Sunday, April 21, 2013

I Enjoy You

Some people cook when they are stressed or eat. For me when I'm stressed I create or clean. In this case I've been doing both. I decided to experiment with oil pastels, regular colored pencils and cooking oil since I don't have any mineral oil. After a couple of days of experimenting this is the card I came up with.
Downloading Dover samples for the week there was this image. I already had it on my computer and remembered that I wanted to do something with it. I turned it into a print and cut. I first printed it on gray cardstock. After coloring it with regular colored pencils and oil pastels I took a cotton swab dipped in olive oil and rubbed it over the image. Alas the black ink smeared giving it a really gray cast.It was aweful but I didn't feel bad as it was relaxing doing the coloring and I need the practice.

 I then went and reprinted on white cardstock. I meant to color with my regular color pencils but picked up the watercolor ones instead by accident. I wasn't pleased with the pink so went back over the flowers with my regular colored pink pencil. I did use my aqua brush on the center of the flowers as I didn't mind the black bleeding a little bit there.

For the butterfly I first tried vellum and oil pastels. The cooking oil remained on top and didn't look like it was going to dry. I found a scrap of white cardstock and cut out another butterfly. I doodled with blue and pink oil pastels. Then took my cotton swab dipped in olive oil and rubbed it over the butterfly. I love how it turned out. For some reason the antennas always seem to tear when my Cameo cuts them. I double knotted a piece of scrapper floss in the middle and glued the bottom knot to the back of the butterfly.

I often agonize on how to do a sentiment and have it look like it wasn't just thrown on as an afterthought. When I saw the banner in the library I knew it would be perfect. I cut the bottom layer of the banner out of glimmer cardstock. The top was cut out of a scrap of white and then I stamped my sentiment.

I am running out of choices of colors of blank cards. When I saw this black textured blank card I knew it would be perfect. I don't normally do black cards but I think this ended up being elegant looking. I love it and I'm not as stressed out now. :-) I might have to do coloring therapy more often. ;-)

What do you do when you are feeling stressed?

Thank you for stopping by and do come back. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again.


  1. Myoriah
    I think your pink and black are wonderful together.
    Your sentiment is just fine and fits right in.
    When I am stressed I do the unthinkable.............I eat. :( I wish I would have been one of those people who deals with stress by physical labor or something crafty. But, alas, I eat.

  2. Myoriah, coloring is a great stress reliever.The pinks are so light an airy.It looks like a relaxing picture. I hope your days become less stressful but keep on coloring. It's therapeutic. One thing you can use if you don't have mineral spirits is baby oil. I've use baby oil with some fairly nice results but I do prefer mineral spirits. My projects done with baby oil still smell like baby

  3. Of all your cards, I like this one best. It's really soft and pretty and the composition is perfect.

    I have to do something physical when I am stressed, like take a walk; I have to MOVE. I couldn't craft if my life depended on it. I tend to pace if I can't go outside.

    Hugs - I think things will be so much better for you after you move!

  4. Lovely card. The black really makes things pop. Like you, I don't usually use black, but I can see the beautiful end results. Your colouring turned out well. When I'm stressed I iron.


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