Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sweet Swirls

I used Taylor's Cupcake Challenge #46 sketch for this card. I have no cupcakes--I know, you're thinking "what!!"--so I turned to my computer and Illustrator and created my own. You're also probably thinking that this cupcake belongs in Whoville, but I hope you think it's kind of fun. If you like it, feel free to save a copy to your computer and size/print/play with it--if you do, please let me know what you come up with! I printed on Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock (it really is as good as Karen says!) and coloured my image with copics, then added cotton candy and golden pink coloured stickles. My sentiment is a combo from savvy stamps' "sweet pea" and Hero Arts' "from the Heart." I used markers and huffing on the "sweet" and covered up the text I didn't want with a sticky note before inking "Heart" with SU pumpkin pie. At some point between stamping, glitzing and photographing this card, I smeared the sentiment. I also stamped it on the left without thinking about following Taylor's sketch more closely, so I flipped the sketch and embellished the right top corner.

The layers of this cupcake card... the base is pink pirouette textured cardstock; then pumpkin pie, which I ran twice through my distressed stripes cuttlebug folder to emboss the length of this strip(5.75"); the patterned slice is Basic Grey Oh Baby! Girl Natalie; and the image is matted in basic black and then pink pirouette cardstock. I also used the Fiskars threading water punch for the pixie pink scalloped design along the bottom, but added petal pink liquid pearls for a little frosting. The green polka dot ribbon is from my stash and I used both sides to repeat the dots and the solid colour.

Stamps: from the Heart, Hero Arts; sweet pea, savvy stamps
Ink: SU pumpkin pie; SU pretty in pink and basic black stampin' write markers
Paper: Gina K 120lb Pure Luxury cardstock; SU pumpkin pie, pink pirouette, pixie pink and basic black cardstock; Oh Baby! Girl Natalie, Basic Grey
Other: cuttlebug 'distressed stripes' embossing folder; pop dots and dimensionals; stickles; liquid pearls; computer, Adobe Illustrator, Wacom tablet and pen; Fiskars edge punch


Karen Motz said...

Nancy, you're so clever to create your own image! Love the colours you chose. Isn't that Gina K pure luxury cardstock just dreamy!!!

Taylor said...

So cute, Nancy! Great idea to create your own cupcake image!

I've been trying to find an email address to contact you at. Could you send me an email at


Anonymous said...

Super cute cupcake, you should be designing for Papertrey ink. And by the way, I love Whoville :)

Anonymous said...

So cute. What a great idea. What kind of printer do you use? Does the ink make a difference in using markers to color? Just curious. Looking to upgrade my printer and looking for any kind of help I can get. Thanks for the inspiration