This week’s Global Design Project theme is LOVE. Know what I love? I love playing with Designer Series Paper, making sentiments work the way I want them to and sharing cards with you. Oh, I also love colors. And quick-and-easy cards. I am also pretty fond of love, so today’s post is kind of a celebration of love, right? Here’s my card for this week’s Global Design Project challenge:
If you haven’t already guessed, the inside of the card says, “You.” It would be kind of silly if it said, “I love playing with Designer Series Paper, making sentiments work the way I want them to and sharing cards with you. Oh, I also love colors.”
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Manipulating the Paper. This card features two beautiful pieces of Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper, a versatile pack of papers that you can earn during Sale-a-Bration (through March 31) for a $50 purchase. If you like these pages, you’ll love the others. Check them out here: Incidentally, this sentiment is also part of a stamp set exclusive to Sale-a-Bration – What I Love. As I mentioned, the design of this card is really pretty simple – I am excited to share with you the ways I’ve manipulated this paper to create the exact image I was looking for. All three manipulations involve Pear Pizzazz, a color that isn’t even included in this gorgeous pack of papers.
- Stampin’ Write Marker. The largest layer of Wildflower Designer Series Paper features Lost Lagoon, Whisper White and Basic Black. I used a Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker to color in a few of the raindrops.
- Blender Pen and Classic Stampin’ Pad. The smaller panel of Wildflower Designer Series Paper is Basic Black and Whisper White when it comes out of the pack. I wanted to soften some of the dandelions, so I lightly colored them with a Blender Pen and Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin’ Pad. A Stampin’ Write Marker would have given me a full concentration of ink, but the Blender Pen allowed me to lighten the coverage.
- Extended Tag. This gorgeous sentiment from What I Love would not fit inside a normal punch of the Washi Label punch, so I cropped a 1/2″ strip of Pear Pizzazz cardstock, stamped the sentiment and then cropped the edges by sliding the piece of cardstock into the punch. I shared this trick some time back – you can read more about how that works here.
- Simple Layout. When I first designed this card and laid out all the panels on my craft table, the plan was to center these panels and offset the sentiment (like it’s shown on the final card). I liked it but feared it was too boring. Once I had the adhesive on the back of the front panel, I quickly decided to glue the panel in the lower, left corner of the card. So happy with that decision. It made all the difference in my final project.
- Color Combination. I get it – this color combination isn’t quite the set of colors you’d expect from a card that represents “love.” Still, I adore the combination of the dusty Lost Lagoon and the dusty Pear Pizzazz. Combine them with Basic Black and Whisper White, and I think you’ve got a color set that anyone is sure to love.
Stamp Sets: What I Love Papers: Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black, Wildflower Fields Designer Series Paper Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Archival Basic Black, Stampin’ Write Marker (Pear Pizzazz) Accessories: Washi Label punch, Blender Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals
I hope you’ll pop over to the Global Design Project site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.
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