Inspiration for card making is everywhere. My upline, Mary (of Stampin' Pretty fame), loves to draw inspiration from catalogs and advertisements. (Click here for more about joining our group.) Today, I encourage you to find something NEW to inspire you -- an article of clothing, a magazine ad, or even an element in nature. My inspiration for today's card comes courtesy of Spunky Sprouts and Splitcoast challenge IC170.
If only my daughter were a little bit bigger I would have ordered this dress on the spot... anyone else an impulse shopper? ;) But I digress, onward to card making...
The bright blooms of the dress reminded me of 5th Avenue Floral, a set that is quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I stamped the largest flower twice in Basic Black on Real Red card stock and another time onto one of the more subtle patterns from Real Red Patterns Designer Series Paper. I then trimmed 2 different flower layers from my card stock and adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals to the patterned paper. It really gives the bloom some 'ooo-la-la', don't you think? TIP: I stamped the bloom off first onto scratch paper and shaded 3 areas with different colored markers to help me visualize where I felt the layers should be. No 'blind' cutting here, folks!
My Real Red card base (5" x 7") is followed with a layer of Basic Black textured card stock (4.75" x 6.75"). Three Tempting Turquoise rectangles (2" x 4.5") got a layer of Real Red polka dots. To help showcase my red flower I popped it on a turquoise circle which in turn was double matted on Yo Yo Yellow and Brilliant Blue. Some black brads in my corners and two darling yellow daises help create a focal point.
The sentiment from 5th Avenue Floral is also double matted. (What can I say, I love layers!) Some black ribbon from my stash literally ties everything together.
Stamps: 5th Avenue Floral (113734)
Paper: Bold Brights 8.5 x11 asstd. (105548)
Ink: Basic Black (101179)
Sassy Somethings: Vintage Brads (109109)