Today post is all about how I interpret a picture into a card. I have had emails from a few of you asking me how I do this. I will try to explain to you as best as I can.
This is a picture I found on Pinterest. Pinned it immediately
First: The bright colours of blue and pink tulips and green against white.
Second: The geometric pattern on the blue canvas. I knew that Hip To Be Square large stamp from Paper Smooches is perfect for it.
Keeping those two in mind, I started out to make a card. Now for the tulip, I had Flower Fusion Tulip stamp set from PTI. Gracious Vases larger version will work with Tulip but my set is still in transit, so I will make do with what I have.
Since the geometric pattern is bright and modern,I wanted to keep everything on my card clean and modern. So a modern tulip stamp set, a font which does not have swirls or curves and a solid colour cardstock was the way to go for me.
Now to determine the layout of my card. I like the blue canvas in the picture with the pink tulips in front of it. So I am going to keep that for my card. I heat embossed the Hip To Be Square on Tempting Turquoise cardstock and trimmed into a rectangle panel.I then stamped and cut the tulips and layered on the blue embossed rectangle panel using foam squares. I chose a very simple birthday font sentiment from Inside Out Birthday stamp set from PTI. Stamped on white piece of cardstock and adhered sideways. See the books on the picture? That was my inspiration for the placement of my sentiment strip.
Now, just the blue panel with flowers and sentiment on white cardstock by itself did not look good. There were too many vertical elements, the vertical blue panel, flowers all vertical and the sentiment although placed on the side, was still vertical. Finally the card base is also vertical. To balance all the vertical elements, I decided to use a horizontal panel in bright pink – same colour as the tulips. Now the card feels balanced. I placed all the elements a bit lower on the card front and not right in the middle because I like the open white space. Eyes are still drawn to the flowers, patterned blue and bright pink panels. I would say my card is complete and ready to photograph and publish.
It is not always possible to use a picture to make a complete card. At times I use a picture just for the layout of my card or use just the colours to make my card. I then add sentiments and focal points according to the requirement for a challenge or theme.
I hope I have explained how I work on a card using an inspirtional picture. I will be happy to hear your comments and answer any questions you have for me.
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