Another inspiring card from Take Ten, Fall 2014 is this delightful collage by Eve Watters:
I love how Eve left such a large border around the delightfully detailed collage, with its strip of washi tape and layered die cuts.
Adapting Eve's card to my style proved interesting. I started off making a one-layer card, but the proportions of my masked-stamped-sponged area were off just enough to drive me bat-crap crazy. I stared at the one-layer version for a while, feeling irked, and finally decided I needed to cut it out, and layer it on white. That fixed the proportion problem nicely, I think!
Note that from Eve's card, I kept the placement of the sentiment, the layered embellishment, and the strip of washi. My washi was too wide for this, so I adhered it to a piece of wax paper, cut it with a quilting ruler and exacto knife, and there you go! I used a set from the holiday StampinUp catalog called Endless Wishes. It's my first photopolymer SU set, and it is a delight!
The stamped background was made with a mask. I stamped the three snowflakes in cornflower blue (Hero Arts) first and then used the lighter Hero Arts blue (soft sky?) for the rest to add interest and depth. Then, I sponged the soft sky around the edges for increased depth and definition.
I just love the red, white, and blue for a Christmas card. What a fun, fun, different, fun, fun combo! And I love the graphic washi with candy-cane stripes combined with the curvy snowflakes...very similar to Eve's use of the washi, only on my card the washi becomes much more the focus because of the color contrast.
In fact, I think the coolest part of this inspiration is how strongly my color choices create a totally different vibe from Eve's softer, warmer, organic, collage-style card, even though my layout (extra white layer aside) is virtually identical.
Never, never, never underestimate the power of color.
Thanks, Eve, for your beautiful card!
stamps: SU Endless Wishes
ink: Hero Arts, SU real red
paper: Papertrey white
accessories: washi tape, flower punch, rhinestone, dimensionals, post-it notes, sponge