Monday, February 9, 2009

Tuscan influence

I'm such a lucky girl - I've been able to travel quite a bit and experience a wide range of influences from different cultures. Once in a lucky while, I get to pull from that experience and use a little bit in my paper crafting (although I think it usually ends up more on my scrapbook pages than my cards!). This is one of those lucky times!

Last summer, Ward and I ran off to Italy and left Wally and the Beav with their grandparents. Since Ward was working while we were in Florence, I was able to explore museums and shops on my own to my heart's content. Looking back, it was such an amazing experience, walking around by myself without any agenda. I saw colors and textures that were so very inspiring - and I really wanted to translate that into this new image from Lockhart Stamp Co., called Lemons and Bay Leaves.

If you take a look at the pottery, you can see that I really played around with my pencils a bit. Remembering to start with my lightest colors first, I 'highlighted' the words with my yellow, and colored around them from there. The blending pencil allowed me to control the blending with precision, keeping the words yellow while still allowing variances in the other parts. I am really happy with the results on this. I cut it out with some new Spellbinders dies and layered it with some older papers that matched perfectly. (Supplies are listed below.)

I hope that this inspires you to draw on some of your life experiences and see where it takes your work! Be well.

Stamp: (Lemons and Bay Leaves)Lockhart Stamp Co.
Cardstock: (Stampers Select, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate) Papertrey Ink
Dies: (Large Deckled Mega Rectangles) Spellbinders Paper Arts
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye, Heidi Grace
Ribbon: (Lemon Tart Grosgrain) Papertrey Ink
Colored Pencils: Prismacolor


Sharon Harnist said...

Beautiful, Jenn -- I feel like I'm in a Tuscan village! That paper and the colors are a perfect compliment to this new stamp!

veronica said...

love your colors. and your nestibilities are a neat shape.

liannallama said...

Oh, it's really fabulous! I love the warm, inviting colors! I dream of getting to Italy someday--so far, we've only traveled East as Europe is too pricey!

Linda Beeson said...

I love the colors you picked and mostly the reason or inspiration!!

hemidemisemiquaver said...

Oh My Jenn. This card and that nestie die is fantastic, but your coloring on this is WONDERFUL!