Friday, August 17, 2007

Blogger's Challenge Friday #8

This week's challenge was to find inspiration for a card from something ordinary like clothing or a pattern in a rug. I found that when you are actively looking for inspiration it is a lot harder to find. But, I did manage to stumble upon this diaper bag from lexie barnes. I own a lady b and a flo knitting bag from her that I absolutely love. I also picked up one of these darling diaper bags off ebay for half price. (Mine is a different print though.) Anyway, I thought this bag was super cute and would be perfect for this challenge.

So without further ado, here is my card. The main panel is glossy white card stock which I first stamped with blush blossom and groovy guava flowers. Since I was planning to brayer over this with old olive ink, I needed to emboss the flowers with clear embossing powder so they wouldn't get muddy. To do this, I simply inked my stamps in VersaMark first, then I inked them in the color dye ink before stamping. This gives the image enough stickiness to hold the embossing powder. I then colored the center of the circles in with markers. After they dried, I colored over them with a VersaMarker and embossed again.

The stems and leaves were inked in always artichoke. Since this is a darker shade of green than old olive, I didn't need to emboss them. The last step was to brayer on the old olive ink.

In real life, the big flower isn't quite that dark. It started raining when I took the picture so the colors are a little off.

The layout for this card is from sketch challenge 80 on splitcoast.

I hope you liked my entry today! Don't forget to check out the other Blogger's challenge entries! You can find links to all of their sites in my sidebar.

Stamps: Bodacious Bouquet
Ink: Versamark, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Groovy Guava, Blush Blossom
Old Olive, Groovy Guava, Basic Black, Glossy White
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder
Tools: Heat Tool, Foam Brayer


Sheryl said...

Great inspiration and intepretation! Love the colors!

Lynn Mercurio said...

Fabulous take on your inspiration piece! Lovely colors together!!!

Connie said...

Very vibrant...beautiful!

Ida said...

Very nice. I love how you pulled the colors together from the bag. Great use of the floral pattern as well. Ida

Lisa said...

love that bag Stef - your card turned out great!

Basement Stamper said...

Oh, love that bag. I was just telling Scott I need a new diaper bag as I need one big enough for carrying 2 kids stuff now.

Great card, I love that set!

maggie fellow said...

This is great. It is amazing how much stamps can just look like real stuff..

Barbara said...

Love the diaper the card even more! Great idea.

Pat Huntoon said...

Love the combination of using the colors and the pattern, Stef!

Lori said...

Great job! I like those colors together.

Claudia said...

I love the colors, and bet the card is even prettier in real with the panel being glossy cardstock, I just can imagine how wonderful it looks!

Susie said...

Oh - how pretty and perfect.

Great job!


Karen said...

very nice and great inspiration piece too!!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

Very nice!! I received your card Stephanie. Adorabella! Chris

Anonymous said...

This is Great! I love it! You are very talented!
Now I want to see a pic of the diaper bag that YOU bought! :) Which pattern did you get?! I'm a sucker for a good bag... I use a black mountainsmith day pack for my diaper bag (black so that dh wouldn't mind carrying it as well)'s GREAT...and a mountainsmith small messenger bag for a purse... It's green, of course!
Keep up the GREAT work!! Hugs!
anjabella angela