Saturday, March 12, 2016

winnie walter leading lady - take two - illustrated


Guten Tag! I'm back with Take Two as Leading Lady for Winnie & Walter.  Today it's all about the ILLUSTRATED trend. Just think handwritten fonts. Or children's books. The latest w&w release is perfect for this trend!

Card #1 

Simple. The large handwritten sentiment from Kindness is the focal point of my card.. Then I chose an image from the set that looks hand-drawn and gave it an imperfect look by coloring it outside the lines. Achieved this by using the "wrong side" of the stamp, inking it up with two green Distress Inks and a brown and spritzing it with water before stamping. TIP: For this technique of stamping with the reverse side, symmetrical images work best.

The tiny red heart dotting the "i" adds a pop of color, a bit of texture and underscores the message.

Card #2

You've seen me do this before, in this tutorial perhaps. Not so simple, but definitely worth it cuz you get four whimsical cards from stamping one piece of cardstock. The sweet birdies and their accessories from the adorable set So Tweet lend themselves perfectly to this style. And to baby cards.



I stamped the images with gray ink and kept my Copic coloring to a minimum using sweet baby colors. Varied the design a bit and added some sequins from Lucy's Sparkly Shaker Selection mix. Those precious little inlaid hearts on the circle sentiment panel are from Audrey Cutaways.


There are cowboy hats and ties and spectacles in So Tweet too... just imagine a version in little boy colors!

Card #3

Source: Shannon Kirsten
I ran across this card perfectly reflecting the trend of handwritten-font-nestled-in-a-wreath-of-illustrated-images at Print and Pattern and figured I could create my own version of it using the incredibly versatile In Bloom: Eva's Favorite Flowers stamp set. TIP: Use pigment inks to get opaque images; dye inks soak into cardstock and the colors will mix.


I used cream cardstock, heat embossed my sentiment in gold and added a strip of washi along the bottom to add some shine to this one-layer card. You could achieve a completely different, just as fun look by using bold, bright colors and a black sentiment on white cardstock.

So that was Take Two! Maybe it's cuz I collect children's books (ones with great illustrations, of course), but I really love this trend with its whimsical, carefree and imperfect nature. Do you? Thanks for coming by today. Next Saturday we'll be talking STRIPES...


Remember to leave a comment on my four Leading Lady posts (this time I'd love to hear what your all-time favorite children's book is) to be in the running for the w&w gift card. I'll announce a lucky winner on April 6th. Thanks for visiting. You make my day with your lovely comments.

56 comments:

  1. wow maria! you were busy! so many great projects!

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  2. Yes I do like this handwritten trend. It lends itself to carefree, fun and creative cards. Great idea about the one large master board and then cutting it up into 4 cards. Your cards are gorgeous, colourful and fun and I very much enjoyed the post today x Thank you fro all the inspiration and tips x

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    1. Forgot to say that my all time favourite Children's book is Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne because of the mix and mash of the characters and unlikely friends that share adventurers and ending up being the best of friends x

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  3. So soft and lovely, great job!

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  4. Love the simplicity of the first card and amazing stamping on the backgrounds for the set and for the wreath. So pretty!

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  5. Beautiful cards! Love the So Tweet stamp set!

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  6. Terrific post, Maria! LOVE the last card--gotta go see what I have to do one like that!

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  7. Wow!!!!!!!!!! You did an amazing job with these projects! So inspiring!!

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  8. All you cards are very adorable!! Second ones are my fave!! :)

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  9. Maria, I'm so impressed that you've derived inspiration for these artsy, whimsical cards from illustrations in children's books (I hope you'll share some of your favourites on your blog at some point! One of my gems is the Christmas Wreath, featuring a polar bear who, on a night visit to Santa's house, ends up with a 'boring' twig wreath falling on her neck. She journeys into the ocean, and as she swims, the most beautiful *ornaments* attach themselves to her wreath. Emerging from the water, she returns to Santa's home and there, frees herself from the wreath that has become the most resplendent decoration imaginable. The elves and Santa are transfixed (sorry...comment hog!). Anyway: your cards are outstanding and their impact all the more impressive because we know what's at their essence!
    Hugs~c

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  10. I loved to read picture books to my kids and miss those times. So many have wonderful artwork. One of my favorites is Eric Carle. What is your favorite children's book? I couldn't just name one...

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  11. Oh my goodness, what a great way to use this stamp set to make a variety of cards. Love your customized patterned paper , and those birds are the cutest. My favorite children's book is one that I recently read to my granddaughter called Stick and Stone. It's clever and fun, and the illustrations crack me up.

