Saturday, March 19, 2016

winnie walter leading lady - take three - stripes


I'm so happy to be back for Take Three as Leading Lady over at Winnie & Walter and I'd like to take a moment to thank you all for your lovely comments. You've really made my day! Don't forget to leave a comment on this post too to have a chance at my $30 GC giveaway!

Today we're talking STRIPES.

I must admit I love 'em. And I must admit, they're not new. Stripes are classic actually. Maybe it's the three different variations of daughter's Breton shirts that I've been seeing every week in the laundry... but methinks stripes are "in" again. Just google "stripes fashion trend 2016". Wow. Big, bold, loud, flashy. Any way you like 'em apparently. Best of all mixed with something else!

Did you see Take Two where my theme was the ILLUSTRATED trend? Well these first two cards use a little of that, in the totally trendy "uncolored" style, but mixed with some big and bold stripes.

Card #1 and #2


So where did those stripes come from? I die cut the solid True Multifaceted Border from craft foam and inked it up with Squeezed Lemonade, Chipped Sapphire, Salty Ocean, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China and Mowed Lawn Distress Inks, spritzing it with water before stamping. After scrubbing the leftover Chipped Sapphire off the foam before re-inking it, it dawned on me to spritz the leftover ink and stamp off on another piece of CS. And that's how Card #2 was born! TIP: Attach your die cut foam to an acrylic block with temporary adhesive. Distress Inks work well for a watercolor effect. Pigment inks work best for more thorough coverage.

Card #1 was finished off with a layered In a Word: Hello and a fussy cut tweetie bird and sentiment from So Tweet. I die cut the panel for Card #2 using Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and washi taped and stitched it onto my cardbase. Using So Tweet, I gave this birdie a fussy cut, heat embossed sentiment cloud over his head and some whimsical leaves from In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways, a fabulous set of dies thanks to its positives and negatives.

Card #3

On a whim I cut the faceted border from True Multifaceted Border from foam too. TIP: Add adhesive to your block and use it to pick up the die cut from cutting plate keeping all the pieces intact.


Thinking this geometric pattern might be good for a masculine card, I inked it up with olive dye ink and stamped it five times onto Neenah white cardstock. Trimmed the sides, stapled it to a kraft cardbase and added a layered In a Word: Hello. which I cut from an olive-inked CS scrapHeat embossed a "happy" from The Big, The Bold and the Party onto it to add a touch of color. 

Continuing with the "stripes are good for masculine cards" line of thinking...

Card #4

... trimmed some strips of white CS, swiped yellow and rust ink pads over them and stamped secondary sentiments from Wishing You onto them. I heat embossed the main sentiment and three stars from the set in gold and adhered the strips with dimensional adhesive. Easy. And easy to change up the colors for a girly card too.

A design that always catches my eye is stripes paired with florals. Think Kate Spade. I decided to take some elegant gold foil striped PP (Pink Paislee and Me and my Big Ideas) and pair it with illustrated florals.

Card #5 and #6


Stamped floral images from In Bloom: Addie's GardenElsa's Flora and Anna's Flora in navy (Memento) and coral (Radiant Neon) pigment inks on white CS for Card #5. Cut In a Word: Hi and adhered it on a layer cut from foam. Card #6 was made by stamping the second generation images from Card #5 onto cream CS. The striped die cut was offset on a coral (Amuse) one. Do you make multiples when creating cards? I'm a slow crafter so it really helps me reduce the average time I need to make a card!

Whew! Stamping. Using patterned paper. I didn't even talk about painting watercolor stripes to create a background! So many ways to incorporate stripes into your cards. Hope I've inspired you to hit your craft room this weekend. Leave a comment on all four of my Leading Lady posts - today telling me what your current favorite trend in cardmaking is - and you'll be in the running for this.


Next Saturday I'll be exploring METALLICS in Take Four...

51 comments:

  1. Wow someones been busy on these fabulous and gorgeous cards. The first two cards with the foam and inks look great and thanks for the tips on how the pigment and distress inks look a little different to each other. The next two cards are great inspiration for masculine cards and loving that border die. The last card is so striking with using flowers and stripes together with that bold die cut sentiment. A real inspiration as they work so well together. I love trying out all techniques but at the moment enjoying learning and trying out water colour trends...so many to try and so little time. Thank you so much for the gorgeous, fun and trendy inspiration today x

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  2. Wow, you have been busy Maria, and so many gorgeous makes, love all, but the idea behind the 3rd one is genius! I love how you inked up the die-cut to stamp the background. Great showcase of the stamps from w&w.

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  3. I agree, stripes ARE classic, your cards are all lovely.

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  4. I am a BIG fan of stripes... and you inspired me... as always! Fabulous post with so much to look at!

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  5. Love your take on stripes! The Breton Shirt inspired ones are great fun with their silly birdies. I'm amazed how the multifaceted border die looks so much like mosaic and I love your floral cards wuth the bold Hi on them. What a fabulous collection!

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  6. Whoa!!! Maria, hats off to your efforts! These cards have turned out to be brilliant!!! 1st one is my fave..I love all the techniques used for stripes!! :)

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  7. The cards and techniques are of great help. It definitely gives food for thought for making card. Right now I am enjoying using pattered paper. Loving it

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  8. Fantastic cards..loved the trendy look and card #2 is my favorite of the lot !

