Artful Smiles

So when I made yesterday's card I stamped and colored two Artfully Asian images, just in case I messed up on the card. This blossom image is my all time favorite stamp. It's simple, graceful and beautiful. I'm not so fond of the rest of the set, but in my opinion, this one stamp was worth the price of the whole set! :) Since there were no major boo-boos when I was stamping yesterday I was able to use the second image on today's card. Again it is embossed with Gold Detail embossing powder and painted with a mixture of Diamond Glaze and reinkers. The embossing is really helpful with this technique, as it helps to "control" the glaze from seeping outside the lines. I just love the look of it. I've had this Crate Paper from the Avenue Collection in my stash since January and I really wanted to use it with this image. However it is definitely more of a cream than a white and I had already stamped the image on white! So, I decided to sponge the edges with Barely Banana and Close to Cocoa to see if I could blend it enough to pass. I love how it turned out. I stamped the Sending You Smiles sentiment from Thoughtful Phrases in Ancient Page Coal Black up the side and then matted the image with black cardstock. The horizontal layer is the back side of one of the designer papers which I cuttlebugged with the Textile embossing folder and sanded. The rest is just straight forward scraps of DP and black mats. This gorgeous sketch is courtesy of Julia S. I just love how classy of a layout it is!

Well, I've been battling a migraine for almost 2 days now so I'm signing off and going to go stick my head under a pillow. Hope you all have a happy weekend!

29 comments

  1. so beautiful...great job!!! :)

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  2. This is just stunning! I love how you used the sketch! Thanks so much for trying it out! I just love that image and pairing it up with one of my fave papers...stunning! Glad you enjoyed the sketch. Hope your migraine is feeling better soon! I get them...soooooo not fun!

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  3. what an absolutely beautiful card,
    just love it!! hope your migrane lifts :)

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  4. This is beautiful. How do you paint with dg & ink refills?

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  5. I love cards with black and white, really pretty.

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  6. The B&W really sets off the red on this card. I'm sorry about the Migraine. Yuck.

    Love the sketch too!

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  7. What a gorgeous card, Julee! Hope you feel better...get some rest!

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  8. Wow! This is georgeous! I love the sketch and the colors. Just beautiful!

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  9. Beautiful! Love the colors. Hope you feel better. :)

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  10. Wow! I love the colours, great colouring. jenny x

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  11. This is so elegant! I really love the colours and the details!

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  12. This is a stunning card Julee - really really pretty! Love the black and red, very striking. *STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

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  13. WOW This is card is stunning. I love the way the flowers just seem to jump off the card.

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  14. Love how the sponging made the white image work with the ivory based DP ... gorgeous.

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  15. This is gorgeous... I love how the red flowers pop!

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  16. He he.... I almost clicked off your blog because the colors were SO DIFFERENT, I thought I had clicked on the wrong link!

    BEEEEEEEAUTIFUL card (as always). Sorry about the migraine.... those really bite.....

    FEEL BETTER!!!!!

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  17. Such a gorgeous card!! I always love the cards you create with this set! And aaaaccckkk!! I LOVE the new look of the blog! Great colour combo!!

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  18. Another beauty!!! Really like the new blog colors too! Hope you get some quick relief from your migraine.

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  19. Absolutely stunning!!! Love it!!

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  20. It is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! I am in AWE! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! Hugs, Barb g

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  21. Beautiful card and thank you so much for the hint on keeping the glaze in a design by embossing first.

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  22. You do so many different styles so well. I love this more traditional, classically styled card just as much as your usual trendy, fun cards.

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  23. What a beauty!!!!!
    Hope you get rid of your migraine asap...they are terrible aren't they.

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  24. Julee -- this is _such_ a beautiful card! Wowee! I like the simple and clean feel you achieved.

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