Oct 10, 2008

BC68 - Geometric Inspiration

Happy Friday! - My weekend doesn't start till Sunday but I wish all those who's weekend starts after work on Friday a fantastic and relaxing weekend.  For our Bloggers Challenge this week we were given this photo of a bedroom ensemble (not sure of the source) as our Inspiration piece.  I just love the color combo (Red, Black and White) as it lends itself to some really striking cards/projects.  I knew right away the stamp set I wanted to use.  I chose to use the Eastern Blooms stamp set from (SU - Stampin'Up!) for my card.
My card is just a bit out of my normal comfort zone in that the Geometric patterns are not something I normally work with nor is my card design. I do like how it turned out though. 
I started out by embossing the large flower on a circle of Whisper White CS cut with a Circle Nestabilities Die.  I used Chinese Red embossing powder (Embossing Antiquities) It's so bright and has just a hint of gold in the powder as well.  Then I embossed another flower and cut it out and added Black Diamond Stickles to the flower center.  Once it was dry I turned the flower and glued it down to the original flower with a glue dot.  I layered this to Basic Black and some Poppy Red  textured card stock(Chatterbox).  The I embossed two flowers with Black Diamond EP (JudiKins) and added 2 poppy red mini brads (Queen and Company) to the centers after I cut them out and cut the petals so they would be more dimensional looking. 
My card base is Whisper White that I layered with the textured Poppy card stock.  Then I used the Traffic Jam Cuttlebug Embossing Folder on Basic Black card stock.  I also used a technique from Technique Junkies current issue (Cuttlebug Highlights) using a brayer and a White embossing pad. I love how this turned out and it was so easy.  I stamped the sentiment  Green Thumb (Papertreyink) with Scarlet Pigment ink (Colorbox) and embossed with clear ep.  Then I piereced the edges and made a little banner tag. I also added a black button and some red thread.  I got the idea for the banner tag from Anna Wight who's used these little tags on several of her cards lately and I really like the looks of them.Thanks Anna for the inspiration.   I curved it slightly and anchored it down on both ends with glue dots.  I added some 1/2 inch punched circles of the poppy card stock with white brads (Queen and Company) to the side.  My focal image was raised with foam mounting tape to complete the card.  It really has a lot of sparkle due to the embossing powders.  I tried to get a close-up of the detail so you can see how sparkly it really is:  So that's it for this week.  Make sure you check out all the other members blogs to see how they were inspired by this weeks Inspiration Piece.  Why not give it a try yourself.

23 comments:

Lynn Mercurio said...

I LOVE this Ida. While you aren't drawn to goemetic designs, I sure am, and I'm loving your card and the way you highlighted your cuttlebug background. Awesome job!

Lisa Bohler said...

Love the geometric pattern and that you stepped out of the comfort zone...it worked out GREAT! Love the raised tag, too!

Kristen said...

This was a great challenge, and your card is fab. I love all your elements.

MJ said...

Beautiful card. I love how you did the sentiment. The button is the perfect final touch with the red thread! Fun fun fun.

Nikki Bond said...

this is gorgeous! Love the flowers....very pretty! {SMILES}

Kimberly Gajewski said...

Beautifully done Ida! I really like your design and your 'bug background turned out fabulous! :D

Basement Stamper said...

Love all the geometric shapes too this! This set is on it's way to me today so can't wait to use it!

Robin Merriman said...

It's stunning Ida! Just a fabulous job!

Barbara said...

Beautiful! This was a fun inspiration, wasn't it? And you used the same stamp set I used (Eastern Blooms) with such different results! Don't you just love looking around to see how differently we all interpreted the same photo?!! GREAT job on the Challenge!!

wendy Groszkiewicz said...

THis is just gorgeous! I love how the geometric background turned out...awesome! And what detail! Great job with the challenge! :)

Lisa Somerville said...

You may feel out of your comfort zone Ida, but it turned out great! Love the popped up dimension to the flower and the geometric CB background.

Elena said...

Oh, Ida! The picture is very inspirational! I love the red, black and white also! I tnink it is a nice classic color combination! Very elegant! The stamp set you used is very beautiful! And the way how you brought this flowers to life just gorgeous! Love the technique with the CB and white ink! I thought it was stamped, but than when I read your post I was amazed! Love the button addition and brads in the circles too! Hope you will have some rest on coming weekend...

Suzanne said...

So pretty! Love the way you did the flower on this.

tonistamps said...

Great use of the Cuttlebug Ida! I love the embossing too. Very pretty.

Lori said...

This is fantastic, Ida! The sparkle is so pretty and the Cuttlebug background is just perfect here.

Cindy Haffner said...

Very pretty, Ida you rocked this card.

Jeannette Swain said...

Oh Ida, this is stunning!

Kerry D-C said...

oooooooh! so pretty, Ida!!
I love the little details on the flowers.

Anita Van Hal said...

Love what you did! The cuttlebug technique looks perfect for this challenge too! It's a amazing to me how everyone interprets a challenge, and it makes it so much fun to check them out! thanks for sharing!

Connie said...

Oh...perfect embossing folder for the background! Love your card...great job!

Tangii said...

What a fabulous card!! I love everything about it! The patterns are wonderful! All of the layers are great and the embellies are all perfect! Great job!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Gorgeous! Perfectly inspired....love the background, the awesome flowers..beautiful!

Andrea, said...

Beautiful card, I love the colours and design