Before I jump into today’s project, I must thank you all for your wonderful responses to yesterday’s post. As I was going to bed last night, there were 71 comments left on my Art is my Vitamin post, and the card was being shared on lots of Pinterest boards. I was excited to see my project “take off” like that, but I was more appreciative of the kind feedback and comments you left. Thank you.
Today, I’m sharing another card from my Convention presentation on masculine projects. If you missed my “Convention Wrap-up” post, click here. It doesn’t get any cleaner or any simpler than this card, but I love I absolutely LOVE the way it turned out. Here’s my card:Tips, Tricks and Reminders
Find the right paper. The right Designer Series Paper pattern is sometimes hidden where you’d least expect it. When I first laid eyes on this page from Gingham Garden, I knew it was special – because of the faux texture, I thought it would be perfect for a masculine card. Masculine print in a pack of paper call Gingham Garden? Who knew? This Pear Pizzazz print pairs well with Early Espresso.
Layering cardstock. If you’ve paid attention to my designs for a while, then you know I like to layer my cardstock. A young Goldilocks once said, “Sometimes an extra layer of cardstock is too much. Sometimes an extra layer of cardstock is not enough. But sometimes an extra layer cardstock is just right.” That’s about the time a bear came along and ate her. While my card is a clean and simple construction, I like the layer of cardstock between the Early Espresso base and the Gingham Garden DSP. It doesn’t add a pop, but I think it’s the subtle difference between “eh!” and “aaaaah!”.
Repeat banners. Banner Greetings wasn’t my first idea for the sentiment on this card, but the more I played with the simple, brown cake with its cool, brown flags, I was drawn to the idea of repeating the flag motif in the sentiment of the card. To further mold this cake topper into the rest of the card, I colored one flag with Island Indigo and one with Pear Pizzazz.
Stamps sets: Make a Cake, Banner Greetings (hostess) Papers: Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper Inks: Island Indigo, Stampin’ Write Markers (Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz) Accessories: Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Stampin’ Dimensionals
All-in-all, I am pretty happy with how this card turned out. Between the colors, the pattern and the clean, clean, clean layout, this stands out as one of my favorite cards on my Convention board. What do you think?
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