Sunday, May 3, 2015

flamingos! MFT May Release Countdown



Each day we are getting a little closer to the release! Today's products are hands-down my absolute favorite! Flamingos! Laina Lamb is just a brilliant designer! She is always trendy and thinks of everything!


I took this photo of real flamingos this past winter in Florida. I love their colors and the way they stand! They are just amazing! This photo, and a recent weekend trip to an art festival called, Chalk the Walk, were the inspiration behind my card today.

Instead of the traditional way of using these die cut images, check out how I use them as stencils!


To create the background scene, I started by die cutting Die-namics Flamingos from cardstock, 
to use as a mask. Using chalk pastels, I applied an oval of blue to Sweet Tooth cardstock, along with an outer edge of green. (to apply the chalk pastels, I used my fingers, easiest method and the easiest to control)

Then I added dark green palm leaves. To create this "stencil," I die cut cardstock with Die-namics Palm Tree. Using the negative, I outlined the leaf with dark green and keeping my "stencil" in place, added the lighter green.


To create the flamingos, I used the left-over piece of cardstock from my original die cutting. Pretty cool, huh? By placing this "stencil" over my white space, it made it easy to layer colors and create the image.

When I removed the "stencil" each time, I did have white lines left around the image. I simply filled those in with more chalk and carefully blended it in to the rest of the image.

To add more depth to the flamingos, I die cut two wings with Die-namics Flamingos and colored them with the chalk pastels to match.


One last layer, some brighter leaves. More Sweet Tooth cardstock was cut with Die-namics Palm Tree and colored with chalk pastels. Layering three colors really made them pop.

And the final touch, the sentiment from Tickled Pink. This set of sentiments is spectacular! The font choice is perfect, as well as all the wording!

Visit the MFT Blog for all the details, including a closer look at all the amazing parts of both of these products! And see what the rest of the team has created too-its just wow!

thanks for stopping by!

~kimberly

Supplies available May 5:

22 comments:

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

So super cute!!!

Yoonsun Hur said...

Super awesome!! Work of art!!

Kathy Straw said...

So celver! Your card is gorgeous. When I first saw it I thought it was watercolored and was surprised to read it was chalk pastels. Awesome!

Voegelchen said...

Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS!
Love it :-)

donna mikasa said...

How cool are those flamingo stencils? You are so creative!

Debbie Nelson said...

BEAUTIFUL.....SO CREATIVE!

Teresa Doyle said...

Great card Kimberly.

Jeanne said...

This is way cool and I'm so glad you shared it! I like that you chose to use a different coloring medium. It looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

Lagene said...

WOWZERS! Awesome chalked scene, love how the leaves frame it for real depth!

Nana Griffin said...

You did a wonderful job on this.

Lucille K said...

Fabulous, just love what you did with this card :)

Dee Ann Matthews said...

Great reminder of the impact of stencils- very pretty.

Kathy Krug said...

Love the flamingos nestled in the forest.

The Crafty Pink Girl said...

This is so cool, I totally love it so much. Well done!!

Missy Pink - The Crafty Pink Girl

Donna said...

I love your imagination Kim! Great idea and your design really lets the eye forcus on your beautiful birds!

irisesther54 said...

This is a gorgeous card. The soft colors, the flamingos, the leaves. Everything is fabulous.

Sherry Butcher said...

Great job, Love the new stamps and dies. Thanks for sharing.

Helen L said...

Stunning card!! My absolute favorite of all the flamingo cards! Thanks for the great inspiration!

Lisa Lara said...

This is just so stunning Kimberly. I love how you used these awesome flamingo dies by coloring them!

Amante del Papel said...

your card is amazing, thanks for sharing your creative process!

Jan & Eric said...

So impressed by the special effects on your barn and flamingo card. Keep me inspired!!

Mary Holshouser said...

Wonderful card.
Love how the leaves are all popped off the cards and hovering over the flamingos. You did a great job copying the picture.
thanks for sharing an amazing card.