Friday, February 20, 2015

Taylored Expressions: Inspired by Pinterest

Taylored Expressions maintains a fabulous array of Pinterest Boards sorted by product and some by theme.  It's a fabulous source of inspiration and the Baker's Dozen design team is tasked with showing you how we were inspired by a card.

First I saw this card by Stephanie Kraft.  You'll see right away that I totally copied the layout! The die on this card and the die on my card are part of the Beauty Lies Within 2 set.



I knew that I was straight up copying the layout but I wanted to be at least a little different. Sometimes when I am in love with a card, it doesn't only inspire me - I want to totally CASE it because it just couldn't be any better.  Then I saw this card by Cassie Trask and it gave me a number of other ideas. I wanted to use some sort of swirling color in my image.; I liked the hint of the flags on each side; and I love the splatter leading from the main image down to the sentiment.  (I quickly discovered that I haven't gotten any better at "splatters" so my splatter became sequins!)



I love this last release at Taylored Expressions. It's full of lovely dies and images for Easter, but so many of them work well for sympathy cards.  I have used their cross dies for sympathy, but decided this tree from Beauty Lies Within 2 works perfectly too.  I simply sponged a sunset behind it and left the rest clean and elegant.

Heartfelt Tree

I debated a long time over the sequins.  Sequins and sympathy just don't seem to fit.  But I loved how they filled in the space and finally convinced myself that is the look of tears or rain.  

Heartfelt Tree Close

I have a solid white circle behind the dies.  I sponged across the center with Tattered Rose Distress Ink, then I used Scattered Straw on the bottom - where the two colors merged I got a lovely orange. Across the top is Stormy Sky and it merged with the rose to give me a lavender.  I don't do much sponging and I don't know why - this was so simply and I love the sunset that it created.


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8 comments:

Stephanie Kraft said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Kim! I love the sequins as they are very subtle and perfect to show raindrops or tears!

Cindy H. said...

What a lovely sympathy card!

Hannelie said...

Spatters are just not my thing either Kim! The sequins are doing a great job on this very beautiful card!I LOVE how the branches of the tree are cropped into a circle! ... and now I am inspired!

Nora N. said...

Wow!! This is stunning!! I love the sponging behind the image and the way you used those sequins. Beautiful design!!

Kristie W. said...

Gorgeous card, Kim. The sunset and sequins are beautiful and that embossing folder makes a nice elegant and crisp background!

Lisa said...

Lovely card Kim, the soft sunset looks marvelous!

Kim Heggins said...

Beautiful card...love your wonderful scene you created.

snappy scrappy said...

So gorgeous!