Thursday, February 2, 2012

Inspiration Hop, Day 2: "Whimsical Spring" and "Girl Talk"

Good morning, day two of our inspiration hop and two more fabulous sets to showcase! The first is from Theresa Momber, "Whimsical Spring". More floral and flying line art and silhouette goodness!I made a scene by stamping the bird on the branch and then the larger flowering bunch below it, with the flowers and leaves overlapping the first image. (Nope, I didn't even bother to mask because I knew I would just pop the overlapping elements over it to give the scene more dimension!) Stamp the larger branch a second time and color and cut out the flowers and leaves you need.
I bent the flowers with my fingers to curve the petals and adhered them with foam dots. TIP: Cut in between the petals along the lines to get a little closer to the center so the petals will separate more. I wish the photo captured it, but I also dded some Sakura glitter pen to the centers and then blurred it with a water brush, so all the petals are very sparkly in real life! Adhesive pearls are in the centers.
My color inspiration for this card was the new Pure Luxury Wisteria Lane Designer paper pack from Gina K Designs (but I had not yet received my paper when I was stamping this, had only seen online.)
Since I was already finished, when it arrived I just had to find a way to work in one of the pretty purple prints! :) Card uses Pure Luxury White, Black Onyx, Lovely Lavender and Wild Heather cardstocks.

Next up we have a new girly sassy set from Tami Mayberry "Girl Talk". These new sentiments will definitely speak to the girl in you! I like that she included a girl with glasses, this looks like a few ladies I know (who wear glasses fabulously I might add!) ;)
I colored this one to look like my long time friend and neighbor, she'll never give up her glasses for Lasik! Cardbase is Pure Luxury Kraft. Now this might look like a lot of layers, but...
...it's actually just the cover of the new Gina K Pure Luxury Casual Friday designer paper pack! I love re-purposing patterned pack covers that already have the different colors and patterns cropped together, might as well use them! I cut it just to the left of the writing and planned to cover up the logo in the center of the label with the stamped image.I colored the image with Copics, using B39 for the border, then my C-1 Copic going in circles over the border and out to blend and pull that darker blue color into the center of the label to give the corners and scene some depth. I used C-3 under her hair, and paper pieced her sweater with some of the wonderfully textured looking "sweater print" in this pack to match.
I used a Copic brown multi-liner also to do some faux stitching, taking inspiration from the DP and just continuing the border I like how it goes off the one side instead of all the way around...Hopefully, you can tell this Gina K designer paper has a nice sheen, the glossy finish is so pretty!

Enjoy hopping with the rest of our Gina K Designs team for more inspiration with these new stamps! Leave comment along the way to enter to win a grab bag full of Gina K stamp images, the more you leave, the better your chances! Two winners will be randomly chosen!

Thanks for visiting, I hope these photos and instructions were helpful and inspire your creations!

86 comments:

Theresa Momber said...

Ooooh, love the coloring and dimension on the bird card. Gorgeous!! Love how you used the new DP packs!

Rae said...

These cards are Fantastic. The papers are Outstanding, and I love your three dimensional touch.

catdidit said...

That is one gorgeous brown bird!! And i just love how you used the cover of the dp pack!

Elizabeth said...

How clever to use the cover of the paper pack! It works beautifully. Thanks for the idea.

alex said...

Wow you really have created two beautiful cards, you have rally inspired me today, thank you :-)

Becky said...

Stunning job on these Mel, I love how you did the first one with the flowers popped up.

jennifer said...

Beautiful cards. Love your tecniques

Making Jesus Famous said...

oh my oh my i just love this...and the coordinating papers ....yummy

Sharon said...

Two fantasic cards!
The bird and flowers are so pretty - so neat how you have layered and added dimension.
The girl talk card has such pretty paper.

Bertha W said...

Loved the coloring in the bird card - really looks like sky.

StampnInkLady said...

My favorite designer/artist, you did it again!! I am so impressed with your cards. I love that designer paper you did not get to use and your coloring is fabulous! On the Girl Talk card, I love the repurposing of the paper covers. I have thought of doing that for ages and saved them, but not used them yet. I will now! Thank you Melanie! Hugs Lori R.

Debbie Rogers said...

Great job on both cards but I have to say my favorite is your Whimsical Spring card. Your coloring....WOW!

