Sunday, September 5, 2010

Sundays With Crissy Challenge #9, "Sparkle and Shine"

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Hi Precious Peeps!
My card today was made for a special someone in my family and I look forward to giving it to her.  It is also for my challenge over at Sundays With Crissy.  The theme today is "Sparkle and Shine".   You can't see it well, but I put gold stickles all over the outer edge of the main layer and the swirls for my sparkle, and the rhinestone flourish is my shine.  :-)
The butterfly image is one of my creations for Whimsy and it is one of my latest digital images.  I called it, "These Three Remain".   I called it that because I have the words, "faith, hope and love" on the wings of the butterfly.  And one of my favourite verses in the Bible is, "1 Corinthians 13:13  
and now there doth remain faith, hope, love -- these three; and the greatest ofthese [is] love. 
I printed These Three Remain onto water colour paper and I painted it using my Tim Holtz Distress inks, for a nice change.   I got a plastic palette, and just smudged the ink pad directly onto it to create a "pool" of ink.  And just used water colour techniques to paint.   I got a lot of nice texture in the wings by using a lot of water and dragging my ink filled brush across it in  a striped fashion.  You can see the effect of this esp. on the wing on the left.  I just love how using water colour gives unexpected results!
I forgot to let you know that I have altered my original sketch of the butterfly in Photoshop.  The original Whimsy sells has a few more decorative things on the wings, leaves actually.  I wanted a larger space for the paint to flow and so I brought the image into Photoshop, selected the eraser tool, and erased the lines that made the leaves.  I want to encourage you, that if you purchase one of my images, I give you full permission to alter it, remove lines, add lines, layer it with other images from other companies, flip it, resize it, really anything you want to do with it, the sky's the limit. 

Something I'm not too happy about is the photo:  I find reds and purples the hardest to photograph because the shades never show up correctly.  The ribbon and roses actually do match the main image!  The photo distorted the shades quite a bit.  Oh well!
Here is your close-up:

I hope you'll head on over to my challenge blog and play along!  The challenge runs for an entire month, so there's lots of time to add your card.  You can use any image you like, however, only projects made with one of my digi images counts towards the blog candy!
Have a great long weekend, peeps!


  1. What a wonderful card Crissy,I love the image and the colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  2. Crissy, this is simply stunning!! An absolutely gorgeous card!! xx

  3. This is stunning, I just love this butterfly with the words faith,hope& love. You colored this beautifully. A whole month should give me plenty of time :).

  4. What a beautiful card! Wonderful colours and details.
    Hugs Jacqueline

  5. this looks amazing and I love the color effect on the wings of the butterfly. these were the words at my wedding so this is a must get butterfly :)

  6. WOW!! This is soooooo gorgeous Chrissy! Your work is always so stunning......You are such an inspiration.
    Love and hugs
    Emma and Susan

  7. Crissy this is just beautiful!! I love the pretty shades you were able to achieve using this media instead of copics!! So peaceful!

  8. WOW!!! Crissy, you know how I feel about your cards, this is STUNNING, beautiful image and your coloring is Jaw Dropping!! Adorable embellies too!!


  9. this is very beautiful crissy
    love that butterfly and your coloring

    greetings karin