Friday, November 25, 2011

Holiday Topiary

(Please scroll down for the new Stamping with the Dragon challenge post)


Welcome to Challenge #34 for Pattie's Creations Design Challenge.  The theme is Christmas and I had a very hard time deciding which image I wanted to use from her store.  I finally decided to use the Holly Topiary because I had a flash of creativity when I saw it - to make the topiary rounded, just like it would be in real life.  In order to do that, I printed the image several times (at first I thought I would cut out each individual leaf).  Thankfully, I had a better idea.  After coloring and cutting out the entire top portion (as opposed to individual leaves), I used one of my old fondant cake decorating tools to round the entire piece from the underside.  It curled just the way I envisioned.  Don't you love it when a plan comes together?  Now to adhere it to the original image without messing it up.  Out came my tallest pop dots, but it still wasn't tall enough for me.  So I added a second layer of pop dots - just what I was looking for.


The image is colored with Copic markers with touches of Spica glitter pens on the holly berries and cut with Grand Labels Four (#1, 2) from Spellbinders and attached to Echo Park papers.  The image looked so good all by itself, that I didn't want to add anything else to it.  Hope you think so too.

This Christmas challenge will run for three weeks, so you'll have plenty of time to upload your creations to Pattie's Creations challenge blog.  Then get ready for a fun blog hop starting Dec 16.  Check out all the awesome creations from the rest of the design team too.

(For those of you who happened to see this post early, sorry.  Blogger issue - more likely a senior moment issue.  I selected the wrong date :0. )

Copics used: R29    YG41, YG45    E25, E27    E07, E08, E09    Y11, Y15, Y26

11 comments:

Linda said...

This is beautiful Anne. Love the colours and the papers work so well with the Topiary too.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Tammy said...

Absolutely beautiful Anne! Your coloring is perfect and the background is so pretty and Christmasy.

jimlynn said...

WOW! Beautiful creation! Love everything about it! Gorgeous image and you've framed it perfect. It looks like it's ready to pop off the paper! Stunning.
Lynn

Tammy said...

So glad you explained the reposting, I thought I was the one with a senior moment! Still love the card.

McCrafty's Cards said...

Stunning card Anne, I like everything about it!!
Kevin xx

Cheryl First said...

Beautiful coloring on this!

Margaret said...

Love this card, and I love how you rounded the top layer!!! Got to ty this image.

Margaret said...

Love this card, and I've got to try that rounding effect!

Pattie G said...

Anne, this is so pretty! I love how you colored my Topiary Image and how you used paper piecing to give it depth.

Hugs
Pattie ♥

Deb said...

I just love the three dimensional look. I always want to try this with my stamps, but seem to fall back on the preprinted decoupage sheets. I'm going to need to look at my stamps again!

Sandi said...

Wow Anne, you did it again! Beautiful creation, and such lengths you went to, to get the perfect topiary! Super job!
♥ Sandi