Sunday, June 1, 2014

My Favorite Destination

Our Daily Bread Design's current challenge is to use a photo they posted as inspiration. I chose the following one:

I must admit, this is a first for me--using a photo of a room as inspiration for a card. I wasn't sure I could do anything with it, but finally decided to try at least. So I created a love-themed card for Operation Write Home.

I started by choosing a color palette. I knew I wanted to use the "Chicory" stamp by Our Daily Bread Designs, and was relieved to notice there was blue in the inspiration photo, outside the window. For my other colors, I decided to go with complementary pastel colors: the cool green in the table and hutch, and pink from the pillows. Next, I decided to use this sketch by OWH as the basis for my design:

Because of the orientation of the stamp, I had to flip the sketch horizontally, but otherwise I stayed true to it.

Since the stamp is so detailed, I didn't want to use black ink, because I felt it would be too bold for such a delicate image. Rather, I wanted a light ink so it wouldn't overpower the image, but I could see where to color. So I stamped the chicory onto watercolor paper, using Stampabilities "Baby Blue" dye ink. After the ink had a few minutes to dry, I colored in the image with Inktense pencils. Then I went back in with a blue fine-tipped marker to put the veins in the petals, as they had been covered when I colored the flower.

I stamped the greeting using stamps from Avery Elle's "Love Notes" set onto a piece of a cool green cardstock, using Versafine Onyx Black ink to get a good, crisp impression. I cut the floral patterned paper piece from Anna Griffin's "Olivia Collection" 6x6" pad, and used a scrap from Graphic 45's "Botanical Tea" 6x6" pad for the pink stripe. I decided to use blue cardstock for the card front, to echo the blue in the flowers. After gluing the pieces in place, I adhered the front to an A2 card base. For all my fretting about not being able to come up with an idea from the inspiration photo, I think I did pretty well!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Our Daily Bread Design's "Inspiration Challenge"
Simon Says Stamp's Wednesday "Anything Goes"


  1. Very pretty Andrea! Your patterned papers worked wonderfully with the photo and I love your coloring of the chicory! The sentiment just melts the heart! Thanks for creating with us this week at ODBD! Hope you'll join us next week!

  2. What a delightful card. Love the design and colors. So pretty! Thank you so much for joining us at the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Blog! :)

  3. Oh, Andrea, what a beautiful card! And I love the design and our great OWH sketch! Your papers are beautiful with the chicory, and I definitely can tell you were inspired by this beautiful room! So glad you've joined us once again this week for the ODBD Shining the Light challenge! Hugs, sweet friend!


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