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Creating a card from inspiration

We love to craft, and I expect we wish we could do it all the time! But we’re all human and now and then we might lose our crafty mojo. Therefore creating a card from inspiration can really help get those creative juices flowing. Of course, you don’t have to lose your crafty mojo to create from inspiration either. There are so many photos out there that have beautiful colour schemes which can challenge you to create beautiful cards. I took the Color Your Day class on Altenew academy and it spurred me on to create a card with this month’s Inspiration Picture from Altenew Blog.

The image above is the current colour palette and picture for July’s inspiration. If you want to see the blog post on Altenew, check out the post HERE.

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Creating a card from inspiration

Deciding on your inspiration

To start off, decided how you want to incorporate inspiration from the photo into your card. Whether you use the photo as a sketch layout for the design of the card, use the subject matter to create a card around a theme or use the colour palette from the photo. For this inspiration challenge, you’re challenged with the colours scheme. 

Next, decide how to incorporate the colours. For this card, I used coloured inks from my stash, but you can use cardstock, pencils, pens or paint. To create the background, die-cut the Altenew Gradient Lines Cover Die out of white cardstock. Next, using the Altenew blending tool, ink blend one of the colours over the die-cut, fading this out to white up the top. 

Adding the colour

For the focal point of the card, use the Altenew Sophisticated Wreath stamp to stamp a selection of the stamps with your MISTI stamping platform. Try to stamp these in all three colours. The colours I used here are Over Coffee, Polished and Hot Tub Catherine Pooler Ink. 

One thing I tried to keep in mind which I picked up in the class is to try and keep the ratio of colours in your card to 70% (main colour), 20% (1st accent colour) and 10% (second accent colour) to get a balance between the colours in the card. For this card, the brown colour occupies the most colour on the card and I would not normally have so much brown on this card – this challenged to push me out of my boundaries!

Assembling the card

Once all stamped, use the coordinating dies to die-cut the stamped images out. Next, adhere the cover plate die-cut down onto white card base. After, add the stamped images to the card, clustered in once corner. When doing this, add foam pads to create varying depths in dimension for interest.  

For the sentiment, heat emboss in white onto black card a sentiment from the Altenew Sentiment Strips 2 stamp set. I used two sentiments from the stamp set and trimmed these down into thin strips of foam mount onto the front of the card. To finish the card off, add a selection of clear drops to the front of the card with Gina K connect glue. 

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Creating a card from inspiration

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Sentiment Strips 2 - Altenew
Sentiment Strips 2 – Altenew
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Sophisticated wreath stamp set - Altenew
Sophisticated wreath stamp set – Altenew
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Sophisticated wreath die set - Altenew
Sophisticated wreath die set – Altenew
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Sophisticated wreath die set - Altenew
Sophisticated wreath die set – Altenew
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Hot Tub Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Hot Tub Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Hot Tub Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Hot Tub Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Hot Tub Bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Hot Tub Bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Polished ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Polished ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Polished reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Polished reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Polished ink Bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Polished ink Bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Over Coffee Ink - Catherine Pooler Designs
Over Coffee Ink – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Over Coffee Reinker - Catherine Pooler Designs
Over Coffee Reinker – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Over Coffee Ink Bundle - Catherine Pooler Designs
Over Coffee Ink Bundle – Catherine Pooler Designs
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink refill
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink refill
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WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad & refill
WOW! Clear ultra slow drying embossing ink pad & refill
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Opaque Bright White -WOW! Embossing Powder
Opaque Bright White -WOW! Embossing Powder
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Premium White Cardstock: 8.5
Premium White Cardstock: 8.5″ x 11 – Catherine Pooler Designs
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Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110lb Cardstock
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Original MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Original MISTI – My Sweet Petunia
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Gina K Designs - Connect Glue
Gina K Designs – Connect Glue
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Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4
Scrapbook Adhesives 3D foam squares 1/4″ white
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Ink blending tool large - Altenew
Ink blending tool large – Altenew
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WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (UK version)
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WOW! Dual Speed Heat Gun (US version)
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Teflon Bone Folder - Lawn Fawn
Teflon Bone Folder – Lawn Fawn
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Tim Holtz 8.5 Inches Comfort Trimmer - Tonic Studios
Tim Holtz 8.5 Inches Comfort Trimmer – Tonic Studios
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Trim and Score Board – We R Memory Keepers
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QuickStik - We R Memory Keepers
QuickStik – We R Memory Keepers
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Color Your Day - Altenew
Color Your Day – Altenew
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