I’ve been in a creativity slump for about a year. Endless hours sitting at my craft desk pushing papers around and finding no inspiration made me wonder if I would ever be able to create again. Now I’m finally emerging from the fog and I’ve found that my style has shifted just a bit. I think it has improved so perhaps I needed the break.
One piece of creativity that I did manage to hang on to during those long months was my love for photography. I especially like photographing winged things, be they birds or insects. Several people have expressed an appreciation for my photos, so I decided to try incorporating them into my cards.
This is one of the first cards I made this year. I created it for one of the people who helped me find my way back out of the fog.
For this card I used:
- 10 Tiny Things Plus Shadows Cutting Dies
- Unforgettable Double-Sided Paper Pack (teal background)
- Heritage Paper Pack (brown borders)
- Grapefruit Double Sided Paper Pack (orange butterfly backgrounds)
- Gold Thin Lines Dazzles
- Nestabilities Large Labels die set
My second card is from a recent trip to Discovery Bay, Washington. There were quite a few ducks hanging around the dock and this Surf Scooter ventured the closest. He’s a very goofy looking bird, but I just love the reflection in the water. I chose a background that closely matched the color of the water to extend the look of the water from the photo onto the card. I also wanted a natural looking wood frame, so I chose Paper Wishes’ Barnwood paper and popped it up on a few layers of card stock. I mitered the corners to complete the wooden frame look.
I used the Wildflowers cutting die to cut an orange and a green layer for the flowers and pieced the two together. I did the same with the dragonfly using green and brown scrapbook paper. The torn edge of the tan paper from Natures watercolors gives the illusion of a shoreline.