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Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Guest post - Art with everything by Bernie Simmons

This week our guest contributor is Bernie Simmons who has not only designed this colourful card, but has taken photos along the way to illustrate. Over to you Bernie.....

Taking the largest stamp from Butterfly Dreams I inked in Versamark Onyx Black and stamped onto a piece of  7" x 7" card.  
Once stamped I covered the edge of the image with low tack masking tape.  Then using Barn Door Distress inkpad I brushed the ink on the top corners of both sides of the card, gradually building up the colour. The next colour used under the red, was Spiced Marmalade, again working gently from the edges into the middle blending as you go. Squeezed Lemonade was the next colour, just to give a gentle hue of a sky at sunset, then Mowed Lawn. I wanted no harsh lines here, more a dreamy feeling so you can't tell where the land ends and the sky begins.
Now to colour with Pro-markers. I chose Tangerine, Apple Cider, Poppy and Sky Blue. Now to be honest when I had coloured the larger butterfly with the Sky Blue I was not happy with it, so I picked a more vibrant blue and went over it with Azure....I think it works better. 


I used a white pen to highlight plus Wink Of Stella which glistens and makes the whole card really stand out, but I can't seem to pick it up on the photo  I stamped Inspire, from Artistic Expressions, as the sentiment along the bottom of the card and Art is everything from Artistic Affirmations down the right hand edge. Then mounted it on black, added a little ribbon on the top and bottom corners and then onto an 8" x  8" card.

I hope you like what I have done here and the colours I have used ....Have a wonderful day.

We love the vibrancy of this card Bernie and a big thank you from us for being this week's guest blogger. Please add your thanks by leaving a comment and don't forget to pop over to Bernie's blog, Arty Crafty, to see more of her creations.

60 comments:

  1. Hi Lesley
    What a stunning card, it gorgeous, love everything chocolate baroque x

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    1. Thank you Carole xxx pleased you like it xx

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  2. fantastic blending Bernie, lovely misty dreamy effect x

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    1. Thank you Hellen praise indeed coming from you xxxx

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    1. Hi Lisa thank you sweetie glad you liked it xx

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  4. Great tutorial Bernie, thank you, stunning result xx Zoe xx

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    1. Thank you Lovely Zoe, xxx (I'll pay you later! ) xxx

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  5. Gorgeous card and great step by step explanation. Thanks Bernie! X

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    1. Thank you Shairon, x Glad you enjoyed it as much as I did doing it xx

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    1. Many thanks Gwen, so glad you like it x

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  7. Beautiful card Bernie. Loved reading your post. I felt you were on the other side of the table just having a chat and talking us through it. FABulous!! Obviously in my mind we were all eating cake and drinking coffee!!! Lots of lovely photos as well. TFS.
    Hugs, Flo x

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    1. What no wine and choccy's! xxxx Thank you for the very kind comments xxxx

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  8. Beautiful colours! And another great way to use that stamp!

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    1. Thank you its one of my fave's too xxx

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  9. A gorgeous card and a great tutorial as well. Thank you.

    Sue xx

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    1. Thank you Sue very kind of you to say xxx

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  10. Dramatic card. I really like this stamp set.

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    1. Yes Me too think of Golds and reds......or blues and greens the looks and the difference is truly amazing xxx

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  11. Hi Lesley
    What a stunning card, it gorgeous, love everything chocolate baroque x

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  12. A stunning card Bernie, lovely stamps and the tutorial is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you my dear friend xxxx your support as always is so generous. xxxx

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  13. Congratulations Bernie, great technique and fab result! :-) xxx

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    1. Thank you Hunni xxxxx It's because of you and one or to others I am still here crafting xxx Glad you like it xxx

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  14. fab Bernie, love the colours, (really need some more DIs now!) and beautifully blended

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    1. Thank you Veronica . the Distress inkpads just blend so easily.. love the result they give will try if I get the chance over the next week or two to do the same stamp but different colours. so others can see the effect. x

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  15. Beautiful card with wonderful colours & tutorial! Shirleyx

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    1. Thank you Shirley. so pleased you like it xxx

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  16. Congratulations Bernie!!
    Great card, great technique and great tutorial.
    Well done x

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    1. Thank you so much Yvonne for your lovely comment . xxxx

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  17. Gorgeous inkyness Bernie - thank you for sharing how you made it with us too. Love your coloured panel and the words/sentiments are perfect! Karen P x

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    1. Hi Karen thank you xx pleased you like it xx

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  18. Gorgeous colouring on this, thanks for all the details too...:)

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  19. Hi Jo you are welcome. glad you like it too xxx

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  20. Bernie what an absolutely gorgeous card. I've had my eye on CB for a while now and seeing what you have done here just confirms what beautiful stamps they are. Love the colours you've used and your step by step is fab xxx

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    1. Thank you so much Jane xxx They are lovely stamps so hard to pick a favourite. xxx

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  21. Gorgeous card and fabulous step by step.
    Hugs
    Linda xxx

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    1. Oh how kind thank you Linda xxx Pleased you like it xxx

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  22. Love the CB stamp too! Great colouring and blending and a stunning result. Tutorial very well presented.

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    1. Thank you Barbara, I just love the stamp glad you think it show's xx

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  23. well done Bernie. this is gorgeous. so this is what you were doing when we were on the phone xx

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    1. Yes it was :) ...lol seems ages ago now doesn't it xxxx Thank you for the lovely comment.

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  24. Wow! Really well done and beautiful card!! Also the step-by-step is great too, thanks much for sharing. Coco x

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    1. Coco you are very welcome. thank you for the lovely comment. xxx

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  25. Wow this is stunning, I have this stamp too, but I never made such a beautifull card with it , thank you so much for the inspiration!!!!

    Greetings
    Maria

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    1. It's an easy stamp to work with ....think night time and blues spritzed with water...or put in proper cloud's and a hill or two for a proper background ...just go and play ...what's the worst that can happen?

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  26. wonderful work bernie - gorgeous make - I will be having a go! hugs rachel xx

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    1. Hi Rachel. Thank you for the kind comment .....share when you have a go I would like to see what you do xxx

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    2. Fantastic tutorial. I love the bright colours you used.

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    3. This is lovely and the colours in the background are beautifully blended. The colouring with the Promarkers is pretty, and that Poppy colour really pops. x

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    4. Thank you Beth. x yes love brigh's if your going to do a card to make someone feel good why not make it cheerful xxxx

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  27. Hi Pat. xx so pleased you like it Will do another in a few days just to show the difference. xxxx

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  28. I've not thought of using Distress Inks with the ProMarkers but this really shows how effective the combination is with the vibrancy of the marks given a perfect foil of Distress dusted background. Your mounting of black & white with the eye-catching ribbons really brings out the vibrancy of the stamped image.
    Paula (PEP)

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  29. A really lovely contrast with your colours a striking piece.

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  30. This is beautiful and thank for the explanation . I need it

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