Have you ever been lost down the rabbit hole? I have. Looking at all the cards others have created. Looking and looking and looking. This class helps solve that time waster. I’m not saying that it’s bad to enjoy the beautiful work of others; just that sometimes you can spend more time looking than creating.
This class is all about finding ways to inspire yourself. There are tools that you can use to help you look at things differently. After all…anything can inspire a card.
There are 3 parts to a card: layout, color, and style. Nicole Watt taught this class and she said, “LCS: Let’s create simply.”
Following Nicole’s suggestion, I found and created my own inspiration book. It has a zippered pocket, file folder pocket, business card pocket, and a notebook in it.
Here are a couple of the pocket pages.
Here are the pocket pages. I store some templates to trace for circles, rectangles, and etc. in one of the pockets.
This is my card that I quickly trace for my base image. It gives me a point of reference for size. It is actually 2″ x 3.” It could be any size you want, but that size fits well in my pocket and is big enough for me to sketch a layout on.
Here’s a page from my book. If I copy a layout from someone else, I note where I got it so I can refer back to it if necessary.
There are SO many opportunities for inspiration. You may see a commercial on TV that can provide a layout or a color combination. The other day I was walking in my neighborhood and saw some new flowers. The color combination of the flowers in the flower bed really caught my eye. You can look at ads in a magazine or on the internet for great ideas, too.
Another option is to make a list of 10 (or more) things that can be grouped together.
For instance, when I was growing up, we used to go to the lake every summer around the 4th of July for vacation. So I have a Lake list: water, fish, dock, white, green, sun, hat, fireworks, birds, and sand. The things on the list can represent actual items or colors.
Here’s my Rainbow list: rainbow, umbrella, rain, duck, arch, clouds, gold, shamrock, ROYGBIV, pinwheel, and geometric shapes.
And one more; my Daisy list: daisies, white, green, sunflower, field, cow, friendship, yellow, pep talk, books, pencil, pen, and letters.
Sometimes just looking through my lists will spark an idea.
Once in awhile, something that I see every day will be my inspiration. That was the case for the card below.
This little inspirational card sits on my craft table under my light. The colors and the angle of the girl’s arms inspired my card design. I’m including the whole card so that you can be inspired, too. Her upstretched arms look like the shape of the flowers. The veins in the leaves have the same shape.
To make the card, I masked off the center of the card for my sentiment, and then I stamped the flowers. I always need birthday cards, so I used the Birthday Builder set for the sentiment. I stamped it in Obsidian and clear embossed it.
The flowers are from the Bright Blossoms set. I think they are fun and cheery.
I hand drew the black stamen in the red flowers.
I had some washi tape with dots, so I added that because it coordinated with the tips of the stamen on the yellow and blue flowers.
I hope you have been inspired by this post.
I have grown SO much from what I have learned through all of the Altenew classes. I encourage you to go to https://altenew.com and look at the many classes they offer.
I feel so blessed to be a part of the crafting and AECP community! Thanks for visiting!