I just stamped the image on water color paper, colored the skin with Copics then covered it with Sookwang full sheet adhesive, peeled off the liner and sprinkled Glitter Ritz all over it. I rubbed the surface gently with a finger to really stick the glitter down and 'burnish' it. This glitter is so fine, it's almost like powder and this actually feels like velvet. 

After glittering, I went back with some Tombow and Stampin Up markers and water colored the image right over the glitter. I learned that there's a bit more bleeding painting this way, but it actually worked to my advantage because I got some really pretty blending of colors completely by accident. I think it helps not to use too many different colors as the result could get muddy. I kept the colors simple. 

The last picture is a bit darker than it actually is IRL, but when photographing an almost all white card, the contrast needs to be higher to show all the detail.

Thanks for looking and I hope to see you join in on our challenge and enter it for a chance to win some LOTV cash!

Stamps: Lili of the Valley, PTI sentiment
Ink: Memento
Paper: Water color paper, PTI c/s and vellum
Tools & Accessories: Taffeta ribbon, pearl head pins, Martha Stewart small tag and PATP punches, Sizzix texture plate, Creatables die, Viva Decor Pearl pen, silver bugle beads


  1. Good luck with the light situation,gorgeous card, so beautiful,Fabulous image.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  2. STUNNING! Fabulous colouring and love how you covered your image with glitter ritz!

  3. My jaw hit the floor! Absolutely gorgeous!

    True :D

  4. Oh Wow! This is awesome!! Love the image and your colouring. Really beautiful card!

    Hugs Sue xx

  5. This is beyond beautiful! I have never seen a wedding card this gorgeous! Now I'm going to have to have this stamp! Your coloring is just awesome as always. Love it!!!

  6. Beautiful, gorgeous, stunning, love it and going to try this for sure! Awesome card sweetie and well designed! Hugz

  7. Just had to come over and look at this beautiful card, saw it on LOTV, I think it's stunning, just stunning.xx

  8. One of the loveliest cards I've seen! This is just stunning - such a lovely keepsake this will be.

  9. WOW, this is beautiful. You did a fantastic job on this. TFS

  10. What a wonderful technique!!! This is just stunning!!! Love the die cut too!
    Hugs, Dena

  11. WOW, I have glitter ritz and never made something so elegant and awesome!!! Fantastic job!!!


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