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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Beautiful.....



Hello everyone: I have a card to share with you today for the CASology week 173 challenge with the Cue Word "PRETTY" and the Addicted to Stamps and More! challenge #171 "Anything Goes" challenge, here is my card.

I looked and looked for a stamp with the word "PRETTY" but I don't have one, I have words like Gorgeous, Beautiful, Amazing, Fabulous, Sweet, etc. but not PRETTY so, I grabbed this stamp from a gorgeous but sadly retired Stampin Up! set called "Eastern Influences" with the word Beautiful in Japanese, which I heat embossed in gold.  I thought it would go very well with this image from Kraftin Kimmie called "Katara", unfortunately I think it's retired because I couldn't find it at their store. I stamped the image onto a panel of Canson water color paper with Stazon Jet Black ink and colored with SU Blackberry Bliss for the dress, which also has a bit of gold gel pen. The little Dragon's body was colored with this Neon Green paint that I had for years, it's wings and fuss on his head with a bit of SU Perfect Plum marker and a bit of Wink of Stella shimmer. 
In this photo you can appreciate the gold embossed Japanese word "Beautiful". 
I tried to keep my images on the bottom 1/3 of the panel, I might have gone a bit higher this time, I hope it's ok for the CASology requests for CAS cards.
I hope you like my interpretation of PRETTY, I think the way this sweet girl is looking at this adorable little Dragon fits the Cue Card.
I want to thank you for stopping by, until next time, happy stamping.
Hugs from Maria.

20 comments:

Patti Willey said...

Beautiful is right! Love the little Geisha Girl and her Dragon! You can tell your hubby that you finally used that Neon Green Paint you had to have in 1989! Ha! It's more than pretty Maria due to the gold work here and your perfect coloring! I'm sure it's a Winner!

Maria A. said...

LOL!! Oh Patti, you just made me smile, this little pain tube it's probably that old, sheeesh!!
But I do love how the little Dragon looks like, I Google Dragons and there were some awesome colors for them, I picked this one.
Thanks for the vote of confidence my friend, I'm just having so much fun with the challenges.

Maria A. said...

Oh goodness.....I meant to say PAINT not pain, sheeesh!!

Mary Fish said...

Love the touch of whimsy and richness of Asian art!

Maria A. said...

I agree Mary, this old stamp set is just so beautiful.

Sonny said...

This is pretty and really different . Love the gold embossing !

Ashwini Rao said...

Its just perfect for the challenge! Love that cute little dragon! And the embossing just looks perfect; fits right in!

Ashwini Rao said...

And thanks for leaving your comments in my blog. As for your question - if you color the front or the back of your flowers? - for that particular card, I colored the front. But coloring the back works just as fine. I actually tried a variety of coloring mediums, including markers and pencils, testing it front and back. But one thing is that you definitely have to wait a quite a bit before it dries (or the color smudges, but if you have uses watercolor, you can get it off by using a thirsty brush)

Maria A. said...

Thanks my friend, I have had this stamp for a while now but I think I've only used it once. This is why I love participating in the challenges, I get to use old and beloved stamps that have been a bit neglected for a while.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Ashwini, I'm going to give this Vellum technique a try, it looks amazing on your beautiful card.

Ren L said...

This is very 美 (beautiful)! Something very different. Thank you for joining us at CASology. :)

Maria A. said...

Thank you Ren, I love playing along with the CASology challenges.

Barb Ghig said...

Beautiful coloring on your images, Maria! Love your CAS design, too! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at ATSM!

Ardyth said...

This is beautiful and pretty! What amazing images! So glad you joined us at CASology this week, Maria!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Barb, it's always fun to play at ATSM!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Ardyth, this stamp is so pretty and perfect for this CASology challenge.

Celeste Goff said...

What a super sweet card! Love the gold embossing!

Maria A. said...

Thank you for stopping by Celeste.

Hazel Hodgkins said...

This is captivating Maria! Pretty and beautiful indeed. What I love most is the mutual admiration shown by the geisha girl and the dragon. Fabulous choice of images! So lovely to have you join us at CASology this week!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Hazel, the look on both, is just so captivating, I'm so happy I chose this image to participate in this CASology "Pretty" challenge.