Soooo, if you've been following Ellen's blog you've been hearing the buzz about *inchies*. If you're having a *duh* moment because you're clueless and have never heard of them, don't worry! They're new to us too!! Inchies are simply 1" x 1" little pieces of artwork. They can be on any type of surface including chipboard, glass, metal, wood, plastic, shrink plastic, etc. The possibilities are endless. What do you do with inchies? The concept is that inchies are like artist trading cards. You can trade them, collect them, frame them, use them on cards, put magnets on them, have the kids make them for lockers, put them on a key ring. Whatever you want to do with them! You can use tiny images like the miniature ones Karen Lockhart has designed or you can punch out a portion of a larger image. If you are trading inchies, be sure to sign the finished artwork with your initials. A Copic .005 fine tip black marker works wonders! (I forgot to sign mine, oops!)
On with today's fun projects, I have lots to show you! The first photo below show what *inchies* are. These three inchies were created from one stamped image that I colored with Copic markers. Each separate image measures 1" x 1" and is adhered to chipboard squares. So the finished card has lots of dimension to it.
Here's the finished card using inchies. The stamp on the top is a new Lockhart image called Clothesline. Look for it in the NEW section of Ellen's online store. The bottom image is also a new Lockhart image called Bib and coordinates perfectly with the Clothesline image. I stamped the word *baby* from the Baby Cakes Lockhart stamp onto the bib. Patterned paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Sugar line. Solid card stock colors are from Memory Box. Top scallop portion is cut from a scallop cut and embossed Spellbinder's large rectangle. And check out the green ribbon....it doesn't match one single color on this card! So why did I use it? I love to just throw in a random color sometimes to liven things up. I love how it just sets this card off! This next card below is another new Lockhart image called Best Cupcake. I think it's simply adorable and I know I will use it a ton. I just watched this Food Network show down with Bobby Flay and this cupcake lady. Wouldn't it be fun to own a cupcake shop? I have ALWAYS wanted to run a little bakery business from my home. I could put cupcake tags with this stamp on all my cupcakes! Ahhhhh, to dream. The recipe for this card includes Memory Box card base and card stock, Cosmo Cricket Sugar patterned paper, Spellbinder's scallop rectangle and a delightful sprinkling of 2 pink Dew Drops from Ellen's store. I also used the Vine Ribbon Millinery Lockhart stamp on the bottom of the card, Copic markers to color in the image and SU! Groovy Guava ribbon. Notice how I cut the main image with the scallop rectangle die this time. Usually I cut the image out plain then mount it on a scallop mat. I love how the bright white is enhanced with the scallop cut and embossing.
This card cracks me up! I always say *Well, that just stinks* so I just had to create this sentiment on my computer and print it off. These socks are from another new Lockhart image called Warm Socks. I turned them into stinky socks for this card though. But I made this stinky sock card as elegant as I could by adding the pretty ribbon, Cosmo Cricket paper and more of the fun Dew Drops. I colored the image with Copic markers and achieved the dirty sock look by just dabbing the finished colored image with shades of tan markers. I can't wait to maker more of this card......it seems that the *down to earth, tell it like it is* kind of cards are always a hit!
Here's my final card I made using Karen's new Adirondack Chair image. I colored it with Copic markers then airbrushed in a cloudy sky with the Copic Air Brush System, available at Ellen's store. Base card is from Memory Box, patterned paper is from Cosmo Cricket Sugar line. Sentiment is from Stampin' Up!. I can't wait for summer to roll around so I can use this image tons!
Okay, so what do you think? Do you think you'll try to make some inchies? I'd love to hear your ideas about what you can do with inchies.
TIP OF THE DAY: COME BACK LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND I'LL HAVE ANOTHER NEW LOCKHART STAMP PREVIEW. I'M HAVING SO MUCH FUN I JUST CAN'T STOP!!!!