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Friday, April 27, 2012

Being Inspired...

I've been feeling quite amused lately by the acronym CASE. What a great way to gloss over the fact that as a crafter, you're looking at someone else's work and, well, um, copying it. And yes, it does expand out to "copy and share everything", but that word COPY is not so blatant when it's hiding in the short-form, is it? 
But. Rarely does a CASE become a clone of the original, and it is a great way to have a starting point into a creation that often strays quite far from the original inspiration. So I'm going to stop blathering and show you my latest CASE. :D This is the final card Donelda chose from the March/April issue of Paper Crafts magazine: 



Isn't this card by Barb Murphy (on p. 41) great? Love that panel down the left-hand side. Now... this would be one level of challenge if I had alcohol inks and glossy paper... which I don't. So I looked around the virtual world for some ideas on how I might get a similar effect. One possibility came from an idea I'd pinned a while back on Pinterest, using Sharpies to make a tie-dye tshirt. (Now Sharpies I have!) The other idea came from my talented friend Virginia (yes, I mentioned her on Wednesday, too) -- she made flowers by dying coffee filters with distress inks!  I grabbed my Sharpies, some rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter. Dots of Sharpies, drips of alcohol, and let dry. That experiment led to the flower on yesterday's card! Then I wondered what other papers might be fun to try. I have tons of rice paper, and decided to experiment with it. And here is what happened:




I think it looks pretty good! Instead of lots of colours, I went with pink, blue and purple. I was fortunate enough to have a sheet of blue cardstock that worked perfectly. A mat of white, a Unity sentiment (hello, Friends with Flair Friday!) and done! 
Besides Friends with Flair, I'm going to link this up to the current Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes challenge
Happy Friday!


Supplies: white & blue cardstock, rice paper, Unity You Deserve Happy stamp, Colorbox frost white ink, white embossing powder, Sharpies, rubbing alcohol Pin It Now!

25 comments:

Jen W. said...

This looks amazing, Lindsey!! I am definitely going to have to try this. And really, one of us HAS to win a SSS gift certificate sooner or later right??

Donelda said...

OMG ... yes this looks pretty good!!! It looks amazing!! I love the colours and the blending is so feathery!! Awesome job my friend!!

Kary said...

Hi Lindsey! This looks Amazing!! I LOVE it!! The colours look wonderful..WOW, great job!! Have a lovely weekend! {hugs}

Melissa said...

Wow! Love this in all those bright, vibrant colors! Beautiful! I'm going to have to try that technique now too! :)

Ruby said...

Beautiful card. I love new techniques to try. Thanks for the information.

Barb said...

Lindsey, this is STUNNING!!! I love the colors you've used, they're so saturated...and how they feather away is...it looks like a painting! beautiful design and awesome creativity...not to mention a new technique? love it!

cardz said...

The colours are gorgeous, Lindsey. I am so glad you experimented with the sharpies as you did, the result is a stunning card and a new technique to incorporate whenever you feel like it.
Heather

Mary Anne / MA54K said...

Now that is what I call inspiring! It's wonderful!

Gwen said...

Love how this turned out! I'll have to give that a try!

Julie Odil said...

Woohoo! Looks like you had fun creating! Way to go!

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOOOOVE this CASE!!! LOVE your colors!! You nailed it:)

Virginia L. said...

SO vibrant and beautiful!! It's wonderful how you get the idea and run with it, Lindsey! Love the inking with the alcohol ink! Thanks so much for sharing your talent and how you CASE it! Thanks for the mention! xo

Michelle said...

This is is amazingly gorgeous.

Michelle said...

This is is amazingly gorgeous.

JPScraps said...

Gorgeous card!! I need to try that technique.

BloomingPink said...

Great CASE!

I love the bright colors...and especially the sentiment, which is further reinforced by the bright design!

Chris D. said...

Holy Crow! This card Rocks!

Sandy said...

Oh wow!!! You did it and your art work is gorgeous!!
Sandy

Jingle said...

You did such a nice job with this! I love your colors!

Janna Werner said...

I really adore these artsy cards, Lindsey!

Hugs
Janna

Joy said...

Great take on Barb's card, super pretty.. thanks for joining us at Simon Says Challenge blog

Elaine said...

Lindsey your cards are so striking love the coloure well done hugs Elaine

kasia c. said...

WOW!! This is gorgeous!! I love the effect you created here. :)

Barb King said...

This is a great card, too. I'm going to start following you, check out my blog, you might want to follow me.

Lisa Arana said...

you are brilliant! love how vibrant the colors look. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!