Did you hear the story about the guy who made a boat load of Designer Series Paper Swatch Books? No? Well, let me tell you! So, there was this guy who made a boat load of Designer Series Paper Swatch Books for all of his friends, customers and fellow demonstrators. He had such a good time assembling all of these books and sending them to their new homes in little, brown padded envelopes. When he was finished, he had a box full of 3/4″ card stock strips in several colors. The colors really looked good together, so he made a single card with them.
You’d never know this card was made with (mostly) discarded strips of paper unless I told you – which I did. I would have never put these colors together had they not been forced together in my little box of scraps. I absolutely love this card with all its simplicity and unexpectedness. And, apparently, this card loves me back – it says so in the bottom, right corner. How sweet!
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- GO vs. MATCH. As they say in fashion (and I’m an expert because I’ve watched every season of Project Runway, Project Runway All Stars and Project Accessory), you want your shoes, purse and jewelry to “go” with your outfit, not to “match” with your outfit. That isn’t always the case with a card. While Stampin’ Up!’s color families are perfect for coordinating colors (the base of your card can perfectly match the color found in a Designer Series Paper), sometimes you don’t want to be all matchy-matchy. Sometimes you just want it all to go together in a beautifully complementing way. That’s my approach with the colors in this card. These colors don’t “match” with each other, but they sure look like the “go” together.
- Center first. It was easy to layer these strips of card stock on the Whisper White piece beneath. Since I had an odd number of strips, I started by gluing down the Calypso Coral strip in the center of the card stock. I then tucked the next piece right next to that one, lining it all up and making sure my edges were clean. Much easier than starting with one of the outside pieces, don’t you think?
- Flipping the heart. I played around with a lot of different ideas for the heart in the center of the card. I stamped patterns and cropped them out. I cropped solid pieces of cardstock. I really liked the idea of flipping the stripes to crop the heart. I had the extra strips, so I glued them on a piece of scrap cardstock and then cropped the heart with my Framelits, making sure I flipped the pink and blue pieces. It makes for an interesting visual.
Stamp sets: Itty Bitty Banners Papers: Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Not Quite Navy Inks: Not Quite Navy Accessories: Hearts Collection Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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