"Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter's remark seemed to have no sort of meaning in it, and yet it was certainly English. `I don't quite understand you,' she said, as politely as she could.Greetings friends in Wonderland! Today we have a fun challenge for you based on a lovely inspiration piece that the Mad Hatter herself just might "need" one of these days!
`The Dormouse is asleep again,' said the Hatter, and he poured a little hot tea upon its nose.
The Dormouse shook its head impatiently, and said, without opening its eyes, `Of course, of course; just what I was going to remark myself.'
`Have you guessed the riddle yet?' the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
`No, I give it up,' Alice replied: `what's the answer?'
`I haven't the slightest idea,' said the Hatter.
`Nor I,' said the March Hare.
Alice sighed wearily. `I think you might do something better with the time,' she said, `than waste it in asking riddles that have no answers.'
`If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter, `you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM.'
`I don't know what you mean,' said Alice.
`Of course you don't!' the Hatter said, tossing his head contemptuously. `I dare say you never even spoke to Time!'"
My interpretation of the inspiration piece is fairly literal. I wanted to echo the feeling of the carved brown frame around the image on the inspiration piece, so I started by embossing a piece of brown card stock (SU Soft Suede) with this great damask texture plate (SU). I really love the texture plates because they emboss a much larger area than an embossing folder. Because the plate is just on one side of the paper, not two like in an embossing folder, the plates can give a more subtle impression. But I get really deep crisp impressions by misting my paper on both sides with rubbing alcohol before running it through my Cuttlebug; it works MUCH better than misting with water AND the paper dries immediately, so it's a win-win! This allowed me to immediately brush a Versamark Dazzle pad over the high spots, which darkens them and adds a lovely sparkle!
I printed out the Mad Hatter on color laser printer paper using a black and white laser printer, as this method provides a perfect base for coloring with Copic markers. I glue sticked the whole back of the colored image and stuck it to inexpensive white card stock, then cut the image out with a nestie one step larger that the one used to cut the window in the frame and adhered it to the back of the frame. The frame was adhered to the card base with 1/8 inch thick pop dots. The same technique was used to color, mount and adhere the computer-generated Wonderland label.
To tie in with the beads in the inspiration cuff bracelet, I put a shiny gold brad in each corner and added bling with crystal flourishes. Copic markers were used to color the clear crystal flourishes to match my image and adhered them. Remember that when you are coloring clear items, choose a much darker marker than you would for paper and dab the color on to get more intensity of color.
This whole panel was mounted to the front of a folded card, then the corners were rounded. That way it looks really polished on the inside, as you are not seeing the brads poking through or the embossing.
But I was NOT happy with my card. What was wrong with it, and how to improve it? After some thought, I ripped the card front apart, flipped the embossed panel with its flourishes upsidedown, re-adhered the framed image offset to the left of center and a little lower than before, and made room for my colorful pocket watch! What my card was missing was TIME!
NOW I am happy happy happy with my card, how about you?
Now check out how the rest of our twisted tea party interpreted this inspiration piece!
- Jessica (our MAD HATTER)
- Lynne (me!)
- And Traci, our Nov./Dec. Guest Designer
This is also the last day to enter my blog candy drawing for a "Let's Communicate" digi stamp set on THIS post! This is the set I got to design with Amber as a prize for winning the Amber INK challenge a couple months ago!
Please leave a comment on this post before you go - did you like hearing about the changes my card went through?
Stamps: Free digi from Lenny's Alice in Wonderland Website.
Paper: Stampin' Up! - Soft Suede card stock; HP - color laser printer paper; Georgia Pacific - white card stock.
Ink: Tsukeniko - Versamark Dazzle Pad (Champagne), Stazon Cherry, Royal Purple and Mustard; Copic - Sketch Markers.
Miscellaneous: Recollections - crystal flourishes; gold brads.
Tools: Stampin' Up! - Backgrounds 1 Stampin' Up! Texturz Plates, Texturz Impression Pad, Texturz Silicone Rubber mat; Spellbinders - Classic Ovals Large, Scalloped Ovals Large, Timeless Heritage; We R Memory Keepers - Corner Chomper.
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