Inspired by “Letterpress Love”

4 Feb

Happy Friday!

Rarely do I create a card from scratch. I mean, I don’t sit in my stamp room (aka “The Padded Room) and look at my stamps and go “Oh, I know! I think I’ll  create a beautiful card now!” Then, pull out everything I need — cut, glue, embellish, done! Perfect card! Doesn’t happen.

What does happen is that I see cards made by others…on our demonstrator-only website, on Splitcoaststampers, swaps, in the Stampin’ Up! catalog or elsewhere and I’m INSPIRED by them. They become my jumping off point. I might like the colors used, or the lay-out, or the stamp set, or the embellishments. I might just LOVE the whole daggone card! That’s how my creative process starts.

So, having seen a card that INSPIRED me, I head to “The Padded Room” to recreate it or to come up with my own rendition. Invariably, I don’t have something that the original had. I might not have the same colors of cardstock. I might not have the same ribbon. I might not have the same stamp set. I might not have the same embossing folder. I might not have the same punch. I might not have the same embellishments. That’s where my creativity kicks in!

I recently saw a card posted by Robin Merriman…remember her? She’s my stamping hero; I honestly can say I have not seen a card she created that I didn’t LOVE! Wow! She’s awesome! Needless to say, I have been inspired by her work. When I saw the card I’m talking about here, I oohed and aahed over it — out loud — sitting here at my computer! I just had to re-create it! Check out Robin’s card HERE!

Now, to my version of Robin’s card:

I started with a Pretty in Pink card base, folded to create what I call a “horizontal card — 5-1/2″ W x 4-1/4” H). A Rose Red topper, cut to 5-1/4″ x 4″, is placed flush to the card crease. The next layer is Whisper White, cut to 5″ x 3-3/4″. Because I can’t find my Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder — apparently it grew legs — I ran the piece of Whisper White through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. And I love it! Before placing it flush with the crease, as I did with the Rose Red, I sponged it with Pretty in Pink Classic Ink.

Then, back to the Big Shot. I ran a quarter sheet of Rose Red cardstock through with the Top Note die. Then, I generously inked up my Letterpress Plate with VersaMark before running the Top Note piece through the Big Shot again. I cut the Top Note in half and placed the right-side-up half flush with the crease.

Be My Valentine — a single stamp, available in the Occasions Mini Catalog — became the focal point. I inked it up twice — once with Pretty in Pink Classic Ink and again with Rose Red Classic Ink — on Whisper White cardstock. Then I used my Paper Snips to cut out the entire Pretty in Pink image and the banner from the Rose Red image. Using Stampin’ Dimensionals, I adhered the Rose Red banner right over top of the Pretty in Pink banner, and then the whole thing to the cardfront.

I pulled out my Color Spritzer and added some Rose Red spritzes to the card front. Finally, the crowning touch, was added…a Rose Red Vintage Flower Adornment from the Occasions Mini Catalog, attached with a single  Mini Glue Dot.

Robin may not have liked her card when she was finished with it, but I did! AND, I loved my card, too!

So, what did I change?

  • Robin used Pink Pirouette.
    • I used Pretty in Pink. (I didn’t have any Pink Pirouette cardstock.)
  • Robin used Very Vanilla.
    • I used Whisper White. (I just wanted to!)
  • Robin used Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.
    • I used the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. (I can’t find my Polka Dots EF!)
  • Robin used a button, tied with Linen Thread.
    • I used the Rose Red Vintage Flower Adornment. (I didn’t have a button that matched.)

I’m not going to ask which card you like best. I know that both cards are beautiful! That’s the point. Be inspired by others and then let your own creativity take over. Thank you, Robin, for your INSPIRATION!

I hope you, too, are inspired by Robin’s work, and by mine! Now, go make something!


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