Good Morning all! Renee here. Monday, the event that most parents wait for at the end of the summer occurred. The children returned to school. No more thinking of things to do to entertain them, and in my house at least, my grocery bill will likely go down by 50%. I wanted to make a project commemorating this great day. However, when I sat down at my craft table to color I hit a block. I sat for two days trying to figure out how I would translate the idea in my head into a copic project. Any nothing happened. I have had scrappers block, but never copic block. I wasn’t exactly sure of how to handle that.
Here is what I did. I took a few lessons from my old creativity jar. Do you remember those? The jars you put challenges in and then draw out a few when you experience blocks. I went back to several of the tried and true challenges for scrapbooking to see if they would work. And walla, a card! One I really like too. I thought I would share them today. Maybe they will help you out too.
One of my favorite creativity boosters is to work with new product. For this card, I surfed the net to look for a few free downloads to try out new digital stamp artists. With the exception of classes I have taken, I work mainly with one stamp artist’s stamps. I found several new artists to try. For my project, I settled on this school angel by Whimsie Doodles. She is not too much different from my usual style, but doesn’t have as many pre-shading lines as I am accustomed to. I colored her several times before I got one that I really liked.
This one step started the juices flowing, so I took it a step further. I use another of my tried and true creativity boosters and tried a different technique. Hair has never been my strong suit, so I spent a significant amount of time studying hair. I bought a few new markers and tried a new color combo for hair. After several tries, I got fairly good blending for hair. By then, things were really starting to flow!
Once I had a great image, the card came together pretty easily. Here is what the final card looks like. It will make a great little surprise to send to my daughter for her return to college.
Hope you enjoyed these creativity boosters. Here is a list of supplies to re-create this card.Flesh: E13/15/18; Hair: E37/29/49; Dress: R24/27/29; Pencil: Y13/15/19, RV11, W3/5, E31/33; Shoes: C10. Other Supplies: Stamp: Whimsy Doodles; Paper Jillibean Soup Coconut Lime Soup; Cardstock: Bazzill; Ink: Memento; Stamp: Recollections, Bling Unknown.