Monday, 26 March 2012

Simply Fabulous Inspirations.

What a beautiful weekend! I do hope you managed to spend some time outdoors and enjoy the fact that Spring has Sprung! With a spring in my step I have had a mammoth photographic session taking advantage of the light and put together a selection of the projects that I produced for the Simply Fabulous shows last week.

Starting simply I used the card base as a feature and used a collection of large die cuts to make a frilly framed shaped diamond card. Of course the problem we encounter with diamond cards is how do they stand and balance. This card is trimmed across the base so it stands and then I have built mats using the co ordinating card collection and smaller dies. I wanted to show how you don't always have to have the matching die shapes to the toppers. Simply identify the main shape and echo it with dies that also suggest that shape. I have used elaborate corners to extend and link the topper with the mats.

Why not create a faux mat finish using embossing powder? I created a faux mat by using a Versamark pad around the edge of the mat and then applied gold pearl embossing powder. Remove excess powder and finally heat set for a co-ordinating finishing touch.

Changing the topper and the colours can add to the drama. We often try to create new compositions all the time, however a change of colour scheme and  topper design the same composition can look totally different and change the occasion altogether!

Identify focal points on a topper and consider alternative ways of interpreting them. This card takes the large bow on the dress and by exaggerating it with a ribbon bow threaded through it brings more dimension and interest to the layers. Accent with bling on the accessories ( its just like being a fashion stylist).

I have always adored acetate and these frames are a perfect opportunity to add the illusion of acetate. To add dimension I have domed the front panel and then added a gemstone to create the illusion of the gemstone pendant on  the necklace. This builds on the previous concept of a focal point and also highlights how dimension can also provide opportunities for creating interest. The almost floating jewel begs the question how did they do that and requires that second glance. So why not try using the acetate layer as a base for creating floating effects?

Finally some more Inspiration and if you are looking for even more why not look at the super samples the team produced on the Kanban Facebook  Photo Gallery!

Simply Fab-U-Lous!

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