Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Mystery Swap ~ Round 8 ~ A Better Friend

This card is for a Mystery Swap on SCS.  A group of us are doing a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same mystery image, sent to us by the hostess.  Jeanette-Forest Ranger on SCS-came up with this idea and it has been an absolute blast.  These images were sent to us by Darlene, who will swap the cards and send us the next image, which will be provided by Linda!  I can't wait to get the swap cards back to see how everyone else used the same image.  And then we get to do it all again!!!!

This image was a bit of a challenge for me—I love D. Morgan stamps, but I am sure intimidated by them.  Darlene has some awesome samples on her blog and in her SCS gallery—so I went to check them out before starting to color.  I also made a couple of copies of the images to try my colors, as we are sent 6 images and need to return 4.  Two extra were not enough for me this time………..  I colored the landscape and sky first with colored pencils and then added my Copics over the top.  I remembered we did this at a Copic class that my friend Kathy taught at Creative Pals a couple of years ago—and I sure like the look.  Flower Soft on the two main trees gives this card dimension. 

I hope Darlene and the other swappers think I did justice with this stunning image.  And yes, we are a great group of friends and I love the creativity in each of the members!

Image—A Better Friend, by D. Morgan--Stamps Happen

Cardstock— SU Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi and So Safron; Wausau Smooth White,  Basic Grey Urban Prairie Corn Husk Designer Series Paper

Ink—Memento Black

Copics; Colored Pencils; Green Brads, Spring Flower Soft



This is just wonderful! Amazing how we all start with the same thing and create different pieces with it!! Yours is a stunning example of this!


I love how you shaded the hills differently! Great image Barb :)


wowww...awesome job on this challenge Barb!! I love our choice of DP for this image it goes stunningly well together.
Most of all I am in AWE of your trees...wowwww...they are *STUNNING*!!♥

:: BlueInks ::

I so love the layout that you created! The colors of green and the layers are just perfect.

Flower Soft was a great choice for the trees. They look so full and lush.

Super job this round!


Great card Barb! I love that you used the Flower Soft (as you know I did too). It's so nice to see how different, but the same it is. Hope that made sense ☺

Great job! Love it!!


So there you go. Another new technique. Prismas first then Copics over the top! Who would have thought!!! Add it to my list to try in the future. Let me tell everyone, these cards IRL are GORGEOUS! Lovely coloring. oh, and, by the way. I had to copy & practice on the first little fairies or whatever required faces on the first few Mystery rounds. And they were loads easier than D Morgan stamps! You rock!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) A•Muse Consultant #1065

Barb, this card is AMAZING! I love he coloring! You rocked it! and I love Love LOVE the flower soft on the trees........ gorgeous!!!

Carol W

This is beautiful Barb...well unlike me colored in the lines...(mine went out...:( )..I'll have to remember that coloring technique...what a great idea...Great job on this card!!!!!

Carolina Little

Barb, I would be intimidated too, lots of details to colour, but you shouldn't feel intimidated yourself, you did a great job!!!. Very nice card!!!


Very pretty! I think your card turned out wonderful for this challenge


Great job on the challenge! Your trees look awesome!


Hi Barb! I am sure your fellow swappers will think you did the image justice! I love the Flower Soft on the trees, and Copics over Prismas? Cool! I will have to give it a try! :-D


Well, that's a pretty cool idea & your card came out great! Nice coloring too....very nice work Hun & TFS!!!

Em's Thoughts

For this swap, I am going to assume that it is a digital image and that is how you guys get your images for the swap??