Monday, 27 September 2010
Back to School - with a difference!
Well dear reader, September is almost over and we are well and truly into the Autumn/Winter season. Summer holidays are just a distant memory for many people and the children are settled into a new school year. The Queen Kat Designs DT blog hop today
has the theme of 'Back to School' and there are so many ways to interpret this theme. As part of the hop my card is posted on the Whimsical Ink Sorority blog and if you'd like to do the whole hop just go here and follow the links.
Now you may have to run to keep up with my creative process for this one!!!
I often work on planning my projects by jotting down words, colours, anything that the theme brings to mind. I just allow my mind to wander in whatever direction it chooses, hoping that I will finally arrive at something usable.
The school year starts in the Autumn/Fall so I immediately thought of all the fabulous rich colours that surround us at this time of year. The trees are all changing from their summer greens to an amazing array of reds, golds and oranges. The word 'school' also made me think of fish ! Still with me? I hope so!
I now had rich colours and fish on my ideas sheet and thought of the beautiful QKD Koi Pond stamp which was perfect to fit my idea. I also have this great Cuttlebug embossing folder of Koi in water, which again was ideal for my project.
I coloured the beautiful Koi Pond in autumnal shades with Copics and Promarkers and used a piece of DCWV 'Taj Mahal' paper for the background layer. I cut out a piece of green card with an oval nestabilities die and embossed it with the Koi folder. This lovely distressed Prima flower has been in my embellishment box for a while, and again, the colours are just right for my project. I punched out some leaves from white card and coloured them with Promarkers then added the gems and gem flowers to the bottom right to balance the layout.
I hope you've enjoyed my interpretation of the 'Back to School' theme - til I see you again, Happy Crafting!