Thursday, January 10, 2013

Happy Birthday

In December, Shari Carroll came out with a card on the Simon Says site that literally knocked my stampin’ socks off.  Even though it involved acetate (which can be tricky to stamp on), the results were so worth the effort.  Go HERE to see her card and also the excellent video showing how she made it.  She includes a wonderful tip on how to avoid skidding while stamping on that slippery stuff.  I tried it and it works beautifully!  Meanwhile, below is my version . . .

Now fellow students, here’s your free classroom session on Plagiarism 101:  although there are differences in the stamps and the embellishments we used, it’s quite obvious that Shari’s card provided major inspiration for my own card.  I don’t have a problem with this semi-copy of her work at this point because I am in student mode here, learning not only a new technique, but also new (for me) design possibilities.  After all, art students are routinely sent to museums to copy the Masters on their sketch pads.  However, from this point on, I am hot to go in new directions with Shari’s ideas and my brain is already cooking with different color schemes, layouts, and even the use of different sizes of acetate panels which ought to change things up immensely and make the work really mine. 

Stay tuned for further work derived from Shari’s lovely inspiration!  And if you haven’t already done so, start collecting acetate pieces from any commercial packaging you receive:  among many other sources, Spellbinders dies come in wonderfully-sized flat acetate packages that are perfect for cards . . .

Cardstock:         Bazzill Black, Generic Taupe, Acetate sheet, various
                             Cream, Black, Brown pieces from my Scrap Stash.
Stamps:              Judikins Swirls & Curls, Rubber Necker Wildflower
                              Background,Hero Happy Birthday
Inks:                    StazOn Cotton White, Hero Wet Cement, ColorBox Black,
                               and whatever my scraps already had on them    
Emb Powder:    Judikins Detail Black
Dies:                    Marianne Design Poinsettia, Wplus9 Banner Trio,
                              DieNamics Rolled Rose
Punches:            Memories ½” Corner Rounder, two sizes butterfly punches
Doo Dads:          May Arts Jute Twine, Black pearls, glitter

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