Saturday, March 19, 2016

March Leading Lady Maria Fischer | Take Three

Our March Leading Lady, Maria Fischer is back for her triumphant third performance!  If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or sensational second performance focusing on the illustrated trend CLICK HERE.  Maria takes on another bold and preppy trend today with an array of delightfully creative cards!

Without further ado, Maria....

Hello again w&w fans! I'm so happy to be back for Take Three as Leading Lady and I must thank you all for your kind comments. Here's a big, squishy virtual hug. You've really made my day!

Today let's talk STRIPES.

I must admit I love 'em. And I must admit, they're not new. Stripes are classic actually. Maybe it's the three different variations of daughter's Breton shirts that I've been seeing every week in the laundry... but methinks stripes are "in" again. Just google "stripes fashion trend 2016". Wow. Big, bold, loud, flashy. Any way you like 'em apparently. Best of all mixed with something else!

Did you see Take Two where my theme was the ILLUSTRATED trend? Well these first two cards use a little of that, in the totally trendy "uncolored" style, but mixed with some big and bold stripes.

Card #1 and #2


So where did those stripes come from? I've stretched my dies by making stamps out of them. I die cut the solid True Multifaceted Border from craft foam and inked it up with Distress Inks, spritzing it with water before stamping. After scrubbing the leftover Chipped Sapphire off the foam before re-inking it, it dawned on me to spritz the leftover ink and stamp off on another piece of CS. And that's how Card #2 was born! TIP: Attach your die cut foam to an acrylic block with temporary adhesive. Distress Inks work well for a watercolor effect. Pigment inks work best for more thorough coverage.

Card #1 was finished off with a layered Ina Word: Hello Cutaway and a fussy cut tweetie bird and sentiment from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs. I die cut the panel for Card #2 using Essentials: Audrey Cutaways and washi taped and stitched it onto my cardbase. Using LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs, I gave this birdie a fussy cut, heat embossed sentiment cloud over his head and some whimsical leaves from In Bloom: Maggie's Roses Cutaways, a fabulous set of dies thanks to its positives and negatives.

Care to venture a guess on how I created this next background panel?

Card #3

On a whim I cut the faceted border from True Multifaceted Border Cutaways from foam too. TIP: Add adhesive to your block and use it to pick up the die cut from cutting plate keeping all the pieces intact.

Thinking this geometric pattern might be good for a masculine card, I inked it up with olive dye ink and stamped it five times onto Neenah white cardstock. Trimmed the sides, stapled it to a kraft cardbase and added a layered Ina Word: Hello Cutawaywhich I cut from an olive-inked CS scrapHeat embossed a "happy" from The Big, The Bold and the Party onto it to add a touch of color. 

Continuing with the "stripes are good for masculine cards" line of thinking...

Card #4

... trimmed some strips of white CS, swiped yellow and rust ink pads over them and stamped secondary sentiments from Wishing You onto them. I heat embossed the main sentiment and three stars from the set in gold and adhered the strips with dimensional adhesive. Easy. And easy to change up the colors for a girly card too.

A design that always catches my eye is stripes paired with florals. Think Kate Spade. I decided to take some elegant gold foil striped PP and pair it with illustrated florals.

Card #5 and #6

Stamped floral images from In Bloom: Addie's GardenElsa's Flora and Anna's Flora in navy and coral pigment inks on white CS for Card #5. Cut Ina Word: Hi Cutaway and adhered it on a layer cut from foam. Card #6 was made by stamping the second generation images from Card #5 onto cream CS. The striped die cut was offset on a coral one. Do you make multiples when creating cards? I'm a slow crafter so it really helps me reduce the average time I need to make a card!

Whew! Stamping. Using patterned paper. I didn't even talk about painting watercolor stripes to create a background! So many ways to incorporate stripes into your cards. Hope I've inspired you to hit your craft room this weekend. And please stop by my blog if you'd like a chance at the gift card Shay has generously given me to give away.

And be sure to come back next Saturday. We'll be exploring METALLICS in Take Four...



  1. You've given me so many ideas, Maria--love your creative, wonderful cards!

  2. Oh Maria, I don't want this month to end! Wait. I do. But I don't! Lucky me, I get to see your lovelies anytime I want to, right?

  3. WOW. These are all fantastic cards.

  4. All fabulous cards with some great tips.

  5. SWEET!
    Everything is simply AWESOME.

  6. I am really enjoying Maria's work. She is versatile and so creative.

  7. Wonderful cards and terrific ideas. Thank you!

  8. Swooning over your stripes, Maria ... in every. single. card ... stunners!

  9. Oh, what a fun theme, Maria! I simply love stripes, plaids and squares, not so much the polka dot kinda girl. You rocked those stripes in every way, just LOVE all the cards and your creative brain!

  10. OH MY - how on earth did I miss your post Maria?!?!?
    LOVE your variety of CREATIVE stripes, LOVE your FABULOUS cards - I'm INSIPRED!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing :)


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