Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Inspired By Me - Mothers Day Card

Hello Off the Rails followers! It's Sue Plumb here with you today sharing a card I made recently for my mum for Mothers Day.

Now anyone who knows me, knows I am NOT a card maker. Not because I don't like making them, but because I usually find them a bit of a struggle. I am not sure whether it's the small space, but they just don't come naturally to me at all. As I had already created a gift for mum (a canvas that I was very happy with) I decided the easiest thing to do was make a card to match it.

Here is what I created...


I was fairly pleased how this came out, and I think it was largely due to my approach this time. Instead of being pressured to start from scratch, I simply took the design of an existing project I was happy with and used that to inspire me.

I started with some basic materials...

{Blank card by Kaisercraft; patterned papers by Cocoa Vanilla Studio}

I cut the paper to form a base, leaving space for a border around the edge. Then I added some mist, a paper doily, and some small layered pieces of paper on which I could mount my sentiment. I joined the layers together using a staple before adhering to the base sheet...


Next, I added the sentiment (which I printed using my computer); a cute paperclip and some torn gauze for texture...

{Arrow paperclip by Freckled Fawn}

Then it was time to embellish! I started with a paper straw, leaves and flowers (just like I did on my original canvas). I always start with the largest and bulkiest embellishments first, then work my way down in size, filling the spaces as I go...


Once all my flowers were adhered, I added my final touches to give it a bit of sparkle - a glittery bow, sequins and a sequin butterfly...

{Glitter bow by Crate Paper}

Now I couldn't let you go without showing you the canvas that inspired my card could I? Here it is...


I hope you have enjoyed seeing my process today, and that I may have inspired you to try a different approach when you find something challenging. Look to your own strengths and find inspiration in your own designs and if something works, just go with it!
Til next time, happy crafting! X

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