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View Poll Results: Where do you start when designing a card?
Color scheme 40 19.42%
Occassion (birthday, thank you...) 113 54.85%
Technique 11 5.34%
SCS challenge(s) 19 9.22%
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other 22 10.68%
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:36 AM   #1  
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Default Card inspiration- where do you start?

What inspiration do use when you make a card? Do some people always start with color? Do you start with a theme (i.e. birthday, thank you)? Do you start with a person in mind that will be receiving the card? Or do most of you use the challenges here to jump start your ideas?
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:48 AM   #2  
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For me, I need to start with a layout. I go through the SCS gallery "layout shopping" all the time. I save pictures of cards to my computer that have layouts that I like. Then when I need some inspiration I have an entire folder full of ideas. I also LOVE the Wednesday card sketch challenges. There are great ideas there too.

If I need to make a particular card for someone or for a certain occasion, then I'll start with the stamp set. Then I go looking through the layout photos and pick one that works with that stamp set. Once I have my stamp set and layout picked out, then I turn to the designer series paper (dsp) for my colors. I don't always use dsp on my cards, but I will often use the color combinations from the dsp.

That's what works for me!
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:39 PM   #3  
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I do best when I make cards for certain person. Then I can combine their favorite colors/ interests for their special day. Otherwise it's a certain color combo, stamp, or object that gets me inspired and started.
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I had to check all of the above It really depends, sometimes I CASE and changes things as I go along, sometimes I want to play with a new technique, sometimes it's one of the SCS challenges that gets me going, it really depends on the day and my mood LOL.
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I start with the stamp set! I pick the set I want to play with, then go from there!

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I checked "other" because it really depends. But when I'm totally stuck and nothing is working, I go to the coldwater creek catalog. I can't help but be inspired when I look at their awesome clothes, either by a pattern or a color scheme or just the general look and feel of something. what can I say --I'm an oddball!

ETA: so I just went to my blog and did a search for coldwater creek to see how many cards I made using them as inspiration and it's quite a few. but here is the funny part -- I found a card on the blog that I just ran across in my stamp room the other day. When I saw it in person I said to myself -- "that's a cool color combination, I wonder how I put these together?". I should have know that the answer was coldwater creek! LOL!

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I could have checked all of them. But most often I start with an occasion.
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Looks like pollers often start with the occassion so far. Love to read everyone's inspiration- Dannie with her card layout shopping and Dianne with her Coldwater Water Creek catty.

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Old 04-23-2008, 12:14 PM   #9  
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Its mostly occasions that inspire me. I would love to say that it is challenges but I don't have time to do them regularly
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i checked SCS challenges AND Other, because i also get inspired by the thousands of blog challenges out there! gives me a sense of purpose.
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Lots of times a sentiment or saying will inspire me. Usually the sentiment is not on a stamp, but I can do it on the computer and then stamp the card to go with the cute saying.

In fact, I just did this last night:

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I said Occasion but sometimes I do it by color scheme and even case. Mostly I do it by occasion.
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I picked other. I usually start with color and then pick a stamp but then change the colors and layout and then the stamp etc.. This goes on for about 30 mins to 1 hour. After I finally get it straight I make the card.
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I normally begin with the occassion....then if the card needs to be
for male or female.........then go to the stamp sets from there........then
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I voted for colour, but I usually start with a stamp set and then choose papers or stamp colours. I usually make all occasion cards.
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I usually start with occassion, but every so often (when I want to use up some scraps) I start with colors.
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I usually start with the stamps I want to use...otherwise it is a challenge.
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I usually start with occassion, but every so often (when I want to use up some scraps) I start with colors.
You use your scraps? I'm envious! I have mounds of scraps that I try to incorporate into projects .... way to go!
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