It’s time for a celebration! CASE Study Challenge Blog is celebrating their 4th anniversary! It’s week 3 and I’m excited to creating along with some fabulous designers this week. We can’t wait to share some inspiration and have you join the fun! Check out all the details here at CASE Study, or just keep reading…it’s all in this post as well.
Usually on CASE Study we have a monthly muse and a design to CASE from or draw inspiration from if you will. For the month of August we’ve been searching out our own inspiration. With so many places to look and a world of inspiration to choose from, it was hard to narrow it down. Too many choices can be a bad thing some times!
I finally committed and love the way my card design turned out. It’s a cascade of gorgeous embellishments on a simple black background. Here’s where I found my inspiration…
Isn’t this photo of peonies on blackboard stunning? I have to say I loved this photo so much on Pinterest that I had to follow the link right to the Flickr site. If you’d like to see some GORGEOUS photography, be sure to check out Miss Tristan B.’s work. Love it!
So that was my inspiration photo. And then I saw this!
Love it! That cool falling flower design is divine! So what’s a girl to do? Well…put them both together of course for double inspiration! And that’s the story of how my design came together in my mind.
I thought you also might like a quick tutorial on how to recreate this card. First step of course was to gather all manner of darling little embellishments from my stash together. If possible, it’s a good idea to repeat elements a couple times to keep it cohesive. As you can see, my color combo is white, silver and pink.
The key to keeping this design “together” is to draw out your rectangle box area on your card base to keep it nice and linear. You need to get a definite box or the embellishments will look like a hot mess. Use a white chalk pencil or white colored pencil to lightly draw on your box. I left off the bottom of the box area as that’s where the design seems to “fall away”. I love the Tim Holtz Ruler for making equal borders. It’s so easy to line the grid up with the side of the card base to get perfect measurements quickly.
Next step is the fun one! Add in your embellishments. I adhered mine with Glossy Accents and started with placing the largest embellishments first. Work your way from largest to smallest and try to keep the edges as solid as possible to keep the design easily seen.
And that’s it! Just have fun with what you have on hand. My supply list is at the bottom of the post but you’ll find a few things haven’t been listed as they are vintage or older products. Anyone remember those Making Memories Velvet Brads from about 8 years ago? Yes…I still had a few on hand. I seriously loved those brads and decided it was time to stop hoarding and use them up. I also love using vintage buttons in my design work and they were a perfect filler in this design.
So here’s the deal… We have tons of inspiration to share with you today for our third week of CASE Study 4th Anniversary celebrations. Visit EACH blog on the list below and comment on EACH blog for a chance to win from this week’s amazing sponsors! Our sponsors are Altenew, CAS-ual Fridays Stamps, Simon Says Stamp & Paper Sweeties! Awesome, right?! You have until midnight on Tuesday August 26th (11.59 pm). Remember…commenting on all entries is compulsory for eligibility for prizes we’re giving away, so get hopping!
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We’re also inviting you to play along this week! There’s a challenge opened for the same length of time, and we’d love to have you join us. Simply CASE any of the projects featured by myself or the other designers in the Blog Hop. We hope you get inspired!