Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 394-I love you

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I get the opportunity to showcase
 STAMPlorations products
 for this week's Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 394

This color combo always makes  me think of the jokes we told as kids:
What is black, white and red all over... a newspaper. (read instead of red).

But joking aside this color combo makes for very elegant looking projects.

I made a card for this challenge. I started with a page from the 
STAMPlorations color book: COLOR BLOOMS.

The flowers are so fun to color. I took one of the sheets that has 4 quarters. I cut it so I had a 1/4 of the page. I took red markers and colored the flowers. Depending on how many layers of the watercolor/marker I put, the flowers ranged in shade and hue.

When I was done coloring the flowers, I cut the 1/4 in half again to make the panel on my card. I adhered it to a piece of black cardstock.

Now the flowers look pretty like they were just colored, but I wanted to add some texture to the centers. So I put generous puddles of Aleene's tacky glue to the centers.

I then took my heat gun and heated the glue until it burned.
 It left the centers with a lovely crunchy texture.
 (You have to make sure you only
 burn the glue not the paper, so move your heat gun frequently)

I could have left the centers crunchy and white
 but I wanted them to be dark, so I took acrylic paint and painted them.
 I experimented with some black and white designer paper
and embellishments. I had lace, sequins, a prima butterfly.
I also had put glitter with glue over the black on the flowers.

 There were things that I liked about what I had put together,
but there were elements that I just didn't like. I painted over 
the glitter. It just didn't look right. I liked the butterfly
 but it was just too yellowed so I painted it black.
 I kept the sequins and lace. I felt it needed a sentiment.
I stamped the sentiment from one of the new STAMPlorations sets

So here is the finished result. 
I really like how it turned out.

I hope that my card has inspired you and that you had fun reading how I made it.  


  1. Wow this is gorgeous!! I love all the wonderful texture you've added to this. I'm so glad you're guest designing with us this week. Thanks so much for supporting our challenges! I just became your newest follower. ;0)

  2. Hadn't heard of using the tacky glue for centers.
    It works beautifully.
    The flowers are colored so nicely and the centers
    really pop.
    thanks for sharing a great tag.

  3. What a beautiful card. It is absolutely fascinating how you constructed it. So glad to have you gals over guest designing this week with use at Cupcake Inspirations.

  4. Interesting effect with the tacky glue! I'll have to try this out! I love the bits of ephemera you added to your card, especially the black butterfly! Glad to have your talent showcased on our blog this week at Cupcake Inspirations!

  5. Ohmygoodness! What a romantic and beautiful design!!! And wow! VERY interesting technique you used! I would have NEVER thought to do that! Very clever! Thank you so much for joining us over at Cupcake Inspirations and inspiring this week!