Artfully Composed

I have been absent a bit from my social media recently as I was distracted by my mum being very ill and then her death and our journey to the UK to say goodbye. I found it hard to be creative unless I really had to. However I am trying to get back into posting and creating and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying having my creative juices flowing again and thinking up new ideas for cards.

I have been asked how do I get ideas. Well, Pinterest is a good starting point. Going through the amazing cards some folks post is a wonderful way to get ideas. I then let my own imagination flow. Sometimes the thought is ‘I love what they did with that. Maybe I could use a different stamp set and put my own twist on what this person has done!’

Other times I might case someone’s card or the catalogue and that gets me started into thinking how I can add my twist to it.

I bought the “Artfully Composed” suite earlier in the year, but I struggled to find energy and motivation to use it. This week I got around to playing with the bundle and I love how the cards turned out.

My first card used Coastal Cabana, Misty Moonlight and Basic White cardstock. I die cut some of the leaf shapes using these colours and set them aside. I then used the textured die to add interest to the top Basic White layer. Before adding the leaves, I used Coastal Cabana from the Soft Pastels Assortment to this layer. I used my finger to blend the chalk until I was happy with the result. I then stamped the sentiment on the bottom right in Misty Moonlight ink.

I glued this layer to the Misty Moonlight layer and placed it on the card base. To add some sparkle to the front I used Wink of Stella on the Coastal Cabana leaf and placed them temporarily on the card to get the placement where I wanted it. I then took them off and added some Tombow to the back of the leaves and placed tham back on the card. I used the negative parts from the white leaf in the Misty Moonlight leaf gluing them in place. The card was finished with some Opal rounds from the Waves of Inspiration suite that I had not yet used. You could also colour your own clear gems to give a similar effect. I added a white panel inside the card with some leaves on it.

The second card was made using the left over cut out shapes from the first card. I kept them and used them as a stencil to add some ink to the Basic White card. I used Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and my blending brushes to create the leaf shapes moving them randomly over the cardstock. I then added some Evening Evergreen stamped off to the stamp with writing. The card was then embossed with the Timeworn Type EF.

I had thought of adding another white layer but decided it covered up too much of the design. Instead I made a frame with Old Olive cardstock using the Stitched Rectangle dies and placed it on the design and added cut leaves over the top. They were die cut using Evening Evergreen, Old Olive and Basic White.

The whole card was placed on an Evening Evergreen base. I love the effect of this card too. Hope you find time to create something similar – maybe using different colours – and please leave a photo with a message so that I can comment below!

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