Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Big Sexy Leaves

Hi there!  This is not the card I'd planned on sharing today, but I got a little mixed up on my posts.  I'm all discombobulated with too many cards that need making all of a sudden.  So... today I have a card that was made for a guy friend's birthday.  He's a good friend and appreciates my cards, so I don't mind taking a little extra time.  I watercolored Power Poppy's Big Sexy Leaves.

I have three things to say about these leaves:

1)  They're spectacular.
2)  The best way to color them is any way you want to.
3)  You'd best trim your image panel before you start to color because you won't want to cut off or cover up an inch of it when you're done.

Refer back to #1 -- they're spectacular!




This is a 6x6 background stamp and I watercolored the whole thing with Gansai Tambi paints on Arches 140 hot pressed watercolor paper.  It was stamped in Palette Landscape, a medium olive green.  Loose and messy, splattered with white.  I covered the card front and added a strip of rattan specialty paper which I've had forever.  A very skinny strip and a die cut sentiment.  It was painful to cover up even that much of it.  Did I mention these leaves are spectacular?




I have a 1 1/2" colored strip left over and it will be a border for another card.  I have a plan for it and I hope it turns out.  Later.  These things shouldn't be rushed and I have other new and old Power Poppy to color.  The latest release was... yes... spectacular!

Have a happy day!


29 comments:

Hannelie said...

Your card is SPECTACULAR Leslie !... my eye caught your description of the new release ... and since my English vocabulary doesn't have a more powerful word to describe this beauty I'm copying you!

Glenda Brooks said...

One word...WOW!

Joan B said...

wow the way you colored those leaves is spectacular

Diane said...

WOW~WOW~WOW this is stunning and your coloring is...well AMAZING, what a fabulous card and fabulous image (one I wouldn't even attempt as it would never be as gorgeous as this!). I can see why you didn't want to cover any of it up and what a perfect piece that bamboo paper is (I see if peeking out from the inside as well)!! I am jealous of the 'guy friend' that is receiving this.lol..have a wonderful day!

Mac Mable said...

Absolutely stunning. Amazing colouring and clearly made with love.....you took the time to spectacularly colour it and boy does it show x Loving the white splats too x

Leslie Miller said...

Commenting for inbox... thank you!

Yogi said...

Oh Boy this is FABULOUS. I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT AND THE COLORING IS SUPERB.Have a great day

Kathy Krug said...

Great guy card. I know your friend will love it. You are right the leaves are spectacular and the little strip of paper adds so much texture and is perfect for the layered sentiment.

Verna Angerhofer said...

That sure is a lucky guy who is receiving this beautiful card. I just love it and the coloring is fantastic! I can see why you loved every inch of that background. I sure do.

Nanny's Pansy Patch said...

OMG!! You are right - these leaves are spectacular! Your coloring is just as beautiful. I'm sure your friend will love it and appreciate all the effort that went in it!

nancy littrell said...

Oh my Gosh...Wow...Spectacular...Amazing.....Gorgeous tropical leaves background stamp and so beautifully loosely watercolored, Leslie. I don't think I can resist this beauty!!! Into my wishlist it goes!

TFS Leslie and for covering up only a small part of your beautiful leaves. A great guy or gal card. Hugs.

Sherri said...

Fantastic doesn't even begin to describe this gorgeous card! AWESOME doesn't either! Your coloring is spectacular and always astounds me! Love it!!

Bobbi Miller said...

Shut the front door! WOW, Leslie, you are amazing! I love Power Poppy stamps and Marcella is a fantastic artist, but you are right up there with her. The coloring on your card is spectacular too! It looks like I'm standing in the forest! Amazing! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creativity ... I'm in awe!

pam said...

Wow that`s one stunning coloured birthday card Leslie, what a fabulous image and those colours are to die for! Amazing work.
Pam x

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Leslie, when I saw this background stamp I got very much intimidated by it, I'm not to good at coloring big images but you, my dear.....you just blew this one out of the park!!!
What a gorgeous way to give life to this beautiful images, all the colors on each leaf are perfectly blended, simply amazing.
The beautiful pattern paper is just the most perfect detail.
Fabulous card!!
XO
Maria.

crafty-stamper said...

WOW stunning card and you are completely right those leaves are spectacular and fabulous colouring
Carol x

Pauline said...

S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R! I'm lost for words to describe my thoughts on your card today. I think Spectacular really says it all. Leslie, your watercolouring blows me away. They way you blend your colours and the details is remarkable. When I saw this stamp released I was truly intimidated. No way can I colour this to do it justice. But you have done just that! Love the bit of border paper with your 'fantastic' sentiment. A great masculine card indeed. Thanks for sharing this today!

Christine Alexander said...

So incredible, I just love every bit about your card. The watercolouring the shading and that wonderful sentiment. Those leaves and so beautiful and the background wash pulls every thing together.

Ros Crawford said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! It's spectacular! LOVE the leaves and your colouring is phenomenal!

laurie said...

You outdid your self on this one! My mouth is hanging open...how did you get those shades in your leaves...each one it so interesting and perfectly colored.Double WOW!!!

Karren said...

Stunning card! The variation you achieved in your coloring is amazing and I'm sure the recipient will treasure this for a long time!

Conniecrafter said...

I so love how you have colored this, just amazing, love the splattering too and that rattan strip is such a cool touch with the leaves, neat offsetting of your sentiment also. it always feels extra good to make a card you know will be appreciated.

Stacy Morgan said...

I knew... I knew... I knew... Yep I KNEW that you were going to not only love these leaves but ROCK them! oh Leslie these are amazing! The red hues are fabulous and the brown background shading looks awesome. I LOVE this!!!!

Donna Ellis said...

Big sexy leaves is an understatement! Gorgeousness! These look like all the plants I used to have in one of my greenhouses back in the day. They are lovely with the splashes of light bringing a beautiful depth. Love those caladium leaves. Those colors grow in shade here, and my caladiums all grow in full sun, so I appreciate the soft muted pink tones. That bird nest fern is fabulous! One of mine had grown nearly 5 feet tall when scale claimed it. It looked nearly like yours in the card! Loving your bamboo accent "paper" is gorgeous inside and out! This is definitely a framable masterpiece, my PNW friend! xx

Cindy Beach said...

Don't know if I have enough superlatives to add to those already expressed! This card is unique, fresh fantastic and fabulous! Love everything about it. Your choice of colors is top notch and I'm glad you used only a tiny strip but that paper is perfect. Love the loose and messy white spatters!

KimCreate said...

WOW, WOW, WOW so beautiful, this stamp is amazing and the way you painted it is more amazing!

Heather Telford said...

This is beautiful, Leslie. All that watercolouring is so pretty.

Teri Smith said...

Wow!! This is fantastic Leslie!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, yes, Leslie, these are BIG and SEXY, and I love how you've colored them! Spectacular indeed, and (living here in South Florida where many of these grow year-round) you've nailed the colors beautifully! It's a stunning card, and I love how you finished it with the rattan specialty paper and the word die. I'm sure he loves it! Amazing, my friend, truly amazing! But it's you...and you are amazing! Hugs!

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