Sep 122011

I have always loved lighthouses and find it difficult to pass up any stamps depicting them (and generally don’t!) So consequently I have several.  My sister, Leslie, is even more crazy about them than me, so this birthday card is for her.  It is made with my most recent lighthouse stamp purchase and colored with Copics.

To add a little texture, the panel of designer paper was embossed.

Since the card base is black, a panel for writing was added to the inside of the card.  The birds only were inked and stamped on this panel to add a little interest to it.

While typing this post I began to think.. to remember.. that it was very possible I had made Leslie a lighthouse card in the past.  So I looked back in my card files and sure enough, clear back in 2006 when I had only been stamping and card making for a couple of months, I made and sent this card to her.

I can honestly say that I think my coloring has gotten better.  It is encouraging to me when I look back and compare my work then to my creations now.  I know that I still have a long long way to go to learn about shading and shadows and lighting, etc. etc., but it is fun to see that practice does indeed make one better.

Looking forward another 6 years, I hope that I will again be able to see a huge improvement in my work from today’s creation.

Hope you have a great week ahead.  Happy Crafting!


Stamps: SU Uncharted Territory; Hero Arts Petite Birthday

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Pure Poppy; Authentique Blissful DP

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:

Accessories: Craft Concepts In Stitches Embossing Folder; Eyelet; Lace; Grosgrain Ribbon

12 Responses to “Practice Makes..”

  1. Fabulous lighthouse image and wonderfully coloured and laid out. I’m sure she will love it. Love looking back on older cards and seeing how much one has learned over the years. I do like the embossed image on the right side of that first card.

  2. I love how you used this lighthouse! 🙂 I am a sucker for them too!
    You have improved dramatically! Your cards are always lovely!

  3. I am sooo laughing out loud…YES your coloring has exceeded the card before…although the 1st one is great…but when you look at the difference…funny, I love lighthouses too, but my sister loves them more…Thank you for sharing and I know you sis will love this!

  4. Simply beautiful!! I love how you designed this card, and the inside looks just wonderful with the random bird images! You’ve grown quite a bit with your coloring skills through the years, I agree!!

  5. Leslie, You don’t have a lot to learn about coloring and shading. You are a true master. Love to see where you’ve come from. There’s hope for those like me! LOL Your sister is going to love this card.

  6. Beautiful work, Susan. Your coloring is gorgeous!

  7. Beautiful coloring Susan. Love those lighthouses of yours.

  8. What a STUNNING card….the black and white is so elegant…and your coloring/shading is BEAUTIFUL!

  9. so pretty, love your embossing on the pattern paper, I have gotten mine out again and started using them. Love your lace and ribbon combo.
    It is neat to look back and see how things have improved huh, and I know I have room for much improvement still, that’s the fun of it all 🙂

  10. Just STUNNING Leslie!!~

  11. ooh I love lighthouses too, they are a fabulous image for cards, and your card is really great, very elegant. It’s good to look back on your older work and see how you’ve improved. CoB

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