I’ve been making so many sunshiny and flowery sweet cards lately that I thought it might be nice to make a formal, yet fun, graduation card that’s perfect for a boy graduate or girl graduate – is that what we call them? That sounds so silly, but I can’t change something that’s already written down, so…boy graduate and girl graduate it is. Here’s my 4-1/4″ x 4-1/4″ square card for this week’s Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- KISS. I know you’ve heard the saying “Keep it Simple, Stamper” – that’s how it goes, right? As I was making this card, I really wanted to add more. Could there be a ribbon down the black panel? Could I add texture to the panel? Could I stamp an image on the background of the strip? I fought myself and decided to Keep it Simple, Stamper. I rarely have a huge block of black on a card front, so it felt unnatural to me. Once I decided to keep it as is, I began to really like it. You know I like white space on a card – well, black paper just creates white space that’s really dark. 🙂
- FOCUS! The more I study Nicole’s sketch, the more I love it. When I set out to recreate the sketch, I knew wanted the circle to be the focal point. The white ring around the sentiment almost creates a halo around the sentiment, which draws your eye directly to the sentiment. Yay! Just what I wanted. The white borders around the outside of the card are created to mimic the width of the border around the sentiment.
- Going, Going, Gone. I selected Blue Ribbon for this card when I was designing the card this weekend – I didn’t have any inside intel, but I guessed the set would be saying, “bye! bye!” when the Retiring List was announced later in the week. Well, folks, my Spidey Senses were right, and it’s there! Check out the entire list of Retiring Products here.
Stamp Sets: Blue Ribbon Papers: Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Basic Black, Whisper White Inks: VersaMark Accessories: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder, 1-3/4″ Circle punch, 2″ Circle punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to The Pals Paper Arts Challenge site see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by today!