Today I’m sharing my card for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches (FMS) challenge, but first I want to give a huge “THANK YOU!” to Narelle Farrugia, a very talented designer over at FMS who selected my Christmas Ornament card as last week’s FMS winner. Woo hoo! While I have been named “Perfect Prince” a couple of times, this is my first Freshly Made Sketches win! Thank you, Narelle! Jen Mitchell, another very talented designer with FMS, provides the sketch for this week’s challenge. I’ll share my card and Jen’s sketch. Then, I’ll share some tips for creating a similar look. Here’s my card:
And here’s Jen’s sketch that inspired my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Not what I set out to make. I often have a very clear vision in my mind when I sit down to create a card. I knew I wanted to make a bright, cheery card with bright, cheery flowers to step away from all the Fall and Holiday designs for a spell (just wanted to shake things up a bit). [insert sound of a scratching record – Eeeeeertttchh]. My plans changed when I decided Garden Green leaves and stems didn’t look too hot on this Pear Pizzazz paper – wasn’t as bold as I had hoped. “I wonder,” Bandit meowed in my ear, “what it would look like if the stem and leaves were but a shadow.” Suddenly, I was headed down a path of just black, green and white. No cheery colors, but I liked it! It was more interesting – and it allowed me to do some fun shading underneath the flowers.
- Creating dimension. You might not be able to tell from the front of the card, but the flower petals are popped up a bit, and there’s a delightful shadow beneath them. This darkness is “at one” with the black stem and leaves and allows the white flowers to really pop. Here’s a closer look: To create this shadow, I stamped the image on the DSP: I then colored in the shape with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker (does it get any easier than that?)
- Balance. With all the layering of paper to create the background shape, I had to carefully balance the flower and banner. I ran this banner up and down the side of this front panel until I found a perfect place for it to hang out. To balance the chunk of black this banner creates on the base of the card, I added three candy dots on the opposite side of this panel. This helps to balance the weight of the black on this panel. If it were imbalanced, the entire panel might fall right off the other side of the card base – OK, that won’t happen, but it could. OK, it can’t.
Stamp sets: Fabulous Florets, Banner Greetings (Hostess) Inks: Basic Black (Stampin’ Spot), Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper Accessories: Stampin’ Dimensionals
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