Lisa’s U Inspire Me
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Hello! It’s Lisa with a fun project to share with you.  The assignment today is to find a photo of something that inspires you and then use it as inspiration for a card. My first thought was “Oh, how challenging!” After reviewing my options, I discovered the hardest part of the project would be picking only one inspiration jumping point!

I love to surf blogs and flip through magazines in my free time. One of the blogs I follow is called A Beautiful Mess. This blog is wonderful. Elsie and Emma post unique decor, fashion, recipes and DIY projects that are fresh and fun. It’s a bonus that they are fellow Missourians!

One of Elsie’s recent posts surrounded her favorites of 2015, including this photo of her rainbow glass collection. This is so pin-worthy and rainbows make me smile!

Elsie's Favorites
Photo from here
Eureka! I am inspired! So, let’s get creating.

First, I stamped a circle background image onto watercolor cardstock with watermark ink and covered it with white embossing powder. I heat-set the image to emboss and allowed it to cool.

Then, I selected matching colors from my collection of watercolors with my inspiration image in mind. To help the colors blend a bit, I brushed clean water over the surface of the entire paper before dropping in color. Because some of the glasses in my inspiration picture are a bit darker than others, I added more color here and there to random circles in the background. I allowed this to completely dry and trimmed the panel to 4 x 5 1/4 inches. The watercolor panel was adhered to a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2-inch top-folded card base made from white cardstock.

To finish the card, I cobbled together words from two different stamp sets. You can either cut apart your sentiments to ink the words you want or carefully mask off the words you do not need. It’s a personal preference. If I know I can put the stamp back together and get it to stamp STRAIGHT in the future, I will cut it apart. In this case, I used masking to get what I wanted. I used the “You’re” from “You’re Sweet” and add “MY” and “Favorite” from “TO ONE OF MY Favorite Peeps.” I thought it was the perfect sentiment because my inspiration photo was an end-of-year post of favorites.

Where do you find inspiration? Blogs, Pinterest, CardMaker magazine, perhaps? We’d love to hear what inspires you. Please leave a comment and let us know how you create.

Thanks for visiting!


Supplies used: Classic Crest 04456 Solar White 110# cardstock from Neenah Paper Inc.; Black Licorice Pop-Tone cardstock from French Paper Co.; Tim Holtz watercolor cardstock from Ranger Industries Inc.; Simply Circles Background stamp set and Candy Jar Companions stamp set from My Favorite Things; VersaMark watermark ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; bright white embossing powder from Wow! Embossing Powder; Peerless Transparent Watercolors from Creative Mode; Black Velvet Round #8 Watercolor Brush from Silver Brush Limited; Wagner embossing heat tool from Hero Arts; Powder Tool Deactivator from EK Success; 3M Adhesive Foam Tape from 3M.

7 Responses to Lisa’s U Inspire Me

  1. Crystal says:

    What a beautiful card!!

  2. Jennifer Hall says:

    What a wonderful card, I love the shades of color. The sentiment made me smile.. And deep down we all love to be someones favorite.

  3. LOVE-LOVE-LOVE it Lisa. It’s just beautiful.

  4. I’m always on the lookout for new ways to use my watercolors. Love how you used them here.

  5. Linda Beeson says:

    Wow did you ever rock that challenge! I am so loving that background.

  6. Linda. Meyerkord says:

    I love how the collection of glasses inspired you. Your interpretation is so clever. I will start looking at things with new creative eyes.

  7. DawnL says:

    Lisa, love your inspiration (esp. the purple glasses!) and clever you with that background, perfect interpretation!

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