Happy New Year! I hope everyone is feeling rested and re-charged after the Christmas/New Year break. I had a lovely long break relaxing with family and friends … eating way too much good food (if there is such a thing).
Tomorrow (Jan 5) is the launch of the 2016 Stampin’ Up! Occasions catalogue … it is a gorgeous catty! If you haven’t yet received your copy of the catalogue, you will be able to view it on the Stampin’ Up! web site as of 5th January while you are waiting for the mail to arrive … the Catalogues page is on the menu bar at the bottom of the page. If you are viewing it on your Ipad, click on Open in IBooks to save it to your Ipad.
Onto creative things … where do you get your inspiration for creating a card? My inspiration comes from many places … I get ideas online from places like Pinterest where I look for new techniques etc., but I also take inspiration from things I see around me, like fabric design, beautiful photos or flicking through a home and garden magazine.
I have been playing around with the new Going Global stamp set coming out in the Occasions Catalogue (did I mention that was tomorrow! .. heh heh) and taking the “globe” part quite literally, was looking at images of globes. This colour scheme from Design Seeds caught my eye.
And here is the card this image inspired me to create, using the Going Global stamp set and my old favourite background stamp, Hardwood.
I used Lost Lagoon and Mint Macaron inks along with touches of Mossy Meadow, and the wood grain is created with Tip Top Taupe and Chocolate Chip inks on Very Vanilla cardstock (not that you can see any Very Vanilla after stamping and sponging).
The punched circles and sequins are supposed to represent planets and stars in our galaxy … um, okay then, astrology isn’t my strong suite! 🙂 The world map image is punched with the 2 inch circle punch and then the Lost Lagoon layer is die cut with one of the Circle Framelits. I used a variety of smaller circle punches to create my “planets”.
To create the background cardstock for the greeting, globe and circles, I started with a piece of Whisper White thick cardstock and sponged Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon and Mint Macaron inks randomly over the piece with a sponge. The globe and the greeting are stamped in Mossy Meadow ink. The pattern on the “planets” is the constellation image stamped with Lost Lagoon onto the circles.
I also decorated the inside of the card with another Hardwood panel and a Mint Macaron layer. Globe image stamped with Lost Lagoon and I added some more punched circles and sequins. I didn’t add a greeting at this stage, because I can use this card for many occasions … birthday, thank you, valentines, or just to let someone special know I am thinking of them. Aaaaaw, I can be so sweet … sometimes! 😉
Going Global is an interesting Stamp Set and it comes in rubber, either Wood Mount or Clear Mount. I immediately thought “male cards” when I saw it, however while the images are suitable for a male theme, the heart and script font in the greetings lend themselves to feminine projects as well. A very quirky set … I love stamp sets that are suitable for many projects.