Guest Designing at Inkspirational!

Hello … bonjour!  I’m thrilled and honoured to be Guest Designing with the fabulous and talented DT at Inkspirational today … thank you, Marina and all the team for the invitation!  For the next fortnight, there’s a cool, stylish photo inspiration to get your creative juices going (it’s below) … here’s my take on it …


… and here’s the inspiration …

My eye was taken with the blue, grey, black colour palette, by the glow around that cascade of rain and by the tall/long images (man in black, what I took to be flag poles each side of him, and window apertures in the background building).  I cut an MFT peek a boo window out of a white card panel, adhered a slip of printed vellum (thanks, Darnell!) behind it and foam mounted the panel onto a grey card base.  The tall stylised leaves are from Simply Graphic (thanks, Maria!) … coloured with alcohol markers and sponged over with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, attached just where the stems meet the vellum.  I white heat embossed a WPlus9 sentiment onto a strip of black card stock and popped it up on foam tape across the stems and window … and finished off with a few enamel accent dots.  I was hoping that the light shining on the rain-like print on the vellum would mimic that glowing rain cascade … and it did, sort of … don’t you just love it when a design comes together!  Here’s a detail shot …

What voyage of discovery will your imagination take with this inspiration?  Wherever it takes you, we’d love to see what you create.  All the details are over at the Inkspirational blog, along with a whole heap of delicious ideas from the Design Team … hope to see you in the gallery!

I’m playing along at …

Addicted to Stamps & More – Anything Goes

Mod Squad – Simply Clean

AAA Cards – A Favourite Technique (Die Cutting)

A big thanks, once again, to Marina and the Inkspirational DT for their invitation and warm welcome … it’s been so much fun!  Thanks so much to you too for coming by, your visits and comments are always a joy!  Anita 🙂

          Modsquad Challenge

34 thoughts on “Guest Designing at Inkspirational!

  1. djkardkreations

    Wait. What? Am I first?! Woohoo! Congratulations on Guest Designing at Inkspirational! I love your pretty note card, Anita! It’s so sharp and well-executed! You’ve done a magnificent job of capturing the light glancing off the vellum and balancing the modern lines of the feathers and the lines of the stitching, printed vellum, and your angled sediment! The pops of black embellies adds the right touch of fun!! LYAMYAHYHAWW! Hugs, Darnell (p.s. the Inkspirational badge is not appearing; only the code is showing.)

  2. Nonni

    So… Here’s the card my brain CASEd without seeing it! The peek a boo window and your use of vellum…. Yep, both in my card too! 🙂 Obviously I love this layout 😉 and all I love your use of those contemporary looking leaf dies and all the black accents. Very stylish card. Thanks for being an inspiring GD at Ink!

  3. lollthompson

    Amazing card and wonderful interpretation of the inspiration photo Anita! Your design is fantastic! Congrats on Guest Designing at Inkspirational! xx

  4. Marina

    Such a unique take on the photo and an original design! I love that restrained,calm colour scheme . All the elements are cleverly placed for an elegant and uncluttered look. Thanks for being our fabulous Guest Designer at Inkspirational.

  5. Jeanne

    Well, for some reason I can’t see the inspiration photo, but I CAN see the gorgeous card inspired by it. Wow! I love the printed vellum, the stylish leaf and the stitched window are all so lovely and work wonderfully together. The black enamel dots add just the right shine, too. Beautiful work, Anita! Thank you so much for sharing. Happy weekend to you!

  6. Judith

    Oh my goodness…more guest designing…huge congratulations. The card as ever is simple and stylish. Particularly like the leaves.

  7. cmayne

    Anita, I’m bedazzled by how your mind ‘sees’ the most fascinating aspects of the photo that totally eclipsed me and THEN, how you’re able to compose those visions into a most stunning, stylish, CAS-ilicious card. As you can well guess: I LOVE your design! LOVE, I tell you! So thrilled that you’re our GD for this challenge; your inspiring card will be wonderful draw to the gallery!

  8. Conil

    Holy cow, your design skills are really shining through with this card. Gorgeously simple and clean. Modern vibe screams out with the leaves (feathers, whatever you want them to be) which provides the feeling of height and sleekness (is that a word?). Love everything about this card…it is exquisite.

  9. Shauna

    This is awesome Anita! Such a great interpretation of the challenge photo. I particularly like the aperture with the printed vellum and the design. Great having you design with us at Ink!
    – Shauna

  10. Bev

    After reading all the above comments, I echo everything everybody has said. I saw the inspiration photo earlier today, but Mr. Mojo isn’t cooperating right now. Maybe he will now that he’s seen your card. Amazing. That squidge of vellum is the most perfect paper to use as it mimics those windows wonderfully. This is a fabulous card. My brain can’t even find the words to tell you just how much I love it. Hope you’re having a lovely weekend. Missing you terribly. xo

  11. cat craig

    Anita, Congratulations on your GD spot. Your take on the photo is phenomenal. I love all those grays and blue grays. It is a fabulous card for male or female.

  12. Jane

    Oh this is just fabulous! Love all the greys, looks so sophisticated. Thanks for playing along with the favourite technique challenge at AAA Cards.

  13. BarbGhig

    Congrats on your well-deserved Guest Designer spot! You have done an amazing job with the inspiration photo, Anita! I love how you focused on the smallest details in the photo to create your card…like your color palette, which is spot on and how you mimicked the window apertures in more than one way! Love your crisp, clean, and oh so perfect take on the challenge!

  14. Michele

    Anita, this is stunning! LOve the graphic, cool, design, and colors… ooh la la I like your leaves, and that perfect ‘raining’ vellum!
    So happy that you’re guest designing for Inkspirational – congrats!

  15. Bobby

    I love seeing out-of-the-box ideas, Anita, and your take on the photo is sensational. I was stumped, being the literal person I tend to be, but you’ve inspired me to look at the photo in different ways. Congratulations on being a guest designer. You’ll inspire others I’m sure.

  16. Marisela Delgado

    Hi, Anita-
    I just wanted to say hello. I hope you are doing great. You keep making such beautiful things. Mari

  17. Gerrina

    So great to see you as guestdesigner at ink! And with a stunning card! Love the frame and vellum(?) behind it and the serene feeling! Hugs, Gerrina

  18. Rosemary D

    congrats on your guest designer spot, anita!! once, again, your card is the perfect example of clean and simple papercrafting!! love your take on the inspiration photo!

  19. susannev2014

    Congratulations on your GD spot! Your card is very stylish and modern and I absolutely love it! Great take on the photo!

  20. Sharron Gregory

    You did an amazing job as GD, Anita! You captured elements of the inspirational photo and created a stunning design. Love the graphic leaves and wonderful patterned vellum!

  21. hobbitnoll

    This is simply divine!!! I love EVERYTHING about it-from the colors, to the die cuts-just amazing work!!!

  22. Izzy Scrap

    Avec une semaine de retard, Félicitations! Ta carte est tout simplement divine, quelle créativité ! Quelle bonne idée ce vélum imprimé pour représenter la pluie. Et ces herbes folles sont très élégantes et si délicates ! L’equipe d’Inkspirational ne pouvait pas mieux choisir comme GD ! Bises


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