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A Victorian Christmas Card & Getting Out of a Creative Rut

By December 5, 2016Cards, Christmas

This weekend I was supposed to be making Christmas cards but instead I kept gravitating toward this spring color combo…

Spring Colors or Victorian Christmas Colors

Does that make visions of Sugarplums dance in your head? I posted this color combo on my Facebook and Heather Raine said “Those colors could make a nice Christmas card….I’m thinking something with snowflakes or ornaments. It’s a Victorian Christmas color combo.”

And that’s how this Victorian Christmas card came to be.

Victorian Christmas Card
(As usual, this photo doesn’t do this card justice. The colors in real life are much softer and more Victorian.)
Sahara Sand: 4″ x 5-1/4″
Very Vanilla card base: 5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4-1/4″

Now this isn’t my favorite card ever but it’s nice and more importantly it got my creativity going and I ended up finishing 30 more Christmas cards. Sometimes when I HAVE to stamp a certain kind of card my creativity flees. Does that ever happen to you?

What do you do when you just don’t feel like creating? We were discussing this in our demonstrator Facebook group this weekend because a few of us need to make Christmas cards and we just aren’t in the mood. Sometimes just knowing others run into the same creative problems helps you feel like you are not alone and talking about it gives you ideas to solve your problem.

Tips for Getting out of a Creative Rut:

  • Walk away. If you’re just not feeling it, it’s best to step away for awhile. Especially if you feel yourself getting frustrated. Go for a walk, play with your kids, just go do something else for awhile and you’ll be surprised by how inspiration hits!
  • Browse Pinterest. Set a timer!! You don’t want this to eat up all your creating time, but browse Pinterest for ideas and keep an open mind while you are doing it. Look for different color combo ideas, layout options and new techniques you could try.
  • Watch card making videos. There are scads on YouTube or you can watch mine at www.inkitupwithjessica.tv This will inspire you to try a new technique! Again, you might want to set a timer for this one so you don’t just end up watching all day.
  • Try a One Sheet Wonder. Templates give you a great starting point. Here’s an easy one to start with.
  • Copy someone else’s card. Kimberly Hendrick said “Sometimes I just don’t want to think and brainstorm original ideas so I use that time to do some copying. I still get to create and get some cards made but without any “work”.” It truly is okay to make the exact same card that someone else has made. Chances that you are going to send it to the same person are very, very slim.
  • Start with a kit. It’s another case of all the work is done for you. Just create the kit projects according to the directions and you’ll get your creative juices flowing to make what you really need to make. Paper Pumpkin kits are great to have on hand.

Hopefully these tips will help get you out of your next creative rut. As much as we hope we’ll never have another one, they pop up at the most unexpected times.

Do you have more tips? We’d love to hear them! Leave a comment and share your best tip for getting out of a creative rut.

Supplies Used to make the Victorian Christmas Card:

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  • Barbara Fuller says:

    Hi Jessica

    I do sometimes get into a rut, but to help get out again, I start to watch youtube videos. I don’t like to totally copy another persons card, but draw my inspiration from that card. When I see a creation that I really like, I will use that creation to do something of my own. I may use the same colours, and placements of the design, but a entirely new design all together. I find that helps me out again, then I usually go for it then.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Cheers
    Barbara

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