Thursday, July 31, 2014

Paper Sweeties July Inspiration #21~Patriotic Prints!! =)

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papersweeties inspiration21 A Sprinkle of Inspiration and A Dash of Creativity   July 2014

I'm sharing the card I've made for the Paper Sweeties Inspiration #21~Patriotic Prints Challenge!!
I was inspired by the Quilts and the Colors that were shown in the challenge photo!! I decided to stamp the Main Image from the Paper Sweeties Splish Splash Stamp Set!! Isn't it SWEET!!??
I decided to paper piece the Image and then I added some Red Glitter Ritz Glitter to the Heart Leaves and some Ranger Clear Embossing Powder to the Umbrella!! I also restamped the Branch on the image using some Versa-Mark so that I could add some Distress Embossing Powder in Vintage Photo for a really realistic Tree Bark texture!! LOVE the texture and the FUN shine and shimmer it adds to the image!! I inked the birds tummies with some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to give them some dimension so they appeared plump rather than flat and then I used a Black Soot Distress Marker to color all of the edges of my images so they all look seamless!! I adhered everything using a Glue Pen just because all of the images are so small and I didn't want to have glue everywhere!! I decided on a FUN Half Rounded Window Shape fusing an MFT Die or the Image background and I added some Distress Inks and some Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti for a neat shimmer and water aged look!! I matted it with a couple different mats to make it pop and then I die cut some PTI Scribble Die Cuts that I inked alittle and sprayed with the same Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti to give them a similar look!! I then used a E31 Brick Beige Copic Marker to go around my entire Image to give it a nice outline shadow to make it POP from the background and I think it really added that extra WOW to the whole Image!! I was going for a Nest feel and I tucked it behind the Half Round Window and added a Red Bow!! I stamped the sentiment on the bottom right corner of my Window Background and adhered it all to the Quilted looking Patterned Paper I used from the Studio Calico South of Market Collection using some Foam Tape for even more Dimension!! I inked the edges of everything with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink just to tie it all together and I REALLY LOVE how it turned out!! =)
I had originally started out in a totally different direction and as I started working on this card it took me in a different direction so I just went with it and I'm so GLAD I did!! =) Sometimes you've just got to go with the feel of a design rather than trying to force a design that isn't working!!  Trust me when I say you'll usually ALWAYS be more HAPPY with the end results!! =)
What do you think!!??
THANKS SO MUCH for stopping by today and I hope you have a FABULOUS WEEK!!



  1. I adore the way you colored this image and the sparkle you added to the hearts. This is charming and just makes me smile!!

  2. Oh my goodness ... this is so FUN! Very creative with your coloring -- just a 'WOW'!!!

  3. Greta job on your paper sweeties card! I love the glittered hearts!