When I'm short on inspiration for a card I pick a technique or style I've been wanting to try and start from there.
Mice and blackberries are the perfect combination for a birthday card for my mum and I was lucky that two bits of inspiration turned up at just the right time.
I had run out of bunnies, I wasn't being inspired by the ones I was finding online and I couldn't possibly make anything other than a bunny birthday card, so there was only one thing left to do: design my own.
This card was an exercise in finding balance between "it's a big birthday, let's shout it from the rooftops" and my own "age is a meaningless number" aversion to drawing attention to it. I'm happy with the compromise...
This is what happens when I ask for suggestions for a card design: I end up designing a digi stamp from scratch and having to work out how to colour distressed yellow metal, all to create "steam duck".
I really need to get out of the habit of coming up with ideas for cards only a few days before they're needed. Luckily I worked out how to create the cut file design, assembled the finished Tom Servo card, and beat the deadline this time.
By some weird effect of the passage of time, my youngest nephew is now 18 years old. Rather than try to find an appropriate image (not sure what that would even be) and do my usual Copic colouring, I decided to go down the engineering route and create an interactive card instead. After much browsing… Continue reading 18th waterfall card
I set the bar high for making cards for my other half's niece when I made the kitty Christmas card, so I was having problems coming up with a good enough idea for her birthday card. Then I realised it was her thirtieth and I had to do something different. I had found some cute… Continue reading Thirty cats
For a change, I actually felt like sitting down and doing some colouring for a card. I had a look through the last lot of Power Poppy digis I bought and narrowed it down to a choice of two: azaleas or magnolia. The azaleas gave me more colour options so they won out this time.… Continue reading Azalea birthday
I haven't made very many cards at all this year, just ones for close family — the ones I can't avoid doing 🙂 And it's not that I haven't been feeling creative, I've done plenty of mixed media and a bit of relaxing colouring. And I can't even use the excuse of having too many… Continue reading Peony bouquet
It's my younger nephew's 17th birthday and, short of inspiration, I turned to my collection of things that have caught my eye while reading blogs or Twitter. Nothing specific leapt out at me, though there was a technique that used inked-up embossing folders to create a simple card and that reminded me that I haven't… Continue reading Metallic cogs
This is the first card I've made this year. I should have done another early in January but I had neither the energy nor the inspiration — I shall have to make her a random "just because" card at some point to make up for missing her birthday. I still have quite a stack of… Continue reading Orange poppy
I really ought to colour something other than Power Poppy images but they're just so pretty and perfect for feminine cards. Though, to be fair, I have coloured up a couple of other digis recently, they just haven't made it onto cards yet. This digi stamp has a single branch of blossoming cherry so I… Continue reading Cherry blossom
This is another "from the stash" card. My brain is still not in card-designing mode at all, which is a bit worrying as I really should be thinking about starting on Christmas cards soon. The bunny and the toadstools are two Some Odd Girl digistamps that I combined on my Mac and coloured during one… Continue reading Bunny in the woods
I posted this card back at the end of July before I had decided what to do with it. I thought it might get used for my other half's mum's birthday, but I wanted to leave my options open. In the end that's what I decided to do, though it was going to need a… Continue reading Butterflies and flowers – update