In a previous entry I wrote about where some of my ideas come from. I am fascinated about how ideas come about for for scrapbook pages and cards…….so let me tell you a funny little story about a card I made recently.
As I mentioned in my previous entry- sometimes I am inspired by other cards or scrapbook pages I see. There might be an element of the card or scrapbook page that I really like and I then make changes, use different colours, add different elements, use different stamp sets or embellishments and I usually end up with a completely different card………….which often bears little or no resemblence to the original card or page that inspired me in the first place. If you were to put the two cards side by side- sometimes it might be hard to tell what one card inspired the other…..
But there are times when it doesn’t always work out that way. Let me a share a funny story………..
In this case I had seen a lovely card at the Stampin’ Up! Convention in Canberra that had been made for a card swap with other demonstrators. I didn’t receive this particular card in a swap but saw it amongst some cards another demonstrator had received and was drawn to the layout of the card. I’m not sure which demonstrator made the card so I unfortunately I can’t give credit to her…but I remember the card used the “Bloom Away” stamp set on page 88 of the catalogue. The Banksia, Gum blossom and Waratah stamps were stamped onto cardstock and were punched out using SU’s square punch. If you have seen these stamp set you would know that the images don’t fit exactly within the square punch so it created quite a nice effect to just have sections of the main images visible. I quite liked this and was determined to replicate it myself at some point. Four of these squares were mounted on another colour of cardstock which was torn across the bottom. Along the bottom of the main card base one of the images was stamped in either versamark or the same colour ink as the cardstock creating a watercolour effect. A greeting was stamped towards the bottom right hand corner. I don’t recall the greeting used nor even the colours that were used….it was the simplicity of the card layout that I really liked.
During a recent card making session I decided that I would make a card that followed this card layout. I don’t own the Bloom Away stamp set but thought that “Pocket Silhouettes” (page 72) would be an ideal choice for the card layout given that it has four different nature stamps in the set. Prior to making this card I had made a card using the Upsy Daisy Stamp set and the Urban Oasis patterned paper pack and I still had scraps of these card stock colours on my work area so thought I would use Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Not quite navy and Whisper white to create my card.
As I set about putting the card together it struck me that the card I was trying to put together STRONGLY reminded me of another card I had seen elsewhere…..but I just couldn’t quite put my finger on it. I wondered whether it was the sample card for Pocket Silhouettes from the Idea Book and Catalogue so I flicked through the pages …..but nope the sample card looked completely different. I couldn’t shake off the feeling and just knew that I had seen a similar card ‘somewhere’ before. I set about looking through some cards I had received from other demonstators and couldn’t help chuckling to myself when I came across a card a card by the lovely Sue Madex in Victoria (who is also a Demonstrator in the “Art with Heart Team”)
I just couldn’t believe that in an effort to create my own card inspired by another demonstrators card- I came up with a card that was ‘almost’ identical to a card that I had already admired made by a demonstrator in the same team as me. Hmm! I wonder if it was something in my subconscious mind affecting my stamp set choices and colours? Hmm! I don’t know……but either way I thought it was quite funny. I really loved the way Sue had finished off her card and decided to use it for a recent card-making session I held at my place. Thanks Sue! The participants really loved the card too! Isn’t it funny how things work out sometimes! At some point in the future I think I will try the card design with different colours and stamp sets and see what I can come up with!
Oh- here is the card in question
Here is the other card I made the same day using the same colours. It is hard to tell in the photo but I used crystal effects on top of the flower from the “Upsy Daisy” stamp set. Oh- and I am just lovin’ the Build a brad from page 149 of the catalogue. You can see in the photo that I used it as a feature on the corner. I just love how you can add your own stamped image or circle of patterned paper so that it matches the rest of the card perfectly.
I have another card that I would like to show you that features the build-a-brad. Stay tuned for my next entry!