Saturday, April 20, 2013

Inspired by Laura Bassen

Today's Inspiration from Stamp It 3 Ways comes courtesy of Laura Bassen's amazingly pretty (and clean and simple) Graphic Floral Birthday Card

Note how nice the popped flowers look, as well as the raised sentiment and the interesting yet oh-so-simple border on the right. Once again, I couldn't get the colors right in the photo...all the card stock on this card is really white, not blue! But what really inspired me in this card were the bright, fresh colors popping off the white and the outline, spirograph-looking flowers!

Unfortunately, as I searched my stash, I didn't turn up any flowers even close to these fabulous ones(and will likely be buying this set from Uniko Studio very soon). BUT I could at least use Laura's fab colors with the wonderful Dot Spot set from Papertrey for a little different effect, while still remaining true to the feel of Laura's card.

Notice that I simplified Laura's already simple stamps carry more visual weigh (give denser color) than hers, and it felt right to leave the whole thing one layer as a result. Also, since I wanted to use this very long sentiment (also PTI, from one of their $5 sentiment sets), I had to shift from portrait to landscape orientation to make room for it.

All the bling was colored with Copic/Bic/Sharpie markers to match the inks. I think this may be the most useful (for me) part of owning such alcohol-based markers. I sure don't color outline images with them often, do I?

Laura used a color combination I NEVER would have thought of, not in a million years, and how totally fresh and fun is it!!! Thank you, Laura, so very much for sharing your talent with us!

stamps: Papertrey Dot Spot, Think Big
ink: SU Cool Caribbean, others are Memento
paper: PTI white
accessories: rhinestones, Copic/Bic/Sharpie markers (to color the rhinestones)


  1. Your card made me smile. I really enjoy your style!

  2. I love your card! I have this stamp set and have not used it yet, after seeing this I am going to use it today. :)

  3. love your card -- great use of that great set. Laura is always amazing!

  4. I love how you were inspired and made a beautiful card your way. Your card is gorgeous.

  5. What a splendid interpretation of Laura's pretty card ... fabulous bold shapes and colours ... I need that Dot Spot set! Anita :)

  6. Love Laura's work but I actually like your card better.

  7. LAura ia wonderfully inspiring. LOVE your inspired piece, those dot images are gorgeous, and the card absolutely delightful :)

  8. I LOVE the card you made, yet I am curious why you think you need the flower set when you made do with what you already had. In your quest to simplify and purge unused sets, it makes me wonder. Especially since I like the visual weight of the dot stamps you used much better than the airy flowers. Please don't take offense to my inquiry as that is not my intent. I am just being curious. : )

  9. Beautifully done, Susan! Love your rendition from Laura's design!

  10. I must say: I really like Laura's card and am a huge fan of her work but in this case I definitely like your take on it best! It is stunningly beautiful! I pin all the cards I like onto pinterest for inspiration later and I think the most cards (of my hundrends) are from your blog! I have struggled with CAS ever since I started stamping and your blog has helped me to be able to do CAS YAY! Thank you so much!

  11. What a sweet surprise! I love your card and how you used what you have to make it work beautifully! Thanks for the shout out!

  12. Love how you used the wonderful card by Laura to create your very own, very different one. That´s the great part about inspiration - you definitely show what that word can mean!

    Greetings, Christine


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