It's been a long time since a magazine inspired me as much as Card Creations Volume 10 has. There's just so much goodness hitting me at just the right time and when I'm in just the right mood, I guess.
Today's inspiration comes from Christina MacLaren, whose black-based card with white embossing totally grabbed my attention. The way all the images fall off the left side of the card really appealed to me.
I decided to pull out some StampinUp and Hero Arts office-supply images and play. Here's what I came up with:
How fun is this?!?!? You know I had to use a white base because I'm me, but I kept Christina's color scheme of white, black, and red...just changed the proportions. Using the white background allowed me to create a visual triangle of red, which helps unify the card nicely. Christina's card doesn't have a unity problem like my version because she uses the strip of white card stock to create a clear focal point, and the background images support her card's sentiment perfectly. My card doesn't have that clear focal point (unusual for me, I know), so some other aspect of the design has to fill in to bring the main message into focus.
The calendar (from a Hero Arts stamp) is positioned so that I can circle the birth date of whatever person receives this card. I'd originally planned on using a red pen for that, but then decided to make the Happy red instead, since that pulled the sentiment into the design so much better.
I hope my design blatherings make sense.
Anyway, this card makes me happy, and I hope it has the same effect on you!