Greased Lightning and IBN-DC011

IBN-DC011_2-001Hah! One of the wonderful things about playing along with various challenges is that you always learn something–whether because you stretched your creative muscles a bit beyond their norm, or from the other talented individuals who participate in and create the challenges…or from your own mistakes in the process.  Example–I just learned a valuable lesson when I uploaded my digital card here at first:  If it’s got a white background in real life, there’s “something” there” but, digitally, that same white background just kinda disappears on a computer-screen page, and anything that bleeds off into the whitespace looks lost, and unfinished!  And perhaps even like it’s ethereally floating on the page!

SOOO, I tried again:


Eureka! I no longer have a floating card!  🙂

IBN-DC011-Grease is the Word

This very bright and bold birthday card is for the digi-challenge IBN-DC011 over at Impressions by Nicole. This week is an inspiration challenge, and Nicole and Kris chose the movie Grease.  This challenge’s rules allow me to use any aspect of the movie–the movie poster, character–whatever–as my inspiration for my digital creation.  Perfect challenge for someone (that would be ME!) who has seen the movie at least 120 times. (No. Seriously. I don’t think that’s an exaggeration at all!)

My favorite musical number from this classic movie is “Greased Lightning”…you know, the scene that goes from the reality of a greasy autobody shop to the dream scene of the perfect souped-up red hot-rod and the perfectly slick-coiffed guys from Grease at their shiniest.  It’s all pristine white, bright red gleam, hard-edged black, and shiny silver and chrome….which is exactly the inspiration I zeroed in on for my card.  I’ve got silver brads (chrome wheels??), some hard-edged black background paper, some bold red graphic paper, and some sleek lines in the border stamp and paper.  To create my card, I used the following:

  • Paper:  DSP:  Big Top Birthday (red stripe), Christmas Jingle (red polka dot), Frightful Sight (black stripe), and Nite Owl (background white with black curly-cue border–yes, I covered up the tree in the lower right corner!)  
  • Paper:  Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, and the background border I created using the picker tool, and chose a shade from the silver brad to give me a nice burnished-chrome look.
  • Stamps:  Frames with a Flourish, Under the Big Top (sentiment), Season by Season (blossoms). The stamps were left in their original Basic Black color.
  • Embellishments: The flowers are from Happy Bday; the brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware set; and I enlarged a silver staple to create the long “bar” underneath the 4 silver “wheel” brads.

Greased Lightning

Whew! That’s a lot of elements for one simple card!  I feel like I had a workout worthy of that “Greased Lightning'” number!

Thanks for visiting my Little Corner today! –Terri


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