Wednesday, February 5, 2014

twofer contrast (Wplus9, PTI MIM)

Pink, green, hand-lettering. Probably what you see when devouring Wplus9's Monday Mood Board #26.

I picked up on the embossed sentiment in a pool of watercolor and that snippet of PP up top.  See the Xs and Os?

Well, Dawn is also celebrating Wplus9's 4th Birthday with a "Comfort Zone" challenge. So I combined the two.  Heat embossed a sentiment made from die-cut craft foam and played with watercolors = comfort zone.  Pink and pearls, well that's more Mood Board ;)

So the first card pretty much turned out as it looked in my mind's eye (wouldn't that be a great name for a paper crafting company? - *wink*).  It's actually cream, we have gray skies so this was the best photo I could get. You have to look closely but you can see tiny pink flowers and green leaves that I stamped on the cardbase with watercolors.  Oh so soft!  And do you remember enamel dots' great-grandmother, pearls?

For my next card I feel compelled to share the journey that led to its creation...

Now, I've been a crazy person in my craft room lately as two submission deadlines came to pass (why does it always take me so long to get my butt in gear, or better, my ideas?) So yesterday was an update the blog, the flickr gallery and check out my reader kinda day.  Which led to my seeing not only the Wplus9 shindig but also the latest Make it Monday at Papertrey - #151 Drop Shadow Die Cuts.

I've been using that technique lately with the PTI hello die and decided to peruse my dies to see if I could do it with a different die.  I was thinking "thank you" (debossed all over the card front and shadowed on one in the sweet spot).  Well then I saw the speech bubble die and my mind went to a shadowed speech bubble and a sentiment along the lines of "many thanks".  And these would be neon speech bubbles cuz neon paper is still laying around waiting for me to put it away. And for some reason, I pictured a little birdie tweeting the sentiment.  Heat embossed white on black, cuz neon works well on black.  Hmmm. So off to see what little birdie stamps I have from PTI.  And sentiments about a lotta thanks (this is where Darnell's stamps-organized-by-theme theory would come in real handy...)

So picture this.  In a course of a few seconds as I'm flipping through my PTI stamps, I see a thank you sentiment in my NBUS Take Three: Spring set.  And then the little bunny image from that set catches my eye (my mind's eye that is) and the card design takes on a life of its own.  Neon speech bubbles shadowed and a white embossed bunny.  Hmmm. Where to put a sentiment?

Didn't like the idea of stamping on a speech bubble, and did a bunny have a lot to do with "thanks"? Nay. Bunnies are Easter. OK, it's gonna be a black Easter card. (Black?) With the sentiment subtly stamped in the BG with Versamark.  Which didn't really work on the black CS I used so I quickly added some clear powder and heat embossed it. But the bunny was a keeper.

And a card was born.

BTW, "shadowed " took on a new meaning as you can see. Cuz when I had die cut the speech bubbles and was playing around lining them up, I laid them down on the card which popped open thereby leaving them in a bit of a jumbled  "shadow".  Which I decided I liked.

Moral of the story? Don't know.  But after often spending countless hours on one card for submission in the past week, last night I created two that I'm happy with in one hour. I've said this before, but I love how cards "happen". At least sometimes.

Got a fun creative process blog post to share?  Link me up.  I'd love to see how other great minds work ;)))

Supplies for XOXOX:
Paper:  cream CS Bringmann
Stamps: Wplus9
Ink : watercolors, Versamark
Tools: die Wplus9, paint brush
Other: lace, thread, pearls

Supplies for happy Easter:
Paper:  black Bringmann, neon Grafix
Stamps: PTI
Ink : Versamark
Tools: dies PTI, corner rounder
Other: clear and white embossing powder


Taheerah said...

lol, my card posted on my blog today also tackles the same twofer!! Too funny!! Love your soft, beautiful take Maria. And the second one with all those neon speech bubbles - well, you know I'm all over that one! :D

Marlena M. said...

I LOVE THE NEON speech bubbles Maria~I have the same dies and this is a great idea. Your mood board creation is so soft and airy! As for the creation process, lately it has been, "Let's use these scraps on my table before the patterns are outdated, shall we?". So, my cards have been "siblings" in that they share many of the same elements. ;)

Joni Andaya said...

FABULOUS take on the soft and pink Pretty Maria!!! So loving the neon speech Awesome! Love it!

shirley-bee said...

What a contrast - a dreamy delicate pink and cream creation, then a fabulous explosion of black and neon! I loved reading the creative journey of the Easter card. Just enjoyed looking at your creations in March PC&S too. You're one clever bunny.

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

A speechless bunny with neon colors - FUN!

Darnell said...

I think your bunny is my hamster wearing a bunny costume! What fun, Maria! It was like I was right there, inside your head!! Except that your resulting creation is way more better than the cards that "happen" over here, but I aspire!! And agree that they do. Just happen, I mean. Hugs, Darnell

Kelly Griglione said...

I love that I always see something new when I come here. No pretty pink flowers in a vase. Nope, not maria f. It's a black Easter card with neon speech bubbles! Awesome. Reading about your process was fun too.

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