One of my favorite Card Challenges - Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge - is having a call for Guest Designers ... so you know I'm all in.
Since the theme of the challenge is to create a card inspired by a Pinterest-sourced inspiration board, I thought it would be fun to make my own inspiration board to inspire my design. Here's the Inspiration Board that I created.
Some of my favorite colors, designs & textures ... the first problem was, I liked every image, so how would I choose??
I decided to work with the circular design seen in the flowers, umbrellas and plate together with the gorgeous colors for my final image.
I combined Essentials by Ellen Bold Blossom (layered with Scotch Double-Sided Foam Mounting tape) together with creative leaves made from Laurel Wreath and Hearts from Home and Hearth. The final accent were some teal pearls. The sentiment from Mondo Hydrangea is stamped in Hero Arts Pink to Red Ombre Ink.
I will confess, I had a couple of rejects before I got to my final design, so I thought I would share those too.
I made this one before I read the instructions that all products needed to be found in Ellen's Store (the background designer paper was not). I scored the designer paper to give it the texture like the bricks in the inspiration photo and added Bokah Dots stamps to the background to create more texture. The paper for my Mondo Magnolia was created by painting WaterColor Cardstock with Peerless Watercolors. Overall it's a bit too busy.
Next I tried one with lots of stamps ... too much stamping actually. I combined Bokeh Dots with Bold Blooms & Love You So with twelve different colors of ink (yep, too many). After stamping, I embossed with the We R Memory Keepers 3D Gemstone Embossing Folder to bring in the texture of the images.
Overall, it was a fun lesson in creativity ... and reminding myself that less is usually more.