"How to Use Products You Already Own to Copy Inspiration Cards"
Is that the longest blog title ever!? Geez, I wasn't sure what to call it, but what I'm trying to say is...
Have you ever seen a card that you wanted to try to copy on your own, to see if you can make one similar to that of your inspiration? But you didn't end up doing it because you didn't have the exact same materials as your inspiration card?
I want to change that! Hopefully I will show you some ideas on how to use replacement products and end up with a similar looking card.
This is the first inspiration, from Jennifer McGuire's Blog. Jennifer is a super fabulous designer for Hero Arts, the popular stamp company. She has such a lovely style that is easily seen throughout her cards. To make this card, she has listed several products, these are among those:
- Indie Bloom Clear Stamps
- Distress Ink in Broken China
- Perfect Pearls
- Watercolor Paper
Here's my version:
I made my own green paper, using a cherry blossom branch stamp with Distress Ink in Peeled Paint on top of green scrapbook paper. I used a floral bouquet stamp to create the main focal piece, and also embossed it in white. I inked it with Distress Ink in Faded Jeans and Broken China (I just love these colors!). I did not spray with a mister; however, I used Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists in Iridescent Gold. I did not have the same butterfly stamp, so what I did instead was stamp a solid butterfly on yellow paper with clear embossing powder. I cut them out and gave them some dots with Black Enamel Accents. The yellow paper was inked on the sides with Scattered Straw Distress Ink. You can tell I didn't have the same font for "Thank You", but it still gets the message across (no pun intended). No pearls on hand, but I did have some Liquid Pearls in White Opal - they look shockingly similar.
Here is the second inspiration card, created by Shari Carroll, who also designs for Hero Arts. I love her style and how she uses her Silhouette on many of her cards. In this Christmas Card, she used amongst other things the following:
- Hero Arts Christmas background stamp
- Hero Arts ornaments stamp
- Hero Arts digital die cut for the ornaments stamp
- Hero Arts "Merry Christmas" sentiment
- Brown ribbon
- Copic Markers
It's funny to me that despite all of the craft supplies I have, I don't have any of these!!
[By funny I mean not funny, and my Amazon Wish List is bursting at the seams! Sob!]
Here's my version:
So now I want your opinion!
Should I rush out and buy the same products to duplicate exactly or do you think my versions are okay?