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  12. Those baby cards are beyond adorable!

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  13. Beautiful cards! Love the random background tips and technique and those So Tweet birdies are super adorable!

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  14. Beautiful cards! Love the random background tips and technique and those So Tweet birdies are super adorable! My favorite children's book is The Velveteen Rabbit

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  15. What beautiful ethereal cards! Such lovely colours and I love the all over stamped backgrounds.

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  16. Way to go Girl! These are amazing~

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  17. Love your inspiration today. What a great idea - the four cards. And the Kindness card is fantastic. My favorite book is Where the Wild Things Are.

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  18. LOVE your cards! The four baby cards are just adorable and the wreath card is so pretty. One of my favorite children's books is Goodnight Moon.

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  19. Maria, congrats on being LL at WW! I read through your latest post, and if that were your instagram account I would liked every single card you make! Just really love everything you do. Although we have different styles, your very inspiring for me. Now I have to google what is gelli plate printing ;)

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  20. Such cute and darling cards!!!

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  21. The lovely softness of all your cards is very appealing. Love the touches of gold on card 3. Really beautiful! My favourite children's book is Snugglepot & Cuddlepie by May Gibbs.

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  22. These are beautiful, Maria, can't wait to ink up my new stamps! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  23. Maria your darling, tweet, baby cards go straight to my heart for good reason ... I adore children's books, and certainly those with fabulous illustrating are my faves, forever! Gorgeous cards and I LOve the large, script-y font trend!
    =]

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  24. Great cards. My fave is the first one with the tree. My favoirte children's book is the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  25. Awesome cards, thanks for sharing and inspiration:-)

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  26. I love all your cards! The handwritten-font-nestled-in-a-wreath-of-illustrated-images one is just fabulous. I love children's illustrated books too (could be a bit biased as my husband illustrates them in his spare time!).

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  27. WOW - LOVE all of your cards Maria!!!
    Your stamping is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS and your colours a DELIGHT!!!
    My favourites are "you're so tweet" and "kindness matters", feeling SO INSPIRED, can't wait for my new stamps & cutaways to arrive so that I can play along with you => THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION :)

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  28. WOW - LOVE all of your cards Maria!!!
    Your stamping is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS and your colours a DELIGHT!!!
    My favourites are "you're so tweet" and "kindness matters", feeling SO INSPIRED, can't wait for my new stamps & cutaways to arrive so that I can play along with you => THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION :)

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  29. Lovely cards!! My favorite is the beautiful 1. CAS card!!

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  30. Wonderful cards. Really like the design on the baby cards. Thanks for the ink tip.

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  33. Wow! Great cards!!!! I love the "Welcome card"! My all-time favorite children's book is Cinderella!!! <3

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  34. These are wonderful! My favorite children's book is Little Women.

    Did some pinning. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765612273482/

    https://www.pinterest.com/pin/415386765612273487/

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  35. So much fantastic inspiration, Maria ... love your takes on the illustrated trend ... fun, sweet and deliciously whimsical! Hugs, Anita :)

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  36. Great cards - looks like you made your own DP!

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  37. I love the gorgeous color combo on that last card so pretty!

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  38. Oh these are just so cute! All time favorite children's book is Winnie the Pooh of course!

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  39. Fabulous cards! I love the simplicity of the Kindness card. My all-time favourite children's book is Winnie The Pooh. Sometimes I even used to read it to my kids...

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  40. Such pretty cards! Love the Kindness saying & the awesome tip on stamping with the reverse side of the stamp. I'll be trying that soon.

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  41. Such pretty cards! Love the Kindness saying & the awesome tip on stamping with the reverse side of the stamp. I'll be trying that soon.

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  42. Beautiful projects!!! Thanks for the inspiration. Hugs ; )

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  43. Gosh, it's sooooo hard to pick my all-time favorite children's book but I would have to say it's "Snugg" by Stephen Cosgrove. I just looooove his Topsy Turvy/Bugg books!

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  44. Thanks for sharing your adorable cards with these cute little birds! They're so fun and so perfect for springtime. My two girls love me to read to them and one of our favorite books is one called Mrs. Mopps Cakes.

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  45. Beautiful cards. I love the sentiment being the focal point. My favorite children's book is Bambi.

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  47. I loved Winnie the Pooh. Shepherds illustrations are wondeful

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  48. Oh I love those baby cards!! The soft colors are beautiful

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    1. when I was little I did not have the priviledge to read books like in States. But now I love reading Fancy Nancy with my girls :)

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