Okay, ready? Sing along with me:
♪ ♫ I'm riding in your car, you turn on the radio
You're pulling me close, I just say no...
This week's challenge at Gingersnap Creations is HEAT, and you're welcome to interpret that however you wish! Sunny beaches, chili peppers, salsa-dancing teddy bears in gold lame' costumes... you name it! Even with all that flexibility, though, I had a little trouble coming up with a concept for this theme. So, I went to the place I almost always go when I'm struggling to find inspiration: The world of popular music. It didn't take long to land in New Jersey. When he's downtrodden, he's really downtrodden. But when he's on fire, there's no one more on fire than Bruce Springsteen!
So, once I had the appropriate, heat-related song in mind, the card came together pretty quickly. The lady is an old favorite from Lynne Perrella, stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and colored with every bright red and orange Copic I could get my hands on. I glued her to black cardstock and cut around the outline so she'd stand out against the backdrop. The flames were hand-drawn, Copic-ed and cut out.
Behind the red-hot hottie is a panel of glossy cardstock, brayered with Adirondack Brights Ink (Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange and Red Pepper), then embossed with Tim's "Rays" Texture Fade folder. For added flaminess (not a real word), I rubbed some gold metallic goo across the raised areas. This was mounted onto black cardstock, then onto a leftover piece of shiny paper painted with Luna Lights. The lyrics were ink jet printed, and yes— I did actually burn the edges this time. Nothing else caught on fire. It was a good day.
I think it's best to view this card while listening to its musical inspiration (although the video is so much fun you'll probably ignore the artwork completely), so here it is, fresh from the Wayback Machine:
Okay, guys, put on your fire-proof suits and show us your hottest art! This challenge runs until August 1, and we can't wait to see how YOU turn on the heat!