October 18, 2011

Inspired by... Mel

I am excited to announce that this week's featured artist is a gal whose cards always catch my eye in the Penny Circle flickr gallery.... it's Mel G!  Just take a look at her inspiration card for today and you'll see exactly what I mean:
Gorgeous; right?  That background is absolutely 100% breathtaking! I can't get enough of the rich colors and layers. 
Here's my take:

I began by repeatedly stamping Penny Black 40-012 Irises with VersaFine black ink and embossing with clear powder on watercolor paper.  Next I pressed Distress Ink (Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, and Black Soot) pads directly onto the paper.  I spritzed heavily with water to blend the colors.  Once dry, I inked all edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink using the ink blending tool and a foam pad and also stamped Penny Black 1999L Letter Background with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  To create the card base, I inked Tiara White cardstock (pressing the ink pad directly to the paper and swiping it across multiple times) with Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick Distress Ink.  Then I added pierced holes using the Tim Holtz Ruler, a thumb tack, and the Sew Easy Piercing Mat.  After piercing I inked the edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink, highlighting the pierced holes.  The teal accents and butterflies were punched from Penny Black Mix and Match cardstock.  Finally, I embossed Tiara White cardstock with the Sizzix Gridlock embossing folder and inked with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  Gems and a Candi dot were added to the butterflies.
Thanks so much for popping by!
Be sure to stop by the Mementos blog today for a fun project from Lisa to use up all paper scraps.
Here's a peek:

See ya tomorrow with another FAB card from Mel!


11 comments :

Elizabeth Allan said...

I too adore Mel's work. I can tell this week is going to be bursting with colorful inspiration from the two of you! A pair of gorgeous cards today!

artistamyjo said...

beautiful card!

Barb said...

Oh, my! Amazing colors from both of you today! Looking forward to the rest of the week! :)

AnitaRex said...

So when i was reading in my bogger reader your post I thought it said Inspired by....Me! LOL Than I am reading someone whose work always catches my eye....lol!!!! :> Had to share!

Love your inspirational choice and so love your card too, stared for a while taking it all in!

Pat said...

Stunning work by both of you! LOVE the richness of the colors...

Mel G said...

I'm so honoured to be a part of your amazing blog Jill!! (I still can't believe it, somebody pinch me!) Your card is stunning, I love the richness and complexity of it! I can't wait to see all the surprises you have in store for the rest of the week! xx BIG HUGS!

Barbara said...

The colors are so rich and outstanding on these two cards. Love both of them!!!!

Sandra said...

beautiful!
Love your brilliant colors.
Sandra ltb

78thistles said...

Both cards, just lovely!

sheila said...

the colors are amazing and delicious on both cards...just incredible. and Mel's backgound=WOW!

Kimberli Sarsfield said...

Goodness--so much amazing texture and layers of ink. Love it!