Looking for Inspiration?

By | August 13, 2015

If you’re like me, you need a little inspiration now and then.  I love making cards, but sometimes I run out of ideas!  Well, I’ve found at least one great way to spark my creativity, and that’s to look at fine art.

During our recent vacation in Maui, we had an opportunity to visit lots of wonderful art galleries.  One of those galleries was the Jordanne Gallery and Studio in Makawao.  The artist had amazing paintings, and one in particular really caught my eye.  We ended up buying it to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.  Here’s a picture of the artist with our Honu (turtle) painting.


Jordanne did a whole series of these paintings and this is number 50/50!  She developed a unique method of layering gold leaf with acrylics for a gorgeous 3-D effect.  I fell in love with this particular painting because it’s a turtle (explanation to follow) and I just love the colors … the bright blues and warm gold tones.  It’s so cheerful.  We spent a lot of our time in Maui snorkeling and saw many, many turtles.  In addition, we could stand on our balcony and look out at the shore, or walk on the beach next to our condo, and see turtles feeding every evening.  They would come right up to the shore to eat from the rocks, and we could see their heads popping up to take a breath as the waves rolled in and out.  It seemed like turtles were the theme of our vacation and a great way to remember a wonderful trip.

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I really love the gold leaf on the turtle shell in Jordanne’s painting, so I decided to experiment with my stamping supplies to see if I could produce a similar effect.  This card is actually a bonus project for my Stamps In the Mail class for this month.  I usually don’t share any of the projects that I design for Stamps In the Mail, including the bonus ones.  However, I decided to share this one to give you an example of the type of projects I create for this class.

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In the class instructions for this month, I’ll provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to re-create this card.  So, if you want to learn how, you’ll have to sign up!

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My current Stamps in the Mail class features the By the Tide stamp set.  But for the bonus projects, I frequently add another set set, so this card also includes the From Land to Sea stamp set and Sheltering Tree.

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For more information on my Stamps In the Mail program, click on the Class Calendar Tab above and scroll down to Stamps In the Mail.  This is the class where I put the most effort into coming up with “over the top” cards that are detailed, artistic, and include fun, unique techniques.

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Stamps In the Mail is for seasoned stampers who have a good inventory of inks and accessories.  It’s a great way to fulfill your inter artist and create some beautiful cards.  Feel free to contact me for more details and/or to sign up.

Tami Hewlett

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