Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Inspired by Eve Watters

Another inspiring card from Take Ten, Fall 2014 is this delightful collage by Eve Watters:

I love how Eve left such a large border around the delightfully detailed collage, with its strip of washi tape and layered die cuts.

Adapting Eve's card to my style proved interesting. I started off making a one-layer card, but the proportions of my masked-stamped-sponged area were off just enough to drive me bat-crap crazy.  I stared at the one-layer version for a while, feeling irked, and finally decided I needed to cut it out, and layer it on white. That fixed the proportion problem nicely, I think!

Note that from Eve's card, I kept the placement of the sentiment, the layered embellishment, and the strip of washi. My washi was too wide for this, so I adhered it to a piece of wax paper, cut it with a quilting ruler and exacto knife, and there you go! I used a set from the holiday StampinUp catalog called Endless Wishes. It's my first photopolymer SU set, and it is a delight!

The stamped background was made with a mask. I stamped the three snowflakes in cornflower blue (Hero Arts) first and then used the lighter Hero Arts blue (soft sky?) for the rest to add interest and depth. Then, I sponged the soft sky around the edges for increased depth and definition.

I just love the red, white, and blue for a Christmas card. What a fun, fun, different, fun, fun combo! And I love the graphic washi with candy-cane stripes combined with the curvy snowflakes...very similar to Eve's use of the washi, only on my card the washi becomes much more the focus because of the color contrast.

In fact, I think the coolest part of this inspiration is how strongly my color choices create a totally different vibe from Eve's softer, warmer, organic, collage-style card, even though my layout (extra white layer aside) is virtually identical.

Never, never, never underestimate the power of color.

Thanks, Eve, for your beautiful card!

stamps: SU Endless Wishes
ink: Hero Arts, SU real red
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: washi tape, flower punch, rhinestone, dimensionals, post-it notes, sponge


  1. I've been wondering if I should just sell my PTI Snowflakes stamps due to lack of inspiration. You wouldn't know how much I am grateful for your this post.
    It is beautiful :)

  2. Your card just calls to me more! Perhaps it's the colors? The other seems too busy - I couldn't imagine how you would CASE it. My eye was completely confused until you explained what & why.....

  3. Your color combo is amazing. I would never have come up with it. This is a beautiful and dynamic card.

  4. Love the card! Does anyone else notice the right hand column shakes up and down from the "followers" down on this blog? It's been like this for several days.

    1. It's well behaved on my screen, so I'm interested to know what the problem might be. That is so strange!

    2. It's been fine over here, too.

  5. I admire anyone who can do any version of a collage and make it look good. Your colors do really make the whole thing pop!

  6. I really, really love that card! Great job, Susan!


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