Wednesday, April 22, 2009

After some inspiration

I wanted to issue myself my own personal challenge and that was to find an inspiration piece and create a couple cards from that. (You can play along with me if you would like, just link your creation to this post)
What is "inspiration" to a paper crafter? An ad in a magazine, a piece of pottery, some fabric, a billboard, anything that makes you study it and then stop and say, I have a punch or a piece of paper or a digi element and I can create something similar. It can be rather exact or very far removed. It just needs to inspire you to create something.
Here is what I found.....
This set of three wonderful pillows from Pottery Barn online. What stood out to me about these? The wonderful colors and the white lines in each of the prints.
The above card is my first card using my inspiration.
1. I started with a piece of paper in an oatmeal color that resembled the color of the fabric background.
2. I stamped my flowers with a white stamp pad and embossed each of them with white embossing powder. This flower stamp if by Paper Source and it is an ouline of the flower.
3. I colored in each of the flowers with one color of a Copic Marker. This color was exactly what I wanted to recreate the color on one of the pillows.
4. After I colored each of the flowers, I took a soft cloth and buffed each of the flowers. The marker colored over the inside, white embossed lines and so buffing it helped take off some of the color on those lines.
5. I discovered an interesting secret at this point. I hit my piece with a heat gun again and that actually made those white lines pop out a bit, making them more intense.
6. I did add little "pearl-like" dots to the middles of my flowers with Metallic 3-D Fashion Paint by Tulip. (see the insert photo on the right hand column of my blog to see what these paints look like)
The above photo just gives you a little more of a close up look at the flowers, the white lines and the metallic dots in the middle.
For my second card, I used this weeks CARD PATTERN sketch #11 . Love to combine two challenges in one.
This card follows my inspiration piece since I stamped the large damask shape by Inkadinkado with a white stamp pad and embossed it with white embossing powder and then cut that out. I also thought the colors of the papers fit with all of the colors on the pillows. Notice the "dot" accents on the patterned paper and on the damask design. I used White Slick 3-D Fashion Paint by Tulip.
Thanks for visiting, Linda (lbpost)

Stamps – Flower/Paper Source and Greeting/Verve stamps
Versafine black stamp pad
White stamp pad – Joann and White embossing powder
Copic marker – E-09 Burnt Sienna
Metallic Slick 3-D Fashion Paint – Tulip

Cardstock – Core’dinations
Stamps – Damask/Inkadinkado and Greeting/Verve stamps
Versafine black stamp pad
White stamp pad – Joann and White embossing powder
White Slick 3-D Fashion Paint – Tulip
Corner punch – Papershapers/EK Success


~amy~ said...

gorgeous them!!!

cheryln said...

wow! gorgeous work!!

Sonya said...

Thanks for taking part in Card patterns this week. I love the techniques you have used, this is one very groovy card!

Michelle Bertuzzi said...

Linda these cards are stunning! Love the color inspiration and the techniques that you used. It's 12:30AM my time and I'm itching to make something from you giving these inspiration! Ha!

wendyp said...

Love the inspiration piece that you picked! Gorgeous cards!!!!

Marie said...

Linda, both of your cards are fabulous and I really like the one you made using the CP sketch. You did a fantastic job combining the two challenges!! Thanks for joining us!

Fiona Y said...

can i say gorgeous!! thanks for playing along ;)

Erin Smetak said...

Your cards are gorgeous!!! I always like to see what you create when I get my magazines! You are so talented!!!!
And these cards are no exception!

whoistracy said...

Just beautiful! I love those inspiration pillows and your take on them. And your card for the CP sketch is beautiful. That big flourish is wonderful.

Thanks for playing along!

Audrey said...

love those cards!

Pamela said...

Great cards!

Lynn said...

wow! awesome cards and love how you got your isnpiration.

scrappermimi said...

Beautiful cards...I want those pillows!

Tamaroo said...


Linda Rodriguez said...

Oh my goodness - what cool inspiration you got from those pillows! Very lovely cards! :)

Heidi Van Laar said...

These are just gorgeous! What a fabulous technique!

I have been finding inspiration in wedding cakes lately!

Eveline said...

Gorgeous cards.

Keri Lee Sereika said...

Mmm MMm soooo pretty! Love the first one with the striking bold red blossoms!!! You make me want to get into the studio and create!!!

Rosanne said...

These are beautiful!

Martha said...

Gorgeous cards!!!!
Have a nice weekend:)

happydays525 said...

Just gorgeous!

vtpuggirl said...

These are beautiful, love the inspiration too!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Linda, I loved your defintion to what is inspiration... I have such a hard time getting inspired... thank you for always sharing