Happy Winter! This post brings you two of our favorite winter flower of the month projects & specials! The snowdrop and the lovely violets.

Dorlene’s Mixed Media Art Pages

January Snowdrops

Dorlene-Snowdrops

Dorlene’s color selection was inspired by a color challenge on a stamping site. The color combination was Hello Honey, Rose Red and Garden Green (all colors by Stampin’ Up). The challenge did not dictate a manufacturer, just that the shades be similar. Dorlene used Honey, Melon Mambo and an assortment of greens from her ink stash.

Directions:

  1. Mask the flowers with masking fluid.
  2. Use a watercolor pencil and water brush for stems and leaves.
  3. Shade around the flowers with an Alcohol marker.
  4. Use a darker green marker to shade around the stems and leaves.
  5. “Direct from pad to page” areas with Seafoam ink.
  6. Stencil Honey ink around the page using a home made stencil.
  7. Spritz two shades of green mist around the page.
  8. Draw circles with charcoal pencil in top right corner; smear the marks with wet finger.
  9. Drop some Melon Mambo reinker to craft sheet and water down. Drip splotches around the page in random places; smear areas in the corners.
  10. Stamp script stamp with silver metallic ink around the page.
  11. Swipe black ink pad in random areas (to make lines).
  12. Using a small circle stencil, add more silver metallic ink around the page.
  13. Remove mask from flowers and touch up white with white sigma pen.

Mixed Media Products:
watercolor pencil and markers; ink pads; reinker; charcoal pencil; alcohol marker; metallic ink

Tools:
Fingers; water brush; paint brush; masking fluid; stencils; script stamp


February Violets

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Violets are blue… or are they purple? Dorlene had fun making this mixed media piece using our February flower of the month digi stamp.

She printed the flowers on the page and colored them first. She used a dark purple Gypsy alcohol marker from CTMH and yellow acrylic paint for the centers. For the stemps and leaves, she used a Pear alcohol marker from CTMH.

HINT: the markers were dry when I tried to use them so Dorlene pulled the tops off and dropped some un-natured alcohol into the pen chamber. It works! You can purchase un-natured alcohol at a local hardware store.

Next, Dorlene shaded around the flowers with an apricot watercolor Tombow marker. This is where the inspiration hit! She decided to use a background stamp from Rubber Paws. After covering the colored image with masking fluid, Dorlene used apricot ink from Stampin’ Up! to blend the marker and ink around the page, stamped the background stamp over the image (also in Apricot). She then added the charcoal pencil circles and smudged them slightly before adding blue dots with acrylic paint. To finish up the piece, Dorlene added random squiggles with a white-out pen, splattered black ink, and over stamped the piece with bubble wrap, removed the masking fluid and added a bit more shading around the image with a Sahara sand marker from SU!.

Lovely!


And now… For Chris’ COPICS Tips!

January –  White on a White Background – Blue Sky

January-FOM
January – Snowdrops
Direct from Chris:
“It is time to share the Flower of the Month card for January.  This month’s flower is Snow Drops.   Lisa Grey did a great job bringing these flowers to life.  The digi image can be found here.  I wanted to do something a little different this month.  This month I enlarged the digi so it would span across a A2 card.
The challenge this month comes from color choices.  Snow drops are a white flower and card stock is also white.  This poses a problem if you want the flowers to stand out and be the focal point of the card.  I decided to color a sky background so the white flowers would pop.
I started down at the bottom of the card with my darkest color blue.  I slowly worked through the blues to my lightest.  I wanted the lightest blue to fade to white at the top of the card. I listed all the colors I used at the bottom of this post.  If you are interested I have a detailed DVD class that shows step by step how to create this effect.
To create some depth when coloring the leaves of the flowers I colored the smaller stems/leaves darker green.  I kept the larger leaves a little lighter.  This way they the stems of the flowers didn’t get lost against the broader leaves.
Lastly, I added some grey to the flowers to help create a little depth.  I chose really soft tones.  I didn’t want the flowers to look grey.
I finished the card off with a simple sentiment and rhinestones.  I tucked it away.  I always try to have a few sympathy cards on hand.  I find when I need them, I often don’t have time to make one.  It is nice to be able to raid my card stash.
Thanks for looking.  I hope you enjoyed January’s Flower of the Month.  I think it is my favorite so far in the series. “
Copics used:
White: W3, W1, W0
Green: G00, G02, G09, YG67, G94
Blue: B95, B93, B91, B52, B00, B000, 0

February – Violet

Feb-FOM
February – Violets

Another installment direct from Chris:
“It is time to share February’s Flower of the month.   This month we are celebrating Violets.  What a beautiful flower!  I’m in love with these guys!!   Seeing that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner… I was tempted to color them blue and do a twist on the Roses are Red, Violets are blue poem. However,  after trying a few shades of blue out… I liked the traditional purple better.

I needed to play around a bit to find the right combination of purples.  In the end I chose BV02, BV04, BV08.  I used a little BV17 to add a shadow or two.   When you are applying the colors to the petals, take care to use the darks sparingly.   A little bit of the darker purples go a long way.  I didn’t want flowers to be too dark.

I used G02, G05, G09, YG67 to color the leaves.  I chose those colors because they compliment the purples perfectly.

I hope you enjoy February’s flower of the month as much as I have.  Lila Grey did a great job capturing the beauty of these flowers.   You can find her images here.”


 

Michelle Pearson’s cards

Michelle has created some beauties for us this month. We hope these provide you with inspiration for your next card project!

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I want to thank these talented ladies from our design team for continuing to create wonderful artwork with our images. We love them!

To all of our wonderful customers, we are discounting both January and February flower of the month stamps until the end of February!


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