Picture this: You have an hour to yourself, which never happens. You excitedly take out your stamping supplies, spread them out, and realize you have no idea what you want your cards to look like. Your cardstock stands like an unpainted canvas. You have stamper’s block.
You need some ways to get inspired.
I’ve been there before, and I know the struggle is real. No need to panic though, I’ve got your back! Read on to find out 7 sure fire ways to get inspired to stamp.
7 Ways to get Inspired to Stamp
I use all the ideas I am about to share with you, some more than others, and they all work for me. Wait no longer, here are your 7 ways to get inspired to stamp.
Using what you see as you are out and about works well for me. As I was driving a few weeks ago, I noticed a gazebo with some beautiful flowers around it. I just fell in love with the whole scene, and I was able to create a beautiful card when I got home.
One day you may be at the beach, and something might catch your eye. This could be a seed of inspiration, so take out your phone and snap a quick picture to use later.
Magazines contain so many pictures in them, you couldn’t ask for a better visual source of inspiration. Next time you look through a magazine, slap a sticky note on the pages that strike you as interesting. Your seeds of inspiration are those pictures.
My guess is that if you are looking at a magazine, it is about a preferred topic, something you are interested in. You probably own stamps in this preferred subject as well. Photographs work well to help you make a connection from what your interests are to your stamping hobby.
Interesting fact. Pinterest is not a form of social media, but a visual search engine. Just type in the name of your stamp set, and dozens of images will appear. When you find something you like, just CASE (Copy And Stamp Everything) it.
Feel free to change up the colors, images, or layout as you see fit. Then make sure you pin it to one of your boards for future reference.
Museums contain the most revered pieces of art in the world. I say this is a perfect place for inspiration. You may not be able to take pictures of the art, so you should write down the name of the piece. When you arrive home google the painting, pin it, and use it for inspiration when you have stamping time.
The Card Aisle
Visit the competition. Inspiration abounds! Next time you go food shopping, stop by the card aisle and see if anything pops out at you. Take a picture of it, and you have inspiration at the tip of your finger now.
Also, there’s no doubt that finding a card at the local supermarket is convenient.
Buuutttt…they don’t have the same beautiful look and feel as what you make. From the personal saying inside, to the extra embellishments you add, giving a handmade card makes your recipient feel special. That person know you took time out of your busy schedule to make it for them.
When I think of a mood board, I think of a place where I can find inspiration around a certain idea. To me, mood boards are something that you can create on your own, but more convenient to find one online.
Mood boards contain images, fonts, and colors centered on a theme. For example, one of my mood boards includes all things nautical, or a board centered on the beach.
You could create your own Pinterest board called mood boards and start pinning other users mood boards. I have done this a lot in the past. I am just starting to create my own mood boards. It is a lot of fun, and I have gone down many rabbit holes! Be careful.
The last way to get inspired is by using color combinations. You know what stamp set you want to use, and how you want to lay it out. You just aren’t sure what colors to use.
One method I use all the time is to look at the colors used in the Stampin’ Up! Designer Series Paper. This particular DSP uses these colors: Basic Black, Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Suede, and Whisper White. Since the papers were created using these colors, we know that they work together. Because this set of papers contains so many colors, they provide inspiration for days! This is my favorite way to figure out what colors to use.
Of course, this blog overflows with inspiration as well. Use whatever I have as inspiration, it would make me so happy. If you do, share it with me.
Did you find some ways to get inspired to stamp? Which way do you think is going to work best for you? Comment below and let me know.