Runway Inspired Challenge

Today I am honored to be a guest over on the Runway Inspired Challenge blog. They have an incredible design team (some of my favorite artists are there) and always share great designs. So I was tickled when Jennifer Rzasa (I am a big fan of hers) asked me to play along…

I created two cards inspired by this style image…

I used the outfit on the left for my inspiration. I really like the navy background with bold pops of white and colorful flowers. On the first one, I also stamped a plaid image over the whole card… inspired by the plaid on the other dress…

(Sorry – forgot to warn you to put on sunglasses. LOL.)

I used one of my favorite techniques here. I first stamped all the floral images on navy cardstock with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink. (This is the best white ink for stamping on dark colors. Colorbox Frost White Pigment Ink works well too.) After heat setting it, I colored very heavily over the images with colored pencils – lots of pink, blue, green, yellow and white pencils. This color pops on the navy background. I also added some of the awesome My Mind’s Eye Enamel Dots to the flower centers. LOVE those.

I then decided to stamp over it with a subtle image – the Hero Arts Envelope Background. However, this time I used Hero Arts White DYE Ink. This is more subtle than the pigment ink and gives a softer, ghost-like look. Perfect for stamping over other stamping…

And don’t you just love that new stamp set? It is from Simon Says Stamp. You can get it HERE, or as part of their awesome March Card Kit HERE.

This next card shows the same technique, just in a simple design…

Pops of color on a dark background? Yes please. And by tracing with the pencils, it looks like it was hand drawn. Even though I couldn’t draw this by hand to save my life…

Be sure to visit the Runway Inspired Challenge blog. It is one of the very best challenge blogs I have seen!

See you soon.

Below are the supplies used for this card. To find them at Simon Says Stamp, click on the SSS below the thumbnails. For Ellen Hutson, click on EH



Hero Arts Envelope Pattern Stamp (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Unicorn White Pigment Ink (SSS|EH)


Hero Arts White Dye Ink (SSS|EH)



Hero Arts Snow Notecards (SSS|EH)


43 CommentsOther

  1. Gorgeous!! Love the navy background with the subtle pattern behind it and the BOLD pop of color in the fore front. So captivating. The second card is just as striking with the beautiful colors. Wow…wow…WOW!!! :)

  2. Jennifer, this is amazing!! Those colors are gorgeous! Your coloring is always so inspiring! Just beautiful!

  3. Carol P

    Soooo pretty.

  4. Heather Mayfield

    Just got the patterned stamp for my birthday. Asked for it because of all the inspiration I have seen with it here.

  5. Carolyn Carter

    Your cards are just beautiful….as always! I just love the colors on your first card, awesome! And, I love the Envelope Pattern Stamp…it’s my new “fave”.

  6. Those bold, bright colors look amazing against the navy background! Awesome cards!

  7. Gorgeous cards! Your stamping and colors are amazing.

  8. Amazing! Love them both! Such cool techniques to try!

  9. I loooove the first card. At first I thought it was just a new wonderful DP until I read your technique tips…

  10. You are amazing and so are your cards! Wish I had your creativity!

  11. These are gorgeous Jennifer! Love those pops of colour on the dark navy background and I’m thrilled that I already included the HA Unicorn ink in my order at SSS using the discount code from the C&S2 class! Would love to give this a try myself.

  12. I love the look of overstamping using the white dye ink. It’s so subtle but very effective. These colors/images remind me of high school in the 70′s. Very fun!

  13. Simply AMAZING… love what you created Jennifer.

  14. Janet L.

    Perfect cards, Jennifer! I love the color combinations! I’m going to try your colored pencil on white technique, thank you!

  15. Dee in NH

    Ooooh! Love them both!

  16. Susan

    Love these cards!! I have moved away from stamping on dark backgrounds – I think I will pull out some darker papers for my next card! Thanks for the link to the Runway Challenge too!

  17. Sneha

    Jennifer McGuire – you are a card making goddess! That first card is AMAZING!

  18. Stunning cards!
    Your blog is always full of techniques! Another wonderful one. I didn’t know that there are white DYE inks. Definitely wanna try.
    Thank you!

  19. Tona

    Love your cards! They are sure to brighten anyones day :)

  20. Deborah Mueller

    Love them both! Now I need to get that new stamp set and try it out! Thanks for the inspiration. :)

  21. Brilliant cards (I intend both meanings of the word!). Love ‘em both. You’ve inspired me to get out my Prismacolors – they need some exercise!

  22. Loly Borda

    Both cards are beautiful, love those happy flowers on the blue background. TFS

  23. barbara lassiter

    These are so cool. I really want to try this technique!

  24. Deborah

    What fun cards! Love the bright colors on the navy background.

  25. Jan

    Wowee! You inspire me. I’ve never tried this technique.

  26. Kathy H

    All that gorgeous color makes me happy! Thank you Jennifer!

  27. Lovely card. I love how you have such an eye for color and placement. Great thanks for sharing.

  28. calamityjane

    I love your color choices!!! Maybe….just maybe…Spring is on its way!!!! Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

  29. Beautiful card Jennifer. Love the bright colors.
    Great inspiration

  30. Nichole

    I have got to stop reading your blog, every time I do my wish list gets longer, lol. This card is so amazing! At first I thought you used Inktense pencils, but nope good old Prismas. I need to dig mine out try this technique.

  31. Kelley

    I’ve wanted the Envelope Pattern Stamp ever since it came out but didn’t want to store another wood stamp. However, you keep using it and I think I will just have to bite the bullet and get it! :) Love your cards and can’t wait for my kit to arrive. Well, I guess I have no choice but to wait.

  32. wow! absolutely stunning! love love them both!

  33. Gabby

    FABULOUS, fashion-inspired cards! Like the stamps and bright colors. I’m a sucker for white on navy, too and I LOVE the bkgrd stamp-over. Thanks for the tips on the white ink pads and coloring on navy. I have used three brands of white stamps on three different dark pink cardstocks. Upon stamping, they instantly all bled a light pink color. I didn’t even have a chance to heat set them. Drats! I’ll try the inks you suggested. :)

  34. Andrea6760

    Jennifer, These cards are absolutely beautiful! You have truly inspired me to want to create one. I love how the colors just pop and it really gave me a lift from this snowy cold winter day! Thank you so much for sharing your fantastic talent!

  35. GORGEOUS Cards LOVE these So Vibrant…..xo

  36. The first card is gorgeous!

  37. The first card is gorgeous!

  38. Marilyn

    Jennifer – wow your cards are amazing as always! You are so inspiring. Thank you for continually sharing your incredibly creative talents! I am wondering where you purchase the navy cardstock? Thank you!

  39. SO amazing, Jennifer! I am in love with the dark blue backgrounds- they really make the flowers pop! Thanks so much for being a guest with the Runway Inspired Challenge…it’s a thrill to have you with us! :)

  40. Sue D

    Very pretty!

  41. Wonderful to have you as guest designer at RIC, Jennifer! I’m trying it “on” for the first time! I’m not a scrapbooker, except to make a two-volume scrapbook of the twink grandson’s first year, which I’m so glad I did. Doing this as a journey for children, especially, is an act of love that they will treasure their whole lives. My DDIL tells me the boys, now 8, often take down their “baby books” and pour over them. Good luck with your new adventure! Lila Grace is going to make it very easy for you. She’s a living doll!!

  42. Virginia L.

    Absolutely bright and stunning! Love this so much, Jennifer! So glad that you join the fun with us over Runway Inspired!! Always inspiring!

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