Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Inks, Flowers....and Coffee Filter!


 Runway Inspired Challenge has offered Alexander McQueen's latest fashion photo (details see ric #8 ). Oooh-la-la! Can you resist the dress? I can't. So what does a card-maker do? You guesses it! 
bring on the happy
Does this card make you happy? A neat thing about this card:
 
 The flowers were made with one sheet of coffee filter.  Yup, that paper is amazing! It absorbs liquid so well and will soak up whatever colors you put on. In this case, I used Distress Inks!
First you smear the ink pads onto the paper and then spritz generous amount of water and you will see the magic happens. But be patient! It does take a bit of time to dry ( I think heat embossing gun will work also). I went about and do some exercise...and when I came back, ta-da! The paper was ready for me to stamp.

Supplies: Hero Arts stamp, coffee filters, Basic Grey (Little Black Dress), May Arts Ribbons, gems, pearls,  Distress Inks (Victorian Velvet, Fire Brick, Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed).

I am also entering this card for Moxie Fab World's Household Challenge. What can be more practical and fun to play with coffee filters!? Next time you run out of the fancy designer paper, have no fear! Make some of your own because it is sitting right in a pantry cupboard near you!

69 comments:

Laura B. said...

I'm amazed! Coffee filters, you amaze me!

Barb said...

What a fun take on the photo, V! I adore your coffee filter-flowers! They turned out perfect! :)

Barb said...

awesome card!

Simone said...

Sooo beautiful! Such a fun and bright happy card. LOVE your take on the photo :)

Linda R said...

I just LOVE this card. What a wonderful saying.. Makes me smile..

Hugs, Linda

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Wow, what a great idea.

Dawn said...

fabulous. This is the second time today I've seen Coffee filters made into flowers. A totally stunning card Virginia.

onecraftymama said...

CLEVER! I never thought to ink them up before...now I have to go try it :) I love the final effect - and the pop of lace & black PLUS that cheery sentiment is just perfect all together!

yyam said...

Oh wow! The blooms look super spectacular Virginia!!!

Michelle said...

Amazing, Virginia! You are so creative! :-)

Lynn said...

What a very cool idea! Love it Virginia!

Donna Bowman said...

Love how you colored these flowers Virginia! Great take on this inspiration photo!

Donna Bowman said...

Love how you colored these flowers Virginia! Great take on this inspiration photo!

Maureen Morton said...

Love this! I used to use coffee filters often, but had forgotten how great they are. These colors are amazing and you captured the essence of that dress - I can even hear the flutter of the fabric when I look at your lovely card.

Christina said...

Wow, those flowers are amazing! They look so incredibly bold yet delicate. Fabulous take on the trigger photo!

Sheila H said...

The flowers are beautiful. Thanks for the coffee filter tip.

Tammy said...

Beautiful card! Love the lace trim too! (Did you see the Coffee Filter project I posted the other day?)

Cindy C. said...

FaBuLous!!

Marlena M. said...

NO WAY! Coffee filters? This is beautiful Virginia!

Bethany said...

I think I know what I want to try next time I craft! Beautiful card Virginia!

Lin said...

What a fantastic idea, Virginia! Love how this turned out!!

Miriam Prantner said...

So pretty, I would never be able to tell those were coffee filters! And I LOVE that little touch of lace.

diana said...

Great idea! TFS ;-)

Eve said...

I luv the paper you've created, Virginia! Great stamp to use for the paper, and great card in the end! :-)

Vicky said...

Another beautiful card! i love how your mind works and your take on the challenges! Such a great idea to use coffee filter! i need to grab some from my kitchen :)

Kathy (krolski) said...

Coffee filters, you amaze me my friend! Your card is gorgeous!

Kerry said...

Gorgeous and clever! And the card is too. :) Thanks for the inspiration. We buy coffee filters in a huge package, so I'll definitely be eyeing them the next time I need something different.

Annette said...

you used coffee filters...that is brilliant...i love how they turned out...lovely card Virginia..

Gilda said...

What a great idea, Virginia, and such a bright, HAPPY card!

mgpm said...

Just lovely...I like your inspirational dress and your take on it in your card. Beautiful.

Chunyuan said...

This is amazing. Love the texture and feel of the coffee filter flower. I have to try this.

Isha said...

This is such a pretty card, Virginia!

