Inspiration

Where can you find creative inspiration?

The inspiration for today’s card comes from a rather unlikely source! What inspires you to create? For me, it could be scenery, a dress, a sweater, a photo, or another card. However, I was inspired to create this particular card when I saw this tissue box in the bathroom!

Card inspiration can come from everyday objects like this tissue box! Recreate the pattern with the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies.

Triangles Everywhere

After playing around with the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Triangles Dies for a couple of days, I started noticing triangles more frequently. Does that ever happen to you? Once you really pay attention to a color, shape, or pattern, all of a sudden you notice it everywhere! As a result, this tissue box inspired me to create a card with similar colors and triangle shapes.

Color Scheme

I dug through my stash, trying to mimic the color scheme of this tissue box, and here is the resulting color palette: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Pistachio Pudding, Soft Sky, Brushed Gold, and Basic White.

Basic Gray 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Smoky Slate 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock
Pistachio Pudding 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Soft Sky 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Brushed Gold 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
Whisper White 8-1/2" X 11" Cardstock

Creating the Triangle Inspiration Card

With a little inspiration, you can create a unique card design using the Stampin' Up! Stitched Triangles Dies. Layer the various sizes and shapes of solid and patterned triangle shapes. Then add a sentiment from A Wish For Everything

Firstly, choose a color, such as Smoky Slate. as the card base color, cutting the cardstock to 8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″. Score the long side of the cardstock at 4-1/4″ and fold it to complete the card base. Feel free to change the color scheme to match your paper scraps!

Secondly, because I didn’t have another shade of gray cardstock, I chose a patterned gray piece from my scrap bin and cut a couple of 4″ strips. The exact width of the strips isn’t critical. Mine are 5/8″ and 3/4″. Similarly, using both patterned and plain pieces of your other cardstock colors adds interest to your design.

Thirdly, cut 4″ white strips and Soft Sky strips, adjusting the width of the strips to fit your design. Arrange all the strips in a pattern, such as Soft Sky, patterned gray, and white, as shown here. Adhere all the strips to the card base.

Cut and Arrange the Triangles

Next, use the Stitched Triangles Dies to die cut large, medium and small triangles of plain or patterned paper in your chosen color scheme. Leave some as solid triangles. For others, cut out the center with a smaller triangle die.

Arrange all the triangles on your card front, overlapping triangle layers, and keeping colors separated by contrasting pieces. When you have created the perfect pattern, lift triangles, one at a time, and apply Multipurpose Liquid Glue to the back to adhere them. A quick tip: once you have your pattern in place, take a photo with your phone, so you can recreate the pattern easily if the pieces get knocked out of place.

Finally, choose a sentiment, such as these words from A Wish for Everything, and stamp them on scraps of white cardstock. This is a wonderful way to use up long thin scraps! Use a paper snips or other sharp scissors to trim sentiments to the desired size. Adhere them over your triangle layers with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals. If desired add additional embellishments.

As you can see in the image below, A Wish for Everything has a lot of stamps for various occasions like birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day and even St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a great all-around greeting set to have in your collection. What I particularly like is that there are some sentiments appropriate for both the outside and inside of a card.

Need inspiration for another holiday? Use this layout and choose a different greeting from A Wish For Everything. It covers most holidays as well as birthdays and anniversaries.

More Inspiration?

If you need more triangle inspiration, check out my recent blog post on the Stampin’ Up! Stitched Triangles Dies. There you’ll find examples for several occasions from Christmas to Valentine’s Day!

Make someone’s day a little brighter by sending them your finished card!

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