CommUNITY: Inspiration from Lisa Bzibziak
Hi friends! Today we are here with an installment of our monthly series, CommUNITY, where we share artwork from artists who we'd love for you to get to know. CommUNITY is about embracing and honoring the creativity of individuals who are often underrepresented. By sharing art from a diverse group of creators, we hope to not only bring inspiration to this papercrafting community we all love so much, but also support and empower individuals to be their authentic selves as they create and share. Look for a new CommUNITY guest artist right here on the blog each month. Today our amazing guest is Lisa Bzibziak!
I have been papercrafting for about 30 years and have really loved seeing all of the changes in the industry. I enjoy working with all different mediums and love finding new ways to use them. My favorite thing to do is use products for a project different from what they may have originally been intended...like using a rainbow for a Christmas Card or making a coffee card out of...well...anything! Excited to be guesting with Hero Arts and getting to share projects with some of their fabulous products!
My first plan for this rainbow was very different from what I landed on. When it came time to start, I realized November is the perfect time to create a Christmas card or two using some unexpected elements! I'm sure I'm not the first to create a Christmas rainbow...but maybe the first to create a Christmas rainbow rising from a Christmas coffee cup?
For the cup card, I used a stamp positioner to stamp each rainbow arch of the smaller rainbow from the Rainbow HeroScapes set with a dye based ink and then clear embossing ink over it and embossed the red and green with clear embossing powder. The smallest arch I stamped and embossed with gold and some glitter. Next I cut a couple clouds that came in the Rainbow Infinity Die set from white glitter paper and one of the cups that was the right size from a Christmas paper with holly on it and popped that up underneath the rainbow. I made sure to leave room for the sentiment "I believe in you" which may not be super Christmassy, but I thought the "I believe" gave it a Christmas feel.
For the second card, I cut the rainbow arches of the largest set from the Rainbow Infinity Dies from glitter paper. I decided to cut a full rainbow for each because then I'll have pieces to create two more cards! This would be a great and easy to recreate in bulk Christmas card! I used the large cloud die to cut white glitter paper clouds and popped that up underneath. Finally a sentiment from the Rainbow HeroScape set and then another Merry Christmas sentiment. As always, I added a few sequins to each and I was done!
And I have one more card to share!
I stamped the Color Layering Flower Power with a couple different browns for the face...one a little darker on the edges for some dimension. I decided to add even more shading with colored pencils to give her lips and cheeks additional color. I stamped the floral hair in pink/red and green because I wanted this to be a Christmas card. I also filled in more color to these parts with colored pencils and then added some glitter glue to the centers in pink and green. For the background I used a previously created gel print from my stash in pink and sticking with my non-traditional cards stamped the Succulent Bouquet set from Hero Arts in embossing ink and embossed in white. Then I added some of the same pink/red colored pencil and lighter pink to blend in some color I used with the florals. I popped the fabulous Looking Glass Ornate Frame Fancy Die that I cut from green glitter paper and inserted my beautiful Flower Power gal into the center. Finally I stamped a Merry Christmas sentiment and one of the sentiments from the Color Layering Flower Power set to finish it off.
Click on products to shop: