Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Wee & Whimsical Wednesday

Welcome to the second Wee & Whimsical Wednesday. Every other Wednesday, I'm going to concentrate on an Inchie project. I've been seeing so many fun cherry products since the CHA peeks have started; those peeks inspired my post today - Cheery Cherries!

I started this card with a Black Inchie Square and the Lockhart Itty Bitty Cherry stamp. I love using the Blackboard Technique that I learned from Karen Lockhart, and these Black Inchie Squares are the perfect medium for it. Since they're 100% cotton, museum-quality matboard, they take the white ink beautifully. Once the white ink was dry (I speed up the process a little with my heat gun), I colored in the leaves and cherries with white pencil. With a white base, you can then layer color, allowing the vibrancy of the color to not fade into the black. Here, I used colored pencils for the leaves and Stickles for the cherries.

To finish off the Inchie Square, I took a white pen and wrote "Cheery Cherries" directly onto the black. (I used a Uniball Signo.) I love how Lisa Lee does this with her Inchies, so I had to give it a try. In my seemingly endless quest to rid the world of naked edges, I ran my white ink pad over the edges for the soft white edge that you see.

I picked a red Inchie Note card from the Holiday pack as my card base. I think these are great for quick little notes - and since they're 3.5" square, your Inchie masterpiece doesn't get lost in the landscape. The other brilliant part of these Note card packs is that they come with 4 Bar envelopes - so they're rectangular and you're not paying extra postage! The cards fit right inside and you save the additional cost for sending a square envelope - great combo, don't you think! I simply stamped the background with the IB Cherry and black ink and edged it with white. I then mounted the Inchie Square onto an Inchie paper, added a little ribbon and voila! The sweetest little card to make someone's day.

I hope this inspires you to create your own Inchie Note card! Last W&W Wednesday, a kind woman suggested doing these as challenges; I thought that sounded like a great idea, so should you decide to do so, please use keyword WWW01 at SCS or link back to your own blog in your comment! I can't wait to see what you create. Be well.

Inchie square, Inchie papers, Inchie Notes - Inchie Arts, LLC
Stamp: Itty Bitty Cherry - Lockhart Stamp Company
Ribbon: Pure Poppy Swiss Dots - Papertrey Ink


~amy~ said...

Such a sweet & cheery card....

Gabriela said...

Wow! I love your "reverse" or "negative image" effect with the white ink. Your penmanship is wonderful and is the perfect touch. I just love this card. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I hope you're staying in today and out of this sheet of ice that's on the driveway and street.

Norine said...

love the inchie and the card is super cute

Julia said...

Oh so cute and my fave...cherrries! YUM!

Trisha said...

cute card. I love the background you used

Pat (mspfd) said...

Love inchies! This is so fresh and fun. Wonderful card!