Wednesday, November 4, 2015

CASEing Marika.....

Hello everyone: One of the most wonderful things about this craft is the amazing ways to learn from other card makers who share their experience and talent so selflessly and so kindly with the world.  I do not consider myself an expert by any means but I do love coloring and making my cards for my family and friends but now, I have my little blog so I have a chance to share them with more card makers around the world.  There is an enormous amount of talent out there in all areas of this craft and I've been so fortunate to come across some of the best.
Here is the card I made for the Mojo Monday  Sketch challenge this week, I will tell you where I got my inspiration from just ahead.
Ok, this card was inspired by THIS card by Marika Rahtu, her incredible ability to blend colors and give shape to flowers with just the stroke of her pencils or Copic markers is something that I love and admire. 
I stamped this image from the Altenew set called Golden Garden , I actually won this set at an Altenew blog hop, lucky me!!!
I stamped the image onto a panel of Ninah Solar White with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and I colored it with my Prismacolor pencils but I didn't use any baby oil this time, I just blended the colors and created shades by pressing a bit harder at the base and just lightly flicking the pencil upwards, like when you do a check mark. 
The beautiful blue and gold paper is actually from an Origami kit I bought at the bargain bin at Hobby Lobby some time ago, it has the most gorgeous papers cut into 4x4" pieces. I picked the colors for the flower from the colors of this paper, I love the specks of gold and the shades of blue and violet blue in it.
The gold trim and butterfly are from little scraps I found, I'm totally running out of gold paper, need to get me some!!
Here is a close up of my flower and this beautiful paper.
This card is going to a dear Triathlon friend who is going to have hip replacement surgery in a couple of weeks, she is so scared that she might never run or ride her bike again, let alone race but I know she will, I told her this is just a bump in the road and besides, Triathlon racing season is over so she has a whole year to get back and race again. 
Well, I hope you like this card, I love reading your comments and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask.
Here is the sketch that, along with Marika, inspired this card.
Thank you so much for stopping by, until next time, Happy Stamping.
Hugs from Maria.


Sonny said...

Beautiful colors ! You outdid yourself on this beauty !! That is a great sketch to stimulate some creative ideas and you nailed it !

Patti Willey said...

That Marika stops me in my tracks everytime! You've done a superb job blending with pencils only! I rarely have a sharp enough tip to get those pretty lines she can accomplish but I see you've done well with the technique! Best wishes for a speedy recovery for your Triathalon Friend! This card is sure to cheer her up!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Sonny, the colors are so intense on that piece of paper, I'm glad I was able to more or less, replicate them.

Maria A. said...

Thanks Patti, it was difficult to keep the pencil's point sharp enough to get those lines, the blending without the baby oil was a bit tricky but I'm happy with the results.
I do hope my friend Debbie's surgery goes well, I can't even begin to imagine the fear and worry.

Marika said...

Maria!! This is so fabulous and beautifully coloured! Love it and love how you used the sketch for the card as well. You've really made beautiful job with prismas. Amazing blending just with pencils. I wish all the best for your friend.. she must be one hard of a lady if she has been competing with a hip that needs to be replaced. Wow! I'm sure she'll be back on track before she even realises it. Have a great day!

Maria A. said...

Thank you Marika, I wanted to showcase this image from the set and the sketch was perfect because of the main panel, then the colors of the beautiful paper with all those golden specks, just gave me a starting point for what colors to choose.
My friend has been in a lot of pain and discomfort, her last race was back in July, this might be the answer to her getting back training and racing again free of pain. Thank you for your good wishes.

Lisa Poe said...

Your card would cheer anyone up upon receiving it. Gorgeous! Your friend is one lucky gal! Best wishes to her. My best friend just had a knee replacement.

Mary Fish said...

So chic!

Maria A. said...

Thanks Lisa, I'm sure she'll be ok, but the thought of surgery would scare just about anyone.

Maria A. said...

Thank you Mary.

Bobbi Miller said...

WOW! Just WOW! Maria, you inspire me. I really love everything you do!