Friday, June 05, 2015

June Elemental Inspiration

This is my card for June's Elemental Inspiration challenge over at The Daring Cardmakers.  The idea is that you choose at least 3 "elements" from the given picture and then use them in your own way to make a card. 
This month, it's Leo's turn to select the picture to inspire us, and she found this stunning image, with so many elements to choose from, it was actually hard to decide which to take away

There's the colour combo, the layout, the main image, the background, and then all the little details; drawing, lanterns, fish, paint spatters, numbers etc

I loved the bright "pops" of pink, turquoise and yellow with the cream and striking black, so decided that would be one of my elements.
Then there are flowers - so that goes without saying (haha), I love the "shape" of the hair and thought I could incorporate that into my card.  I also used the basic layout, some ink spatters, and one of the circles - couldn't quite work out how to use three, but figured some of the jewels or enamel dots might do.

Materials and Tools
Smooth Cream card blank plus extra for embossed panel
Bazzill card: Black, Pink, Yellow, Turquoise
2x star flowers, Wired crystal flowers, a few extra wired "bits"
Pearls, Dewdrops, Gems, Enamel dots
Cosmic Shimmer ink sprays used to create spatters
Ribbon, RicRac, Washi Tape
Distressed Stripes embossing folder (Cuttlebug)
Circle Doily (Crafters Companion)
Curly Swirlies (Taylored Expression)
Tea Rose - medium (Cheery Lynn)
Nesties Circles (Spellbinders)

I really wanted to give my new  Cheery Lynn Tea Rose die a trial run, so that's why I chose to make roses for the three main flowers. The joy of this die is that on the single plate you get a leaf part (not used here) and the flower 5 times - so you only need to run it through your cutting machine once to get all the petals you need to make a rose.
I used Bazzill card, and worked the shapes with my ball tools, a bamboo skewer, and a foam mat.
Two of the flower shapes were used to create the bud then another two for the lower, open petals, then  I made the remaining shape into a "transitional" shape to use between them.  I  was really pleased with how they turned out and I love the size, which makes a finished rose of around 2.5 -3cms depending how "open" you make it.

Sorry this turned out a bit of an epic - well done on making it to the end ;)
Thank you for visiting, I hope you'll leave a comment


Kath said...

A gorgeous card, again, Kathy. I love the roses!

Jo said...

Love the flowers :) brilliant take on the inspiration picture
Jo xx

Angelnorth said...

Love the bold black - really makes everything else pop! Great take on the inspiration pic, I really must try to join in this week!

jane stillman said...

A great card, love all the elements you chose

Andree said...

A stunning card Kathy. I love your interpretation of the inspiration photos. Your roses look fabulous xx

Laine said...

Stunning creation.

Beverley Lowe said...

Great card - love those flowers & the colours.
Bev xx

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi this is stunning the design is so dramatic. Hugs Jackie

Jan Ltc said...

Love this Kathy xx Jan

Linda Simpson said...

Stunning! I love all the elements.
Linda xxx

Miri said...

That's a beautiful card, Kathy! It's your unique signature style, but also so "close" to the inspirational picture ... great!!!