Friday, August 14, 2009

Elegant Post Blog Hop!

Time for another hop! Today we are focusing on Nina Brackett's "Elegant Post" set!



The post image in this set is very tall, so to add even more versatility you can flip it like I did here and use the base like a pedestal (or a cake stand?!) for a smaller focal point. The fine lines and intersections of the "Inspiration Mosaic" grid are a perfect match to go with the bars of the cage in this image. I added a rain dot heart over the birds silhouette and a smaller one on the rooftop. The stamped cage is beautiful without coloring, but I brought in a few shades of pink (Blush R20 and Tea Rose E93) to match the Basic Grey Porcelain print. (Nina has two gorgeous sets of digi papers she created that use the colors and patterns you see in the banner above, but my color printer is not working right now-wahhh!) I filled in the outside of the grid with one of the pink Copics and edged it and my focal point mat with the chisel tip of my Black Copic.

TIP: The mosaic grid also helps you with placing your images: see how the vertical at the top goes down through the top of the cage and seems to come out through the post to the meet the vertical at the bottom? It creates such a nice flow when you use these lines that draw your eye around the card and unify everything. Also, how the rectangle shapes under the focal point frame the top left and bottom right corners? That's what helped me figure out how high to mount it! It left the perfect spot at the bottom for a sentiment from "Elegant Post" (I used a Stampamajig to make sure the line fell exactly in between the two words so you can read it!)


Last I added some punched Pure Luxury Black Onyx scalloped corners under the mat to make it more "girly", and a "brad" to the corner, the circle from "Inspiration Mosaic". (I am getting so lazy adding real bards now that I have that tiny circle LOL!) That little dot balances out the greeting at the bottom, and I chose the circle rather than a square or something else since you have the tiny doorknob and the dots to the "i"s in "Birthday" and "wishes" ( Do I over think these things??) Card base is Blush Blossom.

For more inspiration with her Elegant Post stamp set tonight, please see Nina Brackett's blog. Nina has also designed two gorgeous digital paper pack that coordinate perfectly with her stamp set. They are called Grungy Elegance and Simple Elegance.
Nina has asked her friend Silke Ledlow and Melissa Czapor to join in her blog hop tonight. We also have several of GinaK's Senior Design team members participating: Cathy, Donna, Emily, Erika, Jessica, Lee, Gina, Kurtis and Theresa
And finally, be sure to check out our CenterStage Spotlight Design team members' blogs: Brenda Turner, Shannon Bracken, and Sue Walsh for even more great projects!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

29 comments:

Helen F. said...

Melanie, this is such an elegant card - love the colors and the sweet stamp images of this set!

"Tillymint" said...

OMG I would never have thought to turn that stamp upside down!!!! (and me in Australia too!) I think your card is stunning - I knew you would incorporated your set too but how good do these look together!
Fantastic thanks for the inspiration!

Giovana said...

Really pretty!!
God bless
Giovana

Allison Cope said...

Love this card Melanie! Love that large heart!

NinaB said...

Oh, Melanie, this is beautiful. I saw Lee using the Inspiration Mosaic for a backdrop and thought that's such a great idea. And here it is again. So clever. I love the heart, too.

Theresa Momber said...

Mel, this is gorgeous! Love the way you colored the bird cage and the fab heart backdrop!

Silke said...

Melanie - the mosaic BG is awesome!!! What a cool idea to flip the stamp...I'm gonna have to try this!!! Your card is so beautiful!!! ~TFS~

Jessica said...

Simply Perfect, Melanie!! I love your card!!

Gina K. said...

Melanie, This is fabulous!

joy said...

Beautiful card - thanks for giving us the colors of the markers you used. You've done a beautiful job. You've inspired me with your colors.

Randi said...

Melanie, This is spectacular!!!! I love how you turned the stamp upside down. i would not have thought of this. Thanks for the ideas.

JessicaK said...

Beautiful Mel. What a great way to incorporate these sets.

lisa808 said...

Pretty & elegant--great card!

Susan said...

This turned out so well!!!!

melissac said...

Gorgeous and elegant! Love how you combined the two sets!

catdidit said...

GORgeous Mel! LOVe how you made the base and the scalloped edges there, AWEsome!

karendellovo said...

You have such an elegant design sense. Thank you for teaching us with every post!

Jennie said...

Melanie, love the way you flipped the stamp and your little tips are always so nice! Nice balanced card :o)

Scrubbybubbles(sue) said...

Fabulous card melanie! so soft and feminine!!

Sharri Seffens said...

Beautiful card Melanie!

Linda said...

gorgeous as usual!

Shannon said...

Beautiful!!! Love how the sets work together.

Donna said...

oh my gosh! GENUIS! I love turning it upside down! wish I had your eyes sometimes! your card is so pretty

Theresa Pollack said...

I missed the blog hop last night but viewed your beautiful card today...love how you explained all the details. Really enjoyed. I will have to watch for the next blog hop and be there.

Brenda said...

Absolutely beautiful Melanie! I love the colors and papers you used. What a fantastic idea to turn the post upside down, I must do this.

Sandra said...

you have done it again! This is wonderful!
sandra

Carolyn King said...

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!

Lori said...

Beautiful!

Melvin said...

WOW,stunning......gorgeous colours!!!
Thanks for sharing...
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Melvin
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