It’s pretty awesome when you meet someone with whom you have an instant connection. I met Ann Schach in early November, and I feel like we’ve been buddies for years now. We always have lots to talk about and often share the exact same views. Even though our card-making styles are total opposites – my style is simple and clean, and Ann’s style is beautifully complex and vintage. Well-known fact: Ann has gorgeous boxers and proudly shows them in dog shows. Little-known fact: Ann is physically incapable of making a card that doesn’t have at least 27 pearls.
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
In “the old days” (before popular Designer Series Paper prints), we stampers were forced to create our own background papers as the base of our cards. There are rules around creating the perfect background design. You’ll want to bookmark this page because these rules are really complicated. This simple card is a perfect vehicle for me to introduce The Three C’s of Background Stamping:
- Color. Pick three complimentary colors, and stick with them. You could do four or more, but I think three is beautiful. In this case, I wanted the flower to stand out, so I picked the bright and beautiful Melon Mambo and accented the flower with smaller images in Midnight Muse and Lucky Limeade. I then repeated those colors on the outside of the card, creating a perfect frame for the floral print.
- Composition. With solid images, it’s best (in my humble opinion) to keep the images from overlapping (see my Thanksgiving card here). With it’s gogeous lines that both outline the image and create a gorgeous structural frame on the inside, Summer Solstice is the perfect set for a little overlapping.
- Chocolate. You did such a good job learning the first two C’s, so reward yourself! It’s best with peanut butter.
Stamp Sets: Summer Solstice, Language of Friendship Papers: Midnight Muse, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White Inks: Midnight Muse, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo Accessories: Decorative Label Punch, 3/16″ Corner Punch, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Thanks for stopping by my blog today! And you can pay a visit to Ann’s site here. Tell her I said, “HI!”
More Christmas swaps tomorrow!
Did you listen to me yesterday? Yesterday, I told you about Stampin’ Up!’s new kits that give you everything you need to make the ornament on the front of the Holiday Catalog. Did you click over to my demonstrator site to buy one (only available while supplies last)? Here’s another chance to make me proud of you – click the image below: