Monday, July 18, 2011

Fashion = Papercrafting

How does Fashion relate to papercrafting?

Color, Patterns, Prints, Texture, Embellishment 
Creating cards is relating back to my career in the Fashion Industry. When I choose paper it reminds my of picking fabric for a blouse or skirt , such as a print, plaid or stripe. Choosing colors reminds me of being a member of the buying team and coordinating a collection of blazers, blouses, skirts and pants. Adding embellishments is like adding a great button or zipper.



When I was a buyer for Nordstrom I was part of a 3 person team to select the coordinate line from our number 1 sportswear company for the Anniversary Sale (happening now). The designer showed us the line, beautiful wool in a Herringbone Plaid with coordinating prints that were perfect. The colors scared the team. Dark Grey with Melon or Sage Green. Colors we had never had on the selling floor before, the "popular" colors were bright jewel tones. The entire buying team and sale staff were intimidated about this color combination. On the first day of the Anniversary Sale the coordinate line sold out nation wide. What color did we select? Melon with dark grey as in the card pictured above.

As CHA is beginning in Chicago this week, I encourage all the buyers and designers to step out of their comfort zone and try something new and exiting. 

Enjoy the challenge to be creative!
-Elaine

PS - Paisleys are becoming more current and trendy!

Supplies:
Cardstock: Kraft - Speckletone, Dark Gray and Melon- Bazzill
Ink: Ranger Adirondack Mushroom
Stamps: Hero Arts Cling Paisley on Flourishes White Cardstock
Coloring: Copic Sketch Markers - YR12, YR15, YR16
Embellishments: Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Pen
Tools: EK Success 2" Square, 1 3/4" Round and 2" Scalloped Punch, Tomboy Adhesive

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