Carisa’s U Inspire Me
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Hi everyone! Carisa here from Inky Fairy Designs back with another post for you! First I want to say thank you ALL so much for the incredible comments on my first post—you guys are absolutely why I LOVE this hobby so much!!

For today?s post, I was asked to use a photo for inspiration; it could be from anywhere like a magazine, art, etc. I headed to Pinterest! I searched general categories like art, fashion and even popular to get a completely random group of pins. I saw the image below and immediately knew I had found my inspiration.


Photo from here via Pinterest

Pretty, right?! As soon as I saw it, I remembered a die I had in my stash that was the perfect pattern and I knew I wanted to use my watercolors to create the background. It was instant how I had my idea and I couldn?t wait to get started.

I started by picking three Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors: moonglow, duochrome aquamarine and rhodonite genuine. I love using watercolors to create backgrounds because of the loose and organic look I get every single time. Daniel Smith Watercolors are one of my favorites right now—they are some of the most unique watercolors I?ve used and I?m in love with them.

Here is a close-up of what I?m talking about—pretty! I can?t even ? every single time I use these watercolors, I get giddy like a kid in a candy store! I kept the rest of my card design simple because I really wanted the watercolor background to be the focal point. I used gold glitter paper with the die and it?s adhesive-backed so it made working with this intricate die super easy. I embossed my sentiment on vellum and added a few sequins for a final touch and that was it! I filmed my process for you so you can see the watercolors in action and how the entire card comes together. I hope you enjoy the video!

What about you? Where do you look for inspiration in your card making? Do you hop on Pinterest like I did or do you find it somewhere else? I?d love to hear about your favorite places to find inspiration in the comments below! Seriously … I have another photo inspired challenge in a few months and need some ideas. 😉


Supplies used: Recollections white cardstock from Michaels Stores; Artistico Extra White 140lb Hot Press Watercolor Paper from Fabriano; gold glitter adhesive-backed sheets from My Favorite Things; Acts of Kindness stamp set from Hero Arts; black dye ink pad from WPlus9 Design; VersaMark watermark ink pad from IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko; ultra fine embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp; Extra Fine Watercolors from Daniel Smith Inc.; sequins from Pretty Pink Posh; jute twine from May Arts Ribbon; Black Velvet Round 8 watercolor brush from Silver Brush Limited; Cover Plate: Quatrefoil die (#PTD-0205) from Papertrey Ink; Big Shot die-cutting machine from Sizzix; double-sided foam adhesive from 3M; Zots Bling from Therm O Web.

7 Responses to Carisa’s U Inspire Me

  1. Beautiful! I love the sentiment and sequins you added as well!

  2. Bobbi Miller says:

    WOW! Simply gorgeous! What were you using to attach the sequins?

  3. A beautiful card and good take on your inspiration piece. I especially like background colors.

  4. Cherie Johnson says:

    Now, you inspire me to try this look!! Beautiful card, TFS.

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