Thoughts on Inspiration for Craft Designs

Thoughts on Inspiration—How it transforms into card

The purpose of this post is to share thoughts on inspiration.  Most magazines ask designers to include information regarding the inspiration for a project in the introduction of the article. Thoughts on Inspiration I find writing the introduction to be  particularly difficult.  This is due to the fact that designing tends to be more about  the process than just a single spark of inspiration.

Card Making Example

This card is an a good example. The inspirational idea for this card was to stamp the focal image on decorative paper. However, this idea does not make a complete card.

Here is where the process begins. I tested the green marker on the paper  to see if it would cover the decorative paper. It did.  I was able to move ahead with the design idea.  I colored the leaves and stem were using a green marker. However, during  the process I noticed something. The gold from the decorative paper wasn’t covered by the marker, but it added interest. So, I decided it was okay.

The next step I took was to create a sense of unity in the design. I chose cardstock in orange and green for the background elements.  At this point , I took a step back and determined that something else was needed–something gold. The idea of using a snowflake cover-a-card stamp with gold Pearl-Ex popped into mind. The card was then mounted on a black panel in order to frame the image.

For your reference, I included the list of materials used to create this card.
Cardstock: Orange, White, Black and Green
Decorative Paper
Hero Arts®-Sizzix® Framelits™ Die Set 7PK w/Stamp – Flowers & Butterflies
Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card™ Snowflakes
Pearl Ex–Gold
Green Marker
ColorBox Pigment Ink–Black
Top Boss Watermark Ink Pad
Foam Mounting Tape
Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®

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