Today is Wednesday, and you know what that means! It’s Keep It Simple Wednesday! OK, so that’s not really a thing, but it sounds nice, huh? Most of my projects are clean and classy, but today’s project is particularly clean and particularly classy.
When the Spring Catalog was released in January, I had a visceral reaction to the ginormous Swallowtail. Who in the world would ever buy that thing?! Then, I started seeing projects I liked. Then, my attitude toward the stamp began to change. Then, it arrived in the mail – I don’t even remember ordering this fluttery beast, but it lives with me now, so I should learn to love it, right? Well, I have. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- Go Monochromatic. This card features only two colors – Sahara Sand and Whisper White. Is there a classier way to congratulate a new couple than with this crisp image and simple banner? I’ve added a small border around the Sahara Sand card front before it’s mounted on the Sahara Sand card base to highlight the white embossing.
- Embossing Buddy-less? I cleaned the static and moisture off the surface of this card front with my Embossing Buddy before embossing the swallowtail – it’s a must for a clean, crisp embossed image. Don’t have an Embossing Buddy? Well, don’t let that stop you from rushing to your fungeon (or whatever you call your craft space) to emboss this swallowtail. The messier, the better with this stamp, I think. With this image, it’s fine to let the strays get embossed. Let the strays be free.
- Reverse banner. I added this simple banner with a simple phrase. To balance the image (it overlaps the card front in all corners except the bottom, right), I added a banner that originates on the right and extends to the left (instead of the usual left to right). I played around with various brads and buttons but decided to leave it as is.
Stamp sets: Swallowtail, Loving Thoughts Inks: Versamark, Sahara Sand Papers: Sahara Sand, Whisper White Accessories: White Stampin’ Emboss Powder
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