Happy for Kim VanDiepen’s Inspiration

Today’s card is inspired by Pals Paper Arts challenge #305.

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I love the way Island Indigo looks with Pool Party. These same colors could be on a masculine card, a sympathy card, a baby card, or a birthday card!

I had two goals in making this card. One was to use washi tape, because I had to leave it out of my last card. The Second was to use my new Hello You thinlit dies to make two-tone words.

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To make two-tone words I had to make two tone paper first. I used whisper white paper and sponged Pool Party ink on the bottom inch or so of the paper, darker at the very bottom and disappearing into white. About three inches above that I started sponging Island Indigo and faded it the opposite direction, so as it got closer to the Pool Party, it got lighter and lighter.

Next, I cut out my words. With the Hello You thinlits, I find it helpful to use a double layer of wax paper between the paper and the die. It keeps the words I cut out nice and smooth, so they don’t pick up little bumps from the holes you use to poke out the paper if it gets stuck in the die.

Finally, I created some long and skinny layers to go beneath my thinlit word. I used a strip of paper from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper Stack, an extra strip of the sponged paper created above, Beach House Washi Tape, and a strip of vellum. I arranged these in a little collage, with the vellum strip on the top so the colors were softened a bit and the thinlit word could be easily read.

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Deciding which layers to use and how to arrange them was SO difficult. I love this mini collage look, where there are several layers beneath the focal point and lots of white space around the rest of the card… but I am definitely still learning how to make it work and look good. I ended up with a pile of rejected elements for this card that was larger than the pile of things that actually made it onto the card!

When I got stuck on this particular card, I turned to Kim VanDiepen’s blog at stampinbythesea.com for inspiration. She does an amazing job of adding layers while keeping her cards looking clean and fresh. I love her style! A small dose of her pintrest page had me inspired again, and I was back to the office to bust my creative block and finish up this card! Thanks, Kim!

For those of you who haven’t been to Kim’s blog, here are some of my favorite cards she has made:

(It’s so hard to pick just a few!)

Where do you turn for inspiration when you get stuck?

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Materials:

Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies: Hello You Thinlit Dies (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: vellum, Beach House Washi Tape (c) Stampin’ Up!

You Send Me Soaring, Rochelle Blok

This card was created for TGIF challenge #57.

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I LOVE this challenge idea! What a great way to spread the love and let people know you loved what they made! I had so many favorites, it was really tough to choose…

I chose to CASE (copy and selectively edit) a card by Rochelle Blok.

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Rochelle made this gorgeous (or should we say handsome) masculine-friendly congratulations card for the make-a-manly-card challenge. I love the stripes, love the layout, love the accents, love everything about this card!

I decided to change up the color scheme to make a girly version for all the female champs out there. Here is my card:

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I used this gold trim on a doublet I sewed for my husband’s renaissance costume. It took hundreds of pins and hours of squinting at a sewing machine to get it looking just right. On this card, it took a couple of glue dots and a matter of moments to get it attached perfectly. This is why I paper craft instead of sew. 🙂

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Happy stamping!

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: It’s My Party Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Sky Is The Limit (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Mint Ribbon, Gold Trim, Bell, Dimensionals

 

Yellow Rose Wonder +10 Cards that Inspire Me

The Rose Garden Thinlit Dies from Stanpin’ Up! are SO beautiful! They create such a nice bold outline and such a beautiful image. They are naturally so lovely that you don’t have to do anything to it to make it a gorgeous card. You can literally cut one out in any color paper and glue it straight on a blank white card and it will be beautiful.

Since this is such a strong image making a card that looks unique and different from what anyone else has made is actually a bit of a challenge. First, the image takes up a lot of space, so there isn’t a lot of left over room to work with. Second, you want the rose to stand out, so you have to be careful to choose backgrounds that are not too distracting; most patterned papers won’t work. Third, this set is so popular that everyone and their aunt has already tried the basics (not that the basics aren’t lovely).

After much deliberation and testing, and many, many drafts later I finally came up with a Rose Garden card that was truly my own.

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Fancy, right? Here’s how I made it, if you’s like to make one too:

  1. Layer Basic Black Card 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches folded in half, Whisper White 4 x 5 1/4, and Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper 3 3/4 x 5.
  2. Use Project Life Corner Rounder Punch to add curved corners to all layers before adhering them together.
  3. Use the large Rose Garden Die to cut a black rose. Cut off the larger of the two leaves. Use tiny pieces of dimensionals to adhere the rose to the card.
  4. Add a thin strip of basic black, a 1/2 inch wide.
  5. Stamp the rose frame from the Four Frames* stamp set and the sentiment from the What I Love* stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black. Color in the roses with a Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker. *These are both (c) Stampin’ Up! sets, but are sadly retired.
  6. Punch out the frame and sentiment with the Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up! and attach it to the black strip using dimensionals.
  7. Add a 4 x 5 1/4 inch Whisper White layer inside the card. Punch corners with the Project Life Corner Punch.
  8. If desired, glue the extra leaf you cut off the rose to the inside as an embellishment.

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Materials used:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White (c) Stampin’ Up!

Paper: Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper (c) Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Stamps: Four Frames, What I Love stamp sets (c) Stampin’ Up!

Dies and Punches: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Rose Garden Thinlit Dies, Decorative Label Punch (c) Stampin’ Up!

Other: Dimensionals, Crushed Curry Stampin’ Write Marker (c) Stampin’ Up!

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And now… I present to you some of my favorite cards made with the Rose Garden Thinlit dies! I selected each of these because they were unique and beautiful. All of these artists are thinking outside the box and coming up with great new ideas for ways to use this die.

Click the artist’s names to visit the exact blog page where they posted their amazing cards! Don’t forget to leave them comments telling them how awesome they are!

Dena Rekow of The Creativity Cave

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Dena has an amazing tutorial on how to create the stained glass look in the above card. Knowing how to do this technique will be super useful if you want to CASE her card or any of the stained glass cards below.

Dena Rekow of the Creativity Cave (again)

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Sharlene Meyer of Magpie Creates

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Beth McAlexander of Card Creations by Beth

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Rachel Tessman of Stamp Your Art Out

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Alison Solven of Stamp Crazy with Alison

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Shelly Godby of Stamping Smiles

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Genna Giford of The Stampers’ Mess

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Mary Deatherage of Stamps-N-Lingers

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Patsy Waggoner of Stamps to Die For

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Thanks to ALL of you for inspiring me!