Like many of you, I spend a lot of time on Pinterest looking at all the stuff I'm interested in including cards, recipes, and knitting stuff and building my own boards to save things that catch my eye and inspire me. And if you're like me, you pin all those things and then you hardly ever EVER look at them again. Instead, when you get on Pinterest, you look for even more things to pin, and you don't often look at those collections after you start them.
This past week I decided that it would be a good idea to spend some time on Pinterest actually looking at the stuff I have pinned to get some new ideas. I have a tendency, like most of the papercrafters I know, to use the same layouts and color combinations over and over. I end up pinning a lot of things that are NOT at all like what I do but that I find inspiring. So actually looking at them instead of looking for more things to pin became my master plan. And it worked! I made more cards in the past week than I have done in an entire month lately!
The trick is not copying things exactly but using the things you have pinned as a jumping off point. I found this easier by perusing my Papercrafts board rather than the Stampin' Up! board that I created. Since the Papercrafts board is filled with other company's products (for the most part, some of the pins are from when I just started and was pinning everything to that board), it is a little easier to not get distracted by what people used to create their projects and thus be able to use it for inspiration rather than copying. What I found when I looked through is that I am really attracted to projects using inchies, i.e. pieces of paper cut into 1-inch squares. I also pinned a few projects that featured Basic Gray sampler canvases that have a similar vibe, with layouts that feature small samples of paper laid over an elaborate grid work of drawn lines and flourishes. I decided to do an inchie card using the paper from the Home for Christmas Designer Series Paper because it had nice images and patterns that would work in 1-inch squares. So I grabbed my 1-inch square punch and got busy. When I was done, I was thrilled with the results! Lookie:
GOJUS! (YILM!) After I laid out my inchies and stuck them down, I faux stitched in Mossy Meadow all around the squares to mimic the look of the Basic Gray sampler canvases. I then needed something to accent in the corners, so I grabbed Pictogram Punches and used one of the heart images in Real Red.
Positioning the 1-inch square punch precisely gave me the perfect tiny pictures of the reindeer and Santa.
Then it was just a matter of creating my greeting, which I did using Real Red ink on Pool Party and then embossed in clear EP. I die cut the greeting using the new Tags & Labels Framelits in the big catalog.
One of the Snowflake Elements with some gold cord trim makes the perfect embellishment. This is actually the gold cord we used to carry...I hadn't ordered the new stuff yet, which is a little thicker than this and a slightly different color.
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