CupCake Inspirations Challenge #375

cic375It is Sunday, which of course means it is time for a new Cupcake Inspirations Challenge.  This week we are sponsoring a theme challenge looking for cards for Bows.

I am not a big ribbon person, and rarely use actual bows in my work.  The main reason for this is that I just can’t tie pretty bows.  There are crafters who have made an absolute art of bow tieing.  I just have never been one of them.  So I knew in this challenge I would have to rely on other types of bows (even though I did find in the end that could tie a fairly decent bow if I used quite a bit of glossy accents).

I pulled out a Santoro Gorjuss stamp and stamped out the focal image.  Then using two different sized bows from the stamp pack I created a wall paper behind the focal image.

I did pull out a bit of scrap ribbon I had laying around and pulled the colors from the ribbon to pick the colors to color.  (I just couldn’t bring myself to use the hot pink in the inspiration photo.)  I colored in the focal image and bows with my copics, trying to keep everything crisp and white in the back ground.  Then I pulled out some Liquitex Iridescent bright Gold ink and painted the rim of the tea cup and saucer.  I wish you could see how pretty the gold ink reflects light in real life.  It added something really neat to the whole image.

I added the bow with some double sided tape and spent forever trying to tie a pretty bow.  In the end, with quite a bit of glossy accents I came up with a decent bow and adhered that too. Then I added the whole thing to an A2 card base and left it at just that.  cic375-ek-gorman

I encourage you to take a minute and go see what the other Design Sweeties came up with.  Their interpretation of the theme is really amazing (and there are some really pretty bows).


Ek (that’s me)





That’s all for today.  I really look forward to seeing how you interpret the theme.  Till next time, craft something pretty.


  1. This is such a cute card and what a sweet image!! I know exactly what you’re saying about people who can make bow tieing look like an art. I am not one of those people either but your bow came out fabulous!!


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