Friday, July 10, 2009

Inspired Poolside

When you look at someone's creation, have you ever wondered "how did they ever think of that" or ponder what inspired them to use a particular color combination or how they dreamed up a card design or layout that seemed to fit the image to a tee?

Sometimes I find myself looking at magazines, pictures, fabrics and thinking of how certain colors might look if used in a card. Weird, but I see the colors as Stampin Up colors....celery, banana, or regal rose instead of light green, pale yellow or pink!

The fact is inspiration comes from everywhere and sometimes from the oddest places.

Take today's card. The colors and images used were inspired by my daughter's swimsuit that was purchased at Old Navy early in the season. I instantly loved the suit because I'm a fan of bright colors anyway. But the warm brown background with the bright coral straps just speaks to me. Then take the other bright colors that just seem to pop off the brown and I'm in visual heaven.

So it's probably not surprising that I've made this card using all the colors of the swimsuit fabric!

I started with a Cameo Coral base to mimic the swimsuit straps and edging. The background is Chocolate Chip but to get the look of the caramel background design on the dark cardstock I improvised and embossed the background with detail gold embossing powder using several images from three different stamp sets. In similar fashion, I heat embossed the gold on the several different colors of cardstock, then cut them out and simulated the variety of color combos my eye saw in the swimsuit to layout the card.
This wasn't a difficult card - just time consuming with all the embossing and hand cutting of the flowers. I do love these colors together on the card as much as I do in the fabric of the swimsuit.

Saw another swimsuit today at the club pool that inspired another card design that I'll be posting in the next day or two.

As always, thanking for visiting my blog! I hope I've inspired you today.

Stamps - SU One of a Kind, True Friend, Priceless
Cardstock - SU Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, YoYo Yellow, Gable Green, Orchid Opulence, Tempting Turquoise
Ink - Versamark
Accessories - Detail Gold Embossing Powder


Heide said...


Emma F said...

Wowser! I love that swimsuit too. Lucky Hilly! The card is just a wonderful reflection of your inspiration piece. This is something I struggle with ... transferring an idea onto a card. I can see you're perfect at it though .... now, why aren't I surprised?! LOL!