Inspiration can come from anywhere. Sometimes it is a color scheme; sometimes it is a pattern; sometimes it is just a graphic element. But when it hits, you can’t go to sleep until you have satisfied the urge to create something beautiful.
On a recent visit to Hobby Lobby (getting some things to decorate my vendor tables for some upcoming events) I was wondering around, looking at all the pretty things – which were everywhere. I was almost overwhelmed with all the inspiration until I saw this framed art piece and knew in an instant that I wanted to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) in my card making.
Arrow Art Inspiration
I can’t explain why, but this piece “spoke” to me – and I literally could not stop thinking about it until I made my own, card-sized, version.
Since I already had all the Stampin’ Up! supplies needed, I didn’t have to wait for the awesome man in the brown truck to bring me a box to create it – (Which, incidentally, I am currently waiting on for another idea just running around in my head) – and I LOVE how it turned out!
I transferred the Dictionary Background Stamp by laying the paper on top of the stamp and then applying pressure from the middle of the paper outwards, intentionally leaving the edges without a fully stamped image. The I stamped the arrows from the Show and Tell 2 Photopolymer stamp set on top in Tuxedo Black Momento Ink. Since the photopolymer stamps are clear, I was able to go back over the arrows with Metallic Gold Encore ink.
But I didn’t stop there! I took the Gold Encore ink pad and dragged it across the stamped images as well as taking a sponge dauber with a touch of the gold ink to the edges of the stamped card front.
After framing the card front with a piece of Smokey Slate cardstock and attaching it to a Basic Black Card Base, my quest to quench my inspired vision was complete!
Arrow Art Inspiration
Please see the below list for the supplies used to make this card.
Simple cards don’t have to be dull! With a splash of color, your simple cards go from drab to fab in less than 60 seconds! This card features the What’s Up? Stamp Set and the Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon backed by Coastal Cabana – a color combination that just screams summer to me!
Use your Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line up your sentiment exactly where you want it over the Gorgeous Grunge ink splat
Staple the ribbon pieces together using the new hand-held stapler – which will be available in the Holiday Catalog August 28th!
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I know you are too polite to tell me about the little oopsie on my card front – so let’s just chalk it up to the number one reason why you should clear your work space before moving onto other projects. Of course, this is just another creative opportunity to get those juices flowing
QUESTION – How would YOU disguise the little oopsie on the front of this card?
Use a single stamp to create a background by repeating the image to fill the blank space. You can do this freehand – or, if perfection is your thing, use a Stamp-a-ma-Jig to line up your images perfectly every time!
I rounded the corners of this card using my envelope punch board – I love the subtle rounding the EPB delivers!
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Recently my parents came to visit us from New Orleans – while I loved every minute I spent with them – I really do miss them. That’s what happens when you live close to 1,700 miles away from your parents, I suppose.
So, the other day, while I was sitting in my studio crying thinking about how much I missed them, a creative moment took hold of me and I created this sweet card to send to them! (Mom, if you are reading this – forget that you saw it already!)
In order to get a fully stamped image using the background Woodgrain Stamp, lay the stamp rubber side up on a flat surface, then ink the stamp with your ink pad to get ample coverage you can see!
Lay your card stock on top of the background stamp and burnish with your brayer or fingers to transfer the image. (This is just easier than trying to manage that huge stamp!)
I used the butterfly images from my Kinda Eclectic stamp set – but you could use images from the Papillion Potpourri set or various other sets.
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When I saw the Flashback Designer Series Paper and the Snapshot single stamp – I just knew they were meant for each other! The color combination on the DSP is fresh and funky while the images give it that retro edge.
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When I saw the Dictionary background stamp in this year’s annual catalog, I knew I had to have it! I love the look of book pages behind images – and the Kinda Eclectic stamp set was an awesome match for “dried” flower leaves!
I used my Stamp-ma-jig to line up my leaf images so they overlapped exactly how I wanted the first time.
Due to the size of the background stamp, I inked the rubber stamp, then, laying the stamp image side up, I placed my cardstock on top of the rubber stamp and rubbed the cardstock to transfer the image the paper. Much easier to work with the size of the stamp this way!
Using my bone folder, I was able to “curl” either end of the sentiment, creating movement on the card.
I used Basic Gray ink for the image behind the sentiment – which I stamped off once to “fade” the image.
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I made this card for one of my mom’s best friends who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. While it is a scary thing, she has started treatment and is very positive – although she is a bit worried about possibly losing her hair. But you know what? It will be OK – even if no one has seen her without hair since she was a baby!
To make this card, I used paper from the Moonlight Designer Series Pack and Blackberry Bliss cardstock. The Designer Series Packs are so awesome because they are sized for minimal cutting to make a card front.
When I cut the DSP to size for my card front, I simply used the reverse side of the extra piece to break up the design a bit. Added bonus? No scraps of paper to hold onto!
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