Following a Process

Sometimes creativity doesn’t happen right away; sometimes, we have to go through a process before inspiration really hits us. I experienced that yesterday, when I sat down to craft. These cards, which I found on Pinterest, were my starting point:

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This card was what I finished with:

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But, before I was inspired to create this card (and two others like it), I created this card:

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What happened between my initial inspiration and this card that made me go in a completely different direction, but still maintaining a white border along the top and bottom of the card?
The trick was thinking outside the box. I intended to try embossing cardstock, like in my original inspiration, but first tried patterned paper. Adhering the ribbon irritated me, so instead of creating more (in that moment), I decided to try a different route: stamping!
The stamping hit the jackpot. I created the same visual effect by taping off half an inch on both the top and bottom of the card and stamping repeatedly inside the masked off area. Once again, I varied the height each time I stamped, and varied which floral stamps I used for a little more interest and dimension. Lastly, the different colors just adds to the overall effect. I liked this so much, I created two more cards just like it!

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On all these cards, I used CTMH D1616 Have A Happy Day. On the three stamped cards, I used a mixture of D1616 Have A Happy Day and September’s SOTM S1509 Paper Garden.
On the Thank You card, I used CTMH Thistle, Whisper, Outdoor Denim and Glacier inks; I used Momenta patterned paper and CTMH Thistle ribbon on the Just Because card. (I also used Whisper ink for the sentiment). The inks I used on the Hello card are Sweet Leaf, Blush, Outdoor Denim and Black; lastly, I used Flaxen, Sweet Leaf, Lagoon and Peacock inks on the Have A Happy Day card.
Where do you find inspiration? Does it tend to come right away, or do you follow a process, like I did on this project?

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