As we continue this week's walk down inspiration lane, we're going to take a look at a fabulously wonderful card by Els Brige.
Will someone please tell me how to make an accent over the e in her name so I can spell it correctly?
Anyway, here is Els' stunningly loose and artistic card from page 24 of Card Creations Volume 10:
Now, if you've been reading Simplicity for any length of time, you know how, um, TIDY my cards tend to be. I love Els' looser style, the splatter background, and the free-form stitching on her card, but I'm uptight and hopelessly in love with right angles.
So here's the best I could do...and I like it muchly!
My splatter background is an old stamp I bought at JoAnn's. I was going to soften the edges of it with the SU Itty Bitty Background splatter stamp, but when I made my strips of paper ('cause I'm allergic to designer paper, remember?), they looked so graphic and geometric that I sorta liked the straight edges of the splattered area. I'm not convinced it's a successful experiment from a design standpoint, but that's really not the point.
And only one element is askew. Ask me how hard that was to glue down.
Color totally changes the feel of Els' layout, doesn't it? Hers is warm and soft in browns, black, tan, and white. Mine is fun and funky in pear tart and bahama blue.
I hope this post demonstrates one key element of inspiration: having fun. In the end, I like Els' card WAY better than mine. But playing with her layout really sparked my imagination and sense of my own style again.
I sincerely hope that a few of my cards have that effect on you.
stamps: Hero Arts grid background; Papertrey Background Basics: Circles, Faux Ribbon; Unknown spatter
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: flower punch, rhinestone