A distressed spring….

Actually, I’m not distressed over spring (although my back yard is a bit like a mud pit right now and with a big, hairy white dog – that is a bit distressing…..).

I said distressed because I used the sketch over at Our Creative Corner and they asked for some distressing too.  I’m not very good at distressing (although my children excel at it – you should see my furniture) but I tried.

For my card I used one of the Lenten Roses from the new Spring Blooms 2 digi stamp set.   Its colored with Copics, here are the colors I used (plus warm gray for shadows).

I also tried the new X-press it Blending card instead of my usual Neenah card stock.   I thought I’d share some of my somewhat rambling impressions of the blending card.  I know – way behind everyone else, but why not.

The blending card is very smooth and dense.  It has a crisper but slightly thinner feel and is a cooler white than the Neenah solar white that I usually use (side by side – the X-Press has a more gray tone).   The blending card is quite a bit more expensive than the Neenah – about twice the price.

As for coloring, it seems like the ink floats on the surface more.  I had the distinct impression of using less ink (but I have no proof of this).  It blends pretty smoothly and I did not have any feathering outside the lines (just my usual “I’m not getting bifocals yet” goofs). 

I did not have to “scrub” as much as I usually do when blending.  Because these flowers use colors close to opposite on the color wheel, I used the feather blending technique for the petals (which I am not great at).   The feather blending was easier on the blending card.

 The printer ink did not bleed at all and, testing it with Memento Tuxedo Black, I did not have any bleeding of stamped ink either.

The colors were a little lighter and brighter.  If I decide to switch over to the blending card, I will probably remake my color charts.

Here are my 2 flowers for comparisson.  I used the same colors on each and tried to use the same techniques.

Here is X-Press it card:

Here is Neenah Solar White:

I’m going toplay around some more, but I am tempted to make the switch.  The extra cost hurts, but with the time I spend coloring images, it might be worth it.

Anyone have any opinions on the X-Press card that they would like to share?

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5 thoughts on “A distressed spring….

  1. Linda Coughlin

    beautiful work! Your image is just lovely with wonderful coloring. Love all the texture you’ve included and your color palette is beautiful. Terrific job on the Distressed Sketch challenge. We’re so happy that you joined in our fun at Our Creative Corner!

  2. Shell

    I just started using the X Press It Blending card and I was previously using Neenah Super Smooth cardstock. I really like the X Press It because you can layer on tons of color without any pilling. Also, it doesn’t bleed like the Neenah. Beautiful coloring!

  3. Jen R

    This card is so pretty and the texture is wonderful. Plus your post really made me laugh! (the comments about your children and your reluctant attitude towards bifocals!!) Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Our Creative Corner!

  4. sharon wheet

    Cathy, I just love hte floral image you selected and your coloring job is simply wonderful! Thank you for playing along in our challenge over at OCC. Hope we see more of your creative work!


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