Alice Wertz said...

love love your coffee filter flowers. beautiful colors and such a gorgeous card. fabulous work as always, V!!

joy said...

What fun! I love the coffee filter flowers! Great take on the inspiration photo, Virginia.

Trinh said...

Fabulous and SO creative! Love those pretty flowers and never would have guessed they were made from a coffee filter.

Jenny said...

Well they certainly give a stunning water coloured effect, I love how the colours have bled and mixed, each flower is unique!...a gorgeous card :0)
Jenny x

Linda Beeson said...

Not only are your supplies very creative but those flowers turned out wonderfully!

alexandra s.m. said...

Absolutely BREATHTAKING my Friend!! waouh ;-)

Thank You

cheiron said...

GORGEOUS!!!!!

Lindsey said...

Oh, I totally have to try this! Beautiful card, Virginia. :)

Karen from MI said...

BEAUTIFUL, just BEAUTIFUL!!! You really do INSPIRE me, Virginia!! This is a WOW O WOW card!! :) Love, Karen

Just 4 Fun Cards said...

Wow, I love your card! It definitely will make the recipient happy! The lace is gorgeous - who makes that? What a brilliant idea to use coffee filters.

Heather Maria said...

Gorgeous card, Virginia! Your coffee filter flowers are so pretty and I love the delicate borders!

Brenda said...

This is totally beautiful Virginia! Love your use of coffee filters, it really turned out beautifully! Love the lace trim at the bottom.

chrystinanoel.com said...

Great use of coffee filters. And I love that ribbon. Looks wonderful!!

donna mikasa said...

Absolutely stunning card! And coffee filters? Genius! I'm not a coffee drinker but I NEED to buy some filters and try this out! Thank you for the inspiration, V! Amazing!!

Lisa Arana said...

a.maz.ing take on the RIC. you can absolutely see the dress in your card.

Lisa A. said...

This is beautiful and so creative, Virginia!!! Thanks for letting us know how you made your flowers...simply lovely:)!!

TenSGal said...

Wow...I just learned to use a coffee filter over a plate or bowl in the microwave rather than a paper towel (much less costly!) and thought I was doing great but this is fantastic! Definitely going to have to try this!!!
Beautiful card!

Susan

Cristina said...

Get out of town! Coffee filters? So smart. And this card is bright and so beautiful. Thanks for joining us, Virginia!

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love the contrast of the bright flowers against the black! Thanks for joining us at the Runway Inspired Challenge :)

Cath said...

Hey Virginia! Thanks for linking this up to the Household Items Challenge in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)

Angi said...

Amazing! Love your coffee filter flowers. :)

Wida said...

It was a winner after all!!! Congrats :)

Kathy (krolski) said...

Congrats on winning over at the Moxie Fab blog!! Yay! So thrilled to see your card there Virginia! :)

Sue McRae said...

Congrats on your win at Moxie Fab!

Dorel said...

Congratulation on your win! I'm happy for you, your card was really a masterpiece!

Lin said...

YAY, Virgina, Congrats on your Moxie Fab win!! LOVED this card, so I'm not at all surprised!

pcm said...

and here you thought that your coffee filter flowers were a failure! LOL!

Chunyuan said...

congrats on your Moxie Fab win. I knew this is a winner. Have to try the coffee filter myself. Thanks for the note this morning.

ThePurplePlace said...

Fantabulous!!! I am in awe of all your awesome and artistic skills!! I was very happy to see this card over at Moxie Fab!! :)

Congratulations!!!
Lisa

N@ said...

congrats! great idea, lovely card!

Trinh said...

Woo hoo, Virginia! A huge congrats on your MFW win! I'm not surprised at all to see your gorgeous card among the winners.

Ani said...

This card is stunning!

Yvette said...

Fabulous and SO creative!And congratulations on your MFW win!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Congrats on winning an honor at MFW, Virginia, for this neat-o card! The flowers are really gorgeous.

JenMarie said...

This is STUNNING! Your flowers are so vibrant! Perfect embellishing!

Jean Bullock said...

The card layout is fabulous and filter flowers look great. But did you use cone filters or the other kind?

Virginia Lu said...

Hi Jean, Thanks so much for the interest in coffee paper filter flowers. I used the CONE filter paper. I think that shape is much more pliable and provides larger surface to work with. Hope this answers your question.