November Flower: Chrysanthemum

We are excited to show you the lovely creations from our design team using the November flower of the month.  These monthly flower images are perfect for birthday cards or special events. Why not use these for thanksgiving cards this year?

Mixed Media

Dorlene brings us not only one, but two new mixed media pages for November!

Supplies:

  • SU! Ink Pads:Tangerine Tango, Sage Shadow, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery, Blackberry Bliss
  • White acrylic paint, Black acrylic paint
  • Miners Nugget Radiant Pearls paint
  • White Signa Pen
  • Black Ink
  • Black BIC pen
  • “Postcard” stamp – From Maine State stamps (postage stamp and postmark)
  • “script” stamp
  • Note: The second page uses Honey Ink from CTMH for the flower and did not use Certainly Celery ink. It also used stencils, music note washi tape, and charcoal pencil.
Instructions
  1. Print flower near center of page.
  2. Dorlene always starts her pieces with four colors in mind.  She wanted a Fall look, so she chose the following colors: ORANGE (Tangerine Tango), GREEN (Sage Shadow, Mellow Moss, Certainly Celery), PURPLE (Blackberry Bliss), GOLD (Miners Nugget Radiant Pearls Paint) and of course BLACK and WHITE.
  3. Mask flower.  Stamp the three different green pads directly onto page and over the flower image.
  4. Reverse the mask and sponge in the flower using the orange ink and stamp a script stamp with the same orange color for a tone-on-tone look.
  5. Fill in edges of the page by sponging on purple ink.
  6. Tone down the purple ink by using white acrylic paint and the script stamp around page.
  7. Use punchinella stencil to add gold pearl paint around page.
  8. Add random splotches, marks, etc. until complete.
  9. Use black ink to add splatter and other stamped images (POSTCARD gifted from Rubber Paws & postage stamp and postage cancellation stamp from Maine stamp set Lila Grey Stamps).

While Dorlene was working on this piece, she used another piece of cardstock for a “clean off” sheet. Wouldn’t you believe it, she liked how it was turning out, so she completed that one too!

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For more of Dorlene’s creations, visit her at  http://www.craftsinthecommandcenter.blogspot.com.


Chris’ tips on coloring the Chrysanthemum with Copic Markers

Chris, who actively teaches Copics, brings us her third installment of the flower of the month coloring tips!

“This month started off just like the others… with a Google image search.  As I scrolled through the images I found that pink is a common color for chrysanthemums.   However, I was really captivated by the two-toned flowers. My favorite photo showcased a flower that was orange/red in the center and the petals faded to a yellow on the outside.  It was perfect for fall!

I chose to break color family when coloring this flower.  This can be a little tricky.  Don’t forget to play with your colors on a scrap piece of paper to get a feel for how they will work together.  Some markers blend together more easily than others.  

To color the Lila Grey flower, I started at the center of the flower.  I slowly worked my way out to the outer petals.   I worked about 5 petals at a time, so that the ink stayed wet to help facilitate blending.  Please adjust this depending on how fast you color.

I only used R05 on the inner petals.  I wanted them to be the darkest.   Once I completed the two inner rows of petals, I put R05 away.  I started my flick strokes at the base or where each petal connects to the flower.   I worked the color out towards the edge of each petal.  I only used the lightest colors on the very tips of the petals.   Once I finished colored the entire flower, I did add some W3 in areas that I thought would be farther away or in shadow.

When I first started coloring, I thought it looked like a hot mess.  I’m glad I saw it through till the end.  Once I had all the colors in there, it really came together to create a beautiful fall chrysanthemum.  I hope you are inspired to give this flower a try!”

Here is a closeup image of the coloring:

If you have any questions about using Copics you can reach Chris at chris@purplelakestamps.com or visit her blog: www.purplelakestamps.com. If you are interested in learning more about this technique, Chris has  an advanced blending class.  She offers a  DVD class  that walks you through the process step by step.


 Michelle Pearson’s Cards

Our guest designer, Michelle Pearson another beautiful fall colored card with the flower of the month stamp. Here is more inspiration for you! (check out the card gallery to see more of Michelle’s work!)
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As always, our featured flower of the month stamp is on sale at half price for this month only! You can instantly download it after purchase.