This is my latest card: I wanted to do an image in monochrome after I saw it on a blog challenge a few weeks ago, it's something I'd never done and as I want to improve my colouring I thought I'd bite the bullet and have a go. It made me nervous, but I'm quite pleased with the results, and in the end I found it easier than using many colours. I used pencils again on this card, 2 shades of warm grey plus black, and aged and distressed the background and added some handstitching, lace and flowers. I used off-cuts of papers as I felt that suited the style of the image: she has patches on her apron of a circle pattern and a stripe, so that's mirrored in the paper scraps I chose.
The image was donated, so if anyone knows the make and name of it, let me know what it is, she was lovely to 'colour' and I wouldn't mind using it again.
DPs: base: DCWV; burgundy circles: unknown; stripes: K&Co
Colouring: Polychromo pencils, Warm Grey II, Warm Grey V, Black
Flowers: Prima, Wild Orchid plus others from stash
Other: TH Brushed Corduroy & Tattered Rose Distress Inks
I'm entering this card in these challenges:
Cupcake Craft: Old MacDonald Had A Farm (the little chicken)
Tuesday Throwdown: Stitching
City Crafter: All You Need is Love (the word 'love' appears in the tag, and the heart is nestled in the flowers)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes + Flowers
Totally Papercrafts - Friendship
Enjoy your weekend, and Happy Crafting!
This is quite stunning Carol,The image is gorgeous.It has a lovely vintage feel.Well done.xxx
I am so happy that you give it a try.
You have done an amazing job!
The card look so much more precious in monochrome.
Fantastic layout dear.
Have a magical weekend.
Hi Carole - I just love the effect of the monochrome on your card and with your lovely backing papers it's made a stunning card.
Another gorgeous card, Carole!
Beautiful, love the image. Thanks for joining us at papertake Weekly!
The monochrome against the layout of gorgeous backing papers look truly wonderful, Well done you. Have a good weekend
Beautiful card has a really vintage feel, I like those papers.
Hi Carole, WOW, THIS IS FAB...I love it and would also love to know that image, so pretty,I think your colouring is brilliant on all your work, you always do gorgeous cards...hope your well.xxx
Hey Carole, thanks for stopping by my blog! :)Glad you found me in the end!
Gorgeous card, you've captured the vintage feel so well.
The image is an old Sugar Nellie stamp illustrated by Elisabeth Bell - she's no longer available unfortunately, so I think you'd have to look for her on eBay. There are lots of Elisabeth Bell stamps out there from SCACD Stamps, Belles 'n Whistles and Whiff of Joy though, so if you like her illustration style you're bound to find some other stamps you like! :)
Oh! Carole this is Stunning. Your colouring is Brilliant. LOve it.
This is so beautiful ... I love the monochrome ... thanks for playing along at CCCB
One word BEAUTIFUL! love the monochrome look and your colouring is just perfection :o)
Thanks hun for joining us at totally papercrafts and good luck!!
hugs Vicky xx
This has such a wonderful olde worlde feel to it and the stitching really frames it well. They have reduced the mini sewing machines to £12.50 at Melbicks today, Carole, if you're interested. They're on the top shelf of the little corner by the desk. I've bought one to use on my cards and LO's. Did you get my email btw? Love your blog, so chatty and thanks for the comment on mine. xx
I've just re-sent the email Carole, fingers crossed this time xx
You did a beautiful job with the coloring on this adorable image, Carole....the warm grays just add to the vintage feel and I love the combo of papers you used!!!!! The flowers and other details are sooo pretty....you do such gorgeous work!!!!!
Hi, I've just found your blog and I love it. Beautiful card, I love the vintage look. I'm a new Follower. Kerry x
Love the card image ...flowers ....stunning
So pretty, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!
Wow Carole this is gorgeous, love the colouring. Thank you for your lovely comment on my LOTV card. Sue x
Wow, cute card. Thanks for playing at Cupcake this week. x
Beautiful - love the colouring and sewing
Thanks for joining us at TPC this week.
Sarah - Stressed Stamper
wow Carole, perfect monochrome colouring, stunning piece of work
so lovely! love that little heart pin!!
thank you so much for joining us at CCCB!
Beautifull card, I love monochrome and you have done a fab job and love your layout. Your name caught my eye on someone elses blog and guess what i'm from brum as well hehe so thought I would pop over and say hi :)
Stunning! I love this monochrome vintage look! You have coloured the image beautifully & it works well with your backing papers. Beautiful card :)
This is such a cute card.. Your image is wonderful. Thanks so much for joining us over at CCCB!
Well done Carole for getting Top 5 over at Cupcake Craft Challenges with this gorgeous card xxx
Bravo! You've mastered the monochrome image first time around. I think you are one VERY talented lady. (I love seeing people try new stuff).
Oh wow Carole, you certainly did monochrome colouring proud, this is superb. Great card :o)
Love the monochrome affect - it's perfect and that image is lovely. Your shading is very professionally done.
Hi Carole, I love this card. I too love the image that you have used. I wanted to let you know about the lace that you liked on my card. My sister repairs antique dolls and she gave me some scraps of antique lace to use. It had been laying in my craft room for several years so I finally decided that I would use it. I love your sweet comments. Cathy
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