Friday, July 24, 2009

Fred's Freebie Challenge

While blog surfing, I came across the Fred, She Said blog and the Freebie Challenge she has going on right now. There is a beautiful digi image provided for free that you must use in your project. I loved the image so I had to play and here's what I came up with:

I printed the pot area twice on blue patterned paper, then shaded with a Copic and layered using scrap cardstock to pop it up. The rest was colored with Copics and I added some Stardust glitter pen to the open flowers. I did a LOT of paper tole to give the image tons of dimension using a combination of cardstock punches and foam tape to pop up the parts.

Because I wanted to keep the focus on the image, I kept the card base really simple. I added a scalloped mat and a bit of patterned paper punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and embellished with half pearls. I also free handed the little border (it looks totally hand drawn, but I think it's fun!) and stamped a tiny sentiment.

Here's a close shot to show some of the sparkle:

Unfortunately, because of all the shaping, it was impossible to get a really good shot of all the glitter!

And here you can see all the layers and shaping of the pieces for realism:

Copic colors used:
  • flower centers - Y11, Y13
  • flower petals - RV000, R81, R83, R85
  • leaves - YG11, YG13, YG17
  • pot shading - B41
And I also used the colorless blender all over to highlight and soften edges.

This card is also for the Copic Creations Challenge #8 - Botanicals.

I had so much fun playing with this image - a big thanks to Tracey for this fab freebie!

I hope you like my card and TFL!

Other materials used: patterned paper - Fancy Pants (Key Lime collection); sentiment (Mega Mixed Messages set) - Papertrey Ink; Nestabilities; half pearls - MimiLolo Etsy store.


  1. Such a pretty card Maureen! Love all the layering you did!

  2. this is beautiful! I love all of the shaping you did, and the coloring is perfection! :)

  3. What a great card. Love the layers;o)

  4. Beautiful card.... so elegant!!

    Lots of lovely work on your blog! You're so creative!!

    Saskia :)

  5. What a beautiful card, Maureen!!! It's amazing!!!

  6. Beautiful!! Your coloring and shading is awesome. I love all that dimension!!

  7. Beautiful Maureen! Love the soft colours and dimension! Thanks for playing :)

    Hugs, Fred

  8. Pretty card... love the flower, the coloring, the dimentions! TFS!

  9. WOW Maureen, what a fabulous job you've done with all the layering, and I love the soft colors you've used, it really looks amazing, well worth all the work. Your hand drawn border looks great, definitely draws the eye to the image.
    Donna xx

  10. This is a great card. Should win the contest hands down!

  11. What a gorgeous image, Maureen, and your card is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing this on our CC Botanicals challenge.


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