Cardmaking 201: Tulip Trio Tutorial

This week we have some wonderful inspiration to share with you including a lovely digital image created and donated by Tracey-Lynn Miller, owner of Fred, She Said and a beautiful card and amazing tutorial prepared by Darsie Bruno, Designer for Fred, She Said.  Thank you, Tracey and Darsie, for sharing your fabulous talents with all of us here at Stars and Stamps.  You will want to visit the Fred, She Said store, they have some really gorgeous digital stamps, pre-coloured images and digital papers.  To see more of Darsie's fabulous artwork, please visit her blog, Crafting With Darsie, and leave her a comment to show your appreciation for today's card and tutorial.

Tracey created this beautiful Tulip Trio Digital Image to inspire all of you in making Mother's Day cards for the Half and Half Challenge.  Keep in mind this image is also perfect for Love You, Miss You, Thinking of You and other feminine cards.  Click here to download the Tulip Trio Digital Image and save it to your hard drive.  Click here to download the image in a word document.  Please do not re-post or email out the digital image or word document, at the request of Fred, She Said and in support of their angel policy, but you are welcome to include a link to this post to tell your OWH friends about the availability of the image!

This week's card and coloring tutorial is by Darsie Bruno, Designer for Fred, She Said!  A HUGE thanks to Fred ,She Said for sharing this with us!

Digital stamps are the technological rage for cardmakers these days! Fred, She Said images, hand drawn by the talented Tracey, are fresh, crisp and a delight to incorporate into your cards. I particularly love the floral images they have released in the last few months and my card today features the Tulip Trio digistamp.

Using digital stamps are fun and easy with any Word or Drawing program. You don’t have to be a wizard at Photoshop to be able to re-size and print the images for your needs. Once you purchase Fred, She Said digital images, all you have to do is open the file in Word, click on the image and resize to fit. Any good printer will work, and a clean, white cardstock is needed for printing, usually 80 lb. cover or heavier.

Once your image is printed, you can use any medium to color your image. With any type of coloring, the fundamentals between light and shadow are important. To gain this degree of dimension, choose at least three shades of any one color, i.e, as in my card, light, medium and dark pinks and greens.

With Copic Markers, I used darker pinks at the bottom of the tulips and the lines, and on the inside top petals. I then colored the entire tulip with the lightest pink, which also helped blend the colors together. This gave my sense of light at the foreground of the tulip, and shadowed the inside petals as well as the bottom of the tulips. They appear as if the sun is shining down upon them!

The instructions for my card are as follow:

I printed the Tulip Trio on Whisper White (Stampin’ Up) cardstock, then cut out the right side of the image. I colored with Copic Markers and sponged Memento Sky Blue ink onto the left side of the colored image to represent “sky”. I then added self-adhesive rhinestones and a peel-off sticker butterfly. With a Photo Corner Punch by Martha Stewart, I made two photo corners from a scrap of pink paper by The Paper Studio. I attached them to the upper and lower left corners and added a self-adhesive square rhinestone. My ribbon is from Michael’s Craft store, and my two papers are by Bazzill. Card size is: 4 ½ x 6 ¼ inches.

Please take a moment to browse the Fred, She Said store for more wonderful images that would be perfect for Mother’s Day, Birthday or All Occasion cards for Our Troops! Our card today was created by Darsie Bruno, one of Fred, She Said’s Design Team Members and she would love your comments!

Darsie Bruno
Designing for:
Fred, She Said

Seongsook Duncan  – (March 9, 2010 at 5:50 AM)  

This is so great! I love it. Thanks to Tracey for such a lovely Tulip Trio image for OWH card makers and thanks to Darsie for her kind tutorial.

Michelle Pearson  – (March 9, 2010 at 6:31 AM)  

Darcie, beautiful card.....we're so lucky to have you as a FSS DT Member!!! Beautiful image as always, Tracey!!!

racinggrandma61  – (March 9, 2010 at 6:52 AM)  

this image is great and thank you for it and for the link so that I can get involved with this wonderful cause that I do believe in.

Shirley  – (March 9, 2010 at 7:19 AM)  

Lovely card and beautiful coloring of the tulips. Thanks to Tracey for designing it. Wonderful cause to make a card for our troops.
Shirley L.
Roseville, CA

Unknown  – (March 9, 2010 at 8:39 AM)  

Thank you for these beautiful tulips.

Melinda's Cut-N-Up Creations  – (March 9, 2010 at 8:45 AM)  


Melinda Perez

crotnem  – (March 9, 2010 at 8:45 AM)  

beautiful! Love using tulips

Louise Fox  – (March 9, 2010 at 10:37 AM)  

What a pleasant surprise this morning! Just one of the many benefits of being a part of Stars and Stamps! Thank you so much Fred, She Said, Darsie Bruno, and to S&S for putting it all together. Well, I'm off to download and create! Louise

Shirley  – (March 9, 2010 at 10:51 AM)  

This an incredible digi and the card Darci made is gorgeous. I can't wait to work with this one. Thanks so much.

Anonymous –   – (March 9, 2010 at 10:53 AM)  

Thanks so much for the image.It's going to make a beautiful spring card!

Bev E  – (March 9, 2010 at 10:59 AM)  

This is very pretty & I would like to download it but when I try to download it as Digital Image it takes me to the Half and Half challenge. Am I doing something wrong?

Operation Write Home  – (March 9, 2010 at 11:21 AM)  

Sorry about the downloads - the links should work fine now!

Carol Hurlock  – (March 9, 2010 at 11:38 AM)  

Awesome card Darsie. Love your tutorial.

Bear Hugs,
Carol :o}

Carol L  – (March 9, 2010 at 4:45 PM)  

TFS such a gorgeous digital image and for all your expertise in cardmaking! Your card is just lovely!

Esme  – (March 10, 2010 at 1:07 AM)  

Lovely card!! Hope to try the tulips myself at some point!! xx

Linda  – (March 10, 2010 at 4:18 AM)  

The card looks gorgeous. Thanks for the demo and for the stamp.

Tammy  – (March 10, 2010 at 12:17 PM)  

Beautiful card and image! Thank you!

Martha  – (March 10, 2010 at 1:33 PM)  

Woo-Hoo! This is a wonderful image to color. I got right on it and have my card on my blog.
Many thanks to Darsie for the tutorial and to Tracy for generously letting us use her image.

Christa  – (March 10, 2010 at 11:09 PM)  

Gorgeous! Thanks for the image AND the coloring tips!

Gloria Westerman  – (March 14, 2010 at 8:36 PM)  

Your card is absolutely gorgeous....and I hope to color my image as pretty as yours....thank you very much....

Rufus  – (March 20, 2010 at 6:43 PM)  

Thanks for the freebie, Tracey! This is going to make some great spring cards for OWH. Thanks to Darsie for the tut and coloring tips!

Inagh  – (March 29, 2010 at 7:24 AM)  

Wow what beautiful Tulips
Thankyou so much to you both
for sharing

Elaine L.  – (July 3, 2011 at 12:48 PM)  

Thanks! I love Tracy's images!

talha  – (April 25, 2012 at 5:37 AM)  

All the shades in this card goes along with each other and with tulip bunch.

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Unknown  – (February 26, 2013 at 4:21 AM)  

They´re too cool to be true..The plastic card is gorgeous.Plastic Card

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