Tuesday, March 10

Spunky Florals

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)


Rachel Echeumuna said...

Wow Denise.I love your inspiration piece and creation to match. I really love seeing other people's inspiration pieces. I keep a pile that I am trying to work my way through.

Mary Fish said...

I love this dress and could see it for my daughter when she was a wee one (with a coordinating hat, of course). Your card is an amazing interpretation. I especially like seeing the Manhattan flowers in unexpected colors. Beautiful. Hugs, Mary (not so famous)

Kris Kilcoyne said...

The rose is beautiful. Great job cutting!

I love how you photographed the close up of your flower, too.

Carrie said...

I love this card! you did an awesome job translating your inspiration to paper! Love it!