Linda’s U Inspire Me
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During Christmastime, I picked up this adorable little ornament from Starbucks. It sits on my computer desk and every time I look up and see it I want to make a card with those elements in it. Since it’s my turn to share a card created from an inspiration piece, I knew this had to be it. What were the main pieces that caught my attention? The white background, of course the red lips and the black “xoxo.”

I wanted to anchor the lips and the “xoxo” so I used a plain white tag cut with a die. The “xoxo” was cut using my Cricut Expression machine and the Stamping Solutions cartridge. I love using the Cricut because I can choose the size of my cut piece. I did cut it about three times until I found the size I wanted.

I needed a place to put the tag on my card so I used a piece of watercolor paper and after spritzing it with water, I added two colors of Distress Stain. I love the dabber top on the Distress Stain because that makes it so easy to apply. I then spread the ink around by rubbing an acrylic block over it which resulted in two sideways smears. When working with these inks, you’ll want to let them dry completely. You can use a heat tool to speed up the process but I think it has a little more character when it dries on its own. Once the stain was dry, I cut this panel using a frame die that has little stitch lines on it.

I finished off the tag with some ribbon. Instead of trying to tie it, I just used a stapler. This was fast and easy and added another little interesting piece to the tag. I then cut out the lips and attached them with foam tape. I like adding a little dimension somewhere and foam tape is the perfect way to do that.

Be sure to look around at the simple things for new inspiration!


Supplies used: Watercolor paper from Strathmore Artist Papers; lip stamp from American Crafts; Distress Stain (candied apple and picked raspberry) from Ranger Industries Inc.; ribbon from May Arts Ribbon; Tag Me die from Reverse Confetti; Finished Frames die (#D-03-18) from Avery Elle; Stamping Solutions cartridge and cutting machines from Cricut.

4 Responses to Linda’s U Inspire Me

  1. Love this card !!! I am new to card making and I’ m always looking for new techniques to try . I’ m not very good with watercoloring . Thanks for sharing your card !!!

  2. I love all the red and the coffee cup!

  3. DawnL says:

    love your inspiration, Linda and such a cute card!!

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