Saturday, November 19, 2016

November Leading Lady Jessica Frost-Ballas | Take Three

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Our November Leading Lady, Jessica Frost-Ballas, is back for her triumphant performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it CLICK HERE or her sensational second performance where she made us swoon over her stunning cards in an elegant and dramatic color scheme...CLICK HERE!  For today's performance Jessica takes us through an gorgeous journey through the seasons.

And don't forget to return at noon CST today for our November 2016 Release Tour of the Stars including our incandescent leading lady.

Without further ado, Jessica....

Good morning! Jess here with a study in seasonal florals using the beautiful floral sets from Winnie and Walter and sentiment sets from the new November release! Let's start with my favorite season, autumn!

   

For this card I stamped and masked florals from In Bloom: Anna's Florals and In Bloom: Renee's Leaves with versamark and then heat-embossed them with gold tinsel embossing powder. Next I colored them with zig clean color real brush markers and blended them out with a damp paintbrush. I added a soft brown wash around the florals and then stamped the sentiment from Sending You with Evelin T Designs (limited time free with qualifying purchase stamp set) and heat-embossed it with the same gold tinsel embossing powder.

 

Then I went icy and cold for winter with distress inks and iridescent medium!

   

 I used masking to stamp poinsettias from In Bloom: Elsa's Florals around the border of my card with versamark before heat-embossing them with silver embossing powder. Then I filled in some of the open areas with foliage and berries. I smooshed stormy sky, chipped sapphire, tumbled glass, and blueprint sketch distress inks onto a craft mat and mixed them with iridescent medium to create a shimmery watercolor. After painting the flowers with distress inks I flicked them with water and let the paper dry naturally. I die-cut the large word from In a Word: Wishes Cutaway with silver glitter paper and then heat-embossed the rest of the sentiment from The Big, the Bold, and Greetings on white cardstock and trimmed it down to a label. I adhered the label with foam mounting tape and then added a sprinkling of sparkling clear sequins to finish the card.

   

 Next I went a little CAS with copic markers for spring!

 

 I'm always working to improve my copic coloring and the flowers from Winnie and Walter are PERFECT for coloring! I stamped the flowers and leaves from In Bloom: Addie's Garden with versafine and heat-embossed them with clear embossing powder before coloring them with copic markers. I stamped the sentiment from Happiest of Holidays with Evelin T Designs with versafine and heat-embossed it with the same clear embossing powder. Finally I added a little spectrum noir clear sparkle to the tulips.

 

 Finally I went with loose watercoloring and bright colors for summer!

 

I stamped the flowers and greenery from In Bloom: Anna's Flora and In Bloom: Addie's Garden with versamark and heat-embossed them with white embossing powder before watercoloring them with Mission Gold watercolors. I used a lot of pigment inside the petals and leaves and then a much more watered down paint around the flowers. I let it dry overnight and then stamped half of the sentiment from Wishing You with Evelin T Designs with pink dye ink using my MISTI. Then I immediately stamped the sentiment again with versamark and heat-embossed it with clear embossing powder. I stamped the rest of the sentiment wishing the recipient 'a bright sunshiny day' inside the card and then added sparkling clear sequins.

   

I hope my cards inspire you to celebrate different seasons with your papercrafting!
And I'm thrilled that Shay has generously given me a $30 gift certificate to Winnie and Walter to gift to one lucky commenter! Leave a comment on any of my Leading Lady posts for a chance to win. Leaving a comment on multiple posts will give you additional chances to win so be sure to check back each Saturday!

Thanks so much for visiting and have a fantastic weekend! I'll see you back next week for my final post!

29 comments:

  1. OMG! Every card is stunning. Guess I have to go on a W & W spending spree. Your arrangements and the colors you used are so perfect. Thanks so much.

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  2. Wow!! So many beautiful cards. I love the coloring on all of them. My absolute favourite is the third card. The CAS design, the flowers and the shading are stunning.
    Cheers
    preety

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  3. The use of color on these cards is absolutely outstanding and gorgeous!

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  4. Spectacular cards.. Absolutely love each and everyone of them.

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  5. All the shimmer and sparkle on the first two cards is stunning, Jessica ... those tulips are so bold and dramatic ... and that soft watercolouring, just beautiful! Anita :)

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  6. Love each of these gorgeous floral creations! Such beautiful flower designs and lovely coloring! I think the summer one is my favorite with those bold sunflowers!

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  7. Colouring through the seasons nearly! Love these beauties. The purple poinsettia card is a triumph! x

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  8. Wow, your coloring and card designs are sensational:)

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  9. Oh my, love how you have captured the feeling and colours of the various seasons. Simply stunning!

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  10. So, I wanted to say that I loved one card more than the other. But then I kept seeing more cards. WOW. They're gorgeous!

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  11. Wonderful variety of techniques today. All beautiful. My favorite is the Holiday Wishes card. Gorgeous.

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  12. Gorgeous cards, love all the florals and coloring and my absolute favorite is your icy iridescent blue poinsettias!

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  13. Beautiful colors and I like the sparkle on the first two.

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  14. Each season is so beautiful and so very unique. What a range of style and techniques

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  15. Great cards! You walked us through each season with stunning cards! My favorite would be the Spring card with the purple tulips! Beautiful!

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  16. Such gorgeous cards and stamps! I really like projects about the seasons. It's always so cool to see the differences made by color combinations!

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  17. These are another absolutely stunning set of cards from you Jess! I love your versatility, with every card showing something different and inspiring. The constant thing is a superb eye for colour and layout, which you always get spot on. All the cards are gorgeous, from the looser watercolouring of autumn and summer to the CAS precision of spring, and the frosty winter blue florals have stolen my heart! Thanks for another awesome week of inspiration :)

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  18. All of these cards are absolutely stunning!

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  19. What fabulous cards!!! Jesicca has surely been very busy.

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  20. Wow all 4 of your cards are stunning! Your colouring and design on every card is so beautiful and I love your colour choices for each different season. Its awesome to see the differences between each medium you used.

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  21. Fabulous seasonal cards! Love the colours you chose!

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  22. These are all so delightful... each one more gorgeous than the next! I'd flip if any one were to land in my mailbox!!

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  23. WOW! Your seasonal flower showcases are stellar, with each one conveying something 'magical' about the season represented. Your winter florals: captivated! Love the beautiful blues/silver pairing!
    ~carol

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  24. Sooo beautiful. Just takes my breath away.

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  25. Wow these are gorgeous! Outstanding coloring and design!

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  26. These cards are all gorgeous, Jess!! The last one is my favorite, it is SOOO beautiful!!

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