Creativity is a fascinating thing. Sometimes we’re on fire – our creative spark ignites easily, our creative juices overflow, and idea after idea bursts out of nowhere. Other times, the flame flickers – the gush trickles and sputters – and we make one false start after another – assuming we make it off the starting block at all.
It took a very long time to complete today’s card. Days, not hours. Weeks if I’m brutally honest. All of this for what, on the surface, appears to be a very simple, easily designed card.
Have you ever had that experience – you start out with an idea, but your vision is incomplete, and you’re not quite sure what to do next?
What do you do when that happens – do you rush through the process or are you willing to sit it out and see the process through, no matter how long it takes?
Are you willing to trust your instincts and wait for the right pieces to appear, for everything to fall in place?
The initial idea for this card came from this paper, which I received in a 6 x 6 paper swap. The unusual polka dot design and the colors caught my eye and I thought it would be fun to play with. The base design came easily to me – I used paper tearing as my technique – and then – I got stuck. I had no clue what to do next. Initially I thought about mounting and stamping a sentiment and placing it in the bottom right corner of the card, but that didn’t feel right, so then I decided to look for the right embellishments to go with the card – and that is when the hunt began. It took a long time to find just the right pieces for this card. In the end, it’s an intuitive thing – you have to be willing to wait for the right pieces to appear. But boy, how exciting it is when everything comes together and you’re able to see the end result!
The two cool buttons are from Making Memories Vintage Hip buttons Gracen collection. The fern image is from K & Company.