I'm SO excited to bring you today's featured card! Why... because it TOTALLY inspired me to make a card that I LOVE!
I was browsing through the gallery this morning thinking, "I'm so not in the mood to be creative, I'm just going to pick a card that looks similar to something I've already made and blog that." Really... I'm being embarrassingly honest here... I just didn't feel like making a card.
BUT... when I found this amazing card by HardwoodsRUs, I immediately felt a spark... and that's all it took! It was a TRUE inspiration. I fell in love with the single-layer collage look... and of course all the sponging and the monotone softness of it. I think it looks so clean and yet so sophisticated. I wanted to copy it exactly I loved it so much... but I decided to "make it my own" by changing it up. It turned out even more different than I expected.
I needed to make a wedding card for one of my hubbie's coworkers, so I started with the sentiment (Verve). I pulled out a couple of background stamps from SU and my flower silhouette stamps (Inkadinkadoo). I knew I wanted a monotone look and my pumpkin paper was sitting out on my desk, so that is what I used. (I also used So Saffron and Very Vanilla.)
I created a few masks and started by inking Scattered Straw distress ink around the edges and then stamped Canvas, French Script, and Weathered in various shades of yellow ink around the piece. I pulled out the pumpkin ink and started stamping up some flowers.... building the layers and getting darker as I came forward.
I almost stamped the sentiment on the card itself and left it at that, but I decided I wanted a bit of "layering" going on. I stamped the sentiment and punched it out and layered it over a strip of pumpkin ribbon. To balance the "top heavy" card, I added three pearls along the lower left edge.
I'm SO excited about how this turned out. It came together really quickly and turned out even better than I had hoped. Thanks to HardwoodsRUs for the much needed inspiration this morning!
Thanks all for stopping in. Have a wonderful weekend!