Judy I said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the purple and the dimension. also love how you used the cover of the paper pack. Very clever and a great look.

dklessig said...

Such gorgeous cards. I love bird and flowers, so pretty. Using the cover of the paper pack is such a good idea and fits the girly stamp to a T.

Monica said...

Very beautiful purples and such pretty dimensional coloring.

--Marcy said...

Wow - love em both! Thanks for the extra "hints"! Always appreciated!

ShariD said...

beautiful as usual, but would never thought of using the cover. Great idea.

Julie said...

WOW!! Really like all the dimension you put on the first card. Love the color combos for both cards. :)

Die Cut Lady said...

Loving the blog hop. Great flowers!

Gvendalen said...

Love the bird card!

Lori said...

Speechless, they are both gorgeous!!!

Lisa said...

Gotta, gotta have that chick set of stamps.

lindagrady said...

Love what you came up with to showcase these 2 awesome stamp sets. Great color themes.

Margaret said...

Both of your cards are WOW! Fantastic. Love the dp and coloring.

Chris said...

Awesome cards, Melanie. The colors on the first card are gorgeous. Going to need to get some of that new DSP! Love how you used the cover from the DSP pack on the Girl Talk card.

zehra said...

wow, i mean wow. love the bird card, such awesome work. Love the girl one and the idea to use the front of the pack.
loved this hop.

Dawn's Craft Place said...

Oh the colors are amazing!!!
love those papers also, how fun!

Pati said...

Very nice cards! I like how you popped out the flowers and repurposed the paper pack cover!! Colorful!

Ravengirl said...

Wow, Melanie! You always amaze me!!! Really, the cover of the designer paper. How do you keep coming up with these fresh ideas?

Lisa K said...

Wow! I love how the flowers just pop off of the card.

Tami B. said...

Fantabulous! Do you have any video tutorials? I'm not seeing any listed on your blog but maybe I'm missing them (I hope!) because I would really love to SEE you work.

Caryn S said...

Clever recycling on the Girl Talk card! I would never have thought to do that. Oh the dimensional flowers on that Whimsical Spring card are beautiful! I like everything about that card.

jazy1m said...

Loved both cards. The coloring was awesome. Thanks for sharing.

Angie said...

Your cards are just stuning Melanie! Love your coloring and that purple is amazing and I love the paper pattern for the girl talk!

Donna Phelan said...

Whoa! Your first card really makes you stop and take notice, love the colors & the dimension you created.....must go to craft room NOW! :)

Patricia said...

Wow! Your first card is just plain amazing & beautiful! It is really a work of art. Colors are gorgeous. Your second card made perfect use of Gina's new paper pack too. Great great job.

Ultimate Whirligig said...

Melinie, love your cards. Beautiful. :)
Michelle

Joyce T. said...

love the 3D on the flowers. what's not to love about the new designs and new DP.

naneruth said...

These are so pretty!

Nanette said...

I love the dimension on the first card...beautiful! The second card is fun. I like the new DP.

Designs By Sky said...

beautiful job on both cards.tfs

Vicki Dutcher said...

Love the use of papers on your 2nd card!! Fabulous use~

Evette K. said...

Oh my golly Melanie u knocked my socks off with these cards. You are one of the best colorers (if thats a real word). Ty for sharing some great works of art. ekc

pamselinski said...

Both cards are fabulous. All the detail on the Girl Talk card is a real wow. Speaking of WOW! those flowers popping off the card are stupendous. What a design.

mermaid fenicia said...

Really love those cards ^-^

RuthAnn said...

great cards, love the use of 3-d,
and the new GK DP, great stamp sets. Thanks for sharing, take care.

Teri said...

So breathtaking!

Susan Sieracki said...

I am just blown away by your Whimsical Spring card, but how clever are you to use the cover of the paper pack on your Girl Talk card. Thank you very much for such great inspiration.

Georgia said...

Great cards, love the colors.

Carolyn King said...

Beautiful and funny cards Mel!!! Missed you at CHA!

Janet Baldwin said...

Very clever idea using the cover of the paper pack as a layer on your card. Have never thought of doing this before! Stunning cards. TFS

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a purpleliciouly beautiful card..and I love the great designer paper background for the Girl Talk one too. I can see I need both sets and all that paper as well. Oh, my! My wish list never ends. But that is good to have all this lovely things coming from Gina.

