It’s rare that I combine online card challenges – it’s easy to mix a sketch challenge from one site with a color challenge from another, but I rarely do it because I like to let each challenge inspire its very own card. This week, though, I am presenting TWO cards made with sketches from two different sites – Mojo Monday and Freshly Made Sketches. It’s a rare occurrence, but the sketches from these two sites were close enough that I could present [essentially] the same card, modified slightly to fit each sketch. At the end, I have a beautiful pair of complementary cards. This is a risk, but let’s see how this goes…
While they are different sketches, I found enough similarities to make a small collection of cards with the same paper, stamps and embellishments. Here are the sketches from each of the challenge blogs:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders:
- That Paper! I know I’ve said this before about other papers, but this piece of Designer Series Paper is one of those pages from the Annual Catalog that I just had to set aside for a special project. Almost every time I sit down to design something, I go to this paper and think, “Later, Brian…This isn’t the way to use it. You’ll know when it’s right” OK, maybe I don’t speak the words, but I knew this paper needed a special home. I’m a CAS designer, but I’m attracted to the shapes, the script, the water spots and the colors in this paper. Those colors…together, they are like a warm cup of tea on a cold morning.
- Don’t be afraid of the “white” space. Both of these cards have a large piece of Very Vanilla cardstock smack dab in the middle. Don’t be afraid of it. For me, that’s part of my intentional design. I have a busy, busy (but beautiful) background, so I decided to set that off with some clean vanilla. I even tucked the sentiment into the corner to give me more white space. I added vanilla candy dots to accent the vanilla panel. I kept going back and thinking “should I add something else?” In the end, I’m happy I restrained myself.
- Make a collection. You see that these layouts complement each other, right? I love to make little collections of cards as gifts for friends and family. I’ve generally made cards that are exactly the same or completely different from one another. I really like the idea of making a collection of cards like this – different layouts with the same products and colors. A variety of sentiments, and you’ve got a perfect gift.
Stamp sets: Express Yourself (hostess) Papers: Soft Suede, Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla, Venetian Romance Designer Series Paper Inks: Soft Suede Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals, Neutrals Candy Dots, 3/16″ Corner punch
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