Sunday, October 30, 2011

Inspired by Chelsea Edwards: Day 1

I thought it would be fun to share multiple card variations inspired by an idea from a published card, so I settled on this fab card from Chelsea Edwards in the fall issue of Take Ten.


Card by Chelsea Edwards, Take Ten, Fall 2011
Chelsea's card not only caught my eye because of all the lovely white space, but because the complex little collage of patterned paper looked so fresh framed by all that white space. I decided to experiment with multiple variations on that look, moving things around and changing colors and papers and such, and here's my first effort.




Notice that my white space is pink, but really it's still white space, no matter the color. The dark papers from Basic Gray's Indian Summer collection looked a tad odd against a white backdrop, but they still pop in a fresh way against this very soft pink. The sentiment, from PTI's Birthday Basics set, is stamped in SU pomegranate ink. The collage, which measures 1 3/4" x 3", is wrapped in PTI twine and attached to the base with dimensionals.

This card is going to a dear friend of mine who has a birthday this month...love how it's autumnal without being orange. How cool is it that you can mix and match all sorts of different patterned papers to change the look and feel of the little collage completely?

Pretty cool, I say!

21 comments:

  1. Oh, I'm in love with this technique! Thank you so much for posting--gonna CASE this ASAP! :)

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  2. Love this! I have a hard time using patterned paper, but this seems doable for me.

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  3. I LOVE THIS! I don't have the collage gene, but I could certainly pull off something this size! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  4. LOVE. That's all I need to say!

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  5. Susan, your card is gorgeous. What a cool way to use patterned paper. Love the "simplicity" of this technique. I'll have to try it. Thanks for sharing this idea!

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  6. So beautiful and truly artistic. Loving your blog(s)!
    Katherine

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  7. Fantastic use of patterned paper - thanks for another great lesson.

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  8. Ooh! Love it! I have a hard time mixing patterns, but thinking of them as collage art, now that is a new twist!

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  9. Love your take on the card!! Gorgeous papers and the touch of twine is perfect.

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  10. Nothing against Chelsea but I like your version way better. Did you tear the patterned paper strips? Or does it just look like you did? Beautiful card.

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  11. I'm with Susie - I like yours better :) I've had trouble using the Indian summer patterns, and I think you might have the solution right here. I love the idea of a miniature collage. And, it just might make a dent in my scrap pile...(awfully ambitious for first thing on a Monday morning, but I can dream!)

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  12. I'm with Susie too...yours is way above and beyond hers in creativeness and 'rightness' if you get my drift. Her 'string' is too heavy for the lighter colours etc. The colours in yours are supberbly matched....great card.

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  13. I love this card, the colors are perfect together! The little paper collage with the twine around it is just right.

    Happy Halloween:)
    Petra

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  14. Awesome! Will have to try a version myself.

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  15. Susan, I love this idea and your take on it! I have lots of leftover strips of patterned paper from those 6x6 pads, and didn't know what to do with them. They are already coordinated, which eliminates that stumbling block for me. TFS!

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  16. I love this card, such a pretty and arty way to use scraps of Patterned paper!
    Jenny x

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  17. This is JUST GORGEOUS!!! I think my artist sister-in-law would love a card like this. I am going to look through my papers!!!

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  18. I had to CASE this card. I couldn't help it, it was calling my name. This is just simply awesome. If you'd like to take a peek at my card, check it out here:
    http://danasdabblingstudio.blogspot.com/2011/11/thinking-of-you-card.html

    Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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  19. AWESOME....case coming soon! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

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