Tuesday, February 25, 2020

A "Mother-In-Law" Card

Have your heard the phrase "mother-in-law" card?  It's a card that doesn't have a lot of room for writing a message inside 😂

Well, I saw a template for a card on Lisa Curcio's blog and wanted to give it a try.  Take a look:

The unusual fold is that there is a strip down the center portion that is the actual part that opens the card:

Hence the reason for the name--there is not much room for a greeting.  But the card is so pretty, it's perfect for a little note to someone special.  Let's take a closer look:

The card base is just a quarter-piece of cardstock, 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".  There's a layer of Basic Black and then the beautiful Peaceful Poppies Designer Series Paper.  But before adhering that DSP layer, we need to add another piece of Basic Black, measuring 2" x 10-1/4", and scored at 5-1/8".  This makes the flipped up piece.

Then I added a different pattern of the same DSP, measuring 1-7/8" x 5".  And finally I added the decorating--two poppies cut from Watercolor paper that I had sprinkled with Pigment Sprinkles, and the over-lay piece cut from Real Red.  The leaves are Mossy Meadow, cut with the same Poppy Moments dies.

But wait!  There's more!

I also needed a birthday card for my son, so decided to create a masculine version of this card:

This time I used the Tropical Oasis DSP.  The card base is Early Espresso, with a layer of Soft Sea Foam.  Then the DSP (two patterns) and some palm trees, from Timeless Tropical.

I inked the palm fronds in Old Olive, and used a Soft Suede marker for the trunks.  Then I took a Shaded Spruce marker and "thumped" the fronds, creating a multi-color look for more depth.  The trees were then cut with the In The Tropics dies.

Lots of layering on this card:  a Whisper White rectangle cut with the Stitched So Sweetly dies, some Braided Burlap Trim and a birthday wish stamped with the Label Me Bold stamps, in Soft Suede.  And finally that pineapple--the Tropical Oasis Trinkets are SO cute!

And finished off inside with a little pineapple, this time inked in Daffodil Delight and "thumped" with a Soft Suede marker.  💗

And here are my two cards, side by side:

Which is your favorite?

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Inspiration Sunday

I haven't done one of these Inspiration posts in a while (maybe I haven't been all that inspired? 😕) but last week I went to an art exhibit called Exquisite Creatures, and it was fabulous!  Artist Christopher Marley works with aquariums and zoos around the world, collecting their deceased creatures, and creates art with them.  I know, sounds kinda creepy (I thought so too when I first read about it), but my husband and I decided to give it a go, and I'm SO glad we did!  It was spectacularly beautiful!  The incredible colors of insects, the unusual shapes and the way the artist put everything together was mind-blowing.

As we were getting ready to leave the exhibit, one last work caught my eye, and I had to snap a photo. The colors of this bird just struck me:

The colors of this bird were beautiful, and inspired me to come home to create something using the same colors.

Now there is no way in the world I will ever be the artist Marley is, but he inspired me to create, and this is what I made:

Do you see the inspiration?  I chose the colors to create my card:  Blueberry Bushel, Bermuda Bay and Night of Navy.  💙

I started with a color wash on Watercolor paper.  Using an Aquapainter, I spread the three colors and blended them together.  At this point I still wasn't sure what I was creating with it, but I loved the background.

And it reminded me of the water...an ocean?  How about an undersea scene?

And that's how it began.  

My octopus, from Sea of Textures, was stamped first in Blueberry Bushel (using the Stamparatus), and then again in Versamark.  I covered it with Clear Embossing powder and heat embossed it for a shiny look.  Then cut it out with the coordinating Under the Sea dies.

From there it was a matter of creating my scene, and I had such fun pulling out colors to coordinate.

Using the Noble Peacock foil I cut the sea grass and a few of the coral pieces for the bottom of the card.  The fishnet was cut with Crumb Cake, and the coral was stamped with Flirty Flamingo and cut out.  

And the little goldfish at the top were cut with a die, using Gold Foil, and individually glued into place (yeah, I know, painstaking, but definitely worth the effort 😊).

Inspiration is everywhere; take a moment to look at something and then recreate it.  What a great way to spread the love of art!  

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