Eeenzy Beenzy's fabulous card with a zebra-pattern background (so striking!), and I vaguely remembered seeing a similar background graphic in the Photoshop Elements library, along with a leopard skin pattern. I'm a real fan of bold animal prints, so I decided to check these out.
Well, I'm so glad I did! I had never properly browsed through the Photoshop backgrounds library before, and was amazed to discover an absolute treasure trove of images I could use for my cards. (If you've got Photoshop, stop by and have a look - I'm sure you'll be impressed!)
Sure enough, the animal prints were there, but so much else besides ... landscapes, textures, sandy beaches, sports pitches, flower patterns - all of them just crying out for the application of some quilling!
I stumbled across one image that simply blew me away. It's called 'Crayons' and is simply a photo of the tips of a set of wax crayons shot from above. I love this kind of image - vibrant colours set against a dark background - so I simply had to grab it and make it into the backdrop for a card.
I made a long vertical panel of the crayons image, added another Photoshop swirly sun graphic in a separate layer, and then set about adding some abstract quilling. This design is perhaps a bit too bold and 'off the wall' for many people's tastes, but I really like it as it somehow reflects my personality. And I guess that's exactly what individual creativity is all about.