Goodness! When looking at the sample cards we have been sending out with orders to the stores it seems we are all over the map in our creativity. And, as often happens, we get so focused on experimenting in a new direction that we forget to stop and document the process. But at least we took pictures of the finished cards before they were tucked into the shipping boxes so we can share them!
My new favorite 'toy' is the 1-1/2" Fancy Square punch from McGill. Combine that with some wonderful pattern papers on a square Inchie Note and a card comes together quickly. The stamp is Lockhart Itty Bitty Plant Stakes #3064. If you look really carefully you will see a dashed line background in an ochre color. Stay tuned for a future posting on creating backgrounds with oversize pattern stamps from Savvy Stamps!
I LOVE this Fancy Square punch! It's fun taking a floral stamp and coloring it in a new and different way and coordinating it with similar toned patterns and Inchie Note. (course I was looking out the window at my delphiniums when I colored this!) The image shows only a portion of the Lockhart Foxglove #2049.
Why not put all the Lockhart patio pot sign stamps on one card!! That's the way my garden looks...with LOTS of little signs so I can remember where I planted everything!
I have been tinkering around with new ways to use black inchies and this card is the first in what I suspect will be a long process of experimentation. A few years ago I was teaching classes that used photographs of flowers (it was a photo mosaic class) and had taken a ton of pictures of everything that was in bloom at our local garden store. For this card, and the next one, I dug into that box and found these photos. I then used my 7/8" punch to punch out two squares from the photo that have a shared edge. Each photo was then glued directly to a black inchie square with our favorite adhesive - the Tombo Mono Dots Permanent adhesive from their Craft Collection. The greeting is Lockhart #10040.
In my opinion this card falls more into the category of an 'art' card. The paper colors are very, very subtle and yet juxtaposed with a flower that is so angular and graphic that it almost doesn't look like a flower. Again, all part of the experimentation process, but I must say using black inchies and photos this way has my brain spinning with tons of ideas. The greeting is also from Lockhart #10001
Sometimes it's fun to be chaotic and all over the map with your creativity...after all, it's often in that mode that you stumble across some of your best ideas!