My most recent cards were inspired by challenges over on Splitcoaststampers. Yesterday was the "Clean and Simple" (referring to design style) challenge. We were challenged to use a card by Loll Thompson as a sketch/inspiration for making a color-blocked background. Here is Loll's card:
And here are the two I made:
The first used a stamp by SavvyStamps as the background. I stamped it 3 times in light rose ink, then stamped the Inkadinkado dress form over it in brown, and finished with the word stamp, also from Inkadinkado.
I layered this onto a piece of brown cardstock and punched the corners, then used mounting tape to layer it on top of some of the pink and pink and brown plaid pattern papers I have been using like crazy lately. I really had to remind myself that the idea is to be "clean and simple" and hold off on adding more and more embellishments. It looked a little unfinished to me at first, but has grown on me until I really like it!
For the second card I experimented with sponging ink through a stencil to form my background. I initially had a vague idea of some sort of tiki/fruity drink theme inspired by the stencil shape, but realized that the color went perfectly with a Christmas sticker I had and hadn't been able to figure out anything to do with, so it became a Christmas card! I applied the sticker over the background, layered that onto some green cardstock and added light green eyelets at the corner. It didn't look quite right alone on the card, so I went back into my scrap drawer and found some blue cardstock that complemented the blues and greens from the sticker perfectly, and really set the card off. I will be revisiting the CAS challenges soon, I really liked having to pare down a bit and make a simpler card.
Today I tried the Inspiration challenge. Every Saturday the challenge moderator posts a website with some kind of art or design elements, and the challenge is to pick something on the site as an inspiration and make a card based on it. It's very open, so you can make a card using a similar color scheme, or design shape, or anything reflecting some aspect of the inspiration piece.
Today's inspiration site is Land of Nod, which is a subsidiary of Crate and Barrel specializing in decor and items for babies' and kids' rooms. I found so much inspiration it was very difficult to narrow it down! But this pull toy caught my eye:
and reminded me that I have had a sheet of stickers featuring pull toys for ages that I have been meaning to make a baby card with. Today was the day!
The stickers are from Frances Meyer. I stuck them to card stock and used an X-acto knife to cut them out so they had a little more sturdiness to them. Since they are pretty large, I decided to go with a 7.5" by 4.25" inch long card. I layered dotted patterned paper onto the card, then added the striped paper, layered onto plain yellow cardstock for some contrast. Finally I used mounting tape to stick the three pull toy stickers on, which gave the card some dimension while making a place for me to stick the purple fiber that connects the three toys into a little baby-welcoming parade. I finished it off with the sentiment, also from Savvystamps. So glad I finally used these stickers!
Thanks for looking, and have a great weekend!