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August 19, 2010

Life is a Beach Inspired Project

Hi Everyone!  It’s Wini from LooneyBugDesigns here with your inspiration for the day.
Orchid 7 
As much as I love this months cartridge Life is a Beach (LIAB), for some reason I do not own it yet.  Even though it is on my list of cartridges to get, there are others that I want more so I decided not to go out and get it right now.  Instead I turned on my Gypsy and started looking over the images on LIAB for inspiration.  I loved the Orchid Image and decided I would use that as my inspiration.
Next I needed to pick an Orchid type flower from a cartridge that I do have.  I decided to use 50 States since it has so many different flowers and found one that I liked.  I placed 4 flowers and the matching layer on a mat on my Gypsy and used my favorite feature Hide Contour to erase all the parts I didn’t want.  I LOVE THIS!  Here is a picture of my Gypsy Mat all ready to cut.
Orichid 1
Now why did I use 4 flowers?  Because that is how many fit on the paper that I was planning on using.  No other reason then that.  I cut them out of white paper so that I could color them with my Copics any color I wanted.  I love to start with a blank canvas.
Orchid 2
I airbrushed the Leaf on all 4 of the bottom layers (I only ended up using 2 of the bottom layers but I colored all I had in case I made a mistake – and besides it is so fun to airbrush! I ended up using 3 colors of green and a hint of pink on the leaves.
Orchid 3
Next it was time to color the flower layers.  I airbrushed the tops and backs of all the flower layers so that I could curl them up and add lots of dimension to the flower.  The flowers have 3 colors of violet, some pink and on the top sides (sorry didn’t get a picture of that) some yellow in the center.  I shaded them lightest in the middle and darkest along the outside edges – because that is the way I thought they looked good.
Orchid 4
Next I layered my flower, curling up the edges as I went and added some yellow Flower Soft to the middle because I felt it was too flat.
Orchid 6
My last step before putting my airbrush system away was to color some cream ric-rac to match the flower.  The dimension on this card is perfect and reminds almost more of a Lilly Pad flower then an Orchid but I still like it anyway.
Orchid 8
Remember just because you don’t have a cartridge that someone used on a project doesn’t mean you can’t make something.  I love to improvise and add my own twist to things.  So break out your cartridges and imagine what you can make with them!
Thanks for visiting today and come back Tuesday for another great LIAB Project. 
Wini aka LooneyBug aka PoohBearBaby from the Cricut  & Circle MB’s

9 comments:

love2create said...

What a beautiful flower! And wonderful job with airbrushing - I've never done that - I have a hard enough time coloring as it is - but it does give it a wonderful affect. That's for sharing with such great directions.
JeanH

Sheila aka SassyLady said...

Wow, that flower is amazing. What a unique method that I have just got to try. It looks so real. TFS

Ohhh Snap said...

Wow! That is amazing! I love 50 states, it's so versatile. I love using it for scrapping my travels. But dang!! Now I have to learn more about airbrushing with copics lol. I feel my rubber arm being twisted :D TFS!

Pam aka TheBugBytes said...

Love the flower and the airbrush effect. have to try it soon

Sentimental Scrapper said...

The air brushed flower is sooooo beautiful!!

Java Jen's Creations said...

Such a beautiful project!! Love your creativity! I'm gonna have to try airbrushing! It turned out so nice! Thanks for sharing!!

The Bug said...

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful comments! Airbrushing is really fun!

Mrs. Green said...

Wow, you are brave to airbrush! It looks fantastic!!

Michele said...

beautiful! I love the coloring of the flower! What a lovely box.