Monday, July 21, 2014

Inspire Me Monday - multitasking!


Hi there! Dina here for another Inspire Me Monday!

It's summer and we've been running quite a few different directions this month. With some extra stamping projects on my plate as well, I've been trying my best to make my projects do "double duty". Sometimes a card will fit two challenges or more... in the case of this card, I made one image into two cards!


I love coloring floral images, and this Countryside Bouquet image has been one of my favorites to color. With the digital stamp option, I was able to resize the image in Word so it spanned a piece of cardstock. I angled the image slightly so the stems would fall to the center. Below you can see the color setting I chose to be able to print the image in a light grey.


Here's the image printed out - I used Touch Twin Markers to color it all in! (For a list of the colors I used, see my blog post HERE.) I knew that one of the finished cards would need to be a sympathy card for a friend in our church, so I used a very soft and muted palette.


When the coloring was done, I cut the image into two 4" x 5.25" panels.


To add some texture to the background of my image, I did some stenciling with a piece of drywall tape, which you can find at any hardware store. I scribbled some marker on a ceramic tile and lifted the ink with a waterbrush which I keep filled with rubbing alcohol. Using the brush, I dabbed the ink over the taped area, around the outline of the flowers. It's a subtle look but it breaks up some of the white background and adds a little texture and shadow to the image.


Another touch I often add to my cards is a scored line around the edges of the panel. Because this panel was large, I scored two lines.


I love the result! What do you think?


What are your tips for multitasking?
Thanks for stopping by!

12 comments:

  1. This is such a stunning project and we get two for the price of one - lol! Thanks, Dina, for these awesome tips!

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  2. Just Gorgeous. Thank you for the tips.

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  3. Oh, Dina, I LOVE multi-tasking, and this is a fabulous idea! What a beautifully soft image once you changed the color and your stunning coloring! And I really like the idea of adding some texture with the drywall tape. Thank you! Each is beautiful! (Now to see more on your blog!). Hugs!

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  4. Your work is STUNNING! And I drool every time I see it. This project is no different. God has gifted you with a talent that you have taken and practiced and practiced with ideas that abound and it shows.

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  5. These are just gorgeous!! I love how soft and elegant this is.

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  6. very creative idea to get two cards out of one image, love your texture idea and the scoring just frames it nicely!

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  7. This is awesome, Dina! Thanks so much for sharing how you did it.

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  8. Dina, You have inspired me to the moon! This is the best thing since sliced bread! Seriously!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous Dina!!! I love this super soft look! And, great idea to create a large image and cut it in half -- it's even prettier super-sized!!

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  10. Dina, I thought this was gorgeous the first time I saw it and now I'm even more inspired. I love the soft colors. LOVE! Very cool idea with the drywall tape, which I do have in my stamp room. Never thought of using it as a stencil. I also like the idea of alcohol in the waterbrush. Thinking I would like to give that a try. Thanks for such great ideas and inspiring beauty!

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