Saturday, 30 August 2014

When inspiration goes off at a tangent!

This week's challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More is this photo inspiration

I knew straight away what I was going to do - probably a dangerous sign - emboss a piece of grey Core-dinations with a woodgrain effect, sand the surface for a little contrast, then stamp a large camellia on vellum, emboss it in white and cut it out then stick it on the background. So I did that.  and it looked - insipid. Wishy washy. So I gave the background more colour by inking the sanded surface with Walnut Stain distress ink. Then I stuck the camellia on - and not only did the ink show through, it completely stained the flower and made it unusable.

The distress ink had made the woodgrain so dark that it really needed a much brighter flower to stand out against it, so I brought a little white back into the equation in the form of a greeting.

So here we are, many miles from the original idea - but this card was most definitely originally inspired by the photo!


  1. Your initial vision sounds wonderful; the 'meandering' vision that resulted is gorgeous!! The bright flower and tendrils are an eye-catching contrast to the wood-grain background, each complementing the other. Sometimes those 'take a different path' creations work out to be absolutely fabulous, as yours shows here. Thank you for sharing at ATSM!

  2. Thanks for persevering with this one, your card turned out beautifully in the end, even if not how you initially intended it to be. Thanks for sharing at ATSM, Anita x

  3. Your woodgrain background looks great, perfect for the challenge! Love that leafy swirl. Thank you for joining us at ATSM. Have a great week. xx

  4. Your woodgrain background is eye-catching and unique! very very stunning card! Thank yuo for sharing at ATSM!


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