There are a thousand ways to let our friends know when we are thinking about them. When a friend is in pain or is suffering, it helps to ease their anxiety or discomfort when they are reminded how much they are loved. Flowers, candies, a phone call or a pot of soup – excellent ideas to show that we are thinking about someone special. Even better? A handwritten note inside a handmade card.
I sat down this past weekend to make a beautiful card for Frenchie – a fellow Pal, a frequent commenter on my blog and a sweet friend. I know Frenchie from online and met her in January – a heart of gold and an energy that cannot be matched. Frenchie is going through a rough spell, so I made this card for her:
And here’s Margaret Moody’s awesome sketch that inspired my card:
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Contrasting colors. Calypso Coral is essentially the only color in this card – it’s accented by Whisper White and Basic Black. While the coral shows up very dark in these pictures, the real card is very soft and beautiful. I added a band of Basic Black around all of the shapes on the card to really accent the sketch elements. I like the contrast of the soft and the very dark black.
- Watercolor. To create this butterfly, I pulled out my watercolor paper, stamped the butterfly in Jet Black StazOn and then painted it in Calypso Coral before cropping it with my Elegant Butterfly punch. For each of the wings, I started every brush stroke at the center of the butterfly. I covered the entire butterfly and then added another layer, covering less. Then another layer. Then another. That’s how I got the darker color in the center of the butterfly.
- The white space. With all the Calypso Coral paper in the background of the card, it was important to leave some white space. The rectangle behind the “love” and the corner-to-corner piece of white really bring a certain balance to the monochromatic patterns on the card.
Stamp sets: Papillon Potpourri, Sweet Essentials Inks: Jet Black StazOn, Calypso Coral Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack Accessories: Elegant Butterfly punch, Expressions Thinlits Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Please check out the other cards at The Pals Paper Arts.
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