Sunday, March 1, 2009

You Are the Potter



Today, two new sets are being released by Our Daily Bread Designs. The one I've been working with is called You Are the Potter. I love this gorgeous trio of pots, and the accompanying Scriptures are some of my all-time favorites. In the interest of full disclosure, I want you to know that I absolutely cannot color well enough to make the pots look this realistic - LOL! So here's how I faked it, and how you can too: I first stamped the pots in black onto a piece of designer paper that already had a textured, terra cotta look to it. (Mine came from the First Blush collection by Prima.) Next, I used various Prismacolor pencils to create highlights and shadows and to to add the blues and greens. It was relatively quick and easy - try it!

I chose to go with a super clean and simple layout so the pots would really stand out in contrast against the card base of white textured watercolor paper. The only embellishments are the linen thread with beads that I added to the left pot and the burlap-style mat the pots are sitting on. I also added a little interest to the background by embossing a frame using a rectangle Nestability.



I posted a slightly different version of this card on SCS for Thursday's Ways To Use It Challenge, which was to be frugal and use a recycled item on your project. The burlap fabric strip is something I salvaged from some packaging a while back. You can see that the original version didn't have the embossed rectangle frame. I just kept looking at it and looking at it, thinking it wasn't quite done. For me, the frame adds just the right touch without compromising the clean-and-simple feel.



This second card shows some super cool pottery-themed paper that is in the Our Daily Bread Designs store. It's called God Is the Potter and it's by Masterpiece Studios. It's so perfect for this set! I trimmed out one of the pots, colored it with Copic markers, then added some shadows with Prismacolor pencils, and glazed it with Crystal Effects. Throwing pottery is some messy business, so I really grunged up the background paper to reflect that. First I distressed the edges, tearing small slits in several places. I sponged Walnut Stain distress ink to the edges. Then I crumpled up the whole panel, spread it out, and lightly sponged on some distress inks (Antique Linen and Walnut Stain) to bring out the creases. The antique brass brads, zigzag stitching and fringe all add to the southwest flavor of the pottery images.

A second single-image stamp is also releasing today - Serenity Prayer. Here's a look at that one:



Be sure to have a look at all the design team samples with these images in the Our Daily Bread gallery. Here are some quick links right to the two new sets: You Are the Potter and Serenity Prayer.

Thanks for visiting,



Isaiah 64:8
Stamps: You Are the Potter (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: Canson watercolor paper; First Blush dp by Prima
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Versafine Onyx Black
Accessories: Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps; burlap fabric strip; SU linen thread, Earth Elements beads, clear embossing powder; Spellbinders rectangle Nestability
Size: 4 1/4" square

Psalm 139:14
Stamps: You Are the Potter (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Paper: SU Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke; pottery dp; light brown and rust dp (unknown)
Ink: Walnut Stain and Antique Linen Distress inks (Ranger)
Accessories: BossKut flourish die; SU photo corner punch, vintage brads, distressing tool, Crystal Effects, dimensionals; Offray brown twill; sewing machine
Size: 5 1/2" square

41 comments:

Judy Rozema said...

Absolutely fantastic samples, Amy! I so love the burlap on the first and the fringe on the second. You have such fantastic creative ideas!

(Did you get your box yet?)

AHadley said...

I LOVE the burlap you used on that first card, it adds so much. The proportions are perfect! Beautiful work on both cards.

Kristie said...

These are just beautiful Amy. Using the burlap for a mat was so clever....it makes the pots look so realistic! And thanks for the tip to stamp onto DP....again very clever. I love stopping by your blog, there's always so much inspiration...especially from you *Our Daily Bread* creations :)

Patti J said...

What a beautiful set. I love the look of the burlap - it makes the card look so real.

You are so talented!

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

You are so creative Amy!! These are both so awesome!!! I love the burlap on the first one and the single pot with the flourish and the fringe on the second!!

leenda said...

WOW! Amy, these are jaw dropping gorgeous! What a blessing to the people who receives them!

Jessie/knightrone said...

STUNNING Amy!! Truly gorgeous!!

Angel said...

Fabulous designs, Amy! I love how the embossed frame really adds the perfect touch and how fun is that burlap!??!

Danielle said...

What inspiring work Amy! Those pots are just gorgeous and so perfect for that verse - one of my all-time favourites too! The piece of burlap is just perfect for the card too!
Danielle

quilter said...

