Inspire Me Monday: One Panel, Six Cards!

Howdy all! Welcome to Inspire Me Monday here at Power Poppy! I’m Allison Cope and I’m your hostess this week.

This week I’m going to talk a little bit about making multiple cards using one panel of creative awesomeness. PLUS — Power Poppy is offering a special offer on all of the stamp sets I’ve used today. Read through to the end for details...

Typically I am the type of card maker that makes one card at time.  Each one is individual and different and traditionally has not connection to the next card I make.  Today I challenged myself to create one single panel and then create multiple cards using that panel.

So here it goes…

To begin, I first chose some single blossoms and foliage from the the Simply Camellias and Glistening Paperwhites stamp sets. Who says you can't use Christmas stamps in February?!?!  I knew I wanted to create a watercolored back ground piece so I grabbed some Arches 140lb Cold Press Water Color paper and some fun ZIG Real Brush Clean Color Markers to use.

First I embossed the blossoms and branches all over the water color paper (4 1/2” x 11”) using Versamark ink, white detail embossing powder and my heat tool. I used my anti-static powder to wipe the entire panel down before I began this process as to inhibit any stray pieces of embossing powder from sticking where I didn’t want them.

Once all the heat embossing was done, I used my pink and purple shades of my ZIG Clean Color Markers and coloured the entire surface of the water color paper.  I used my water brush to blend and push the color around the surface.
ZIG Markers: English Lavender, Lilac, Light Violet, Violet, Light Pink, Pink

Next I took some Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot Distress inks and blended them at random over top of the entire panel leaving some open areas of color showing through.

Once the panel was dry, I mixed up a small amount of white acrylic paint and water and I used an old toothbrush and added some mini splatters all over the panel.  Too get really small splatters, I ran my thumb nail through the toothbrush right over top of the paper.

Next I chose some fun colours of cardstock that would coordinate with the colours of my water color panel.  I chose some fun Razzle Berry, Grapesicle and Grape Jelly cardstock from MFT.

Then I cut my long panel down into 3 main pieces;
Two panels of 4 1/2” x 4 1/4” and the remaining panel measured 2 1/2” x 4 1/4”.

I cut one large panel with a circle die cut from the middle.
The second large panel I cut using a V-shaped scalloped edge die about two-thirds down from the top.
And the small panel, I die cut a partial heart shape from.

And here what I did with all 6 pieces…
With the large, almost square panel, I added some stitching, a hot pink mat and lots of fun scalloped vellum circles plus a popped up white greeting from the “Nice Things to Say” stamp set.  I even have a little bit of fun hot pink string peeking out!

Next I took the scalloped panel, wrapped it with pink string, popped it up on a white card base and added a pink sentiment.

Then I took the bottom of the scalloped panel, adhered to the bottom of a card base and created a white panel using the same die cut for the top with a simple greeting.

Then I took the heart negative panel, matted it with purple cardstock and die cut a white heart to fit the space with an added simple sentiment.  I added the whole thing on an embossed card base for some added texture.

With the heart die cut water color piece, I created a whimsical word panel with grey, black and hot pink inks.  I added a few pink hearts and sequins and added it to a white card base.

And finally, I die cut a light purple cardstock panel and die cut and inlaid multiple sizes of stitched circles, popping the water colored circle into the center with a simple greeting at the bottom.

Voila… six simple cards using one panel and minimal supplies! 

I hope you get a chance to give this technique a try.  Try a rainbow of different colors for your panel and have a ball seeing how many cards you can create using just one piece of inspiration!

Pick up any of the clear stamp sets used in today’s tutorial for 20% off! Offer lasts through Friday at midnight central time. 

Happy creating everyone!!

~ Allison Cope ~

All the cards created used the same supplies:
stampsPower Poppy (Simply Camellias, Glistening Paperwhites, Nice Things to Say)
cardstock:  Arches (140lb Cold Press Watercolor Paper), Recollections (110lb White, Black), My Favorite Things (Razzle Berry, Grapesicle, Grape Jelly, Vellum)
inks: Versamark (Tsukineko), Memento (London Fog), Versafine (Black Onyx), Ranger Distress (Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Black Soot), Catherine Pooler Designs (Party Dress), ZIG (Clean Color Real Brush Markers)
dies: My Favorite Things (Stitched Circles, Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges), Spellbinders (Scalloped Circles), Simon Says Stamp (Small Heart Doily)
embossing folder: Provo Craft (Cuttlebug – Hugs & Kisses)
embossing powder: Stampendous! (White Detail)
sequins: Multi-Craft Imports (Princess, Rouge)
corner rounder: EK Success
paint: Delta (White Acrylic
other: pink thread.


Berina RGA said...

Wow!! This is genius!! Love the watercolored panel! and all the six cards!! Beautiful!

Brandi R said...

Brilliant! And that panel was gorgeous!!! Love all these cards and each is so very unique!! Thank you for some amazing inspiration ♥♥

Camille Short said...

It is great to have such great instructions for such a wonderful idea! I hope you don't mind if I CASE this idea1!!! Awesome!!

ionabunny said...

Love this. Your final panel is gorgeous and such fun cards. Hugz

CherylQuilts said...

WOW! Ally, you continue to amaze me with your creativity! I am late getting to this post, but I love your idea and need to try it. This is such a cool idea, and I am thrilled to see how you made SIX cards with this one background! Stunning, and I love the cards. Great out-of-the-box (well, or circle...hehe!) thinking, sweet friend! Thanks for another FABULOUS Inspire Me Monday! Hugs! xoxo

Unknown said...

I love all of these, Ally! So creative and they all turned out to be elegant. Thanks for the ideas!