Friday, January 28, 2011

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge 55

When I first saw this sketch it caused me a bit of panic.  Too many squares for me to deal with LOL!  However, this weeks Technique Lover's Challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers came to the rescue - thank you Holly!!!

This week's technique was faux tile. You stamp your image, then cut it up into squares, cover the squares in VersaMark, sprinkle UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) over the squares and heat emboss each "tile".  In hindsight, I think I would try embossing first and then cutting the image up into squares as those darn little pieces tend to fly away when you are embossing them - that is until I got smart and held a corner down with my paper piercer - what can I say, it wasn't my most brilliant moment LOL!

The finished product has a dimpled surface that really does look like a tile.  The tricky part was the assembly.  I had a heck of a time trying to line the tiles up evenly and as you can tell,  I had better not take up a tiling as a profession any time soon LOL! 

I paired this week's sketch with an old Color Q challenge - just love those colours together - and pulled out one of my favorite Stampin' Up sets which I will never part with as tulips are my favorite flower.  I can't wait for my tulips to start budding in the garden. - happy sigh....but I have a ways to go yet so this card will be a good compromise until then :)

The rest of the Design Team has some great inspiration to get you going on this week's sketch.


In addition, each week Keesh will select a winner and an honorable mention and post their cards on the Inkspirations Challenge blog.  We'd love to see your card featured, so come and join us this week :)

Have a fabulous weekend, everyone!

What's In It?
Stamps:(SU) Terrific Tulips, Verve
Paper: Real Red, Certainly Celery 
Ink:  Real Red, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose
Accessories: Labels 14 Nestie, SU Scalloped Border Punch, UTEE, 1/4" Pink Grosgrain Ribbon, Half Pearls, Dimensionals


Anonymous said...

Fab technique Marisa and a gorgeous Spring card - love it as usual!! x

Emily Keaton said...

What a fantastic faux tile layout, Marisa!! Yeah, holding onto little bits while heat embossing sure can be a pain (literally sometimes!), can't it? You rocked both the layout and the colors. Cool card, great tulips. :)

Shelley said...

Yahoo! I am first to comment on your beautiful card. No "several days/weeks late" this time! What a great use of the challenge sketch, Marisa. Isn't this technique great? I just love it and yours is super. The scallops at the bottom are a great detail.


Diane said...

that is too cute!! and you did 3 challenges with it!! Great job!

Benzi said...

Just beautiful, Marisa! Tulips are my favorite flower, too. Love to have a pot in my kitchen on the counter in late February.
Good job with the tiles. Ooh, that lining up is always the tricky part.

Vickie Z said...

Great use of the sketch. Faux tile was perfect for this!!! Will have to try and remember to have my paper piercer ready!! Love the way you used the colors and the sentiment is perfect on that nest with the pearl to dot the i !!!

Maureen said...

you really do have spring on your mind!! That was one of the best SU sets ever...right up there with the Trees :) Fabulous colour combination! When I see multiple squares, I do the quilt thing! LOL Have a great start to the weekend :) They are predicting snow for us :)

Bonnie said...

I love these pretty tulips! They look like Spring! Perfect for this technique!

Unknown said...

This is lovely, Marisa!

Carrie Gaskin said...

This is just absolutely lovely. You totally rocked the tiles and the sketch. Great job!

Linda Callahan said...

Love your tiled tulips! Gorgeous!

jjcreations said...

So full of springtime wishes!!! Gorgeous card, Marisa.

H2 :) said...

Gorgeous Marisa! You have picked the perfect sentiment - your card is so fresh & "springy" - it's making me smile! :)
Love the three tulips stamped in a row & your tile treatment with the rippled surface looks great.

Lee-Anne said...

Lovely card Marisa. I just love the colours and the faux tile technique. What a great way to use the sketch, the tulips look amazing. Hope you have a wonderful week.

Sue said...

love the tile technique, teamed with the beautiful tulips- stunning! :)

Dawn B. said...

This is the first SU set I bought many years ago..The rest as they say is history.. This turned out great Marisa.. I love the tiled look.

TannyP said...

Awesome technique on this fabulous sketch! Perfect stamp choice...and super sweet nestie use =) That color combo is so fun! Hope you're keeping from getting completely rained out!

Brandi Wiggins-Côté said...

This card makes me ACHE for summer! Beautiful!!

xo B.

Andrea Ewen said...

Love this technique! I'm definitely going to try this out! And I love that stamp set...I have it too and it never seems to go out of style. Thanks for the great inspiration!

Nance Leedy said...

What a great take on this very challenging sketch--fabulous!

Darlene Gabriel said...

Gorgeous card and great job on the technique. These tulips are a wonderful "old" standby and you've showcased them so beautifully here.