I hope I didn't throw away my burlap from a long ago flower making project. It's funny how my crafting and quilting can also be used in card making. I always check your blog for the inspiration, especially the Daily Bread stamps. I've got to make an order soon. Thank you, your card is awesome!

Becky said...

These are stunning, but I have to say I just love the first one with the burlap, it is so rich in color, and has simple but beautiful detail.

kadie said...

These are GORgeous, Amy! I love the burlap, what a great idea!

Justine said...

UUUUUUUUUU WOW, I am speechless

Norine said...

omg these are beautiful the pots looks so real and the mat is a great touch love them both
Hugs
Norine

Judy's Crafty Moments said...

Stunning card! Love those pots and how clever to stamp onto DP. the touches of beads and linen make them look so realistic. Love the Cand S look as well as the layered and embellished look. You do both brilliantly :)

Dawn K. said...

aa of the texture on these cards is incredible! you are the master!

Sandy Hulsart said...

Gorgeous stamps and you have used them beautifully

Katy said...

This is awesome! I just got back from a two day retreat centered around Isaiah 64:87. Too bad you don't get a referal fee when we order the set!!

Kimberly Crawford said...

OH.MY.GOSH!!! AMY!!! That first card is just beyond amazing! WOW! WOW! WOW! Clapping wildly!!!
LOVE the second card too! The fringed trim is amazing!!!
Have a wonderful week!!

Conniecrafter said...

You are continually amazing me with your cards, what a great find in that paper to stamp your pots onto it and the extra coloring you gave it is terrific, the burlap is a perfect touch with it.
Love the paper in your second card and like the texture the fringing gives to it!

Ellen said...

These are beautiful cards. So different and creative!

mary marsh said...

Amy, this card is absolutely beautfiul. Thanks for the tip on how you achieved the look on the pots. This stamp set is one I definitely am going to order. Thanks for sharing all your amazing ideas

zcdl said...

Beautiful cards :)

Mrs Frizz said...

Wow ... have been blog hopping ... you are so very creative and so very inspirational.

Thank you for sharing.

Mrs Frizz said...

Wow ... have been blog hopping ... you are so very creative and so very inspirational.

Thank you for sharing.

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

You are so creative!! I LOVE the burlap!! And your coloring is exquisite!! Love the fringe on the second card too!! Amazing!! That's what you are!! AMAZING!!

America said...

ohmygosh AMY!! These`are FABULOUS - the pottery looks soooo real and I love all the special detailed touches... and the serenity sentiment is beautiful! WOW!

~Lori (loree2000 SCS) said...

Beautiful stamps!! Love the faux coloring!! Lovely!!

ash said...

Both of your Pot cards are breath-taking. I'm colour challenged these pieces are truly an inspiration. .....ash

ash said...

Both of your Pot cards are breath-taking. I'm colour challenged these pieces are truly an inspiration. .....ash

Kelly said...

These are so beautiful! I love the addition of the natural fibers! Great touch!!

jami {sgtStamper} said...

I LOVE that first one with the burlap, and the twine/beads around the pot. They are both gorgeous!!

Jerri Kay said...

These cards are beautiful Amy, you've rocked this set!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my Amy, everytime I visit and see your newest piece of art....yes that is what they are...lol...I think you have outdone yourself each time!

jules p said...

Your cards are beautiful.Very moving!

AlienAnessa said...

Holy moses, Amy, the way you colored those pots and put them on some burlap(?) is absolutely splendid. I so love your work, just haven't said anything until now.

Angie Z ~ Duckwaddlequack said...

These are just gorgeous Amy! Love the embossing box you added on the first one! And the rug and that flourish are prefect on the last card! Love'em!

LindaH said...

WOW!!!!!!!! those pots are gorgeous! you shouldn't have told us your little secret and left us all guessing on how you coloured them! LOL!

amazingpapergrace.com said...

Oh Amy, how stunning!! I love the burlap -- your cards are so so unique!!
--Becca

Silke said...

Amy - both cards are beautiful!!! I better hop on over to ODBD to see what you all have released!!!

Hugs ~S~

dclouser said...

I don't usually leave comments unless there is blog candy involved (smile), but this is the first time I've visited your blog and your cards are the most beautiful I've ever seen! The one of the pots and the burlap is absolutely stunning!