Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Riffing on Card Creations: Inspired by Lisa Adessa

Today's inspiration comes from Lisa Adessa's fabulously graphic thanks card on page 112 of Card Creations Vol 11:

My photo distorts her colors a bit...the red
is actually magenta, while the teal and
olive are pretty accurate.

What a fabulous concept!!! Using the negative space of the punched circles in the white panel to frame colorful stamped and punched circles...utterly brilliant! Note how the font of Lisa's sentiment is modern and fresh and very strong...totally appropriate and balanced for the strong colors and contrast of the circles.

On an expert design note, please notice how Lisa oriented the asymmetric circles in a way that emphasizes movement around and toward the sentiment. Those colorful circles were not just slapped down any old way. Lisa planned that beautifully.

My favorite round thing lately has been the spirograph flowers from Uniko's Time set, so I decided to stamp the medium-size flower in the negative space of the punched circles. This simplifies Lisa's design a bit. I also wanted to use Brilliance iridescent inks for these, which meant spring-like colors rather than the bold colors Lisa used. 

Given the lightness of my images, the shimmer of the inks, and the pastel color choices, a strong sentiment like Lisa used was out of the question. Instead, Gina K's Hello Sunshine stamp set provided a softer, lighter sentiment that works well.

A little bling adds the finishing touch. My first instinct was to use large bling (because, BLING!), but when I held them up to the nearly finished card, they looked like too much. The tiny blings (color-matched to the inks using Sharpies and Bics) keep the overall effect light and airy.

Bold and strong, or light and airy...this layout is a knock-down, drag 'em out winner. Thanks so much to Lisa for the inspiration!!!

stamps: Uniko Time, Gina K Hello Sunshine
ink: Brilliance (jade, lavender, yellow), Memento black
paper: Papertrey Ink
accessories: dimensionals, rhinestones, Bic and Sharpie markers, circle punches


  1. This is a cool layout. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love this take on Lisa's card Susan, fantastic design. Thank you for the design tips too, it helps to know why something is working so well :) Cathy x

  3. Lovely card, Susan - beautiful colors.

  4. Yowzers!!! I really like both of the cards. Thanks for your design lessons you add to your posts. They help me "get it" when I'm not sure what makes one card work and another one not work. Both of these work just fine.

  5. Fabulous, Susan - Love how you took Lisa's terrific design and gave it the "Susan touch" :)

  6. Brilliant layout and interpretation of Lisa's card.

  7. Isn't it wonderful how we can take inspiration from one source and totally make it our own?! I love how you've used Lisa's card and given it your own flavor. Bright for one...Subtle for the other and both are beautiful. The softer sentiment is perfect. Really sweet. Bev

  8. Oh this is just sooo darling!!! CAS and elegant!!!


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