It's time to play with Pals Paper Arts! Today's challenge is a Fashion Inspiration Challenge...Puttin' on the Ritz! This is also our Blog Candy Blowout. One lucky participant in this week's challenge will be showered with Mystery Blog Candy from all nine members of the PPA Design Team. To be eligible to win...you must play in this week's challenge!
The Inspiration Behind the Design
"Puttin' on the Ritz" is a 1929 Irving Berlin song. The title was derived from an expression, inspired by the Ritz Hotel, meaning to dress very fashionably. Whenever I think of the phrase "puttin' on the Ritz" I think of three things: the scene from the movie "Young Frankenstein", where the "Monster" sings out "Puttin' on da Riiiiitzzzz"; the dancing icon, Fred Astaire; and New Year's Eve! These served as my inspiration. I wanted to re-create the glitz and glam of a formal New Year's Eve ballroom, with men resplendent in ties and tails. So out came my stash of rhinestones, silver glimmer paper, and black and white card stock. Now you may be wondering about those lips. They represent the traditional New Year's Eve midnight kiss! And now you know the method behind the madness!
The Stampin' Schach Design Tips: Clean, Simple and GlitzyThe finished card measures 5-1/2" x 4-1/4".
- Texture! I think Clean and Simple cards benefit from a healthy dose of texture! Textured Whisper White card stock serves as the card base, while textured Cherry Cobbler serves as matting! And if you look closely, you will see that the image mat has been passed through the Big Shot with the "Quilted" Perfect Details Texturz Plate. (Tip: To get a deeper embossing with a Texturz Plate, spritz the paper with a little water and emboss when damp!)
- Cheers! Sentiments take on an entirely different look when stamped onto textured card stock! The word "Cheers", was selectively inked from the Delightful Dozen's "Cheers (way to go)" stamp, using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker. The result looks as if it were stamped on canvas!
- Bring on the Bling! Silver Glimmer Paper serves as a sparkling backdrop to the Cherry Cobbler embossed S.W.A.K. Lips!
- Yipes! Stripes! I resisted the temptation to bring out the Black Satin Ribbon, and opted to add strips of card stock for a more formal look.
- Rhinestones anyone? At every intersection of the Quilted Texturz pattern, a Basic Rhinestone was placed. Plus I colored rhinestones red with a permanent marker and placed one at each corner of a Frame It Ornate Frame. Indulgent...yes! But since this card is headed to a very special person, it was worth every single one!
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I am not quite certain what to call this style. Clean and Bling??? And adding the "kiss" was quite a departure from my usual vintage and distressed look. But what do you think? Please let me know in today's comment. And if you have a name for this style, I would love to hear it! As always, if you ever have a question about the cards that I create or the techniques I use, I am only an email away! And for your stamping inspiration, enjoy Fred Astaire dancing to "Puttin' on the Ritz". Until next time...