Today, I’m happy to share my card for this week’s sketch by Narelle Farrugia at Freshly Made Sketches. This is a wonderful sketch that can be used for almost any occasion. My card stays really close to the sketch, but it’s the color combination of Real Red and Elegant Eggplant that excites me the most. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Color Inspiration. On my way from the mailbox with my new Crate & Barrel catalog, I stole a quick glimpse of a page that featured bright reds and deep purples. What a great color combination for a Christmas card! When I was ready to make my card for this sketch, I knew I would draw on that combination. I flipped through the book five or six times to seek out my inspiration only to find that this color combination doesn’t even exist inside the covers of this catalog. I’m not sure what I saw, but I’m glad I thought I saw it. I really like the deep purple on this card.
- Balancing the White Space. You know I’m not afraid to allow some white space on my cards, right?. In my artistic view, white space allows the colors to dance on a card front. For this card, I layered the white space between layers of red and purple, and I really like the way the layers turned out. Allowing the front panel to pop with Real Red (instead of white) is a bit non-traditional, but I like that it allows the ornament to pop.
- Placing the sentiment. One of my first rules of cardmaking – don’t ever glue things down until you are completely happy with the layout. I knew where I wanted everything on this card – but I was stuck with the sentiment. I knew I wanted the sentiment on the front panel with the ornament, but I couldn’t find a perfect placement. I stamped the sentiment and trimmed it, placing the sentiment under, over, beside, across. Nothing tickled my fancy. When I laid everything out and centered the ornament, I realized the perfect place for the sentiment would be on the white panel, just to the right of the banners. I felt like I had cured a horrible disease. Yay, me!
Stamp sets: Christmas Collectibles, Petite Pairs Papers: Elegant Eggplant, Real Red, Whisper White Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Real Red Accessories: Christmas Ornament punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Stampin’ Dimensionals
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