Kay S said...

Oh my! Your first card is stunning with the dimensional flowers and leaves! Fun second card using the Casual Friday paper pack. It is quickly becoming a favorite - can't wait to get mine.

Sharon Harnist said...

Gorgeous bird card, Mel -- love all the dimensional flowers! Your Girl Talk card is fabulous -- love the idea of using the paper pack cover (and I borrowed it for tomorrow)!

wanda said...

wow... these are amazing as usual!! you are such a great artist. Always learn from you thank you

NJMullins said...

amazing color choices, and I love the dimensions in the floral card. Both are stunning!

Pat Jandacek said...

Very clever re-purposing...well-done. TFS

Margaret said...

Two absolutely stunning cards. I love the dimension on the Whimsical Spring card, and the paper you chose for the Girl Talk card worked so well together.

Golda said...

Your first card is fantastic! I love how you used the pretty papers, too.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are fabulous. Another great set, Melanie.

Aixa M. said...

Great cards! Love how the flowers 'pop' on the first card. Great idea on repurposing the front cover of the paper pack on the second card!

Kris said...

Superb work! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

Crafty Math Chick said...

These are terrific Melanie! I love how soft your floral card looks, and the dimension you added with the curled petals is just spectacular! And as I am a BIG fan of Gina's new Casual Fridays paper collection I love how you showcase all of the different colors and 'textures' on your second card too.

Susan said...

Absolutely love these cards. That first one is spectacular. Love it!!!!!

Sharon said...

OH MY GOSH! Where do I start....your cards are STUNNING. The colours, the dimension, the use of the new paper packs I could go on and on but truly GREAT job!

ibalady said...

too cute

Cheryl Winget said...

Your Whimsical Spring card is luxuriously gorgeous! And your Girl Talk card is funny AND beautiful. I absolutely love them bothQ

Gayle said...

Gorgeous cards,Melanie. So very clever to use the cover from the patterned paper.

Anonymous said...

THAT first card is.........WOW!!!
And your idea of using the cover from the DP pack is greaaat. "Waste not, want not."
Jean McGee

Sue D said...

Wonderful cards--love the bird card!

Luanna said...

The Whimsical Spring card is gorgeous. Thank you so much for giving directions on how you make your cards. I learn something everytime.

Olga said...

That's a good economy Melanie! nice cards!

Betty Neville said...

Gorgeous cards Melanie! The popped-up flowers are the perfect touch!

Terry Duncan said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous...love the colors on the first card! You did a fantastic job!

KonaRose said...

Hi, Melanie! You have so much patience! But great ideas to double the leaves and flowers after coloring. The Sakura must make it sparkle a lot! And thunk on my head - I wish I would have thought of repurposing the covers of paper! thanks for the ideas, <3 rosy!

Krystal said...

Your wonderful tutorials, stamp sets, and great tips. I always look forward to your artistic talent. I really am glad I got to leave a comment, cause I thought it wasn't gonna happen! Keep those cards coming!

Barbara Bryant said...

The cards are great and its a must for this dp. Thank you for the inspiration you have gave me

Wide Eyed Stamper said...

oh how lovely Melanie! adore that Wisteria lane paper pack...and love how you did the flowers on your card,
purple is my fave color!

Hurry Mr. Postman!!!
:D
Karen

CraftyMomFL said...

great stuff Melanie! I just love what you did with both cards

naoompje said...

Very beautiful cards like the pop up flowers very nice.

Susan said...

both very nice, but I love how you recycled the second one. I was looking at it trying to figure out if you just arranged the paper in the same order as the cover. Then I finally read that it actually was the cover. Genius!

Donna Baker said...

your purple flowers and brown bird are so pretty! I love the idea of taking the paper pack cover and making it into the card, when I first saw this, I was scratching my head trying to figure out how you made this card, now I know!!

lisa808 said...

The popped up flowers and leaves really bring this pretty card to life.

CTgirl said...

Your first card is so pretty! Love the 3D and colours!
The colour combo & DP in the 2nd is great!
Thanks for the inspiration!

marose6@comcast.net said...

this stamp set is so me!I love your coloring. the shadowing gives it so much.

Colleen Dietrich said...

LOVE that lilac bird card, Melanie! It's so heavenly and light. And I'm impressed with your coloring and paper piecing of the lady on your other card. Very good!