I was just rereading a post from last year because it was recently viewed by a visitor, and in it I discussed the creative process, taking chances (or not!) with art, and happy accidents. While I cringed a bit at the card featured in the post, I enjoyed reconnecting with my ideas and considering where I am almost one year later. And it was a timely read since I will be sharing with you today two cards that were happy accidents!
Happy Accident #1
In the midst of making Christmas cards I had negatives of die cuts and scraps of paper gathered about, and in one of my clean sweeps, I collected some of my specialty papers–gold foil and gilded vellums– and just filed them in a plastic sleeve. I wasn’t paying attention at the time, but about a week later I happened to glance over at the plastic sleeve and noticed the negative die cut of my deer head in the gold foil sitting behind a gold star vellum. I don’t waste a bit of my gold foil cardstock, so I had just kept what remained for smaller die cuts without even thinking about using the negative! It was a happy surprise indeed, and this is the card that manifested!
As you can see in the photo below, the die leaves a squared outline when it cuts into thick paper, which does not make for a great negative, unless you were to frame around the deer head and hide the outline. In this case, the cover of vellum did just the trick. I love the shadow of his head beneath the stars!
One of my favorite and most used dies of the season was my “Sparkle and Shine” set from WPlus9. I love the font and the size. I cut it from mint Paper Source CS and used a bit of ice Stickles to embellish.
And here is the inside where I changed it up a bit from the front, featuring a gold sentiment and mint & gold washi.
I almost forgot that this little card has a matching envelope I made with my Martha Stewart Scoreboard! I made a few custom-size envelopes for holiday cards, as I found some great deals on 12×12 paper at Michaels and Joann. Since I made oddly sized cards, I need custom envelopes, and they add to the whole card! I will do a post soon on making envelopes and labels!
Happy Accident #2
Another inspiration came as well from the leftover of a die cut. I had cut one of my large Avery Elle flags and a Mama Elephant tag from some grey cardstock, and the paper that remained was a triangular piece with a bit of a long rectangular edge. When I looked at it, I saw a roof and a chimney! Considering the amazing We R Memory Keepers “Love Notes” collection (I have now purchased two 12×12 pads, two 6×6 pads, and extra 12×12 sheets of the prints I love. Yes, I am hording–the texture and designs were just too awesome to resist!) and the specific print, French Doors, I knew I had a little holiday house card in the making!
Here is what resulted!
Now you can see the “roof” and “chimney” that sparked my creation! In order to create the house, I used the flip side of the French Doors paper, measured and cut it in a similar way so it would fit on the grey background.
The grey chimney looked a bit too flat, though, so I embossed with my Tim Holtz brick folder another piece of grey paper, cut to fit, and adhered to the chimney.
Once I decided what door to use, I fussy cut that and then set to embellishing the rest of the house with a wreath, gingerbread icing scallops from the Avery Elle set, my Poppystamps snowman, and that adorable Mama Elephant bow. The left corner looked a bit empty upon finishing, so I decided to add the snowflake.
I considered cutting the card base so it was a triangle, but since that was my only sheet of MFT’s Pink Lemonade, which was the perfect color for the base, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. It felt like too big of a risk– which echoes my sentiments in that post from a year ago. If I only have one piece of a cardstock or patterned paper, or embellishment, I am far less likely to take a chance. Silly, perhaps, but these papers and goods are expensive, so the fear of waste and ruin keeps me on the conservative side! Do you experience the same feeling in your creative process?
Since this is going to a friend who just moved into a new house, I figured it would be the perfect card and sentiment!
I hope you found some inspiration in these happy accident cards! Give pause when you toss aside a scrap; it may just hold the key to a beautiful creation!
May your week be full of happy!
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