Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Holiday Chevron Card
I often get asked how I come up with my card designs. Do I make them up on my own? Do I copy other people's designs? Do I get inspiration online? Really the answer is ALL OF THE ABOVE! I'm a huge blog reader. I regularly read (subscribe to) over 90 blogs each day. They range in topics from food, money, parenting, and of course crafts. They are all over the place and I usually get a lot of my card inspiration from my favorites like: Dawn McVey's, My Favorite Things; Nicole Heady's, Capture the Moment; Ashley Cannon Newell's, A New Design.
Some of my inspiration comes from pinterest. I LOVE pinterest. I am on this site daily pinning something and anything (varies just like my blog subscriptions). Of course some of my designs come straight out of my head. Not everything is a success, in fact, most of it doesn't turn out at all like I thought it would.
I thought I would spend the next five nights showing you a new card each night and showing you where I got my inspiration from. This will help you see the original idea and what I turned it into. Some of my finished designs are really close to the original while others are not.
I thought I would start with this chevron card I came up with. Chevrons are all the rage. Everyone is working with chevrons right now. I love them. They are super versatile. The work well for both males and females.
Here's my little beauty:
Here is the original project done by Danielle Flanders:
You can definitely see the similarities but yet they are really different. I loved the colors she used on the card and I love the cute little pin accent.
Since my card will be made in large quantities (making for the holidays), the pin wasn't practical for expense reasons but I made my own bling by adding sparkly glitter to the end of my snowflakes and a jewel in the very center. I also used solid red cardstock but stamped tiny snowflake images on it in red to give it a little more dimension and character.
I bought the digital paper on etsy. I love buying paper on etsy and wished I started doing this years ago. You only print-what-you-need, and with a small craft space like mine, it is so helpful! This paper comes from Kylie Healey Designs and was only $3! What a steal!
While I like my finished card, I still like the original by Danielle better but I'm always my toughest critic. Stay tuned for a new card tomorrow! It will be a fun play on colors.