Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Inspired by Etha (hi Etha!)

You know how sometimes you see something that inspires you, but you forget the details before you get time to sit and create your own thing? That's exactly what happened here! I saw this card over at Etha's blog and something about it really caught my attention. Honestly, I thought it was the layout (I really, really thought I CASE'd her layout! lol) but turns out that I was entranced by the colors!
Several days after I saw her card I had a chance to visit Archiver's and managed to pick up the same patterned paper. Then I set out to make a card with what I could remember of the inspiration piece. (that's how I do it, look at stuff, get inspired, wait a few days & then create my own without looking at the original - takes you on an awesome journey sometimes)

So, what you do think? Are they alike? LOL

First I spent lots of time trying to cut out a pleasing shape from the patterned paper. Then I pulled out a green base card and adhered the pattern paper (Basic Grey) on top. It seemed like it was going to be a romantic card for a while, but I didn't have anything like a fairytale castle - so I went a different direction. Some inking with Distress Inks (what else?) made the edges stand out. Then I used my clear glitter pen to trace some of the lines of the pattern, then stamped the dragonfly & traced that too. The green paper was too stark - trimmed the edge of that with a Martha punch & layered a stamped piece behind it. A little more glitter pen on the edges of the green... then some on the stamped piece. Sheesh! :)
Because I didn't plan very well (another danger of this type of journey) I had to glue the ribbon down on top of the patterned paper - so I added bling to make it less obvious! This thing shimmers like CRAZY!

Thanks for visiting!


Etha said...

Oh my, that is beautiful!! glad to be of inspiration ;) Did you notice that that part of my patterned papers was from the 12 by 12? and the others from the small stacks?

Ms. Lahtidah said...

What a beautiful card! I wish I could see it in person (glitter never photographs well).
I love it!

Lyn S said...

What a beautiful card!! I love the BG paper, your dragonfly is stunning, and just love the glittery bits you added!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment :)

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Very wonderful card full of texture, layers and subtle color!

So glad you have a laughing buddy!

Kristin said...

Wow! Amazing intricate detail!

Sandy Knecht said...

It's fabulous!