Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Inspired by Inspired by… Again!

Birds in Vines_June 2010

Take a look at this beauty on the Inspired by… blog. While I have no clue how Sasya (yes, that’s Russian) created her beautiful background, I just had to figure out a way to emulate it.

What I did was stamp my image with VersaMark on a piece of Goldrush patterned paper from the Splendor paper packet, emboss it with clear embossing powder, and finally, sponge on some Cranberry ink. The result is a very interesting background that the photograph does not do justice. Ignore the shine from the embossing powder. Imagine the pattern of the paper coming through – subtly through the ink and with more definition from under the embossed areas. If I had not had the patterned paper, I would have used gold cardstock, which, I think, would worked just (or just about) as well.

The butterfly is a Cuttlebug die/embossing folder combo cut from Goldrush cardstock. I lightly inked its edges with Cranberry ink for a surprisingly pleasing effect. Not wanting to distract from the design, I stamped the small Happy Birthday sentiment directly onto the background. I love the way this little experiment turned out.

Oh, and if you take a look at Sasya’s blog, make note of these gorgeous spiral roses made from cotton pads. I love the glitter and how she added soft pink to the edges of her flowers. I’ll be casing the makeup department on my next trip to Wal-Mart to see if I can find what I believe to be makeup remover pads. Am I on the right trail?

Materials & Tools: Colonial White, Goldrush, and Cocoa cardstock; Splendor Level 2 paper packet; VersaMark, Cranberry, and Cocoa ink pads; Clear embossing powder; Flourishes Birds in Vines and Papertrey Ink Birthday Basics stamp sets; Brown satin ribbon from Wal-Mart; KaiserKrafts pearl accents; Cuttlebug/w Butterfly Combo die and embossing folder; Round sponge.

Happy Hump Day! My day was kind of slow, albeit pleasant enough. Tonight, I’m doing the laundry that didn’t get done on the weekend and straightening up around the house. While housework isn’t very exciting, one can’t have fun every night. Tomorrow evening, we (Mom and I) are going to “Kiss Me, Kate.” Friday night, the boys are spending the night with us, so their Daddy and Sarah can have a night out. On Saturday, we have a wedding and reception to attend. As for Sunday, I haven’t got life planned that far out. LOL. Busy. It’s all good.

Enjoy the evening, and thanks for stopping by!


Laurel said...

Beautiful colors, beautiful card!

Alanna said...

You are so talented Kathi. I never take on anything like this and the beauty just comes through.

Sounds like you have a busy week. Hopefully you can sneak in something mildly fun tonight with the laundry and chores.

Sparkle said...

Such a gorgeous card!

Sharli said...

Very clever of you - I love the effect!! It's a stunning card.

Enjoy your week!

Jeanne said...

Oh my! This is so beautiful, Kathi! I poked around her blog and find her work very creative. You've done an outstanding job of coming up with a similar look, yet one that is uniquely yours. Love it!

Sounds like your summer is full of fun activities (interspersed with real life stuff) which makes for happy memories. Enjoy, my dear friend!

Lori said...

This is gorgeous!!! Wow!!!

mE said...

So loverly!! I love the soft elegance of this card!