Friday, December 30, 2016

Big Hearts

I learned a new word today: meraki. It's a Greek word that means putting a piece of your soul into your work. 

Today's card has a piece of my soul in it. What's especially wonderful is that I could NOT have made this card without a bit of inspiration from a picture in a magazine, which reminds me of how we are all creatively connected and fills me with warm fuzzies.

First, the inspiration photo, taken from a page in the latest Somerset Life magazine.The image shows how Rachel Emilie Jackson transformed a piece of business correspondence into something beautiful. 



I took her idea of a strip of paper anchored with a flower and made a Valentine's Day card out of it.


Minimalism at its most me: tons of gorgeous white space, words in the background, a giant heart-shaped rhinestone as a powerful--and meaningful--focal point. This card screams LOVE...very, very minimally. 

I love it!!!



The stamped strip of paper uses an old Hero Arts background stamp in Archival potting soil ink. I cut the strip to be only slightly shorter than the rhinestone, which hangs ever-so-slightly over the top and bottom of the strip. It's offset to the left for a pleasing asymmetry, just as Rachel placed her flower to the left. 
 
*happy sigh*

I meraki-ed!

Why don't you do the same? Close out 2016 by making something that includes a piece of your creative soul. Be fearless. Ring in 2017 with passion and paper crafting!

Mercy, grace, peace, and love at the end of a very weird year,
Susan

Supplies
stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Archival potting soil
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: giant red rhinestone shaped like a heart!

5 comments:

  1. What a beautiful idea. You found just the right piece of paper to pair with that beautiful heart for this perfect valentine Susan.

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  2. Thank you for another year of inspiration!
    Love learning from you.

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  3. Thank you Susan, for the thinking to to use in my card making! Happy New Year!

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  4. That rhinestone is lovely and you've set it off perfectly!!! Happy new year!!!

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  5. YES! Thank you so much for a year of inspiration from an authentic soul...YOU! xoxoxo

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