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before and after…bird of paradise

Hello stampers!  Greetings from the warmth of northwest Florida where it looks like we may actually have to mow the lawn in February!  This has never happened in the 13 years we have lived here.  Usually it is late March before the lawn mower comes out.  BUT,,,,I am not complaining!

Today I want to show you a “before and after”.  I am in the middle of taking an online coloring class and decided to re-do an image.  I had colored the Bird of Paradise stamp (from Local King Rubber Stamps) about 4 years ago and was mostly happy with it, with the exception of the leaves and the sponging.  I decided to take some of what I learned in the classes and color it again.  Here is the side by side comparison.  The card on the left was done 4 years ago, the panel on the right was done today.

Now, I used slightly different markers.  For the flower part I eliminated any Y copics and just used the same YR markers.  I also switched out the B markers for BV ones.  I think the BV markers are closer to nature.  The leaves were colored with the same markers with the addition of one darker green to add more shading.  I like the leaves better in the new version.  The flower part I am on the fence about.  I think the blue in the original version was too bright, but the BV is not bright enough.  Perhaps when I put the new panel on a card it will look better.

For the background I was not happy with the sponging on the original, but am not sure where to go with the new panel.  Perhaps some stippling with BV colors will look good.

So, don’t be afraid to re-do one of your cards from years ago, and don’t be afraid to take a class or two!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll have another card on Wednesday so be sure to stop by then!

bird of paradise


I’m feeling a little tropical today – probably due to the very humid weather we are having!  And today’s card is a perfect fit.  I inked up this image, from Local King Rubber Stamps, and needed some color inspiration so off I went to google-land in search of photos and came across this beautiful painting (shown above) by artist Patti Bruce.  I really can’t due justice to her work so I will just thank her for inspiring me!

Bird of par 1

I colored the image with many different copics.  The leaves were done in the YG series – YG21, 23, and 25. The flowers were done with Y00, Yo2, Y08, YE02, YR04, YR68 and B000, B21, B24.  I  sponged memento summer sky and bahama blue around the edges.

The small blue panel underneath the main image was stamped with a palm image from Alextamping and versamark ink.  The green background paper is from Memory Box (I think) and I was finally able to use those square orange rhinestones I’ve had in my stash for years.

Thanks for stopping by today!