Wednesday 20 March 2013

Dare To Be Fabulous Card - Inkspirational Challenge #12

It's time for our March CASE challenge at Inkspirational this week.  We would like to see your interpretations of Nancy Y's fab card - which you can find here

What struck me about the card was the CAS design, black and white combo and the layout.  Nancy has such an interesting, eclectic style but her designs are very clean.  I found this challenge really good fun because I had to go outside of my usual style - every now and again that is a really refreshing thing to do!

Naturally, as there was a dress form on Nancy's card I reached for the dress form die in my SU! Dress Up Framelits set!  I cut it out in black and pondered what to do with it for a while as I didn't want to leave it naked.  I decided to stamp on a portion of the shape only and apply gilding flakes.  I stamped the harlequin background and applied Frosted Leaves gilding flakes.  The harlequin stamp has a straight edge and I wanted to break up the straight line so I added buttons and an SU!  Designer Builder Brad to the dress form.

When it came to a sentiment for the card I knew I wanted something a bit out of the ordinary.  Very often there are sentiments in sets that I buy that I know I will get very little, if any, use out of.  I keep them but they're buried deep in the stash and practically have to be excavated!  So while rummaging I came across the Dare to be Fabulous sentiment from the SU! Fabulous Flowers set which seemed a good fit for the card.  The only problem was that I really loved the black sentiment circle on Nancy's original card and I'd intended to use that element on my CASEd version.  My sentiment was too large for that though.  I could have typed and printed it out from the computer but I love the fonts used on the stamp so I decided to stick with it.  I managed to incorporate a small black circle by stamping the sentiment in VersaMark ink onto black CS and heat embossing with white powder.  I punched out a circle, stamped the sentiment on the white panel in black ink and popped my black punched circle up over the top - very carefully lining up to get the placement right!  I popped the dress form up but glued the bottom flat to the white panel.  I then sprinkled on some rhinestone jewels.  

I carried the harlequin stamp over to the inside and the envelope and used a flower from the Fabulous Flowers set.  I was chuffed to find that the font on the word 'Birthday' matches the word 'Fabulous' from the sentiment I'd used on the card front - a very happy discovery!

I hope you'll join in with our CASE challenge at Inkspirational this week, I look forward to seeing your creations!

Stamps: SU! 'Fabulous Flowers' & 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' sets
CS: PaperMania A6 white card blank, SU! Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Tools: SU! Dress Up Framelits die, circle punches
Embellishments & accessories: Crafty Notions 'Frosted Leaves' gilding flakes, IndigoBlu Flitter Glu, Phat Foam & Scoochy, white embossing powder, PaperMania tiny white buttons, SU! Designer Builder Brad, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Rhinestone Jewels, Dimensionals

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Vicki Dutcher said...

Fabulous decorated dress form! Perfect with the sentiment~

Rocky said...

Classy card there Ruth! Love how you've done the sentiment, very clever.

Mynn xx said...

Absolutely amazing, as always, Ruth! I adore the fabulous use of gilding flakes and I LOVE that dress form! I didn't get it...UGH! ;) HUGS to you and I am in the process of getting to respond to your last email...

Nikki said...

What a lovely card Ruth!. I especially love what you have done with the Dress Form. Mine arrived in an order yesterday so now you have given me yet another idea. Thanks.


Lisbeth K said...

Not simple at all, but CAS and VERY classy! Love to read how you make your cards, and this time it was more interesting than ever :D

Autumn Mist said...

Flippin heck, this is jaw droppingly gorgeous! You've interpreted the concept so well, it's fab, Ruth.

Marina said...

Hi Ruth
I love the diva-ness of this card - I'd give it to Shirley Bassey! You HAVE dared to be fabulous and I love it.

Unknown said...

Ruth, your treatment of the sentiment is fantastic! I absolutely love it as well as the "dressed up" dress form! I need to learn the secret to random gem placement. Beautiful!!!!!

Anonymous said...

So beautiful Ruth! Your embellishments are just perfect. I really like the bit of sprinkled bling around and the detail in that sentiment is great!
- Shauna

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