Kick start class - Inspired by your own work

As I mentioned before, I am taking an on-line class with Jennifer and Kristina called “Kick Start (your creativity)”.  They give lots of tips, ideas to “kick start” your creativity.

One of the ideas is to look at your own previous work to get inspired.

My daughter Julie’s friend, Patricia, needed a card for her Dad’s 70th birthday.  She mentioned that she wanted something with sailboats or ships. (and she wanted a very “big” card…).

I remembered doing a card with a Sailboat about 2-3 years ago.  This one:


I was using the card for inspiration, but I then I thought I could use the image itself to make my card.  I used the image of the sailboat (that I had colored with Prismacolor crayons when I did the card) and modified it in Photoshop and printed it on an 8 x10 piece of watercolour paper.

With this image, I made this card which is 12 x 16″ (big!).

Sorry the photo is not too good, I was in a hurry and only my IPad with me to take the photo and it was very late at night…


I mounted the photo on Cardstock, then on a full 12 x 12 sheet of patterned paper.  I was lucky to find this ships and cruise paper in my stash (K&Co. Seaglass paper pad).

The striped patterned paper below is from the same pad and the blue patterned paper is the reverse of the stripes.

The red and royal blue card stocks are Canson card stock.

The green alphabet letters and numbers are foam and are “Rockabye” Tickers by American Crafts.

The 2 rows of blue scalloped paper were cut with 2 sizes of Quickutz/Lifestyle crafts dies (they are 12″ long).

(The brads in the corners are from the Dollar store).

The red rosette was cut with a Sizzix/Tim Holtz die.

When I went to CHA this year, I have learned a trick from Tim Holtz to make sure the rosette doesn’t come apart on the perforated lines.  You apply a piece of his tissue tape behind the rosette after cutting, but before assembling and it helps hold it together.  I also saw somewhere else on the web that if you mount the rosette with a glue gun, it stays together a lot better and it not too thick.  So I tried all those tricks with my rosette and it is quite nice and very sturdy.  I don’t have to worry about it falling off when those 40 people come to sign the card.


C’est tout!  Merci de visiter mon blog.  Thanks for your visit.



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