Challenge

My first “Mojo Monday”!

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I enjoy making cards but I’m always afraid that every one of my cards will end up looking the same simply because I lack imagination. I’m simply not an inventive person. I’m great at recreating something put in front of me, but ask me to come up with something out of nothing…yeah…it’ll take me forever. I have to have a good source of inspiration at the right moment for brilliance to happen. And that’s what happened this afternoon.

Here’s the sketch we’re supposed to follow:

And this is what I came up with:

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Yep! I totally didn’t follow the sketch verbatim! I’m planning on submitting my entry into the contest, but won’t be offended if I’m disqualified for being too different. I’m too excited by how much I really like the way this one turned out! These are all items that I’ve already been working with this week, but I doubt that I would have come up with this design without the sketch challenge. It’s a little outside my comfort zone.

Coming up with the design was really organic (from seeing the sketch to final card couldn’t have been more than 30 minutes). I knew I was going to use the butterflies in place of the star and since I didn’t really have any other shapes to work with I was going to make a pile of the black and white butterflies with a colored one on top. The pile idea quickly revealed itself that it would look muddy, so I started spreading them out and using larger sized ones. I really liked the red striped paper, but had a little trouble figuring out what color I wanted to use for the bottom of the card. It was totally an accident for the blue to take up as much of the card as it does–I had intended for it to better match the sketch, but when I went do glue it down, it got away from me. However, since at the time I hadn’t figured out what to do with that honking rectangle that was supposed to be in the middle of the card, what ultimately ended up being the sentiment looks fantastic on the oversized piece of blue (in my opinion). I was flipping though all the sentiments I had to work with (I cut them out of a single piece of 12×12 that was it’s own collage of “signs”) looking for one I intended to go in the middle like it was supposed to, but this one caught my eye as being a perfect compliment to the bunch of black and white butterflies and one blue one. Plus the color was a great match with the red stripes.

Like I said, this card just presented itself to me as I flipped through my purposefully limited stash. I could have gone to the Cricut Design Space and found the shapes to re-create the sketch exactly, but I know for a fact that I wouldn’t have been as excited about that card as I am about this one. Who cares if it doesn’t look like the sketch–without the sketch it would never have been born!