Wow! It’s been an incredible day-and-a-half here in Atlanta. By now, you may have seen all the reports about the harrowing traffic problems that ensued on Tuesday afternoon. You might have chuckled at how Southerners are unable to deal with “a little inch of snow,” but I was on the road for 2-1/2 hours for my 4-mile commute, and it was absolutely horrifying. Atlanta is a commuter city where most people travel by car. If the sun shines in the wrong place, we can have gridlock on the streets for hours – that’s true. This was different, though. People were trying to make it home and to their children – everyone hitting the roads at the exact same time – while all of the roads were quickly and thoroughly covered in ice. When my car was moving, it was sliding. Thank goodness there were Good Samaritans on the side of the road to give our cars a push while we were trying to make it up a very slight incline at one point. The office was closed yesterday and will be closed today – that sounds like plenty of time for stamping, but El Fungeon (that’s Spanish for The Fungeon) is way too cold for me.
Today’s card is a quick-and-easy card that uses a few of my favorite new products. The whimsical Pool Party flowers are soft and happy – and an appropriate fit to say “I’m thinking of you” to all the people who are still left stranded or injured from Tuesday’s ordeal. Here’s my card:
Tips, Tricks and Reminders
- Clean and Layered. I’m not a huge proponent of labels. I am who am I am, and that’s who I am. I don’t have to define myself as a papercrafter or an accountant or a fashion model (yes, I’m pretty much all three) to fit in with my friends and family. I’ve sought, though, to understand my typical design aesthetic. I started with Clean-and-Simple until a friend (who is not a papercrafter) described my cards as Cleanly Tailored. I like that! Recently the Card Concept blog offered a style category of Clean-and-Layered. I like that one, too! While I certainly make Clean-and-Simple cards and certainly have a Cleanly Tailored aesthetic, I think most of my projects are Clean-and-Layered with lots of layers of card stock that don’t look complicated and busy.
- The Band. I love to center things – sentiments and bands are generally centered vertically and horizontally. For this card, though, the sentiment wasn’t large enough to fill the center of the cardfront, so I decided to set the band off to the right and the sentiment closer to the bottom of the band. This allows the Designer Series Paper to shine. I added a small strip of Pool Party cardstock, trimmed with the Small Scallop Blade of the Stampin’ Trimmer Rotary Arm. The wave mimics the patterns in the paper without overpowering anything.
- My Mistake. It’s important to plan out each and every layer of a card. This card was meticulously planned from the framed border to the layers of the band and sentiment. At all points, the colors would perfectly balance each out. My card was designed with a Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon on top of the Basic Black band that runs down the card. My sentiment panel would sit nicely on top of that layered piece. When I layered the ribbon over the strip, though, the Pool Party ribbon (rather transparent) darkened too much to be pretty. I went ahead and glued everything down without realizing I’d have a lot of black-on-black with the band and the sentiment panel. It’s not what I wanted, but I decided to go along with it.
Stamp sets: Love You to the Moon Papers: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet Designer Series Paper (Sale-a-Bration) Inks: Jet Black StazOn Accessories: Small Scallop Rotary Blade, Chalk Talk Framelits, Word Bubbles Framelit Dies, Stampin’ Dimensionals
SALE-A-BRATE – The Designer Series Paper featured in today’s card is from Sweet Sorbet, one of the products you can earn with every $50 in purchases between January 28 and March 31. Here are two posts to help you get acquainted with Sale-a-Bration (here and here) – and there are more to come, so be on the lookout. Woo hoo!
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