Jul 162008

I had been planning to make a card with my Crystal Clear Card Stock for some time.  However I hadn’t been inspired as to what exactly I wanted to do.  Then today as I was sitting somewhere “special” I happened to look at the picture hanging on my powder room wall.  (Yes, you can now guess where I was sitting!  *blushing*)

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Oh my!!  That has been hanging there for at least 10 years, but only today did it become the perfect inspiration I had been looking for.  Guess that just goes to show you, you never know when or where inspiration will strike!  hehe


The main image is stamped with Flourishes newly released “Poppy Patch”.  I watercolored it using SU! reinkers.

As I was making this card, I took a few pictures.  First I cut out an oval from some regular card stock and taped the frame to the back of the acetate for a guide.  (The acetate was a half sheet measuring 5-1/2″ X 8-1/2″.)  I made sure that the frame was placed on one side of the card stock so that when I scored and folded it (to make a regular 5-1/2″ X 4-1/4″ card) the image would be centered on the front.


Next, using one of the crown images from Flourishes “Mardi Gras” set, I stamped one in each “corner” of the frame with White Stazon.  I then used a white gel pen to connect them with some faux stitching.

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Finally I taped the acetate card to a 5-1/2″ X 4-1/4″ piece of Blush Blossom card stock.  I made a smaller card from Really Rust card stock and taped that to the inside of the acetate card.  With the regular card stocks taped to both the front and back of the back section of the acetate card, no adhesive is visible.  The main image is adhered to the front of the smaller card inside the acetate one.


Every Wednesday on Sharon Johnson’s Blog “No Time To Stamp?” she has a “May I Suggest” theme.  This week she has asked all of us on the Flourishes Design Team to get in the act, too, and give a suggestion of our own.  What I would like to suggest is that you consider the versatility and ease of the wonderful Flat Back Pearls.  I have put some copper pearls on this card today instead of brads.  I love brads, but with the clear card stock, they really are a problem.  What do you do with the metal fasteners?  They show through and there’s no easy way to prevent it.  But with the flat back pearls, “Voila”.  No problem.  They have a small little adhesive on the back so there is no need for any fasteners.  Just something to consider the next time you are using acetate or even making a one layer card.  The pearls are perfect for these, too, because there are no fasteners to show on the inside of the card either.

Check out the other design team’s posts today for more tips or suggestions:

Sharon Johnson

Leslie Miller

Julie Koerber

Faith Hofrichter

Linda Duke

Sharon Doolittle


Stamps: Flourishes “Poppy Patch” and “Mardi Gras”
Papers: Crystal Clear Card Stock (Acetate), Blush Blossom, Really Rust
Inks: White Stazon, Really Rust Classic and Reinkers in Really Rust, Ruby Red, So Saffron Always Artichoke, Marker in Chocolate Chip, White Gel Pen
Accessories: Copper Flat Back Pearls, GG Ribbon


Just a note:  This may be my last post for awhile as I’m off to CHA!!  So please be patient with me.  I plan to have a laptop at the convention, but getting it hooked up may be an issue for my limited computer knowledge!  If I’m computerless, I will respond to your posts and emails when I return.  Hope everyone has a great week!

15 Responses to “Clearly Inspired”

  1. Susan, this is just wonderful!!! I love all the photos you took to show exactly how you put it together and love your neat faux stitching to connect the corner crowns — wonderful!!! And I have heard of many people being inspired while in their bathrooms — but not me — maybe that means I need to redecorate my bathroom???? Great job on this clear card — clearly wonderful!!!

  2. this is stunning!!! love were the inspiration came from…pretty funny!!!

  3. WOW!! Susan this is beyond beautiful!!!! I need a new bathroom…. I would live in there if I could make cards like this one lol.. Beautiful, beautiful card.

  4. Oh, my goodness, would you look at the creativity and gorgeousness on this! LOVE the crowns as corner decorations. Wow! They look very similar to the ones in your inspiration piece. Fabulous poppy coloring, too. This is just wonderful, Susan!

  5. Very pretty! Have fun at CHA!

  6. This is gorgeous!!! And I love the inspiration story. 🙂 Thanks for sharing all the extra photos along the way too!

  7. That is SO cool! I’m gonna have to go into my “special place” and see if I gain any inspiration in there. heee!

  8. This is so pretty! and to think you found inspiration to make it in such a “unique” place?! *snort* I wouldn’t know where to begin to create an acetate card, but now I have a much better idea thanks to this post. I may try it one day soon, TFS.
    Again, have a great time at CHA! You’ll have such a fabulous experience there I’m sure:)

  9. Love your “inspirational” story and my laugh for the day, people realy miss out when they do not take the time to read everyones posts.

    Not only do we get inspirational eye candy, (lovely card) we get tips and funny stories.

    I like what you have done with the crowns from Marti Gras, I see them in a whole new light. The flowers are so fun to color and you do such a marvelous job!

    Thats right you are going to CHA too, have a great time!!!!

  10. Susan, you are so creative! I love how you used the crown for a corner embellishment…very clever indeed! Have fun at CHA!


  11. Too funny, Susan! I find it only appropriate, though, that stamping royalty such as yourself would find inspiration while sitting on her ‘throne.’ lol It’s never worked for me (maybe that’s why I’m not stamping royalty! lol).

    I love what you did with the clear card…very pretty with the oval cut-out frame, and your coloring on the flowers is lovely.

    Have a wonderful time at CHA!

  12. Wow! Way to find inspiration hanging right on your wall! And what a lovely piece of inspiration. The frame you created with the white ink accents— fun! Who would have thought to use crowns as the accents — way cool! I hope you have a blast at CHA!

  13. Gorgeous Susan. I love the way the acetate was used.

  14. I love how you placed the crowns around the oval … so very pretty.

  15. Oh goodness girl!! This is so amazing, I don’t know where to begin!! I LOVE it!!

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