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  9. Fantastic cards..loved the trendy look and card #2 is my favorite of the lot !

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  10. i'm not really a stripey gal but sine they are on trend and you make them so lovely i will have to give it a try!

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  11. Great cards, but am in love with the Kate Spade inspired ones! So darn cute! It's so hard to pick a favorite trend, but I guess I'd have to go with foil! Just love it!

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  12. Wow, how many ideas!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the inspiration to use these products!!

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  13. You've really got me thinking, Maria--so many ideas here! Love your wonderful & creative cards!

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  14. such pretty cards... love all the stripes ideas!

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  15. Your designs are always so creative and unique ... and totally inspiring. Somehow I missed your Take Two, so took a look back. So cool. Random stamping looks like fun and it's something I have not tried. :) And I love the look of your illustrated makes. I always learn so much when I come by for a visit! xx

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  16. Awesome cards!!! I love stripes!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs ;)

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  17. So inspiring, Maria! Love all the stripes! Thanks for sharing your beautiful designs!

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  18. Stripes!!! more, and more, please!!! Clever, clever girl ... I WILL be trying your awesome self-made stamps! Thanks Maria, your cards are outstanding - the sentiment-al stripes may be my fave...
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  19. Maria, these cards are fabulous! Love that you used foam as a stamp - I guess I better look at my die cuts a little differently from now on. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  20. Love the Wishing you and Hi cards!

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  21. Stripes are totally cool and timeless, but maybe that's just my opinion. You showed a lot of different kinds of stripes and how to use them! Awesome! Like that you picked a theme for each week!

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  22. My favorite trend is - well, I have 2. 😊 The first one is definitely Watercoloring and the second is creating your own stamps with dies and craft foam! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  23. Wonderful inspiration. All your cards are so lovely with some great tips. I'm still very much hooked on watercolours.

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  24. Thanks for all the inspiration using stripes!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  25. Wow you totally rocked the stripes...wonderful cards.

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  26. I love your wishing you card and the pretty gold stripes.

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  27. Wow! You've shared so many wonderful cards and ideas! Thanks so much!

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  28. Wow!!!! These cards are gorgeus! I love that you used foam as a stamp! I'll try it!!! My favourite trend is creating your own stamps with dies.

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  29. These are awesome! Love the bird with a bright background!

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  30. Great cards! I really love the first couple with the stripes.

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  31. Awesome cards, thanks for inspiration!

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  32. Wonderful cards. Pinned my favorites.

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    1. My favorite trend is plaid paper. I love plaid. Always a delight to see it.

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  33. Oh, I love your creative use of the dies and foam and all the different ways you used stripes in your cards. That first card is my favorite with the bold blues and that quirky bird!

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    1. Forgot to say that my favorite current trend is watercoloring!

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  34. Wow, I like the way you cut strips of paper and inked them for just the right colors. I hadn't even thought to make my own stripes out of craft foam but we have a lot of that sitting around so I'm going to have to experiment. My favorite trend right now is cute die cuts.

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  35. Wonderful cards and terrific ideas. Thank you!

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  36. Cool stripes - especially those foiled ones! Love the little bit of red peeing out from under the HI in your last card! I am trendless - make whatever surfaces in my mind....

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  37. OH MY - how on earth did I miss your post Maria?!?!?
    LOVE your variety of CREATIVE stripes, LOVE your FABULOUS cards - I'm INSIPRED!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)
    PS - I have two favourite trends, sequins and watercolour, I've been doing the Distress Ink Lifting technique and confess that I'm TOTALLY ADDICTED to this exciting "watercolouring" process. Sequins is an area I need to work on more, as I've only made a few shakers and often forget to add random sequins to my cards.

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  38. OH MY - how on earth did I miss your post Maria?!?!?
    LOVE your variety of CREATIVE stripes, LOVE your FABULOUS cards - I'm INSIPRED!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)
    PS - I have two favourite trends, sequins and watercolour, I've been doing the Distress Ink Lifting technique and confess that I'm TOTALLY ADDICTED to this exciting "watercolouring" process. Sequins is an area I need to work on more, as I've only made a few shakers and often forget to add random sequins to my cards.

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  39. I just love all plaid and adding a bit of shine to everything!

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  40. All those stripes are reeeally pretty! Especially the ones stamped with craft foam-they look like watercolor ones!

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  41. I thought I left a comment, but..apparently not (or it was a victim of blogger gobble...0. Anyway, glad I checked back, as a second helping of seeing your spectacular stripes has brightened my day immensely! An array of awesome, with the two swoon-inducers are your Wishing card (love the sentiment strips) and the first Hi card...Marvelous!
    Hugs~c

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  42. WOW! Today's cards are FANTASTIC! So many stamping and dicutting :) I love your designs!

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  43. Fab selection of cards! I love the stamped-off second card. You won't be surprised to know that my current favourite trend is watercolouring and splattering with Distress Inks - I hope it never goes out of fashion!

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  44. Stripes and W&W ... such a fabulous combination, Maria! I'm enjoying playing with watercolours at the moment ... that or sponged inking is my fave ... for now! Hugs, Anita :)

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  45. So many beautiful cards. Love the stripes and distress inks.

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