Saturday, 15 June 2013

Get Inspired - Reflections

Hi everyone!  Its Saturday which means its time for some cardmaking inspiration!

This week its my turn to share something I've found inspirational.  For the second time my search began on Pinterest and I found this beautiful photo:

I'm not sure who to credit for this beautiful photo, but the pin brought me to a Tumblr page called Sleepless Dreams with a ton of other interesting and beautiful photos. Click here if you would like to explore that page.  

This photo caught my eye at once.  The monochromatic colour scheme combined with the unexpected angle is really striking. Since Father's day is on Sunday I decided this would make the perfect card for my husband.

I love how this card turned out.  I started with a white card base and I thought I would mimic the shape of the mountains with paint.  I was worried I would ruin the card base so I cut a separate panel of white to paint.  I`m glad I did because I like the layered effect.

For the trees I cut a piece of velum and drew a pencil line along the middle to give me a guide for placing the trees.  I used three tiny trees from a stamp set called "Mountain Selections", and stamped them on each side of the line ensuring the two sides of the line mirrored each other.  

I used black Versafine ink for stamping the images because I love how crisp it is.  Originally I was going to let it dry without embossing, but I didn't consider that the ink wouldn't actually dry on the velum.  So in the end I embossed the ink with clear powder and I'm glad I did.  The shine gives much more depth  and texture to the card front.   

Once the paint was dry I adhered it to the card front with foam tape, and adhered the vellum with some glue dots in the center.  For the horizon line I glued several strands of black hemp twine, then trimmed the edges to line up with the edge of the panel.

I decided to turn the horizon line back 90° to where it would usually be, so this formed a perfect place to put the sentiment.  I added a few gems, but as I did so the vellum started to curl.  This bothered me so I added a few more gems and strategically placed some glue dots underneath them where they can't be seen.  

I stamped the sentiment on the inside but I don't think it looks quite complete yet.  Since its for his Daddy, I'll have to have my 3 year old son Zach add some drawings along with his trademark zig zag signature to finish it off.  :)

So that's it for me!  Don't forget to go to the Get Inspired page at MFP Speedy TV next week to see what MariLynn does with this reflective image.  In the meantime have a look around you and see if anything inspires you.  Inspiration to create can come from anywhere!

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