If you are like me, and from what I read in your comments, a lot of you ARE, you sometimes get into a rut as far as the cards you design.
YOU know. I have a distressing tendency to stick to certain colors, favorite layouts, and techniques. It's really hard to break free of this tendency. The standard way of doing this is to look at what other people are making and maybe copy some of them. My readers come HERE to get new inspiration and that's fine for YOU, but where do I go? What about me? Eh? Eh?
I don't surf as many blogs as I used to, because I just don't have the time and I'm not really fond of copying other people's stuff anyway. I like to maintain the thin illusion of originality, after all, (cough, cough...ahem!) I have a certain rep to maintain, of being this glorious stamping goddess that just pulls new ideas out of her...em...HAT, yeah, that's right. So when I go looking for inspiration, I sometimes have to look in places others might not.
This past week I was cruising through a large discount chain store, heading for the food aisles to buy those items that I like to call "kid chow", that is, chips, crackers, cups of yogurt, etc. There's a distressing tendency of these items, after I buy them, to disappear with astonishing rapidity. So as I'm cruising around the store, I find that, of course, this store has put out all the Christmas stuff for sale, including their cards. I stopped to look because occasionally I get an idea from looking at commercial cards, although I wouldn't DREAM of buying them. I mean, I MAKE cards for Pete's sake! If I run out of time or energy at Christmas time, I don't buy commercial cards. I simply don't send any. But I digress...
This display had some pretty fancy cards. The commercial makers of greeting cards are onto us, ladies. They see us making these GOJUS handcrafted creations and they want a piece of the pie too. So today's cards, at least the pricier ones, feature, ribbon, die cuts and sometimes hardware in an effort to get those people who want the look of handcrafted, but they don't want to do it themselves. I took pics of quite a few of these, with the idea that I would rip-off...er I mean "borrow some inspiration" from them. After all, these companies have ripped off...I mean BORROWED the idea of this kind of card from us, haven't they? Turn about is fair play, I say.
And of course, anything *I* make myself is bound to be much more GOJUS than the one in the store. So I decided I would rip off...I mean BORROW this idea first:
I liked the color scheme. I liked the die cut snowflake on it. So I set out yesterday to create my GOJUS take off of this idea. Lookie:
Ingredients: Stamps - Holiday Best, Bella Toile; Paper - Sahara Sand, Brushed Gold, Very Vanilla; Ink - Versarmark, Encore Gold, Sahara Sand; Other - Snowflake #2 Sissix Originals Die, Ticket Corner punch, Eyelet Border punch, Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, sponge wedge, dimenaionals, gold brads, gold EP, Iridescent Ice EP
OMGojus!!!! (YILM!) I'm thinking this card has got that commercial card licked, but good. Because not only is it a beautiful exercise in tone on tone, it's also blingy. Lookie:
The best part is that it is fairly easy to make, which brings me to the bestest best part: I'm going to be teaching this card at my next class! So if you're in the area, sign up! My next class will be at my house on Monday, November 30th at 7 PM. The theme is All That Glitters! And don't forget about the Christmas Stamp-a-Stack, scheduled for December 5th, with a deadline for paid registrations by the 29th of November!
Well, despite the fact that my card has a big ole snowflake on it, the outside temp here is 64 degrees! I'm going to go rake up the rest of the leaves while they are still dry and it is still warm outside! Ta!