Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Where Does Inspiration Come From? and Giveaway Friday Winner!

Inspiration and ideas are everywhere! Color combinations and layouts are in magazine ads, on TV, in display windows, on a dress or outfit someone is wearing, etc, etc, etc…. I keep an Inspiration Journal with my drawings and pictures from magazines, articles, and ads. I also get inspiration from creative people - the many blogs I visit. :o)

This project was inspired by a really cool print in the lobby of the hotel we stayed in during vacation last week, which by the way was fabulous - we drove from IL/MI to Myrtle Beach, SC in a 15 passenger van. The youngest passenger was 19 months and the oldest 77 years. Everyone was talking at the same time. The baby was loudest - laughing and giggling. 
There are so many ways to color! The medium I chose for coloring this image was inspired by a post by Cee Cee, which you can see here.

Stamped  destination image onto watercolor paper with StazOn jet black.  Used a paint brush to apply liquid frisquet over butterfly image. You could also use masking tape. I find the liquid really nice for small areas. Allowed to dry.

Next I cut a label shape with a Spellbinder dye cut on scrap card stock and used a blending tool with a crushed olive Distress Ink pad to create a scalloped arch with the butterfly at the edge of it.

To create the white border, I ripped masking tape and placed around the image. I used the blending tool and a walnut stain Distress Ink pad to add color.

Next, I dabbed a tissue over the frisquet to pick up any wet ink. I then removed the frisquet by gently rubbing my finger over it and pull it off.

Time to color! Colored image using brush pens direct to paper - starting in the area where I wanted the darkest shade,  then spread color with water brush. I used a Sakura glaze pen to add more color.

To complete the card I chose design papers from from Stampin' Up! and a paper I made with glitter sprays.  The stripe design did not have all the colors I wanted, so I  used a ruler and two of the pen colors in my butterfly to add some more lines.  On the inside, I adhered a piece of design paper, colored the butterfly part of the image with a water based maker and stamped.

Now! Announcing the winner of this adorable set from our newest collection - Mulberry Wood EZMount Set - All Wrapped Up.
Congratulations Leah Ann
Such a cutie! Love your card, and the bow sets it off beautifully! Hugs! Leah Ann
Leah Ann, please email your full name, snail mail address and stamp set won to: tlynn@wideopenwest.com.

Thanks for visiting!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!  



KYCrafter said...

LOVE IT!! I get my inspiration from you and the rest of our design team!!

June@I will craft said...

I don't color images too much but what a great way to color - another product I think I might have to find and try. Thanks for sharing.

Taylor said...

Ummmm...WOW. This is amazing!!!!!!

Cheryl said...

Trena, What a gorgeous card!! Thank you SO much for the step-by-steps! Loads of inspiration!!

Congratulations to Leah Ann!! Enjoy your wonderful prize!!

Kathy said...

Out standing project!!! love the tutorial. I always learn so much from you.Beautiful colors!!

Congrats to Leah Ann

LaJanette said...

What a great card Trena! Thanks for sharing your creating process. I know inspiration can be everywhere you look...but the trick is you gotta be looking:0)

Glad you had a fun trip:0)


Barb Turpin said...

I've never heard of liquid frisquet...I'll have to check it out...I love the way you used the masks! Beautiful results.

Kathy S. said...

Wow, just gorgeous, thanks for the great tutorial.

Denise said...

Love that you got your inspiration from a hotel lobby. Your colors are awesome.