Sunday, January 10, 2010

There is Beauty in the World

The inspiration challenge on Split Coast this week was a web site called Groovy Inclinations - a shop full of digital images and altered photos.

I just love birch trees and was totally inspired by this image called Manches which you can see in the center of this pic (the rectangle one) along with 3 of my attempts to recreate it!

First I clear embossed this lovely Birch Forest stamp on white card stock - then I sponged with blue and purple inks masking a circle for the sun. I removed the mask and added a smaller circle mask and then sponged with appricot and a little purple leaving a white spot uninked in the center.
I used a Fantastix coloring tool to ink in the smaller circle so that I could control the size of the little white circle I left uninked (the first time I did it I used a sponge and suddenly no white spot was left! LOL!!)
I used a long rectangle nestability to cut the sentiment and sponged it with the same 3 colors before taking it out of the die.
And here's my final card - it came out just the way I had envisioned it - and that doesn't always happen!!
My stamps today are from Rubbernecker Stamps .
Thanks for stopping by today! I always appreciate your comments.
Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamps - Trees/Birch Forest, Petite Word Set
Paper: white - PTI, Apricot appeal, vintage violet - SU
Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, Apricot Appeal, Bordering Blue, Lavender Lace - SU
Accessories: hot gun, clear EP, Eclipse tape, Fantastix coloring tool, tall rectangle and circle nestabilities, sponge, gems - Amuse, Swiss Dott cuttlebug folder, ribbon - Summer Sunrise - PTI, corner rounder

23 comments:

Sharron said...

WOW! Julia, this is the most amazing, gorgeous card!
So pretty-I just love it. You did an fabulous job!

SmilynStef said...

Thanks for the how-to pictures ... such a gorgeous inspired design.

groovyinclinations said...
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groovyinclinations said...

Julia~ what fabulous work you've done here! I love that you went with tree trunks versus the branches I used in Manches: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=12618673 This is an impeccable proof of inspiration! Thank you for this honor.
Mindy

Pat (mspfd) said...

Stunning design!

Claire Brennan said...

This is so well done Julia! Loved the step by step masking pics!!!!

Ann said...

That is a really beautiful image Julia! A very lovely serene picture. I love birch trees. And thanks so much for the how-to instructions.

Sharli said...

Wowie! This just takes your breath away. It's stunning! I love the effect - I've done something similar with black embossed but don't think I've ever tried it clear embossed - I do LOVE the effect - very wintery!

Hugs!

Heidi said...

Wow Julia! What a gorgeous card! Thanks for the step by step instructions too.

dpkennedy said...

Wow Julia, these are gorgeous! I have to give this a try!

Joanne (jojot) said...

stunning...wow

lynn said...

awesome picture tutorial, julia-your card is awesome!

Busym1 said...

Wow! This is awesome! Hugs,michelle

Shellys Crafts said...

Its one of those cards, that make you go,"OH MY GOD IS THAT BEAUTIFUL". And it is. Very striking. Thank for the step by step. I will "try" and do it. I love it.

Tammy Hershberger said...

Wow Julia, that is spectacular!!! LOVE seeing your design process, too!

Makiko Jones said...

Oh wow...this is sooooo beautiful, Julia! Thank you for the wonderful tutorial. So inspiring, my friend!

Stamp Talk with Tosh said...

GORGEOUS!! LOVE the white with your stunning bg Julia!! WOW!

anya said...

Oh WOW! Julia, this is amazing. So very beautiful!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER!! Julia, this is just amazing to say the LEAST!! So stunning and what a great tut!! Thanks so much!! HUGS

Anne McIntosh said...

I think you duplicated the inspiration piece very nicely. It's a lovely piece!

ttrachtenberg said...

wow! looks gorgeous!!! :)

Anne said...

Wonderful tutorial Julia!! This is just gorgeous, a masterpiece!! Love it!!

Lisa Hjulberg said...

All I can say is YOWSER! You've inspired me to try this technique.