Inspired to Make 4

A long time ago I pinned this beautiful image from Design Seeds (link goes to home page as I can’t find the original post any more):

Inspiration from Design Seeds

I pulled up the inspiration today and sat down to make a card…and ended up making 4!

I basically pulled out a die cut that reminded me of the lace flower in the inspiration piece, picked a sentiment that worked (with no reason to make cards, I went with a generic saying) – and then got started.

This one is my favorite:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I used distress ink to sponge a background (with a splash of water for interest). Very simple, and in my definition, a one-layer card. I love how the flower pops!

Next up is a watercolor background:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

Again, I used distress ink – but a couple colors to go for a subtle ombre. I love the soft wispy feel.

A bit of cardstock color blocking:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I really wanted the flower to pop, so I started with the darker color at the top – bonus that that meant I could stamp (instead of emboss) my sentiment.

My least favorite of the four:

You Make Me Smile - by karen @ carefree creations

I like the idea behind it, but wish I had used a different stamp to make the background.

Also, I kinda got stuck on the blue color theme (which I *love* for the first two cards), but with the other two cards, I wish I had picked brighter (not necessarily blue) colors.

Thanks for taking a peek!

Smile 1
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Broken China distress ink (Ranger);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: sponging; embossing;
Smile 2
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White (PTI); Tumbled Glass, Broken Chine, Faded Jeans distress inks (Ranger); Watercolor paper (Ranger);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box); Stitched Rectangle die (Lil Inker);
Technique: embossing; watercoloring;
Smile 3
Stamps: Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain (PTI);
Other: Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: colorblocking;
Smile 4
Stamps: Wonderful Watercolor, Signature Greetings (PTI);
Ink/Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain (PTI);
Other: white emboss powder (Hero Arts); Versamark; Chloe die (Memory Box);
Technique: embossing;

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