Jul 7, 2014

ReDesign on a Dime: Lisa Spangler

This ReDesign on a Dime is a little different because I do not have permission to post my inspiration card.  It is an absolutely perfect, adorable, card by Lisa Spangler, which you can find here.  I emailed Lisa for permission to post her card here but did not hear back.  Likely my email went into her spam, or maybe she just hasn't checked her mail in a bit. 

I kept Lisa's perfect layout but don't have a tag die (more on that next Sunday...) so used my Silhouette to cut out a tag.  I also don't have the Mama Elephant set Lisa used (although would love to get it.)  Decided to substitute a solid flower and vamp up the color palette. 

Here's how I started.  Grabbed my bag of green and red inked sponges.  (I store my sponges in zip loc sandwhich bags -- poked some holes in the bags so the air escapes and they store flat.  By using sponges, I've avoided buying the Ranger tool for sponging Distress Inks. It looks great but I find cutting up sponges works just fine.) 

I placed the stamp next to the tag.  Sponged the tag in green and raspberry, aiming for the spots on the tag where I thought the flower would go.

Perfection not needed here.  In fact, it would spoil the result.

After I inked the tag as above, I stamped the flower (from an old Hero Arts set) in Versamark and embossed with clear powder.  Then I inked up the rest of the tag with blue distress inks and my blue sponges.  Bright and fun.

I added a background from Impression Obsession at the bottom of the tag to form a border and stamped a sentiment from an Altenew set in the same raspberry distress ink.

Flicked some ink with a paint brush on the card, in the same direction that Lisa did -- from top left to bottom right -- to help the eye go in that direction toward the tag and sentiment.


Thanks, Lisa.  You may not know it but your work certainly inspires me. And I didn't spend a dime doing it.


  1. Awe. Some. LOVE the cheerful colors and the flicking. When I flick with a brush, it looks weird. Your flicking is perfectly soft and random!

  2. thanks. I had to practice flicking!!

  3. oooohhh...love what you've done!

  4. I like Lisa's card, but yours is way prettier!

  5. Love card, Joan. Beautiful color combo.

  6. Love this card. It's beautiful

  7. Once again you have inspired me. The colours you chose are vibrant and lovely and I'm taking note of the wonderful layout too.

  8. Love the idea of sponging in colour first and then the clear embossing. That's something I am definitely going to try.

  9. Your card is fabulous!! And I am not much for little people, so I like yours better!

  10. That's so pretty, Joan. Mama Elephant or not, you have made it work beautifully. Love the colors and the Hero Arts flower.


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