Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thinking Out of the Box ~ An IO Challenge!

Hi all! It's time for another Impression Obsession challenge! All it takes is thinking a little out of the box. What do we mean? Well, the only rule is to use a stamp in a way that it wasn't intended and be sure to use those IO stamps! You can find out more about the challenge here on the IO blog! If you play, you could win a $25 gift certificate to the IO store!

I have to share this -- If you need some extra inspiration, you can check out this post by the lovely Dina Kowal. She turned a cupcake into a baseball player.... who would ever have thought??? You seriously have to check it out here! That girl is incredible in her creativity.

So, knowing my creative limitations -- I chose a literal interpretation for this challenge and used a background stamp in a way that wasn't intended! I used it to color!

Here's a peek at what I grabbed..... my Mega Mount, a Cover-A-Card background (I used Petals), some white cardstock, and some Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, and Rusty Hinge Distress Inks.

And next, I used the background and stamped three times - once in Peeled Paint, once with Rusty Hinge and one with Worn Lipstick. Next, I stamped my Rose & Butterfly stamp over top using Versafine Black Onyx ink.

Now what, you ask? Well, I am going to use these stamped images to do a bit of paper piecing and "color" up my main image! I stamped my image a fourth time on a white oval. Then, the cutting and pasting began! Below is a look at the finished product! It's a pretty easy peasy card, I just wanted to keep the layout simple because, in my humble opinion, this rose really needs to take center stage!

Here's a close up! You can see, I did add some definition to the rose by taking a blender pen and moving the ink around on my image in just a few areas for some shading.
And that, my friends, is it! You'll have to make time to give this challenge a try and be sure to stop by the other very talented IO Designers' Blogs to see how they thought out of the box!


Thanks for stopping by!! See you back here soon! :-)


Shirley said...

Now that is drop dead gorgeous! How clever and how beautiful too, Julie!!

Charlette Finley said...

What a wonderful idea! I have more Mother's Day cards to make and I will be using your idea. Thanks so much for sharing with us all. Great great card!

The Rubber Maid said...

That's neat the way you stamped those flowers it's definetly outside the box and with a great end result. Mom

Janine said...

Loving the new blog header Julie!!
Have a great weekend and your card is lovely!!

denise g. said...

COOL! And I LOVE the new blog banner and sidebars. Hope you're having a Happy Mothers Day.