Sunday, December 7, 2014

Get Inspired

Good morning!

I don't have a sketch this week. It's getting to be that time of the year where there are barely any spare moments. However, I saw this amazing card by Laura Bassen, and I was inspired!

I wanted to see what I could do using a few dies and punches. I created my main panel by running white card stock through with a star die. I did this 5 times, moving the die to achieve the desired placement. I wanted a few more stars, so I used a star punch.

I wanted a colourful background to show behind the stars. I blended Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, and Fired Brick. I stamped a combination greeting using the hello Wplus9 and the superstar from a Verve. I popped up the starry panel using thick foam tape and then placed that on a black card base. I was totally thrilled with how it turned out.

Stamps: Hand Lettered Hello (Wplus9), Great Expectations (Verve)
Ink: Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Barn Door, and Fired Brick (Ranger Distress), Black Onyx (Versafine)
Paper: White, Black
Accessories, etc.: Star die (PTI), Star Punch (Stampin' Up!), Blending Tool (Ranger)

If anyone is interested in seeing a video of any of my cards or creative process, please let me know!


  1. In the midst of the Christmas cards I'm surrounded by, your lovely stars sitting atop that STUNNING sponged background are a most refreshing, gorgeous treat! Truly fabulous! As for a video of your cards: YES, PLEASE! Seeing you create would be marvelous!

  2. Excellent job on your STUNNING background!! That vividness is inspiring.... I'm thinking I am off to try it! TFS~

  3. WOW!!!! This is fabulous!!!!! My oldest daughter and I need to make a birthday card for a sweet out-of-state friend turning 95 later this week. This is something like I'd love to do for her!

  4. Super card! LOVE the layout of your cut-out stars and the blended color bkgrd is terrific. :)

  5. This is so pretty!! I LOVE the background and the way you die cut the stars. Fabulous card!!!

  6. Inspiring card. YES. PLEASE!! Do a video on your creative process. Since I am new to stamping, I find these posts most helpful-saving me time and money. Scale, placement ,rule of thirds--who knew? Not me. Showing "failed" cards and giving the reason they "failed" can be very enlightening.

  7. This card rocks Natasha. I love it. And ya, show us a video!

  8. Love the bright colors of your stars. Simple but amazing layout!
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. This is a magnificent CASE of Laura, Natasha! I love everything about it!! Happy Holiday Hugs! Darnell

  10. Great card...and a great case!
    I feel a case coming on with me for sharing.